There is an extraordinary jewelry education opportunity coming up, my darlings, and I’m so excited to tell you all about it! Dear To Memory is an online lecture series from two jewelry industry gems, Sarah Nehama and Konstantinos I. Leoussis and it’s right around the corner on September 25-26th.
Dear to Memory: learn the secrets of antique sentimental and mourning jewelry
Jewelry holds secrets, especially sentimental and mourning jewelry. Do you know how to read the meaning of a white enamel border, the sepia sweep of a weeping willow’s branch, the implications of a tiny hairwork angel or an engraved forget-me-not?
I have always believed that jewelry tells a story, and in the case of certain sentimental and mourning jewels, the story is quite literally there on the pieces for those in the know to read it.
Dear To Memory is an online lecture series to interpreting these the history and hidden symbols of the gorgeous treasures from the past. You’ll have to go to the Dear to Memory website for the full rundown, but here are some topics I’m particularly excited to learn about:
- Georgian era sepia and watercolor miniatures in both mourning and sentimental jewelry, with a focus on construction and industry.
- How to differentiate between antique jewelry reproductions vs authentic pieces.
- The origins of mourning and sentimental jewelry from the mid 17th century to the early 20th century, with a particular focus on symbolism and meaning.
- Victorian jewelry and the influence that the industrial revolution and Queen Victoria’s mourning for Prince Albert had on the jewelry of the time.
I haven’t even gotten to the best part. Are you ready? Dear to Memory is not just a lecture series. Ticket-holders will also gain access to an exclusive curated sale featuring authentic sentimental and mourning jewelry from well-respected vendors, including Lisa Kramer Vintage, Sandy Jacobs, Antikdevotion, and Heart of Hearts Jewels.
Authentic antique sentimental and mourning jewelry is hard to find, so this is a rare opportunity to get first crack at acquiring what are sure to be some truly remarkable treasures from reputable sources.
A $40 VIP ticket grants you access to the sale a full week early, all other ticket-holders will get to see the goods on the 25th.
There is no greater resource for learning about jewelry than people who have been working closely with actual pieces for the length of their careers.
The chance to hear either Sarah Nehama or Konstantinos I. Leoussis lecture about jewelry would be one to jump at; both of them together makes Dear to Memory a must-see.
is a working metalsmith
and antique jewelry collector/dealer based in Providence, RI. She holds a degree in Art History from Boston University and studied jewelry making at the century-old North Bennett Street School in Boston.
Author of the lauded book, In Death Lamented: The Tradition of Anglo-American Mourning Jewelry, Sarah has lectured on the topic of mourning and sentimental jewelry at museums, historical societies, jewelry associations, in webinars, and antique symposia.
KONSTANTINOS I. LEOUSSIS
is a jewelry designer
and antique jewelry dealer with a specialization in antique jewelry from the late Stuart to Edwardian era. After many years of working for other dealers, jewelry historians, and designers in various facets of the jewelry industry, Konstantinos now helms his own company, KIL N.Y.C., which was formed in 2016 (and incorporated in 2019)
KIL N.Y.C. sources antique jewelry from the 1680s-1900s and also produces original designs inspired by antiques, travel, and world history.
If you’re active in the antique jewelry community, there’s a good chance you already know Konstantinos and Sarah, but here’s a little quick background on the two of them.
Dear to Memory kicks off on September 25th, so head over to the website now to get your tickets!
Don’t forget to consider that $40 VIP option. It’s definitely worth it, IMHO, especially if you’re thinking of doing some shopping and want first crack at the curated sale.
If you can’t watch Dear to Memory live on the 25th and 26th, there are also ticket options that will allow for viewing of the recordings after it airs, but I think that watching live will be the most fun.I’ll be watching!
Will I see you there?
This sponsored post is brought to you by Dear to Memory. All images are c/o Sarah Nehama, Konstantinos I. Leoussis, and the Dear to Memory Vendors.