Conference on Jewelry Adornment to be Held in October

Adornment, The Magazine of Jewelry and Related Arts, will hold its second Annual Fall Conference on Jewelry and Related Arts at the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York City, Oct. 6-7.

The theme of this year’s conference is: “A Place in Time: Jewelry within the Context of the Decorative Arts.”

The conference theme is an attempt to examine personal ornament as a decorative art form similar in many respects to hollowware, ceramics, textiles, glass, and furniture. Speakers will address the ideology, inspirational sources, motifs, and techniques common to jewelry and its sister arts. It will also consider the ways in which jewelry is unique among the arts.

Adornment, the Magazine of Jewelry & Related Arts, is a publication dedicated to advancing the knowledge of ancient, antique, costume, and contemporary jewelry. A once neglected area of the decorative arts, jewelry studies increasingly commands the attention of scholars, curators, collectors, and the general public. All are welcome to attend the conference.

Speakers at the two-day conference will include:

* Ulysses Grant Dietz, curator of Decorative Arts, Newark Museum – Keynote: “Putting Jewelry in Its Place: Reclaming Jewelry for the Decorative Arts.”

* Yvonne Markowitz, Rita J, Kaplan, and Susan B. Kaplan, curator of Jewelry, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – “Then and Now: Egyptian Revival in Jewelry and the Decorative Arts.”

* Elyse Zorn Karlin, author and publisher of Adornment – “The Historic Use of the Medusa Image in Jewelry and the Decorative Arts.”

* Nezka Pfeifer, curator, Everhart Museum, Scranton, Pa. – “Sandwich Glass and the Designs of Hazel Blake French: Crafting Cullet into Jewels.”

* Andrea DiNoto, author – “I Have One Word for You…’Plastic.’ “

* Christie Romero, director, Center for Jewelry Studies – “From Antler to Xylonite – Unusual Materials in Victorian Jewelry and Objects.”

* Aimee Newell, curator, Museum of American Heritage, Concord, Mass. – “The Symbol of Brotherhood: Understanding Masonic and Fraternal Motifs in Jewelry and the Decorative Arts.”

* Carol Dickson, professor, University of Ohio – “Passions in Paradise: Historic Hawaiian Jewelry and the Decorative Arts”

* Ruth Ellen Katzenstein, Rothschild Family historian, “Meyer D. Rothschild: A Passion for American Pearls.”

* Meghan Melvin, curatorial project assistant, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – “Universal Designers: Artists at the Darmstadt Colony (1899-1914).”

* Ursula Ilse-Neuman curator, and Jennifer Scanlon assistant curator, Museum of Art & Design, New York – “The Last Decade: Contemporary Jewelry and Decorative Arts.”

* Jeannine Falino, independent Curator, – “Exquisite Detail: The Art of Daniel Brush.”

The conference fee will include continental breakfast and a buffet lunch both days which provides an opportunity to network with other jewelry lovers.

Conference details and registration forms are available at or by contacting Adornment at 1333A North Avenue #122, New Rochelle, NY 10804;; or calling (914) 286-7685. Students are invited to attend the conference at half price.

For more information contact: Elyse Zorn Karlin: (914) 636-3784 (until Aug. 1) or (914) 286-7685 (ongoing) or