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We are nearing the end of another school year, and AJF is proud to feature a number of schools on our website. Have a look at the past graduate portfolios, and during the summer, check back for work from recent graduates. This is the future we are looking at and hearing from. Coming out of school and into the current economy, these students are facing challenges that they will have to solve in new and different ways. They will need not only skills to make things but will need to find ways to interact in society as well. Everyone here wishes them all the best of luck. Let's keep an eye on them.


The Sweden and Estonia trip sold out in just a few days, and the New York trip is full as well. I am so happy to be working with such an enthusiastic group of people who want to learn about and interact with contemporary jewelry. It is so much fun.


Speaking of selling out ... the first printing of our new publication AJF Best of Interviews is sold out, but we've decided to do another printing. You can still order the book, but you might have to wait a bit to get your copy.


Are you interested in curating a collection of images for AJF's Pinterest page? If you have an idea for an interesting board, please let me or Marthe Le Van know, and we'll make it happen.


One last request: Amazon has a new feature called AmazonSmile, and it allows you to donate a part of all your purchases to a charitable organization. Art Jewelry Forum is on the list, so please pick us. We will get a very small percentage of your purchases, but every little bit helps. Thanks so much.


Until the next month, enjoy our website, Facebook, and Pinterest pages.




Susan Cummins

AJF Chair

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Please find a list of all our members/donors on our website, and let me introduce our newest members: Julie Connellan, Jennifer FrancicaKevin Hughes, Young Joo Kim, C. James Meyer, Karen Pollock, and the University of Georgia.


These new supporters became part of the AJF community in the past month. Thank you to each and every one of you.



Michaan's Auction Thursday, May 8, 2014, 10:00am

Twentieth-Century Design featuring objects from the Cabella Design Collection  


Lot 135 to lot 166 features a number of Margaret de Patta rings, earrings, and photos, as well as Peter Macchiarini rings, Betty Cook brooches and rings, an Edith Heath necklace, and a belt buckle by Bob Winston. Take a look.


On the home page of our website, there is a changing list of the interesting, strange, and wonderful ways that contemporary jewelry is hitting the headlines.

Check out what has been attracting our curiosity!  
The New York Times picks these 4 young jewelry designers--Why?
This dense lecture deserves a read: it is now available on the website of the Pinakotheke der Moderne.
Is this jewelry or is it 'holdables'? taliaYstudio produces some silly hand held devices.
Susie Ganch's TIED is an ARTFORUM Critic's Pick!
MAY 15, 2014: Speakers Tour at Gerrit Rietveld Academie 


null Amsterdam's Rietveld Academie is hosting an event with Monica Gaspar and Rutger Emmelkamp called "Jewelry as an attitude?" The students will conduct an interview of Gaspar and Emmelkamp and try to define the attitude that lies at the base of jewelry making. This event is only for the students of the Rietveld Academie. 


"AJF has been beneficial for our school in many ways. First of all, the interesting articles on the blog are a real help in research projects given the quality of the writing and the diverse aspects approached. Secondly, the school section gives our alumni the possibility to advertise their work, again in a high quality context. Third, the possibilities, grants, sponsoring, and now also the released book, make the world of contemporary jewelry broader and give hope to new developments for the future. We are very thankful for the efforts done by the whole team. It is certainly a benefit for our field."


Doris Maninger, cofounder of Alchimia 

AJF supports jewelry students, educators, and recent alums from around the world. Our SCHOOL MEMBERSHIP and GRANT AWARDS demonstrate this support. Our VISION is BIG, and we imagine our website to be the place where all the jewelry degree programs in the world are featured.


Is the school you work for an AJF member?

Have you ever considered gifting a membership to your alma mater?


We are making strides but know that, as a member, you can help make this big vision a reality.


Get your school to JOIN today. GIFT a school membership today.


For any questions you have, please email Ra´ssa Bump.



This month, we feature the following galleries on the AJF website


Lena Olson: Close to Me

May 22-June14, 2014

Galerie Noel Guyomarc'h

Greenware, Crockery, Chinawear

May 8-June 8, 2014

Rosemarie Jaeger Galerie

Robert Smit

May 11-18, 2014

Brooklyn Metalworks

F1: A Jewelry Exhibition

May 3-June 27, 2014

Graver's Lane

Sandra Enterline & Valerie Mitchell: 30 Years West

May 1-31, 2014

Atta Gallery

Tales of the Truth

May 22-July 5, 2014