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Jewelry, History and Markets


Jewelry, History and Markets

This course will trace this rich and interesting history, from the art form's early origins right up to the present day and offers an intriguing look at the international jewelry market.

Unlike some art disciplines, jewelry has a truly global appeal and has been influenced and affected by many things throughout history including cultural changes, mining and manufacturing techniques, deposit discoveries, etc., resulting in the push and pull of supply and demand. Suitable for both beginners and participants with knowledge of the industry, the five sessions delve into the history of jewelry and explore how the medium has changed over the thousands of years it has been used, made, and worn. Across these lectures, participants build a general understanding of jewels, regalia and ornaments through a breakdown of the gemstones themselves and the processes of making a rough stone into a piece of jewelry. All this will ultimately answer the course’s main question of how such a diverse marketplace has been able to last for centuries; while highlighting how global and political changes have influenced the value of jewelry throughout time. There will be a special guest lecture solely focused on diamonds and the course concludes with a short project for students to apply their newfound knowledge.

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  • Date
    May 8, 13, 15, 20, 22
  • Time
    1 p.m. EST /
    6 p.m. GMT
  • Duration
    2 Weeks
  • Type
    Live Course
  • Location
  • Topics
    • Art Business,
    • Luxury Business
  • Language
  • Contact Admissions 646-438-7268


Kristian Spofforth

Online Faculty

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.

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  • About Live Courses

    About Live Courses

    This live online course is delivered with live-streamed lectures featuring group discussion and Q&A. All live sessions are also recorded and available on the course platform typically within 24-48 hours for participants unable to attend the posted times. The course will include a final project with personalized feedback from the course instructor. All participants will have access to the recordings for an additional 30 days after the final course lecture.

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  • Students Will Learn

    Students Will Learn

    • Engage with the jewelry market and understand how to place it at auction.
    • Better understand gemstones, jewels, and diamonds.
    • Present an overview of the artists and the history of jewelry making.
    • Understand how value can be attributed to jewels.
  • Course Completion

    Course Completion

    For successfully completing this course, you receive a verified Certificate of Completion from Sotheby’s Institute of Art as well as 1 IACET Continuing Education Unit. *