Constellation Necklace
Kristina Logan (American, b. 1964)
United States, Portsmouth, New
Hampshire, 2011. Flameworked glass
and pâte de verre; sterling silver. L.: 60.8
cm; Diam: 5.3 cm (largest disk). 2011.4.3,
purchased with funds from Carl and
Betty Pforzheimer and Jamie and Maisie




Dear Members:

On behalf of the entire ASJH board, we welcome you to a new year in the American Society of Jewelry Historians. The "jewelry historians" in our title embraces not just the rich history and lessons antique jewelry offers, but the fresh eye and innovative designs in modern jewelry as well. The jewels of today are the antiques of future generations, and we wholeheartedly embrace jewelry aesthetics past, present, and future.

2015 was yet another memorable year filled with fascinating and informative programs:

Guided tours of "Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family" at the National Museum of the American Indian, NY; the newly renovated Cooper Hewitt by Sarah Coffin, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, NY; and Treasures and Talismans: Rings from the Griffin Collection at The Cloisters, NY

"The Visual Language of Beads: An Overview from Prehistory to the Present" lecture by Lois Sherr Dubin

"Elihu Yale: Merchant, Collector & Patron" lecture and book signing by Benjamin Zucker

"Oscar Heyman – From Russia and the House of Fabergé with Love" lecture by Adam and Tom Heyman

"Bats, Bad Dreams, and Damsels in Distress: The Darker Side of René Lalique’s Jewelry" lecture by Stefanie Walker

2016 has begun with our ASJH Scholarship winner Ana Estrades and her informative talk on Napoleonic cameos. We have many innovative and wonderful things planned for members this year, and we are looking forward to your continued participation and input. As you know, membership includes the lectures, three newsletters providing synopses of past lectures, invitations to special events, special discounted book purchases, and research from leading figures in the jewelry field.

Please visit our Membership page to join the ASJH – we have a Paypal link for your convenience. We look forward to welcoming you as a member and hope that you will consider gifting a membership to friends and colleagues who share our enthusiasm for jewelry and its rich history.

We look forward to your continued friendship and support.


Diana Singer

President ASJH


        ASJH Event/Lecture Series  2016


"Secrets of the Ancient Goldsmiths Demystified – and Demonstrated"

Join Master Goldsmith and author of Soldering Demystified, Jeanette K Caines, at Jewelry Arts Inc, for an exploration of goldsmithing techniques. Participate in live demonstrations of chain weaving, metal forging and gold alloying in an authentic jewelry studio, New York.

There will be three evening slots available for this event:
Friday, February 26th, 2016
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2016
Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Lecture:"History in Context: Identifying Georgian and Early Victorian Jewelry, 1760-1860"
Thursday, March 10th, 2016

Join lecturer Jacquelyn Babush, M.A. as she explains how to correctly identify Georgian and early Victorian jewelry through the context of fashion, construction, and comparative examination, and discuss the changes in the technology of jewelry manufacture throughout the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, New York



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The American Society of Jewelry Historians will be launching a new website in the near future which will contain many upgrades such as a private Members Login Section. In it we will have a section dedicated to "Services to our Members" which will include new innovations and services to the ASJH membership. Please keep an eye out for the launch of our new website!

Job Posting

Bonham's Auction House is seeking a Director for the Jewelry Department at their New York location. This position will have the responsibility of working in conjunction with the UK and US executive management teams. For complete details, see full posting at Bonhams




Recent Member Events


Special Event for ASJH Members

"Glittering World: Navajo Jewelry of the Yazzie Family"

January 15th & 22nd, 2015

ASJH members were invited to a guided tour of the Glittering World exhibition which featured almost 300 examples of contemporary jewelry made by several members of the Yazzie family and showed how the family's art flowed from their Southwest environs and strong connection to their Navajo culture.

Location: National Museum of the American Indian, New York












































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