Longtime jewelry expert Barry Weber died on October 19, 2010, aged 59. Barry was an invaluable member of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’s appraisal team since 1996, and will be missed by his colleagues, friends, and many fans.
Barry was president of Edith Weber Inc. of Madison Avenue in New York City. He grew up in the antiques business and traveled throughout Europe and the United States with his mother, Edith, in search of rare antique jewels throughout the 1970s and 80s. He was a member of the Appraisers Association of America and the Jewelry Historians Society of America. Barry taught antique jewelry appraisal classes at several colleges and universities, pioneering a series of revolutionary hands-on seminars teaching the intricacies of the identification and evaluation of antique jewelry. He created and supervised the institution of jewelry-vetting standards for all antiques shows managed by the Antiques Council of America and served as chairman of the Jewelry Standards Committee for the Los Angeles Antiques Show for 13 years.