Sunday, October 11, 2009

ASJRA - Dedicated to the Advancement of Jewelry Studies

The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (AJSRA for short) is an organization whose aim is the advancement of jewelry studies in museums, school and various institutions of higher leaning. The organization is also a good source of information about the history of jewelry, including that from both the ancient past and the present day.

AJSRA publishes a quarterly magazine called Adornment, the Magazine of Jewelry & Related Arts. The organization also sends out a weekly online newsletter about jewelry news with a paid subscription.

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Their fourth Annual Conference took place on Sunday, October 11, 2009 in New York City at the Fashion Institute of Technology. The conference is titled "In its Time: Materials and Techniques throughout Jewelry History", and it provided attendees a chance to intermingle with people from many different parts of the jewelry community.

The speakers for the conference were curators, historians and jewelry artists who discussed subjects with which they are well-versed in and understand intimately. Speakers for this year's conference included Barbara Berk, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Rui Galopim de Carvalho, Gerald W.R. Ward, Barbara Seidenath and Jan Yager. A full list of the speakers and their qualifications can be found here.

Each year, during the confernece, one young scholar is offered the opportunity to present their research on a jewelry subject. What a wonderful opportunity for young people interested in jewelry design!

There were also two study days during the conference this year on October 9 and 10, 2009. One discussed A Magical Mystery Tour of Colored Diamonds with Alan Bronstein and the other dealt with Bad Marriages in Jewelry.

The conference sounds like a wonderful event. I'll try to get details earlier for next years conference. Their site has tempted me to become an affiliate, so that I can receive the magazine and online weekly newsletter. Why not have a look to see if it appeals to you too.

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