Join Christie’s and Bella Neyman on 5 weeks of jewelry adventures around New York City. Familiarize yourself with some of the most beautiful and unusual jewels crafted over the last two centuries by seeing them in-person. This course is an incredible opportunity to experience jewelry history firsthand in important public and private collections, as well as see some of the most incredible designers in their private salons. Each visit will explore a particular period as told by museum curators, gallerists, dealers, collectors, and jewelers. Why rely on images when some of the world's best jewels can come to life in front of your very eyes?
Bella Neyman is the co-founder of New York City Jewelry Week, a city-wide celebration of jewelry held annually in November. She is also an independent curator and writer specializing in contemporary art jewelry. She has organized multiple exhibitions in the United States and Europe including most recently, 45 Stories in Jewelry at the Museum of Arts and Design. Bella’s articles on decorative arts, fashion and jewelry have appeared in the New York Times, Metalsmith, American Craft and The Magazine Antiques amongst others. From 2014-2018, she was the director of the Gallery at Reinstein|Ross, a New York-based gallery specializing in contemporary jewelry. Bella has been on the Board of the Art Jewelry Forum since 2013. She lives with her husband and daughter in Brooklyn, NY.
Image: Citrine Peridot and Diamond Necklace and Bracelet Flower Suite, ca. 1940s Courtesy of Macklowe Gallery.
February 3, 2023: Les Enluminures
A tour of Les Enluminures with Tomas Borchert. Les Enluminures was founded in Paris in 1991 by Dr. Sandra Hindman and now has galleries in Chicago and New York. An important participant at many prestigious art and antique shows across the world, their Upper East Side gallery is a gem box worth visiting. Les Enluminures’ specialty is manuscripts and miniatures from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, the gallery also handles rings and jewelry from the same periods. Our visit will focus on exploring medieval and renaissance jewelry and what one needs to look for when collecting in this area, we will also discuss understanding revival jewels and their history.
February 10, 2023: Arline Fisch at R&Co.
A tour of the drawings and jewelry of Arline Fisch with R&Co principle Zesty Myers. A pioneer in the American studio jewelry movement, Fisch is known for working with gold and silver in a process similar to weaving and is recognized as being one of the first jewelers to do so. Some of her most well-known pieces are body adornments that double as garments. Her jewelry is in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, New York, the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, and the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, as well as other important international public and private collections.
February 17, 2023: Christopher Walling
Christopher Walling is a storyteller. His magnificent jewels are informed by his experiences (as a young child he already knew he wanted to be a jeweler), his travels around the globe to friendships with legendary masters like Suzanne Belperron and Paul Flato. After being in the business for almost 50 years, Walling now has a permanent home on Park Avenue where we will get to greet him and learn about his jewelry. Walling has been included in 17 books on jewelry and featured in two PBS documentaries, "The Mystique of the Pearl" and PBS Nature's "Diamonds". Walling considers himself a musician, “composing” with different gems and seeking our variations on colors to create just the right piece. He is also celebrated for his use of pearls, especially for unusually shaped and rare baroques.
February 24, 2023: Yuka Saito
Yuka Saito imbues her jewelry with emotions and memories. While this may ring true for many designers, Saito collects spices, vegetables, and fruits that stir up memories of past travels or time spent with friends and incorporates these into her creations. Although trained as a metalsmith, the jewelry artist works with a biodegradable thermoplastic known as PCL to create one of a king wearable works of art. Saito will take us through the trajectory of her career and share with us her most recent body of work, a collection of floral blooms, her version of nature being frozen in time.
March 3, 2023: A visit with a fine jeweler.
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