Arizona Guild Meeting
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When: Monday, October 14, 2019
6:30 PM
Where: North Mountain Visitors Center and Trailhead
12950 N. 7th St.
Phoenix, Arizona  85022
United States
Presenter: Gina D’Onofrio
Contact: Sindi Schloss

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Cost: $20 for members, $25 for non-members
Checks payable to: GIA Metro Phoenix
Mail: GIA Metro Phoenix, PO Box 26907, AZ 85068
Schedule: 6:30 p.m. - Networking, drinks, and hors d'oeuvres
7:00 p.m. - Presentation and questions



Arizona Guild Presents

From Bombshells to Bling: Jewels of the 1940s and 1950s

Gina D’Onofrio


Presented in partnership with GIA Metro Alumni Chapter.

Gina D'OnofrioWhere does Retro period leave off and Mid-Century Jewelry design begin? What influenced the design and transition from one period to the next? And, how do you recognize jewelry from each era?

This presentation by Gina D'Onofrio will cover the evolution of jewelry design in the 1940s and 1950s, placed in historical context, nationally and internationally. We will explore the dramatic changes from WWII to the Post War 50s, when artistic, social, economic, and political influences affected not only design, but the supply chain and fabrication of jewelry. The presentation will discuss emerging artistic movements, fashion, and how the jewels were worn. By comparing and contrasting designs from each era, attendees will have enough information to comfortably date jewelry from each time period.

Gina's extensive involvement in the jewelry industry prior to joining Heritage, included working in the retail, auction, and manufacturing sectors to jewelry design and production, appraisals, buying and selling of contemporary, antique and period jewelry, sales and management. She operated an independent gemological laboratory, appraisal service and consulting firm, even receiving Los Angeles Magazine’s coveted “Best in LA” award for her appraisal services. Gina also served as Gems and Jewelry Education Chair for the American Society of Appraisers (ASA) and is co-instructor for their Appraisal Report Writing for Insurance Coverage course.

Please RSVP with Sindi Schloss at or, or call 480-947-5866.


Mission Statement

The American Gem Society (AGS) is a nonprofit trade association of fine jewelry professionals dedicated to setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, recertification of its membership, gemological standards, and gemological research.

The Society is committed to providing educational products to inform and protect the consumer and to contributing to the betterment of the trade by creating industry standards to protect the jewelry-buying public and the fine jewelry industry as a whole.

AGS Laboratories, founded to support the AGS mission, is a nonprofit diamond grading laboratory with a mission of consumer protection. Adhering to the AGS Diamond Grading Standards, AGS Laboratories is dedicated to offering diamond grading reports that provide consistency and accuracy based on science.

American Gem Society