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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.
Lecturer Chris Davies, jewelry designer and scholar, discussed classical India and the importance of "Ratna" or Gems. Through the ideas embedded in the stories of the Gods, gemstones achieved a special place in India as powerful remedies for suffering. Gems ground into powders and incorporated into Ayurvedic medicines, as well as precious gemstones mounted into fine jewelry and prescribed by astrologers occupied a prominent role in Indian Culture.Find out more »
Les Enluminures hosted ASJH members at a private viewing of an exhibition of rings spanning over four millennia. Organized chronologically, the exhibition explored the eternal forms, inspirations, and aesthetics of finger rings across many cultures throughout history, with over forty rings deriving from China, the Middle East, Europe, and America. The focus of the exhibition was on the universality of the ring, spanning across aeons and civilizations.Find out more »
Lecturer Abraham Nassi spoke of his life experiences of mining, sourcing, cutting, and selling gemstones in worldwide markets for the most refined of connoisseurs.Find out more »
Lecturer Ward Landrigan spoke about Suzanne Belperron, one of the most renowned and powerful designers in the history of jewelry. She developed a distinctive style that was sensual, tactile, and arrestingly modern.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
Special Event for ASJH Members 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…Find out more »
“I Gave Gold for Iron” Themes of Patriotism in Berlin Ironwork Jewelry Lecture offered by Naomi Sosnovsky ASJH 2016/2017 Scholarship Winner Following an appeal by Princess Marianne of Hesse-Homburg in 1813, gold jewelry in Prussia was given in trade for a cast iron surrogate as a means of raising funds for an uprising against Napoleon. The fashionably designed iron jewelry became widely popular most notably because it allowed for an understated demonstration of national pride, in addition to being quite…Find out more »
Join three contemporary metalworkers, Ted Muehling, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, and Preston Jones for a discussion about their latest work and silver as an art form today with Wendy Goodman, Design Editor at New York magazine. Register at http://mcny.org/programs, use code SILVER1 for $15 tickets.Find out more »
Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld, lecturer and author of Women Jewellery Designers, discussed the enduring work of designers from around the world throughout the 20th century and up to the present. Along with the great names of Chanel, Suzanne Belperron, and the women who broke ground at Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Jensen, and Tiffany & Co, she examined in detail the work of a new generation of innovative designers, including those at the forefront of sustainable sourcing.Find out more »
India has a long tradition of jewelry history that is often thought to have reached its pinnacle during the Mughal period. Indeed, many associate Indian jewelry with the heavy gold settings and irregularly shaped gems of such jewelry. The jewelry of the Maharajahs in the early twentieth century, and their fondness for resetting their gems in new European styles has also been discussed extensively. Tradition is always important in Indian jewelry. But while contemporary designers draw on older motifs and…Find out more »