Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fall 2013 Jewelry Conference Announced

Across Time: The Symbolic Meanings of Jewelry,  The Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts  8th Annual Conference will take place October 12, 2013 in New York City at the same elegant private club as last year which is located in mid-town Manhattan. 

The conference will focus on jewelry as a means to indicate status, power and wealth, membership in exclusive groups, as protection, to express sentimentality, as a form of propaganda, and as a means of self- expression.


Jeweled Emblems of Wealth & Power at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Yvonne Markowitz, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

A Badge of Honor: The Orders of the Cincinatti and of the Golden Fleece, Elyse Zorn Karlin, Co-Director ASJRA, author, curator 

Jewelry: Ancient Egyptian Protective Armor, Rita Freed, Chair, Ancient Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 

Hair Jewelry and Sentimentality (formal title to be announced later),
Sarah Nehama, artist, co-curator and author of In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry 

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

Suffragist Jewelry, Bella Neyman, design historian and journalist with an area of specialization in 20th Century Decorative Arts, Fashion, and Contemporary Studio Jewelry. 

A History of Betrothal and Wedding Rings, Jack Ogden, ancient jewelry expert, Chief Executive of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain (Gem-A), author, lecturer, consultant 

One additional speaker to be announced shortly. 

The fee for the conference includes the eight lectures you have not heard before anywhere else by experts in their fields, as well as continental breakfast and afternoon refreshments. 


Our annual Study Day will be held on October 11, the day before the conference. We will board a bus in New York City and go to the Newark Museum (Newark, NJ). There we will have a tour of the permanent jewelry gallery and well-known jewelry historian and ASJRA member Janet Zapata will show us selected items from the museum’s archives. We will also visit the newly opened Tiaras to Toerings: Asian Ornaments collection. 

We will have a second stop in the Newark area which is yet to be confirmed. The day will include a continental boxed breakfast on the bus, lunch and afternoon snacks. 

Please note it is never too early to book hotels in New York...October is a
busy time. It is not advisable to wait until a few weeks before the conference. Overnight accommodations in the private club where the conference is held can also be booked. To book rooms at the club you need to contact Elyse Karlin @ekarlin@usa.net for instructions in how to do this.
The cost of the conference to the general public is $350. 

A $50 non-refundable deposit will hold your place with the balance due July 1 (unless the conference were cancelled for some reason we would refund your money). There are only 100 seats for this conference and some have already been reserved. 

There will only be 40 spaces for the Study Day...this year we sold out. The cost of the Study Day will be $350 as well. This includes all events and transportation for the day (we visit several locations), lunch, snacks and a small gift our attendees receive every year as a memento. 

Please note a $50 deposit for the Study Day is also required in addition to one for the conference.
You can mail a check to: ASJRA, 246 North Regent St., Port Chester, NY 10573. You may reserve your space by emailing us and then sending your check.