Constellation Necklace
Kristina Logan (American, b. 1964)
United States, Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, 2011. Flameworked glass
and pâte de verre; sterling silver. L.: 60.8
cm; Diam: 5.3 cm (largest disk). 2011.4.3,
purchased with funds from Carl and
Betty Pforzheimer and Jamie and Maisie




Dear Members:

On behalf of the entire ASJH board, we welcome you to a new year in the American Society of Jewelry Historians. The "jewelry historians" in our title embraces not just the rich history and lessons antique jewelry offers, but the fresh eye and innovative designs in modern jewelry as well. The jewels of today are the antiques of future generations, and we wholeheartedly embrace jewelry aesthetics past, present, and future.

2015 was yet another memorable year filled with fascinating and informative programs:

Guided tours of "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" at the National Museum of the American Indian, NY; the newly renovated Cooper Hewitt by Sarah Coffin, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, NY; and Treasures and Talismans: Rings from the Griffin Collection at The Cloisters, NY

"The Visual Language of Beads: An Overview from Prehistory to the Present" lecture by Lois Sherr Dubin

"Elihu Yale: Merchant, Collector & Patron" lecture and book signing by Benjamin Zucker

"Oscar Heyman – From Russia and the House of Fabergé with Love" lecture by Adam and Tom Heyman

"Bats, Bad Dreams, and Damsels in Distress: The Darker Side of René Lalique’s Jewelry" lecture by Stefanie Walker

2016 has begun with our ASJH Scholarship winner Ana Estrades and her informative talk on Napoleonic cameos. We have many innovative and wonderful things planned for members this year, and we are looking forward to your continued participation and input. As you know, membership includes the lectures, three newsletters providing synopses of past lectures, invitations to special events, special discounted book purchases, and research from leading figures in the jewelry field.

Please visit our Membership page to join the ASJH – we have a Paypal link for your convenience. We look forward to welcoming you as a member and hope that you will consider gifting a membership to friends and colleagues who share our enthusiasm for jewelry and its rich history.

We look forward to your continued friendship and support.


Diana Singer

President ASJH


        Upcoming Events/Lectures


"Clasps: 4,000 Years of Fasteners in Jewellery"
May 30th, 2017

Join lecturer Anna Tabakhova as she presents the history of clasps through the use of photographs, historical data, and personal experience as a bench jeweler. Her extensive knowledge of the subject is the result of study at museums and private collections as well as consultations with jewelers and designers worldwide.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"Special Event for ASJH Members

"The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920's"
June 13th, 2017

This exceptional exhibit showcases the dynamic changes in American taste and lifestyles that prompted an outpouring of design and heralded an exhilarating new era. Many spectacular Art Deco examples including jewels, furniture, clothing, sculpture, and objets are included in the exhibit. Join us at an event specifically for ASJH members, with a private tour led by Sarah Coffin, curator, and Emily Orr, assistant curator. This is a unique opportunity to view these museum quality jewels through the trained eye of the curator herself.

Location: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, New York




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