The Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts (ASJRA) has set the theme for its 18th annual conference: “Iconic Jewelry Firms.”

Held virtually from May 6-7, the sessions will center around the theme of “Iconic Jewelry Firms,” delving into the likes of Tiffany & Co., Oscar Heyman and Verdura.

The speakers and sessions are as follows.

On May 6, Beth Wees, curator emerita of The American Wing at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, alongside jewelry specialist Sheila Smithie, FGA, will host the first session of the day, “Marcus & Co.: Three Generations of New York Jewelers.”

The American jeweler was a mainstay in New York City from 1892 to 1962.

Reema Keswani, founder of Golconda Jewelry and former president of the American Society of Jewelry Historians, will present “The Jewelry Designs of Shinde.”

Ambaji Venkatesh Shinde was a well-known jewelry designer, notable for his work at Harry Winston.

Jewelry expert Elizabeth Bray will speak on “The Jewelry of Paul Flato,” highlighting the American jeweler’s work. Bray is the author of “Jeweler to the Stars: The Jewelry of Paul Flato,” published by ACC Art Books in 2010.

Costume jewelry historian Barbara Schwartz will lead a session called “Coro and Louis Rousselet: Two Costume Jewelry Makers You Need to Know More About.”

A virtual cocktail party will be held at 6 p.m. Eastern to celebrate the conference.

Event Schedule


Saturday, May 6, 2023 1 p.m. ET start of Zoom Event

Opening Remarks

Beth Wees, 
Sheila Smithie, Marcus & Co.: Three Generations of New York Jewelers

Reema Keswani, The Jewelry Designs of Shinde


Elizabeth Bray, The Jewelry of Paul Flato

Barbara Schwartz, Coro & Louis Rousselet: Two Costume Jewelry Makers You Need to Know More About

6 p.m. ASJRA Annual Virtual Cocktail Party (note you will receive a separate link for the cocktail party if you are registered for the conference)

Opening Remarks

Beth Hamilton, Oscar Heyman, The Jeweler’s Jeweler

Ariana Bishop, Verdura. America’s Crown Jeweler


Laura Mathews, Lost & Found the Jewelry of Gustav Manz

Anna Rasche, Dreicer & Company: Forgotten Jewelers of the Gilded Age

Elyse Zorn Karlin, The Art Jewelry of Louis Comfort Tiffany

Closing Remarks

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