Jewelry Research & Design

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Material World of Jewelry — I designed and taught this undergraduate lecture course at Columbia during the Summer 2016 session to assess ways of teaching jewelry history, an inherently practical subject. We examined Western jewelry genres and technologies as a primary source for studying interrelationships between decorative arts, scientific and technological innovations, mercantile commerce, and society across the last five hundred years.

…and we also had hands-on experience with actual jewelry pieces and tools. This more than anything demystified jewelry as an artifact of adornment for my students. I blended assigned readings and class discussion with a three-part field trip — first to see jewelry on exhibit at the Met Museum, then to a handling session of rings from 100 BCE to 1700 CE at the New York gallery Les Enluminures (co-taught with goldsmith Jeanette Caines), culminating with hands-on bench work at the Jewelry Arts Institute under the guidance of Ms. Caines, JAI Director.

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