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Wednesday, May 27, 2020

WJA National Series | Sneak Peek: Stories from the Archives Part 3

Start Date: 5/27/2020 5:30 PM EDT
End Date: 5/27/2020 6:00 PM EDT

Venue Name: Zoom

Organization Name: Womens Jewelry Association

Rachel Jurisz
Phone: (845) 473-7324

The Women's Jewelry Association in collaboration with The Jewelry Library presents Sneak Peek: Stories from the Archives, where jewelry historians and writers share their latest research finds in short sound-bytes.

Bring a glass of wine and get inspired by these engaging "jewelry detectives" whose discoveries are sure to spark the creative imaginations of jewelry designers, marketers and entrepreneurs. 

FREE for WJA Members and Non-Members


Featuring WJA Executive Director Jennifer Markas in conversation with Inezita Gay-Eckel on A Bejeweled Vision of Paradise: The Ghent Altarpiece by the Van Eyck Brothers and How It Changed My Life

How writing one term paper on the depiction of jewels in this painting, so long ago and so far away, in 1977, about a 545 year old painting, changed my entire life and led me right to the very spot in which I find myself today: a passionate teacher of jewelry history.  Why 
is the Ghent Altarpiece the most vandalized work of art known in the history of art? How early in history did tourists pay large amounts of money to visit this one particular art work? And why? Learn the answers to these questions and discover the hidden jewels of the Van Eyck brothers by tuning in to our third installation of Sneak Peek: Stories from the Archives.

Inezita Gay-Eckel is a teacher, jewelry historian and one of the founding members of L’Ecole Team, since its inception. Inezita is a Jewelry Expert with focus on History of Jewelry and with a specialty in Pearls. As Inezita says it her life in the jewelry industry embodies the French term: “boucler la boucle”  (completing the circle). Having studied Art History and Archaeology at Princeton University, she launched herself into the business aspect of art and jewelry, first with a very fine Chinese and Japanese art gallery, E & J Frankel,  then spending 17 years with Cartier, 5 years with Tiffany, and then 12 years with first Van Cleef & Arpels and then becoming actively involved with L’Ecole from its very beginning. Inezita relishes every moment as a teacher at L’Ecole, using her perspective and insights garnered from a life in jewelry to share with students of every age and from every country and culture!

Karen Davidov is the founder of The Jewelry Library, a research and gallery space in New York City that hosts a wide range of exhibitions, talks and events all across the jewelry-spectrum, collaborating with both contemporary and vintage gallerists, artists and collectors, as well as storytellers, historians, makers and wearers.  As an independent curator and public art producer, Karen worked with local artists and community institutions such as New York City Public Schools, DC Public Libraries and The American University of Central Asia. In addition, she recently launched an educational initiative that teaches curatorial practice to public librarians. Karen began her career as a 20th century decorative arts dealer and theater producer. 

Jennifer Markas is the Executive Director of the Women's Jewelry Association, Inc. Jennifer has 18 years of experience working in the non-profit and creative fields ranging from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to Citibank Foundation to the award-winning architecture firm, Thomas Phifer and Partners. Most recently, Jennifer managed sustainability communications at Tiffany & Co. and was integral in establishing the company's first global women's employee resource group. Jennifer is an advocate for women's equality and empowerment and was the founder of Damsels in Design, a professional community for creative women in NYC which brought 3,000 women together across all creative fields. Jennifer holds a Bachelor's degree in Finance from Boston University and a Master of the Arts from Parsons School of Design in the History of Decorative Arts & Design. Jennifer focused on material culture from 20th century Vienna and Mid-century modern furniture design. Her first jewelry memory is of receiving a small emerald (her birthstone) ring in a gold setting from her mother when she was 4 years old. Jennifer has the ring to this day.

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