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May 2016

Potentials and Potencies: Gems in India’s Myths and Medicine

May 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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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.

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November 2016

A private tour of “Rings Around the World”

November 18, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Les Enluminures, 23 E 73rd St
New York City, NY 10021 United States
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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.

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December 2016

50 Years of Gem Miracles – Gemstone Stories from Near and Far

December 15, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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Lecturer Abraham Nassi spoke of his life experiences of mining, sourcing, cutting, and selling gemstones in worldwide markets for the most refined of connoisseurs.

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April 2017

Suzanne Belperron: My Style is my Signature

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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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.

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May 2017

Clasps: 4,000 Years of Fasteners in Jewellery

May 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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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.

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June 2017

The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920’s

June 13 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 E 91st St
New York, NY 10128
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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…

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September 2017

I Gave Gold for Iron

September 12 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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“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…

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New York Silver: Conversation on the Craft

September 26 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Museum of the City of New York, 1220 5th Ave & 103rd St
New York City, NY 10029 United States
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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.

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November 2017

“Women Jewellery Designers” Lecture and Book Signing

November 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue
New York City, NY
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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.

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“Mughal and Deco Influences in the Designs of Three Contemporary Indian Jewelers: Viren Bhagat, Nirav Modi & Hanut Singh” Lecture with Claire Morgan

November 30 @ 6:30 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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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…

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