American Jewelry Design Council Celebrates 25 Years of Design



The American Jewelry Design Council will showcase 25 years of jewelry design at the Forbes Galleries in New York City, beginning on Sept. 21. The exhibition, “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC,” is open to the public and will feature works from more than 40 AJDC members through Feb. 22, 2014.

Interpretations of water by John Iversen

Interpretation of water, by John Iversen

Each year, the AJDC asks members to make one piece, interpreted according to a single theme; called the Annual Design Project, this exhibit will feature jewels dating back to the group’s first theme in 1996, up to present day. Past themes haved included water, spiral, ice, and flight, among others, in which artists put their own spin on the concepts through their signature styles.

“The jewelry pieces shown at the Forbes exhibition have been created over time for the sole purpose of exhibiting creativity, originality, and excellence in design,” Barbara Heinrich, AJDC president, told the media. “They are purposely noncommercial but rather inspirational in nature, created by some of the foremost American jewelry designers alive. Due to the unique nature and concept of the show, it is sure to excite and inspire its audience.”

Interpretation of black and white by Linda MacNeil

Interpretation of black and white, by Linda MacNeil

The 25-year-old AJDC promotes the awareness of jewelry as an art form, and its members are dedicated to elevating the caliber of jewelry design through educational activities. Pieces interpreting this year’s theme, wave, were on display at JCK Las Vegas in June.

Pieces from the following AJDA artists will be on display in “Variations on a Theme: 25 Years of Design from the AJDC” in the Forbes Galleries:

  • Sandy Baker
  • Jane Bohan
  • Whitney Boin
  • Michael Bondanza
  • Petra Class
  • Jaclyn Davidson
  • Falcher Fusager
  • Geoffrey Giles
  • Cornelia Goldsmith
  • Michael Good
  • Sarah Graham
  • Alishan Halebian
  • Ron Hartgrove
  • Barbara Heinrich
  • Susan Helmich
  • Jose Hess
  • Cornelis Hollander
  • John Iversen
  • Scott Keating
  • Christo Kiffe
  • Paul Klecka
  • Steven Kretchmer
  • Pascal Lacroix
  • Anthony Lent
  • Linda MacNeil
  • Gregory Morin
  • Jennifer Rabe Morin
  • Adam Neeley
  • Mark Patterson
  • Kent Raible
  • Paul Robilotti
  • Todd Reed
  • Alan Revere
  • Susan Sadler
  • George Sawyer
  • Mark Schneider
  • William Schraft
  • Tina Segal
  • Diana Vincent
  • Barbara Westwood