Diamond Trellis, Nobel Ice and Rocaille Eggs in the McFerrin Collection
(Photo Collage by Annemiek Wintraecken)
Christel McCanless (USA), Annemiek Wintraecken (The Netherlands), and Tim Adams (USA) in their Power Point Presentation set the stage for an afternoon of learning about Gems and Minerals in the McFerrin Collection. Their study with Fabergé examples from the McFerrin Collection is accompanied by a gem and mineral glossary.
Attendees viewed demonstrations of gem and mineral processing techniques and enjoyed tours of the Cullen Hall of Gems & Minerals and the Smith Gem Vault given by the Volunteer Guild and Master Docents, Houston Museum of Natural Science. Tours of the Fabergé: A Brilliant Vision exhibition on extended loan to the museum concluded the information-rich day.
Our special thanks to Artie and Dorothy McFerrin, the most generous Fabergé enthusiasts and charming hosts as well as the hard-working staff and the enthusiastic volunteers of the host museum for assembling such an outstanding event. Many new friendships were made, and much information was exchanged. The Fabergé enthusiasts are interested in meeting again somewhere in the world for another gathering, a tradition began with nine enthusiasts meeting in London for the Rothschild Clock Egg auction in 2007, and repeated in Richmond and Washington (DC) in 2010 with 55 enthusiasts.
Symposium Presenters and Gem & Mineral Demonstrations, Houston Museum of Natural Science
Informative Tours Led by Dedicated Volunteers
Studying the Collection and Autographing Books
Fabergé Enthusiasts Posing for the Camera
(Courtesy of Fabergé Enthusiasts)