Symbolic Meanings of Jewelry to be Conference Topic

  • PORT CHESTER, New York
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  • August 18, 2013

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Rocaille by Jennifer Trask

The Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts (ASJRA) has announced that its 8th annual conference, Across Time: Symbolic Meanings of Jewelry, will take place in New York City on Saturday, October 12, 2013. The conference will be held at a private club in midtown Manhattan.

The conference will feature the following speakers:

Yvonne Markowitz, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

, Jeweled Emblems of Wealth & Power at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Elyse Zorn Karlin, Co-Director ASJRA, author, curator

A Badge of Honor: The Orders of the Cincinnati and The Golden Fleece,The French Legion of Honor

Rita Freed, John F. Cogan Jr. and Mary L Cornille Chair, Ancient Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jewelry: Ancient Egyptian Protective Armor

Sarah Nehama, artist, co-curator and author of In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry.

Hair Jewelry and Sentimentality...Even Today!

                                                              Curt DiCamillo, architectural historian, past Executive Director of the National Trust for Scotland Foundation, USA, and President of DiCamillo Companion, Ltd.

The British Crown Jewels

Bella Neyman, design historian and journalist

Suffragist Jewelry

Jack Ogden, ancient jewelry expert, past Chief Executive of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), author, lecturer, consultant

A History of Betrothal and Wedding Rings

Jennifer Trask, studio jeweler and artist

 Jewelry as a Means of Self-Expression

An additional Study Day limited to 40 people is also offered on the day preceding the conference. It includes a trip to the Newark Museum, Newark, NJ to tour its permanent jewelry collection, view jewelry from the archives, and a curator’s tour of the Asian ornament gallery. Additionally there will be a trip to a jewelry photographer’s studio and a jewelry artist’s studio with the day ending with a wine and cheese reception. Details for the Study Day can be found on the conference website

About the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts

The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts, LLC is an organization dedicated to the advancement of jewelry studies in schools, museums, and institutions of higher learning. It is also committed to the dissemination of knowledge to anyone who is interested in the history of jewelry. ASJRA takes a broad approach to the subject, seeking to understand and place jewelry within a variety of contexts, including from the ancient past to present day, the decorative arts, and fashion.

It uses jewelry as a window into the study of cultures and specific time periods and learn about politics, cultural changes, world events and much more by studying jewelry trends, materials and usage.


                                                                For further information and registration forms contact:

Elyse Zorn Karlin

Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts, LLC (ASJRA)

246 Regent St., Port Chester, NY 10573

(914) 286.7695 (to join ASJRA and learn about the benefits) (conference details) (about our magazine) (about the film we are making on the study of jewelry history)


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