Symposium Schedule

The conference portion of this Symposium includes distinguished Professors of jade and archaeology, as well as master carvers, gemologists, miners, cultural experts, and many more exciting presentations. Here is the three day schedule:

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Friday, November 21. (6:10 – 10pm)
Downtown   UBC  Theater

Welcome introduction and gratitude for the celebration
Sponsors welcome
Introduction to geology and the earth's magnificant evolution.
Andrew Matheson 
ABM Productions
Introducing and première screening of the documentary film on the big screen.
Documentary Film Première – Circle of Life
A film by Andrew B Matheson
This all-encompassing film will be shown Friday night in the UBC Theater 6:45pm. The film will also be played at various times through the weekend on smaller screens (UBC room C150)

For thousands of years jade has been one of the most mystical and historically significant stones on this planet. Today in the west, it is one of the most unknown and undervalued gemstones.  In recent years, however, jade has been making a quiet surge, both in value and prestige. CIRCLE of LIFE travels the world in search of the artists and miners who live and breath jade and those visionaries most influential in bringing new life to the original Stone of Heaven.

Brian Matheson 
A jade philosophy.

8:15 – 9:30pm
Teng Shu-ping
Former Director,  Department of Antiquities,National Palace Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
One of the world’s most highly regarded jade specialists, reveals the secrets of the connection between Heaven and Earth through the iconic jade Bi disk.


Saturday, November 22nd (11am – 8pm) 
UBC  C180

Mike Swenson
Birthing the stone: a story of the jade boulder that started it all!

11:30am – 12:30pm 
Jing Zhichun 
Style, Function, and Technology – an integrated approach into the understanding of Shang jades.

12:30 – 1:15pm
Jesse Morin
Pre-contact West Coast jade trade and tools
Lunch Break 1 hr
2:15 – 2:45pm
Koshon Edzerza
Allen Edzerza

A Tahltan perspective. Creating workshops, apprenticeships and training facilities. 
2:45 – 3:15
BCLS & Lapidary Clubs
Facilities, Clubs and Field trips.

3:15 – 3:45
Matthew Glasby
Jade carving in North America
Break 15 mins

4:00 – 4:30pm
Rodney Cook
Innovative methods for prospecting and small claims mining.

4:30 – 5:15pm
Lewis Gardiner
Jade and culture, the story of New Zealand told by one of the most prominent Maori Pounamu (jade) artists.
5:15 – 6:00pm
Chris Dobranski
Winner of 2011WJS shares his fascinating story. 
Break 15 mins
6:15 – 7pm –
Sergey Falkin and Julia Gogol (tele conference)
Two of the finest gemstone artists tell the St Petersburg story of art and community. (translated)
7:00 – 7:45pm
Christian Lorenz
The practiced skills, tradition and gemstone carving in Idar – Oberstein Germany. (translated)



Sunday, November 23rd (11am – 6pm)
UBC  C180

11:10 – 11:45am
Jeff Spangler
JadeNow  – Jade the "Stone of Heaven".  Tools, Talismans and Jewels, the spiritual component

11:45 – 12:30
Dante Lopez
Jadeite and culture in central America.
12:30 – 1pm
Ben Peters
Archaic jade investigation

1 – 1:30pm
Branko Deljanin
Secrets on Identification of Jade Treatments and Imitations
Lunch break 1 hr
2 – 3:00pm
Paula Swart
Modern Jade culture in China

3 – 3:45pm
Donn Salt
Carving Jade and contemporary culture

3:45 – 4:15pm
What is art and how can you tell?
Break 15mins
4:15 – onwards
Award Ceremonies/Closing ceremonies
Prizes and special recognition of many