Dear ASJH Member,
We are approaching the end of what has been a long, hot summer for everyone, and I suspect we’re all looking forward to the upcoming fall season. ASJH has some interesting things planned for our ASJH members, and info will be forthcoming in your email boxes.
One event of particular note is the first “Jewelry Week”, November 12-18 2018. Jewelry-related events will be occurring throughout the entire New York City and Borough areas. It’s an exciting new event, and our participation and support will consist of a fabulous jewelry and art book sale from the collection of Ruth and Dr. Joseph Sataloff.
Many of you may know that “Dr. Joe”, as we affectionately referred to him, was a prominent collector of Art Nouveau jewelry. He literally wrote the book on the subject: “Art Nouveau Jewelry – A Practical Guide to Its History and Beauty”. Although first published in 1984, the book has stood the test of time with its lucid text, magnificent jewelry photos, and a valuable compendium of international maker’s marks. Jody and Dr. Robert Sataloff, their children, have chosen to donate the couple’s library to ASJH for us to sell in the hopes that these wonderful books will find new homes with jewelry lovers everywhere. They were staunch supporters of ASJH, and believed in our mission to share information about jewelry history worldwide. We are exceptionally grateful for this wonderful gift, and look forward to sharing the book list with you in upcoming correspondence.
Another event of note was our interview with Adam Thomson, a correspondent for The Financial Times newspaper. He called to talk to ASJH about the changes in the downtown Los Angeles jewelry market, and the difficulties smaller businesses are experiencing with this rapidly changing market in both real estate and the jewelry industry. Although to some it may seem that the jewelry industry is shrinking, from our perspective it is growing. We will be speaking more extensively on this subject in future venues, but let’s be clear on one thing: humans have been adorning themselves with jewelry for thousands of years. This has been consistent through wars, scientific innovations, religious changes, sociological upheavals, financial crises, and whatever else history has thrown at us. Perhaps the type of jewelry and the way in which it is acquired has changed, but the core issue of jewelry’s desirability hasn’t. If you’d like to read the article in depth, it’s in the Sept 1 issue of The Financial Times both in print and online at https://www.ft.com/content/2a6ad31e-7eac-11e8-af48-190d103e32a4 Additionally, you may access the article in InStore magazine online.
We look forward to seeing more of you in the coming months at our jewelry lectures.
On behalf of the ASJH Board of Directors, please allow me to welcome you to our newly launched website. For the past 30 years, we have shared our passion for jewelry history with you through varied means. ASJH membership offers attendance to our famous lecture series, from information on precious stones, stories of famous and infamous jewelry collectors, the manufacturing and marketing of jewelry, famed jewelry houses that have grown and thrived over decades, to general jewelry history in all its fascinating and varied forms. ASJH jewelry book signings offer the opportunity for members to hear authors speak and then to purchase a specially discounted and signed copy of the book. Our “members – only” curated museum tours of special exhibits and our exclusive access to private workshops and exhibitions further enhance a rich appreciation for jewelry history. The triannual newsletter has rapidly become archival information for members, museums, and jewelry aficionados alike, including synopses of past lectures, in-depth book reviews, interviews of jewelers and historians, and our comprehensive upcoming calendar.
ASJH membership has always been and continues to be astoundingly diverse: we have members in their early twenties and members in their nineties, all of whom offer valuable and different perspectives on jewelry but who uniformly share an abiding passion for jewelry history. Networking is key, and event attendees benefit significantly from the “meet and greet” times prior to and after events. We are tremendously proud of our annual scholarship award for students of jewelry history, both because it rewards their enthusiasm and enriches our knowledge.
ASJH is confident that this new website launch will introduce us to a new spectrum of members. Follow our active Instagram page, and we encourage all to check it regularly for upcoming events, museum visits, images of paintings and art that inspire design and thought, and of course images of memorable jewels. And next year we will be hosting a jewelry conference – one that will assuredly be memorable and well worth attending.
With the launch of our updated website, ASJH is for the first time ever offering a free, downloadable copy of our most recently published newsletter, which is normally offered only to members. It’s a wonderful issue, with book reviews, exhibition reviews, and an in depth interview with a prominent magazine editor. Please read it and enjoy it, and then consider becoming a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians. (Click here.) Membership information is available on the website page here, and we look forward to meeting new members and friends in the months to come. Learn from and with us, and we invite you to grow with us. Help us learn from jewelry history’s past to shape its future.