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


Fall Letter

Dear ASJH members –

We hope you’ve been enjoying the programs we’ve had in place for you since the fall/winter season started in September. We’re particularly excited about the upcoming NYC Jewelry Week, which will take place November 18-24th. Since its inception last year, NYC Jewelry Week has grown exponentially in popularity, and the entire city is chockablock with shows, tours, events, lectures, and happenings. We at the American Society of Jewelry Historians are strong supporters of all things jewelry related when it comes to knowledge and we encourage members to take a look at the NYCJW website ( for a listing of events. In addition, check the website regularly, as new events will be popping up. It sounds very exciting, and we don’t want you to miss anything.

We are participating in NYC Jewelry Week with three very special events, and we hope you’ll add them to your calendars and join us. Below please find details about each event, and we hope to see you there. We will of course be sending out regular email invitations, but we wanted you to take special note of these upcoming November and December events. As always, reach out to us via email at, our phone at 914-235-0983, and follow our posts on instagram @jewelryhistorians. We’re thrilled to be in touch with longtime supporters and new members, and look forward to seeing all of you soon.

“When The Past Is The Future:
How Yesterday’s Styles, Techniques, and Designs Influence Our Jewels”
Fashion Institute of Technology
7 th Ave and 27th St, NYC, The Screening Room
6-7 pm
please RSVP on the NYCJW website; attendance is limited

The world has changed radically in the past 20 years, affecting every aspect of our lives. Jewelry making, marketing, and styling have been upended and reimagined, yet the raw human desire for the jewel as adornment remains. How do we integrate the valuable wisdom and life experiences of the past with the energy and promise of the future? Join ASJH and a panel of experts from differing skill sets and generations to discuss the challenges, and to help generations learn from each other. What do you do with grandma’s old pin you’ve inherited but can’t wear in its present form? What are some skill sets that transcend time in the jewelry world? How do you work with an old-line business and make it relevant in the new vernacular? How was jewelry sought out and worn in past decades, and how is it worn differently today? How have manufacturing techniques evolved, and what’s stayed the same? There’s a lot to learn about here, so let ASJH help you navigate these iceberg-strewn waters. Jill Newman of Town & Country Magazine, Lisa Linhardt of Linhardt Designs, Ben Janowski of Janos Consultants and Lee Siegelson of Siegelson NY will opine as Diana Singer, president of ASJH, moderates. This is not just about jewelry history – it’s about the present and future of jewelry, which affects us all both personally and professionally.

The Sataloff Book Donation Sale Phase II
LIM College, 216 East 45th St, NYC
Student Center lobby

As you remember, last year we were the grateful recipients of the Ruth and Joseph Sataloff Library, donated to ASJH by their children Jody and Robert. This will be the second and final phase of the book sale, and ASJH members will have first crack at the treasure trove of books. We will be sending you the list of books in advance of the sale so you can plan your purchases, and you’ll get access to the book sale prior to the public. Please watch your emails and stay tuned for the list and the timing of the sale. You won’t want to miss this – the books are wonderful, and the prices are most advantageous.

“Unsung Heroes of the 1960s and 70s”, a lecture by Kim Klosterman”
Bonhams, 580 Madison Ave, NYC
6-8 pm
please call or email ASJH to reserve; space is limited

The first in a series of upcoming lectures discussing the lesser known creative artists from decades past, Kim Klosterman will be opening our eyes to many names as yet unfamiliar to many of us: Roger Lucas, Gilbert Albert, Arthur King, Jean Vendome, among others. Join Kim and other ASJH members to learn about all these amazingly creative jewelers who flew somewhat under the radar in the 60s and 70s but whose designs have become so fresh and relevant today.

“The Cartiers” a lecture and book signing with Francesca Cartier Brickell”
Bonhams, 580 Madison Ave, NYC
6-8 pm

We all know the Cartier family from their irreplaceable jewels and the tales of their legendary customers. This upcoming publication is far different from all other Cartier publications, as it’s written by the granddaughter of Jean-Jacques Cartier himself. We’ve devoured an advance copy of the book, and it’s impossible to put down. This is not just the story of a unique family whose succeeding generations made an imprint on the jewelry universe by creating a quality brand that resonates even today; it’s the story of a unique family that worked together, fought, strove, risked, and lived through the most interesting decades in the past 150 years. Francesca Cartier Brickell will be talking about her family and their history, and will be signing preordered ASJH discounted copies of the book. Don’t miss this opportunity to seize a piece of jewelry history.

As always,
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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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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New York Silver: Conversation on the Craft

September 26, 2017 @ 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, use code SILVER1 for $15 tickets.

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November 2017

“Women Jewellery Designers” Lecture and Book Signing

November 8, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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March 2018

Jewels Now, Jewels Tomorrow

March 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Phillips Auction House, 450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022 United States
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“THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF COLLECTABLE JEWELS” Panel discussion with: Lauren Adriana Lee Siegelson Levi Higgs Susan Abeles, a longtime supporter of ASJH and the newly appointed head of the Jewelry Department (Americas), Senior Vice President for Phillips Auction House, has graciously offered to invite ASJH members to this discussion. Lauren Adriana (a current jewelry designer), Lee Siegelson (a third generation estate jeweler), and Levi Higgs (jewelry historian and archivist) will all participate in a lively discussion and interview led by…

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October 2018

Jewels of the Rich, the Famous, and the Infamous

October 1, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Phillips Auction House, 450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022 United States
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Everyone harbors a secret (and sometimes not so secret) fascination with the jewels of the rich and famous.  How do these individuals acquire their treasures, and what are the stories behind both the people and the jewels?  Whether inherited or purchased or gifted, from royalty to famed movie stars and turn of the century courtesans, share in these stories of the rich, the famous, and the infamous.  Some names will be well known and familiar, but we promise that some…

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November 2018

American Society of Jewelry Historians Jewelry Book Sale

November 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Doyle & Doyle, Inc., 412 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10014-1103 United States
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The ASJH was fortunate enough  to receive the generous donation of the Ruth and Dr. Joseph Sataloff Library.  Included in this fabulous collection are over 1200 books, auction catalogs, and magazines with jewelry related articles, most of which are out of print and difficult to find.  Many of the books are rare and desirable.  Most of the books are jewelry related, but there are plenty on art and history as well.  This is a wonderful opportunity to browse through a…

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January 2019

Jewelry: The Body Transformed

January 10, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
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ASJH members are invited to a Curator-led tour of “Jewelry: The Body Transformed" at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC. Please remember to RSVP to if you plan on attending. What is jewelry? Why do we wear it? What meanings does it carry? Traversing time and space, this exhibition explores how jewelry acts upon and activates the body it adorns. This global conversation about one of the most personal and universal of art forms brings together some 230 objects…

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