Unlike some art disciplines, jewelry has a truly global appeal and has been influenced and affected by many things throughout history including cultural changes, mining and manufacturing techniques, deposit discoveries, etc., resulting in the push and pull of supply and demand. Suitable for both beginners and participants with knowledge of the industry, the five sessions delve into the history of jewelry and explore how the medium has changed over the thousands of years it has been used, made, and worn. Across these lectures, participants build a general understanding of jewels, regalia and ornaments through a breakdown of the gemstones themselves and the processes of making a rough stone into a piece of jewelry. All this will ultimately answer the course’s main question of how such a diverse marketplace has been able to last for centuries; while highlighting how global and political changes have influenced the value of jewelry throughout time. There will be a special guest lecture solely focused on diamonds and the course concludes with a short project for students to apply their newfound knowledge.
Kristian Spofforth FGA is Head of Department, Jewelry at Sotheby’s London. He has worked as a jewelry specialist for nearly 15 years and has had the opportunity to work with some of the great collections of jewelry in the world. This includes a spectacular collection of Harry Winston jewels featuring the Star of Sierra Leone brooch and the Bourbon Parma collection featuring the Marie Antoinette pearl, which sold for $36 million dollars. He has also been able to work with some of the most unique colored diamonds and gemstones to come to auction including the CTF Pink Star, the Farnese Blue and the Dream of Autumn Leaves.Read More
Day 1: A history of jewelry and global trends.
Day 2: Power and influence of jewelry.
Day 3: Diamonds and pearls.
Day 4: Colored gemstones.
Day 5: The marketplace for jewelry in the 20th century.
This live online course is delivered with live-streamed lectures featuring group discussion and Q&A. All live sessions are also recorded and available on the course platform typically within 24-48 hours for participants unable to attend the posted times. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have access to the recordings for an additional 30 days after the final course lecture.
For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 1 IACET Continuing Education Unit. *