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227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001

January 2016

Napoleon’s Power in Miniature: Cameos in Napoleonic France

January 14, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fashion Institute of Technology, 227 W 27th St
New York, NY 10001
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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.

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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

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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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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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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November 2017

“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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November 2019

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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