About the Founder

Christie Romero was best known as a jewelry historian, consultant, gemologist and instructor of antique and period jewelry. She taught classes in Southern California since 1988. Christie authored three publications of Warman’s Jewelry, published by Krause Publications and the Collector’s Timeline.

Christie lectured throughout the country at seminars, meetings, conventions, and special events. She was on the faculties of the annual summer conference on Antique Jewelry and Gemstones at Hofstra University in Hempstead NY and the Jewelry Design Department at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles CA. She lectured for the American Society of Appraisers, the College for Appraisers, the Gemmological Institute of America, Women’s Jewelry Association, the Northwest Gemological Institute and many other groups. Christie also appeared regularly as an appraiser for the “Antiques Roadshow .

” The Center for Jewelry Studies was started by Christie Romero in the 1990’s as a means to disseminate information on the history, identification, and marketing of antique, period, and vintage jewelry. The Center has offered and will continue to, in the spirit by which she created it, provide quality information and programs designed to supplement the careers of those in jewelry-related fields – including dealers, appraisers, jewelers and gemologists – as well as enhance the enjoyment of collectors, heirs, and jewelry lovers.”

Christie passed away in September of 2009. Those wishing to offer their condolences are invited to sign the guest book on her memorial page. Any donations are to be directed to http://www.pancan.org/.