Egyptian Revival necklace circa 1920’s, gold, lapis, enamel.

JEWELRY CAPTURES LIFE

Fall Letter

Dear ASJH Member,

We are approaching the end of what has been a long, hot summer for everyone, and I suspect we’re all looking forward to the upcoming fall season. ASJH has some interesting things planned for our ASJH members, and info will be forthcoming in your email boxes.

One event of particular note is the first “Jewelry Week”, November 12-18 2018. Jewelry-related events will be occurring throughout the entire New York City and Borough areas. It’s an exciting new event, and our participation and support will consist of a fabulous jewelry and art book sale from the collection of Ruth and Dr. Joseph Sataloff.

Many of you may know that “Dr. Joe”, as we affectionately referred to him, was a prominent collector of Art Nouveau jewelry. He literally wrote the book on the subject: “Art Nouveau Jewelry – A Practical Guide to Its History and Beauty”. Although first published in 1984, the book has stood the test of time with its lucid text, magnificent jewelry photos, and a valuable compendium of international maker’s marks. Jody and Dr. Robert Sataloff, their children, have chosen to donate the couple’s library to ASJH for us to sell in the hopes that these wonderful books will find new homes with jewelry lovers everywhere. They were staunch supporters of ASJH, and believed in our mission to share information about jewelry history worldwide. We are exceptionally grateful for this wonderful gift, and look forward to sharing the book list with you in upcoming correspondence.

Another event of note was our interview with Adam Thomson, a correspondent for The Financial Times newspaper. He called to talk to ASJH about the changes in the downtown Los Angeles jewelry market, and the difficulties smaller businesses are experiencing with this rapidly changing market in both real estate and the jewelry industry. Although to some it may seem that the jewelry industry is shrinking, from our perspective it is growing. We will be speaking more extensively on this subject in future venues, but let’s be clear on one thing: humans have been adorning themselves with jewelry for thousands of years. This has been consistent through wars, scientific innovations, religious changes, sociological upheavals, financial crises, and whatever else history has thrown at us. Perhaps the type of jewelry and the way in which it is acquired has changed, but the core issue of jewelry’s desirability hasn’t. If you’d like to read the article in depth, it’s in the Sept 1 issue of The Financial Times both in print and online at https://www.ft.com/content/2a6ad31e-7eac-11e8-af48-190d103e32a4 Additionally, you may access the article in InStore magazine online.

We look forward to seeing more of you in the coming months at our jewelry lectures.

Sincerely,
Diana Singer
President, ASJH

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Letter From the ASJH President

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.

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Art Nouveau choker plaque, circa 1901, made by Levinger and Bissinger for the French market.
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Past Events

March 2016

History in Context: Identifying Georgian and Early Victorian Jewelry, 1760-1860

March 10, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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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.

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April 2016

Secrets of the Ancient Goldsmiths Demystified – and Demonstrated

April 6, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Jewelry Arts, Inc., 22 E 49th St, Fourth Floor
New York City, NY 10017 United States
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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.

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Twenty Centuries of Enamel in 60 Minutes

April 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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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.

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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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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