Jewelry through the Ages

Parsons School of Design: Art and Design History

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Degree Students (with Restrictions)

Jewelry through the Ages

Spring 2020

Taught By: Devon Beddard

Section: A

CRN: 5396

Credits: 3

Using the seminar format, this class examines the history of jewelry from the ancient world to present day. Jewelry styles are studied and situated within their cultural, social and political context. Lectures examine how new materials and changing styles of dress informed and inspired the design of jewelry. For instance, students learn why the ancient Romans used chalcedony for cameos, how Baroque pearls dictated Renaissance jewelry design, and why Van Cleef & Arpels first used ruby to invisibly set jewels. Gemology, fashion, and material culture theory and popular culture are all incorporated into class discussions to enhance students understanding of jewelry not only as a form of decorative art but also as its own field of study.

Open to: University undergraduate degree students, freshman and sophomores only. Pre-requisite(s): first-year university writing course and at least one prior history or methods course in art, media, film, or visual culture.

College: Parsons School of Design (PS)

Department: Art and Design History (PLAD)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 20

Add/Drop Deadline: February 3, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 13, 2020 (Wednesday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 3:07am 6/4/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Friday

Times: 9:00am - 11:40am

Building: 6 East 16th Street

Room: 603

Date Range: 1/24/2020 - 5/8/2020