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Over the course of four 90 minute lectures we will embark on a crash course in all that glitters.
There are two ways to look at jewelry, in the traditional sense as an object of beauty, valued for the precious materials that it is made of out and worn for adornment or as an object which has meaning beyond its materials, as a symbol of individuality and reflective of the time in which it was made influenced by the political, social, and cultural events. Every historical period produced jewelry that responded to the needs of its people and communicated certain ideas. We will look at jewelry that will prompt us to ask, what was happening in society that lead to the creation of this piece. Can jewelry be made in response to avant-garde art, women’s changing status in society, political and social events, and innovation in technology? The twentieth-century also saw the rise art jewelry, that is jewelry created by artists for whom the body was another type of canvas and the materials that they favored were not oil and canvas, for example, but metals and various precious and semi-precious stones, or in the case of the later part of the century and moving into the 21st century, plastic, glass, fabric, and even bone. To appreciate where jewelry is today, we have to look at where it is coming from. In four weeks (each class will cover roughly 25-30 years), we will explore major periods and trends in jewelry, get to know the makers, and learn about key techniques that will help you identify different styles of jewelry.
Programs taking place online:An access link will be emailed to you after purchase.
Programs taking place in our NYC facilities:Please read our safety guidelines before visiting our building.
Programs taking place online and in our NYC facilities:Please select which experience you wish to participate in when registering. Online participants will be emailed an access link after purchase. In-person participants should read our safety guidelines before attending the program.
Bella Neyman is the co-founder of New York City Jewelry Week. She is also an independent curator and journalist specializing in contemporary jewelry. Most recently she was on the Curatorial Advisory Committee for 45 Stories in Jewelry: 1947 to Now (on view through January 2021) at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. Since graduating with a Master’s Degree in Decorative Arts and Design History from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum & Parsons, The New School for Design in 2008, she has worked for some of New York City’s leading design galleries. Bella’s articles have been published in The New York Times, American Craft, and the Magazine Antiques. She is also a frequent contributor to Metalsmith magazine. Bella is on the Board of Art Jewelry Forum. She resides with her family in Brooklyn.
100 Years of Jewelry History