"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


                                     RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS!

                    PLEASE CALL 914-235-0983 or email us at






"Suzanne Belperron: My Style is my Signature"
April 27, 2017

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.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York



"Napoleon's Power in Miniature: Cameos in Napoleonic France"
January 14, 2016

ASJH members were invited to a lecture by ASJH 2015 Scholarship winner Ana Estrades as she spoke on the variety of cameos owned by Napoleon and Josephine Bonaparte. She explored the personal and public, political and economic, aesthetic and historical uses of cameos to understand the personal tastes of the Bonapartes, aligning Napoleon with the greatest Roman Emperors and advancing the couple's political ambitions.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Special Event for ASJH Members

"Secrets of the Ancient Goldsmiths Demystified – and Demonstrated"
February 26th, March 2nd, April 6th, 2016

Jeanette K Caines, Master Goldsmith and author of Soldering Demystified, offered an exploration of goldsmithing techniques to ASJH members who were able to participate in live demonstrations of chain weaving, metal forging and gold alloying in an authentic jewelry studio, New York.

Location: Jewelry Arts Inc., New York

Lecture:"History in Context: Identifying Georgian and Early Victorian Jewelry, 1760-1860"
March 10th, 2016

Lecturer Jacquelyn Babush, M.A., jewelry and costume historian, explained how to correctly identify Georgian and early Victorian jewelry through the context of fashion, construction, and comparative examination, and discussed the changes in the technology of jewelry manufacture throughout the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

"Twenty Centuries of Enamel in 60 Minutes"
April 19, 2016

Lecturer William Harper, author of Step By Step Enameling (1973) and Fellow at the American Craft Council, offered an examination and explanation of numerous enameling techniques: champlevé, cloisonné, Limoges technique, basse-taille, en résille, and modern interpretations in jewelry, ornaments, and plaques. Mr. Harper's view came to us not only from the perspective of a historian well versed in the story of enamel, but as a workshop artist as well.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

"POTENTIALS AND POTENCIES: Gems in India's Myths and Medicine"
May 5, 2016

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.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Special Event for ASJH Members

A private tour of "Rings Around the World"
November 18, 19th, 2016

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.

Location: Les Enluminures, New York

"50 Years of Gem Miracles - Gemstone Stories from Near and Far"
December 15, 2016

Lecturer Abraham Nassi spoke of his life experiences of mining, sourcing, cutting, and selling gemstones in worldwide markets for the most refined of connoisseurs.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York



Special Event for ASJH Members
"Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family"
January 15th & 22nd, 2015

ASJH members were invited to a guided tour of the Glittering World exhibition which featured almost 300 examples of contemporary jewelry made by several members of the Yazzie family and showed how the family's art flowed from their Southwest environs and strong connection to their Navajo culture.

Location: National Museum of the American Indian, New York

"The Visual Language of Beads: An Overview from Prehistory to the Present"
March 26th, 2015

ASJH members were invited to a lecture by Lois Sherr Dubin as she spoke about why beads worn on the human body were the original media communication system and how beads continue to serve as a visual language. She explained why an object that was cherished tens of thousands of years ago is still deeply adored today.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


ASJH Special Member Event

'Jewels by JAR'

January 2014


The ASJH was pleased to offer our members guided tours of the JAR exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum in New York City. This exhibition featured more than four hundred works by one of the most acclaimed jewelry designers of the twentieth century.

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City


"Emerald: 21 Centuries of Jeweled Opulence"

February 5, 2014

This lecture by Joanna Hardy introduced ASJH members to the world of emeralds, from mine to finger.

Location: Bonhams, New York City


"Style Goddesses: Chanel and Schiaparelli Bijoux de Couture"
March 27, 2014

Lecturer Deanna Farneti Cera discussed these two icons of style, taste, and fashion in the 20's and 30's.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City


Special Member Event
Private tour of "Gilded New York"
April 8, 2014

Members of the American Society of Jewelry Historians were invited to attend a private tour of the celebrated Gilded New York exhibition at the Museum of the City of New York.


"Glyptomania: Cameo and Intaglio Jewelry in the Age of the Grand Tour"
April 24, 2014

Speaker Katrina London discussed antique gems and explored the fashion for collecting gems and the different ways in which they were worn as jewelry.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City


Special Member Event
Private tour of "Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography"
June 19, 24, 28, 2014

Location: Museum of Arts and Design, New York City

The ASJH offered members a private, docent-led tour of the celebrated Multiple Exposures: Jewelry and Photography exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design.


Special Member Event

Private tour of "Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection"

July 18th, 2014

Location: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

The ASJH offered members a private, docent-led tour of the exhibition Unique by Design: Contemporary Jewelry in the Donna Schneier Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


"The Evolution of  Diamond Cutting"

October 9, 2014

Lecturer Al Gilbertson discussed how our understanding of perfection in diamond cutting has evolved.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

"The Making of 25,000 Years of Jewelry"

October 22, 2014

Lecturer Adelheid Rasche discussed personal adornment from the Paleolithic Era to the present day, and how the design, wearing, and collecting of jewelry has evolved over the ages.

Location: New York City

Special Event for ASJH Members

"The Power of Style: Verdura at 75"

November 11, 2014

ASJH members were invited to an after-hours intimate champagne tour of Verdura's first-ever retrospective exhibition.

Location: Verdura Gallery, New York City


Special Event for ASJH Members

"Cycles of Life: Rings from the Benjamin Zucker Family Collection"

November 19, 2014

This special evening event included a lecture by Benjamin Zucker on his unique collection of ancient and Medieval rings, and his history as a collector. We viewed this collection, which featured many fine examples of the major types of rings created during the late Rome Migration Era, Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, and early Modern periods. It included over 40 rings selected for their quality of stones, rarity, and level of artistry- certainly one of the most well known collections of its genre. Sandra Hindman of Les Enluminures followed, explaining the collection in a wider historical context and how it became "The Cycles of Life"

Location: Les Enluminures, New York City

2014 Holiday Gathering

December 10, 2014

The ASJH hosted a holiday meet and greet event for members.

Location: Doyle & Doyle, New York



Special Event

"Daniel Brush: Blue Steel Gold Light"

January 17, 2013

American designer Daniel Brush's 40 year career was highlighted at New York's Museum of Art and Design. His highly recognizable style, incorporating microscopic gold granules, sinuous lines, and broad expanses of aluminum and steel juxtaposed against gold, was discussed and examined during a docent-led tour.


Special Event

Private Tour of Bulgari Exhibition
February 13, 2013

The ASJH arranged a private tour of the Bulgari exhibition featuring many archival jewels collected for this exhibition, plus a selection of innovative new and classic designs. Marion Fasel, the author of Bvlgari Serpenti Collection, lead a tour of the exhibition.

Location: New York


"Tinctures and Talismans: Gems as Healing Remedies in Jewelry and Medicine"

May 16, 2013

Gems have long been used in medicine for treatment of diseases of the body and mind. From fabulous diamonds and pearls ground as fine as dust and mixed into the medicines and tonics of kings and queens to fossils popularly referred to as "toadstones" and worn as rings, gems have played an important role in the medical formularies of the west up until the 18th century. Today, they continue to be used in traditional medicines in China and India. Lecturer Chris Davies introduced the contextual history of gems in important manuscripts beginning with ancient Greece as well as the social and popular use documented in apothecary formulas, popular literature prior to the 18th century and the household records and accounts of historical personages.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"The Nizam's  Jewels"

June 13, 2013

In 1995, after decades of legal wrangling, the Government of India purchased a priceless jewelry collection from the last Nizam of Hyderabad, the world’s richest man at one time. Ruling over a state roughly the size of France, his wealth was said to have been able to feed the world for a period of eight days. The jewels examined over the course of the lecture represented a fraction of the legendary wealth belonging to the Asaf Jah dynasty, said to be descendants of the last Ottoman caliphate. Among the highlights visited was the 184.50 carat Jacob diamond, a D-color Golconda diamond the size of a baby’s fist, that he used as a paperweight.  Lecturer Reema Keswani brought to life one of the most fabled jewelry collections in the world, offering a window into the glittering world of Maharajahs’ jewels.  

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"Icons of Identity: Historic and Contemporary Jewelry Culture in Asia"

July 11, 2013

The primal urge to embellish oneself is a human instinct which has been the driving force in jewelry history for over 70000 years, and the bond between jewelry and humans cannot be broken.  The 5000 items that form the collection of the World Jewellery Museum in Seoul, South Korea are about the invention of tradition as much as tradition itself.  Elaine Kim, Deputy Director at the WJM Museum, presented select items from the collection and investigated the role tradition plays in the subject of cultural identity. 

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


Special Event

David Webb Workshop Tour, NYC

September 24, 2013

The ASJH was pleased to offer our members a very special evening at David Webb, Inc. Members were able to view David Webb jewels as well as tour the famed David Webb workshops. The evening continued with a lecture on David Webb by Ruth Peltason, author of the new book "DAVID WEBB: THE QUINTESSENTIAL AMERICAN JEWELER".


"If These Jewels Could Talk…All Jewelry Has A Story to Tell"

October 17, 2013

Jewelry holds tremendous sentimental value and endures because it tells multi- generational tales. From real women to famous celebrities, jewelry acts as a time post in our lives. Particularly intriguing are the celebrities of Hollywood: how famous actresses wear their own favorite pieces in films, the gifts they are given in their romantic relationships, the behind- the- scenes secrets on and off the set and how certain pieces worked into the story line of the script and eventually came to life on the screen. Author and lecturer Beth Bernstein brought these stories to life.

Location: The General Society Library, New York City


Special Event

"Aristocratic Jewels and Silver Treasures"

A Curated Tour by Clive Kandel

October 25 & 27th, 2013

Clive Kandel, renowned jewelry historian and 1stdibs jewelry curator, discussed jewels and silver treasures of historic, aristocratic, and royal provenance as well as pieces connected to socially aspiring clients from the numerous time periods represented at The International Fine Art and Antique Dealers Show, organized by Brian and Anna Haughton.

Location: Park Avenue Armory, New York City


        "Imperial Jewels of the Qing Dynasty"
        November 7, 2013

Lecturer Reema Keswani provided a bird's eye view into the glittering world of the Qing Dynasty Courts (1644-1911). Arts under the reign of three Emperors during this period flourished and many consider this period to represent the apogee of Chinese Art.

Location: Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York City


        "Fashion Jewellery: Made in Italy"

        November 14, 2013

Author and lecturer Deanna Farneti Cera documented the rise of Italian fashion and jewelry worldwide. "Fashion Jewellery" - the art of making jewelry from semiprecious metal as copies or prototypes of fine jewelry pieces - has been a highly respected tradition among the jewelry arts of Italy for decades. 

Location: Berkeley College, New York City


          2013 Holiday Gathering

          December 10, 2013

The ASJH hosted a holiday gathering and honored Jean Appleton who founded The American Society of Jewelry Historians 27 years ago. Jean remains a vital source of wisdom and sound advice to the organization, and we are grateful to her for her participation and support through the years.

Location: The Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York City



"Revealing Lapidary: A Cut into History"

January 12, 2012

Colored stones can be a mystery for many admirers and dealers. Provenance, country of origin, and country of manufacture are all important factors in the determination of value.   Another factor relevant in the evaluation is cutting style, which can be different depending on the country and the epoch in question. Jerrold Green of RC Miller, Inc. presented a lecture filled with images of colored stones and lessons to be learned about cutting styles and time periods.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"Looking Back, Looking Forward: A Renewed Vision"
February 9, 2012

Helen Drutt is founder and director of the eponymous Helen Drutt Gallery in Philadelphia (1973-2002); over the past forty years, her archives have become a resource to scholars and institutions throughout the world. She has lectured internationally and served as a panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts.
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"Fabergé vs. Cartier - An Epic Combat"
March 29, 2012

Beginning in 1904, Cartier initiated a concerted effort to compete with Fabergé for his immensely rich Russian clientele and seriously considered opening a St. Petersburg branch. The French firm commissioned and acquired objects of art in Russia and under the patronage of members of the imperial family, exhibited several times in the Russian capital between 1907 and 1910. Together with the local jewelers Fabergé tried hard to evince the enterprising French competitor. This is the little known story of their rivalry. Dr. Géza von Habsburg, a well-known specialist on the subject of Fabergé, lectured on this topic.
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"Along the Golden Mile: Jewelers, Fifth Avenue and the Rise of the Silk Stocking District, 1914-1941"

April 12, 2012

Between the World Wars, the New York jewelry industry experienced an enormous expansion, as it became a major contributor to the global trade in gems and fine jewelry. From the unprecedented prosperity of the 1920s, to the economic collapse of the 1930s, the industry grew within a tumultuous period that witnessed a wide array of economic, design, and consumer challenges. This talk by Derek Ostergard focused on the nature of the industry itself, including many of the trends and designs which emerged during this period. Apart from addressing the once-prominent names of the industry and their forgotten, but privileged clients whose purchases defined the trade, a significant portion of this talk examined the physical presentation of the shops through interior design, as well as the various means of advertising that the many firms employed.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"Marie Zimmermann: Creations of Distinct Originality, Rich Fantasy, & Permanent Beauty..."
May 24, 2012

Marie Zimmermann (1879–1972) was as fearless in her craft as she was in her personal life. Working as a designer, jeweler and metalworker, Zimmermann’s imaginative approach to design and materials resulted in an astonishing variety of ornamental objects fashioned from gold, silver, bronze, copper and iron, and to a lesser extent, aluminum, ivory and wood. Kim Ahara spoke about the life and creative output of one of the most singular makers of metalwork active in early-20th-century America.


"Space-Light-Structure: The Jewelry of Margaret De Patta"

Museum of Arts and Design, New York

June 14, 21, 28, 2012

The ASJH offered its members a docent-led tour of the first comprehensive retrospective of the life and work of Margaret De Patta, a pioneer in American studio jewelry, whose Modernist creations were influenced by International Constructivism. Featuring her most spectacular brooches, pendants, and rings, this exhibition explores the major contributions of this groundbreaking artist and sheds new light on her radical design philosophy.

Special Event

The Morgan Library & Museum

New York City

September 7th & 14th, 2012

The ASJH arranged a private tour of the Merovingian collection of jewels at the Morgan Library & Museum as well as other Morgan Collection highlights.


"Dresden Jewelry: Peeking into the Green Vault"

October 18, 2012

Jewelry historian Stefanie Walkers' lecture offered a virtual tour of the highlights of the Green Vault, including historic gems and precious objects of all colors and styles.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"Big and Beastly - or Bold and Beautiful!  Artist-Jewelers from the 1960's and 70's"                    

November 15, 2012

Lecturer Kimberly Klosterman discussed the Swinging Sixties and how it started a revolution that changed the world, especially that of jewelry design.  This lecture introduced ASJH members to over 25 international artist/jewelers, and defined the role they played in shaping the New Look and in influencing design at the major jewelry houses. 

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"Famous Jewelry Heists"

December 13, 2012

As long as there's been jewelry, there have been thieves at the ready to steal it - sometimes successfully, sometimes not. Portable and valuable, jewelry has historically been the ideal item of value to steal. Diana Singer, dealer and jewelry historian, spanned both history and the globe to discuss the most interesting and exciting robberies.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

For a listing of  "Heist Movies" please visit   Heist Movies



"Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels"

Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

February 24, 2011

The ASJH offered its members a private curator-led tour of the exhibit "Set in Style: The Jewelry of Van Cleef & Arpels" at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. A wine and cheese reception was hosted by Van Cleef & Arpels.


"Gustav Manz: The Jeweler's Jeweler"

April 7, 2011

A fascinating overview of Gustav Manz, a jewelry manufacturer for major firms such as Tiffany, Cartier, and Marcus, among many others. Manz's existence was unknown to the buying public but his reputation was legendary among wholesalers and manufacturers; this lecture revealed the scope of Manz's production for these well-known firms as a significant part of jewelry history. This lecture was offered by Courtney Bowers Marhev, author of an extensively researched article on Manz.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

"Renaissance Jewels of Bavaria"

May 12, 2011

A discussion of jewelry "portraits" created by the painter and manuscript illuminator Hans Mielich for the Dukes of Bavaria in Renaissance Germany in the form of a Jewel Book, meticulously documenting the most important
pieces. This lecture by jewelry historian Stefanie Walker offered insights into the technique, style, and design of Renaissance jewelry, so frequently a source of inspiration for generations of designers.

Location: Fashion Instutute of Technology, New York

"The Hidden Techniques of the Macedonian Goldsmiths"
September 15, 2011

Techniques formulated in ancient times and lands have endured through the ages, and many are used even to this day. These hidden techniques perfected by the Macedonians centuries ago were explored with Dr. Monica Jackson, a archeologist and historian specializing in ancient jewelry from the Mediterranean, Aegean, and Black Sea areas.
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

"Georg Jensen: A Century of Designs and Designers"
October 27, 2011

Georg Jensen: the name stands for not only the designer Georg Jensen and his international firm of silversmiths, but also the many artists and craftsmen who have created work from their own silver designs. Many facets contribute to the Jensen style, and many artists have contributed to the aesthetic. Janet Drucker, famed author and dealer, explored these unique artists, some of whom included Johan Rohde, Harald Nielsen, Malinowski, and numerous others.
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"The Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor"

November 9, 2011, San Francisco, CA

Twenty-four years after Sotheby’s legendary auction of the “Jewels of the Duchess of Windsor”- still the most valuable single-owner jewelry collection ever sold- these jewels continue to capture our imaginations for a number of reasons. Once worn by a woman who was a leader of fashion and the epitome of elegance and sophistication for her generation and beyond, the collection comprised examples from the great French Maisons such as Cartier and Van Cleef & Arpels, and also included jewels by “cutting edge” designers of the day such as Suzanne Belperron, Fulco di Verdura and David Webb. Personal inscriptions on some of the jewels tell the tale of what was perhaps the greatest love story of the 20th century, the romance that led Edward VII to abdicate the throne of Great Britain for the woman he loved. Lecture presented by Carol Elkins, Senior Vice President of Sotheby's Jewelry Department specializing in Antique and Period Jewels.

Location: Academy of Art University, San Francisco, CA

Special Event
Mechanical Wonders - The Sandoz Collection
November 14, 2011

ASJH members were offered a special private viewing of the exclusive exhibition Mechanical Wonders - The Sandoz Collection presented by A La Vieille Russie and Parmigiani. The Sandoz Collection exhibition includes 70 carefully chosen items that go far beyond the traditional concept of timepieces. The evening included a self-guided tour of the exhibition with informed commentary by the A La Vieille Russie staff. This was an extraordinary opportunity to see a keenly curated collection of mechanical marvels that have not been seen by the public for over fifty years.
Location: A La Vieille Russie, New York

"Art Nouveau: A Jewel in Every Medium"
November 17, 2011

The Art Nouveau movement revolutionized design. The years 1890–1915 encapsulate a time when an aesthetic movement found expression not only in jewelry but also in fine and decorative arts such as furniture, fashion, and interior design. By focusing on jewelry, this lecture sought to draw parallels between the fine and applied decorative arts, and examine where the major themes of Art Nouveau—the whiplash line, the femme-fleur, and a symbolist, emotional interpretation of nature—intersect and influence, regardless of the medium. This lecture was offered by Ben Macklowe who is a recognized authority on the subject of decorative arts of the period.
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York


"The Elizabeth Taylor Collection"

Christie's, New York

December 2, 2011

The ASJH offered its members a private tour of "The Elizabeth Taylor Collection" which included jewels, fashion, accessories, decorative arts, and memorabilia. The tour was led by Leslie Roskind, Vice President of Jewelry at Christie's, Beverly Hills, CA. Meredith Etherington-Smith, Fashion Curator of The Collection of Elizabeth Taylor, spoke on the fashion and memorabilia.


December 15, 2011

Antiquorum watch expert Nathaniel Borgelt presented a collection of erotic watches and objects. The items, which ranged from pocket watches from the 18th century to wristwatches from the 21st century, not only exhibit the flamboyant, but also the mechanical and artistic craftsmanship that makes these objets unique feats of engineering.

Location: Antiquorum USA, New York



"Cartier and America" 

January 13, 2010, San Francisco, CA

ASJH members were treated to an exclusive tour of "Cartier in America" at the Legion of Honor Museum. The tour was led by Martin Chapman, Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture.


"Colored Stones and Pearls in Period Jewelry: A Historical Overview" 

March 11, 2010

Colored stones and pearls have been indispensable additions to the tapestry of jewelry design and creation, additionally providing insight into circa dating and establishment of value. AGTA CEO Douglas Hucker led us on a journey through the centuries of sparkling gemstone usage in jewels. Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.


“Fit for a Pharoah” 

April 22, 2010

Ancient Egyptian symbols and motifs have been a source for artistic inspiration over thousands of years. Carol Elkins discussed this phenomenon as it pertains to jewelry design, beginning with examples from the tomb of King Tut. The survey included a wide variety of imaginative and colorful masterpieces from subsequent time periods to demonstrate the persistence of “Egyptomania” and how it has influenced some of the most prestigious jewelry makers such as Castellani, Giuliano, Wiese, Tiffany, Lalique, Boucheron, Boivin, Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and a countless list of others. Location: Sotheby's, New York.

Please note that the exhibition “Tutankhamen and the Golden Age of the Pharoahs” including treasures from the tomb of King Tut, opens on April 23, 2010 at the new exhibition facility near Broadway called DTSX (Discovery Times Square Exposition).located at 226 West 44th Street (between 7th and 8th Avenues). For More information, see


"The Patricia Goldstein Collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum"

May 13, 2010

Clive Kandel provided an insider's perspective on the Patricia V. Goldstein collection, which was bequeathed to the Victoria & Albert Museum in London 2002. Goldstein was a renowned New York collector and dealer, and her gift was a significant addition of 20th Century jewels to the V&A’s Jewelry collection. Clive Kandel knew Pat Goldstein very well. His talk provided the first opportunity to hear the fascinating story of a lifetime of collecting jewels spanning Antiquity to Verdura -- and how this important collection came to be saved by the Museum. His lecture was augmented by images of this important collection.  Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.


"Engraved Gems and Jewelry from Ancient Greece"

June 17, 2010

This lecture by Max Bernheimer explored a history of ancient art in miniature from the 7th to the 1st centuries BC, emphasizing engraved gems and jewelry. Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York.


"All That Glitters"   Exclusive ASJH Tour

August 7, 2010

The West Coast Chapter of the ASJH offered an exclusive tour of the recently opened 'All That Glitters' exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park, San Diego. This tour was led by the exhibit curator, and ASJH member, Elise B. Misiorowski.

"How We Swag: Decoding Hip-Hop Jewelry"

September 30, 2010

Just how did "bling" become a mainstream concept for jewelry? This lecture by Lyneise Williams offered a fascinating look at the jewels that rappers wear and its surprising influence on jewelry design, sales, and the sociological implications. 


"The Art of the Living Jewel"

October 7, 2010

This lecture by Ruth Peltason discussed jewels of an organic nature: tortoise, coral, ivory, and the like.  It complemented her newly published work on the subject "Living Jewels", and the author signed copies of her book.

"The Gold Weaver"

Film and discussion by Lucie Heskett-Brem

November 11, 2010

This documentary film showcased goldsmith Lucie Heskett-Brem's artistry in working gold as if it were thread, detailing both the thought process behind the design as well as the workmanship required to produce jewels of this nature.  The film was followed by a question-and-answer by the artist.

"Paul Flato: Jeweler to the Stars"

December 16, 2010

Elizabeth Irvine Bray discussed the life and times of Paul Flato, a colorful and mysterious individual who jeweled the Hollywood stars for many years.  She was available to sign copies of her book after the lecture.   


"How Green Is Green?"
February 26, 2009,  Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Renowned author, gem dealer, and collector Benjamin Zucker discussed the fascinating interplay between gems and literature, and how stone lore is merged into fiction and non-fiction from years past to the present day.

"Will the Real Fabergé Please Stand Up?"
March 19, 2009, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Peter Schaffer, co-owner of A La Vieille Russie in New York City, spoke about famed Russian jeweler Carl Fabergé, and pointed out the differences between the real Fabergé pieces and the many fakes that abound in the market today.

Special ASJH Member Event!
Private Group Tour of the Van Cleef & Arpels Workshop in New York 

Nicolas Luchsinger of Van Cleef & Arpels New York arranged a private tour of the VCA workshop followed by a reception at the VCA boutique which included a question and answer session.
This special event was offered on the following dates: April 14th, April 24th, April 27th, May 4th, 2009


"Carvers and Collectors: The Lasting Allure of Ancient Gems"

June 24, 2009, The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA

ASJH members were treated to a special tour of this exhibit at The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA. This exclusive tour was led by Kenneth Lapatin, associate curator of Antiquities.


Afghanistan: Hidden Treasures from the National Museum, Kabul
September 11, 2009,   Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Thirty members of ASJH met for a private evening tour of the archaeological treasures curated in this superb exhibition, which originated in Paris and has traveled extensively. Our guide, Karen Rubinson, provided wonderful insight on the mix of styles and cultures that characterized the Silk Road, here focused on objects from Egypt to near the border of China, across Afghanistan. The gold treasures from the Tillya Tepe tombs were a highlight of the tour.


The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA

September 30, 2009,

ASJH members were treated to a special tour of this exhibit at The Getty Villa in Malibu, CA. This exclusive tour was led by David Saunders, associate curator of Antiquities.


"Understanding the Intricacies of French and Russian Hallmarks"

August 17, 2009, Marina Del Rey, CA

October 1, 2009, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

France and Russia are two of the most important jewelry and collectible objet - producing countries in the world, with some of the most widely recognized, yet frequently misinterpreted hallmarks on antique jewelry and precious metal articles. There is far more to French and Russian hallmarks than meets the eye. Important information is often overlooked, incorrectly identified, or just simply misunderstood. Through dynamic visuals, Bill Whetstone and Danusia Niklewicz's presentation explained the complexities of both French and Russian hallmarks from the nineteenth century to date. Whetstone and Niklewicz also offered a short update of the changing face of global hallmarking.

The team of Whetstone and Niklewicz are passionate lecturers who enthusiastically share information with all jewelry historians, whether new to the study or seasoned professionals.


A Focus on 21st Century Jewelry: A Daylong Symposium
November 20, 2009,  Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

This exciting event took place at the Brooklyn Museum, currently offering a retrospective of jeweler Art Smith’s work. Lectures included:
• Fine Jewelers and Their Work 1970–Present, Janet Zapata (Historian, lecturer, author, and curator)
• From the Village to Vogue: The Modernist Jewelry of Art Smith, Guided tour with Dr. Barry Harwood (Curator)
• Fashion Jewelry and its influence from the 1960’s through the 1980’s, Deanna Farnetti Cera (Historian, lecturer, author, and curator)
• Studio Jewelers from Midcentury to the Present, Patricia Kiley Faber (Lecturer, author, and retailer)


"The History of Bulgari and an Exhibition in the Making"
December 10, 2009, Bulgari, New York

Amanda Triossi, world-renowned author, historian, and lecturer, spoke about the venerable firm of Bulgari, from both the exterior and the interior, sharing the steps Triossi took to mount the Bulgari 125th Anniversary exhibition  in Rome and featuring over 500 exemplary pieces of Bulgari jewelry.


Van Cleef and Arpels: Special Orders and Requests that Inspired the VCA Design Sensibility
April 10, 2008, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Lecture offered by Nicolas Luchsinger. Mr. Luchsinger is currently the manager of the Van Cleef & Arpels boutique in New York City, and was a fine jewelry specialist at  Christie's for ten years. His keenly trained eye guided us through the artistic process a major design house experiences as it creates signature pieces for signature customers.

"From Art Nouveau to Art Jewelry: The Studio Jewelry Movement 1940-1970"

May 8, 2008, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Lecture offered by Patricia Kiley Faber.  Mrs. Faber is a co-owner of the New York based Aaron Faber Gallery.  She is a frequent lecturer and spokesperson on the subject of studio  jewelry and its history, and in this lecture she guided us through the post-World War Two years that produced significant changes in jewelry design.

"Paris/New York: Design, Fashion, Culture 1925 - 1940"
October 16, 2008, Museum of the City of New York

"Paris/New York: Design, Fashion, Culture 1925 - 1940",  a new exhibition exploring design in film, architecture, jewelry, fashion, and the performing arts. Our evening included a lecture by curator Donald Albrecht, and a self-guided tour of the exhibition.


"Chinese Jewelry through the Ages"
November 8, 2008, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) Museum & Galleries
Los Angeles, CA

Through the use of panoply of images and some actual examples, David Humphrey illustrated the various styles of ornaments brought on by different cultural influences throughout China’s colorful past.  In addition, he discussed the metallurgy and techniques of fabrication as well as types and sources of material used by the Chinese over their long history.


“Vever, A Man For All Seasons: Jeweler, Artist, Historian”
November 13, 2008, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

An illuminating lecture by historian and author Brenda Forman on the legendary jewelry designer Henri Vever. 


“Georgian Jewelry: Splendid Treasures from the Past”
December 4, 2008, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

A lecture and discussion of Georgian jewelry by Ginny Redington Dawes and Olivia Collings, the joint authors of "Georgian Jewellery: 1714 -1830"   The lecture was followed by a December Holiday Celebration and our ASJH annual member's meeting. Holiday refreshments were served after the lecture.


"Arthur King, Avant-garde Goldsmith"
September 20, 2007, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Tracey Zabar (author of three books, including Charmed Bracelets) discussed the jewelry designer Arthur King, who was one of the great goldsmiths of the sixties and seventies. He used the lost wax casting technique to set fabulous baroque pearls and precious gems. With shops in New York, London, Miami, Paris and Havana, Arthur King was a trendsetter in his day, yet his pieces are fresh and collectible today.


“Raymond C. Yard: Jeweler to America’s Carriage Trade”
November 8, 2007, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Raymond Yard jewels are rarely available in the secondary market for a simple reason: owners never want to let them go because they are such magnificent examples of the jeweler's art. Dr. Natasha Kusmanovic, noted historian, has spent several years writing the definitive book about the rich history of Raymond Yard, jeweler to America's blueblood clans. This lecture included a book signing.


"Guidelines,Timelines, and Social Significance: Why it was important then -Why we still love  it  today"
December 6, 2007, Fashion Institute of Technology, New York

Lecture by Michael Coan entitled "Guidelines, Timelines, and Social Significance: Why it was important then, Why we still love it today". Michael Coan, Chairman of Jewelry Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology, has had a life-spanning career in the jewelry world. His lecture covered many topics, including pervasive themes, historical and political intrigue, and above all, a deep and abiding love of jewels themselves.  The lecture was followed by a December Holiday Celebration and our ASJH annual member's meeting. Holiday refreshments were served after the lecture.

  • Join
  • Join or renew for access to our scholarly articles, lectures, and seminars, and opportunities to network with jewelry professionals and collectors.
  • Join Now
  • Attend
  • Please click below for a current listing of jewelry related exhibitions and events.
  • Attend
  • Read
  • Member News, Virtual Resources, Jewelry Glossary, Book Reviews...
  • Read

American Society of
Jewelry Historians

1333A North Avenue #103
New Rochelle, NY 10804
Phone/Fax 914.235.0983