Participants will further learn how the marketplace for jewellery has lasted for centuries and the global and political changes that influence its value throughout time. Imparted as well are the changes in taste and trends in the creation and wearing of ornaments made with important coloured stones such as rubies, sapphire and pearls. A special session will be a show-and-tell about the enduring popularity and marketplace for diamonds.
Suitable for both novices and participants with existing knowledge of the (semi)precious stone industry, the lectures will offer a nuanced understanding of jewels, regalia and ornaments through a breakdown of their history, marketplace and study of their everlasting desirability.
Speak about the history of gemstones and jewels.
Grasp jewellery’s place at auction and in the rest of the market
Discuss popular types of jewels and ornaments To speak about the power that jewellery held in the global and political arena.
Comprehend the artistry and skill that goes into creating a piece of jewellery.
Kristian Spofforth FGA is Head of Department, Jewelry at Sotheby’s London. He has worked as a jewelry specialist for nearly 15 years and has had the opportunity to work with some of the great collections of jewelry in the world. This includes a spectacular collection of Harry Winston jewels featuring the Star of Sierra Leone brooch and the Bourbon Parma collection featuring the Marie Antoinette pearl, which sold for $36 million dollars. He has also been able to work with some of the most unique colored diamonds and gemstones to come to auction including the CTF Pink Star, the Farnese Blue and the Dream of Autumn Leaves.Read More
Week 1: Gain a basic understanding of how jewellery became such an important part of culture and trade and how its influences moved backwards and forwards across continents and through time.
Week 2: Discover the world of diamonds and learn about the most important facets of the diamond market.
Week 3: Explore the most important coloured stones and their origins, values, rarity and place in the market.
Week 4: Look at jewellery in its form of power; jewels held status and influence for its wearers and could make important statements.
Week 5: This special session will discuss the enduring market for pearls.
Week 6: Discuss how the market has changed, focusing on the 20th century, and look at current trends and influences and where these may lead in the future.
Course participants take away in-depth and valuable insight into the current and future art world. Those who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art.
Sotheby’s Institute of Art course participants come from all over the world, from a wide variety of backgrounds. As they study, travel, and explore the art world alongside each other throughout the program, fierce and long-lasting collaborations are frequently born. Individuals who complete these courses join our network of over 8,000 past participants around the globe who hold top positions at renowned art organizations.
English Language Requirement
Course participants should be proficient in written and spoken English and be able to participate in group discussions and presentations in English. It is recommended that participants have the equivalent level of IELTS score of 6.0 /TOEFL score of 78 IBT, however evidence of test scores is not required to register.
Courses are open to participants 18 years of age or older, however, we prefer that students have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience to be able to properly engage in the course.
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