Location: Visitor Center Theater
Part of: Lectures and Talks, Members', Marjorie Merriweather Post
This is the second lecture in the four-part Cartier Lecture Series.
Behold the spectacular Cartier pieces held in the United States National Gem Collection at the Smithsonian Institution. The collection includes world-class gems and jewelry such as the notorious Hope Diamond and other amazing jewels collected by fascinating women including Marjorie Merriweather Post, Countess Mona Bismarck, Anna Case and Evalyn Walsh McLean. Dr. Jeffrey Post, curator-in-charge and geologist of the Smithsonian mineral collection, discusses these intriguing women in this exquisitely illustrated lecture.
6-6:45 pm Member reception with the speaker. Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post's Dazzling Gems andThe Mansion open for touring.
7-8 pm Lecture (seating opens at 6:45 pm)
About the Speaker
Dr. Jeffrey Edward Post, a native of Wisconsin, received his Bachelor of Science degrees in geology and Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin—Platteville, and his Ph.D. in chemistry, with a specialty in geochemistry, from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the Department of Mineral Sciences at the Smithsonian Institution in 1984, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow for three years in the Department of Geological Sciences at Harvard University. From 1989 to 1994, he was Chairman of the Department of Mineral Sciences, and since 1991 has served as Curator of the U.S. National Gem and Mineral Collection. Dr. Post served as the lead curator for the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems and Minerals, which opened in 1997.
His areas of research interest include mineralogy, gemology, geochemistry, crystallography, and electron microscopy. He has published numerous scientific articles in these fields.
About the Series
Cartier’s longstanding reputation of exquisite craftsmanship and beauty was solidified with the firm’s embrace of modernity at the turn of the twentieth century. This stunningly illustrated lecture series traces the luxury brand and cosmopolitan clientele—including, of course, Marjorie Merriweather Post—throughout the twentieth century.
Tuesday, October 7: Cartier: Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Dazzling Gems, by Liana Paredes, Hillwood’s Director of Collections and Exhibition Curator
Tuesday, October 14: Cartier and Women of the National Gem Collection, by Jeffrey Post, Geologist - Curator-in-Charge, Mineral Collection, Smithsonian Institution
Tuesday, October 21: The Rue de la Paix in Paris: The Center of Belle Epoque Luxury, by Dr. Wilfried Zeisler, Hillwood’s Curator of 19th Century Art
Tuesday, October 28: Cartier: The Age of Glamour, 1930-1960, by Janet Zapata, independent jewelry historian