Dear ASJH Members,
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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.
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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.Find out more »
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 »