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Monday, June 27, 2022

WJA NorCal | Let's Talk Antique and Vintage Jewelry

Start Date: 6/27/2022 6:30 PM PDT
End Date: 6/27/2022 9:00 PM PDT

Venue Name: Temescal Works

490 43rd Street
Oakland, CA  United States  94609

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Organization Name: WJA Northern California

Melissa Scoppa
Phone: (717) 298-0722

Please join the WJA NorCal for a night featuring antique & vintage jewelry with Lisa Kramer, Nia Tahani Wilkes, and Rhoma Young.

Join us for a fun-filled night of learning from our speakers about hallmarks, construction methods, unique materials, and many more amazing stories behind the jewelry that has stood the test of time. We will be seeing beautiful jewelry examples from the past and talking about how to identify the age of a piece of jewelry in the wild.

This is a ticketed event with light food and beverages catered by local gem Cholita Linda. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or card, but registering in advance is appreciated (and encouraged). 




Nia Tahani Wilkes
I am Nia Tahani Wilkes eclectic “jewelist,” devotee of estate finery and gem griot. Since conceiving The Gem Corps in May 2015, I have made it a pursuit of my passion for fine jewelry and storytelling. I attribute this zeal for researching and curating jewelry, gems and minerals to my grandmother, who was a collector of bold, gold jewelry and who gifted me with my first pieces. My father, an educator, stoked an intense curiosity for the natural sciences, world history, the arts and an eclecticism that binds them all and informs my jewelry style today.
This year, I partnered with Bay Area dealer Anat Sapan of Magda Fine to kick off Nia’s Favorite Things (“NFT’s”), curated estate jewelry shopping events on IG Live where I presented some of my top picks from her collections. The return yielded new customers, over 300 eyes during the events, and rave reviews of our “jewelry show.” I hope to also work with others who are looking to integrate social media and strategic storytelling to connect with a wider audience. 

Nia will speak about jewelry pieces of Victorian and art nouveau time periods.

Rhoma Young

Rhoma's love of antique jewelry evolved into a passion for collecting, brokering and designing after a long career as a well established antiques dealer. It incorporates her fascination with history, beauty, artistry, virtuosity and self-expression.  Her love and appreciation of jewelry and master craftsmanship led her to design her own line, RY Private collections.  This line reimagines originals and antiques. It combines full range of styles. She has partnered with a master goldsmith and enamelist to achieve fresh, unique, one of a kind pieces of wearable art. 

Rhoma will bring a panoramic selection of antique/vintage and refashioned jewelry examples from different historical periods.  Included are examples from tribal, Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, arts and crafts, deco, retro, Modernist, and later 20th-century Studio Craft designs.

Lisa Kramer
Lisa is a veteran vintage and antique jewelry dealer. Lisa will speak about hallmarks of jewelry, good references for understanding them, and a few key dates that can help you avoid making mistakes when identifying the age of the jewelry. 

Lisa Kramer Vintage offers antique and vintage jewelry selected with an eye towards design and history, informed by my former career as an architect and my undergraduate degree in anthropology. I love the artistry of jewelry and how each piece distills elements of its era's design into beautiful wearable sculpture. Along with extensive research, I study how a piece of jewelry has been constructed in much the same way that I look at the details of how buildings are constructed. Together, a piece's design and construction helps me determine its age. I also try to provide pieces at many different price points because good design isn't limited to expensive items.



Temescal Works
490 43rd Street
Oakland, CA 94609


Monday, June 27th 
6:30pm - 9:00pm PST

The presentation begins promptly at 7:00 pm.


WJA members: $20.00

Not yet members: $30.00


Getting to Temescal works


Street parking is available on Telegraph Avenue and the surrounding neighborhood.


Temescal Works has secure bike racks inside the building to safely store your bike during the event.

Public Transit

Temescal Works is a 10-minute walk from MacArthur BART station. Use this link to navigate on Google Maps from MacArthur Bart station to Temescal Works.


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Online Registration

Registration is Closed
Closed: 6/27/2022 7:30 PM

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