Egyptian Revival Necklace

Circa 1920’s, gold, lapis, enamel.



Dear jewelry friends:

No matter what’s going on in the world, our passion for jewelry seems to be bottomless, and we know we’re not alone. Our non profit organization devotes time to all things jewelry related: the history, the collectors, the stories, the stones, the metals, the designers, the business, the trends. The sources of inspiration we see are literally endless, and we’ve recently been posting what we affectionately refer to as “nibbets of knowledge” on our instagram page (@jewelryhistorians). The nibbets show up daily, and include subjects both familiar and arcane, from the ridiculous to the sublime. We’ve just sent out our most recent newsletter, which we offer to members three times a year. Although each issue is spectacular and memorable in its own right, we’d like to share this most recent issue with potential new members. This way, you can get an idea of who we are and what we do. Please click on this link to read it, and if you’d like to join our group of jewelry afficionados for fun, factual information, and friendships, simply click on this link to access our membership page. We look forward to hearing from you and meeting you in person.

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Art Nouveau Choker Plaque

Circa 1901, made by Levinger and Bissinger for the French market.
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January 2019

Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World

January 31, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Phillips Auction House, 450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022 United States
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Lecture by Judy Rudoe This lecture emerges from the book of the same title, co-authored with Charlotte Gere in 2010. Taking a new approach to the study of jewellery in the Victorian age, this lecture seeks to understand the nineteenth century through its jewellery. The “age of Victoria” is taken in its widest sense to encompass jewellery from Europe and America, at a time when expanding foreign trade, the new illustrated press and a growing tourist industry brought jewellery from…

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February 2019

Jewelry: The Secret Language in Portraits of Power

February 19, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The 92nd Street Y, Buttenwieser Hall, 1395 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10128
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Stellene Volandes joins Jonquil O’Reilly Vice President, Specialist, Head of Sale for Old Master Paintings at Christie’s, Stephanie L. Herdrich, Ph.D. Assistant Curator of American Painting and Sculpture The American Wing The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Diana Singer President, American Society of Jewelry Historians, Owner, Abbott & Austin Estate Jewels. A lively and entertaining investigation into how artists have used jewelry as signifiers of wealth in portraiture, from Queen Elizabeth I mounds of pearls to the subtler pieces in…

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March 2019

Power Against Evil: Eye Beads and other Protective Measures

March 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Phillips Auction House, 450 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022 United States
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Stone agate eye bead, 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamia

Stone agate eye bead, 3rd millennium BCE, Mesopotamia   Lecture by Lois Sherr Dubin The evil eye is an epic story of humanity’s on-going struggles between superstition and reality, religion and science, moderation and excess. Prior to the evil eye, there were fertile eyes, holy eyes and solar eyes. When and why did eye imagery become associated with evil? Belief in an eye of evil has a long history and wide geographic spread. Beginning with Paleolithic times and continuing to…

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September 2019

Sacred to Memory: A talk with Sarah Nehama

September 11, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Register to See Location New York City, NY

This talk will illustrate and explain examples of rings, bracelets, brooches, and other pieces of mourning jewelry from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. The speaker will discuss the history, use, and meaning of mourning jewelry in Western European and American culture as well as related pieces of material culture such as gravestones, painted portraits, and photographs. Sarah Nehama has a degree in art history from Boston University and has been designing and creating one-of-a-kind precious metals jewelry for over…

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October 2019

Georgian Jewelry: The Real Deal and How to Spot It

October 7, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Register to See Location New York City, NY

This lecture by Jacquelyn Bush, owner of Aesthetic Engineering, will focus on examples of both fine and costume jewelry dating from 1716-1830. The object of the lecture will be to learn to correctly identify genuine Georgian era jewelry through the context of comparative examination, to discuss the developments of jewelry manufacturing technology during the Industrial Revolution, and how to spot the reproduction Georgian jewels, fakes and frauds flooding the market. Space is limited. Advance reservations required on a first-come-first-served basis. Email: or call…

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Diamonds: A Lecture and Reminiscence of a Lifetime’s Collecting

October 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Register to See Location New York City, NY

The lecture will feature diamond jewels belonging to the personal collection of Benjamin Zucker, a third generation diamond and gemstone dealer. Thirty five jewels made for wealthy European patrons will be discussed, and the importance of India and Brazil as historic diamond sources will be mentioned. This lecture will trace the history of diamond cuts over the centuries, and attendees will have the opportunity to examine museum quality jewels showcasing these diamonds. It's a rare opportunity to see rare jewels…

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November 2019

Curator Led Tour of “Jewelry for America” Exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art

November 7, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Register to See Location New York City, NY

This wonderful exhibit spans three hundred years of jewelry evolution in this country. With five chronological sections revealing changes in styles, materials, and techniques woven into a sociohistorical narrative, it relates the rich history of jewelry in America. Beth Carver Wees, Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts for the Met, has graciously offered to lead attending ASJH members through the exhibit, offering observations and insights as only an experienced curator can. Space is limited. Reservations and payments must…

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When The Past Is The Future: How Yesterday’s Styles, Techniques, and Designs Influence Our Jewels

November 19, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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NOTE: Please RSVP for this event only, through the NYC Jewelry Week website by clicking on the RSVP button there. 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…

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“Unsung Heroes of the 1960s and 70s”, a lecture by Kim Klosterman

November 21, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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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.

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December 2019

“The Cartiers” a lecture and book signing with Francesca Cartier Brickell

December 6, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Register to See Location New York City, NY

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…

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