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Jewelry Fair 2008

November 20-23

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Special Events

First Fridays at the Walters: Bedazzled

Friday, November 7, 5�8 p.m.


The newest hot spot on the Baltimore cocktail scene is First Fridays at the Walters. Join us for live entertainment, a cash bar, and FREE admission to Bedazzled during this stylish event! Entrance at Centre Street.

Open House

College Night: Bling! Bling! Bling!

Thursday, November 13, 6�9 p.m.

Free, pre-registration recommended; open to college and university students and faculty with valid I.D.


This evening of education and entertainment offers college and university faculty and students a unique and intimate opportunity to interact with Walters staff and local artists, and participate in art activities and gallery tours. View the permanent collection and receive free admission to the ticketed special exhibition Bedazzled. The event will also feature free refreshments, music, and a student art exhibition. More info...

But What IS It? Ask the Experts About the Design and History of Members' Treasures

Sunday, December 7, 2 p.m.

Free, pre-registration required (see more info for registration)

We've brought the curator of the Bedazzled exhibition, our director of conservation, and two accomplished jewelry professionals together to discuss the design history, construction details, and in-depth elements of a small number of pre-selected treasures brought from Walters members' own collections. More info...

Family Programs

Family Festival of Treasures

Saturday, October 25, 10 a.m.�4 p.m.


Put on your finest and prepare to celebrate like kings and queens! Every family can indulge in royal fun as we create projects inspired by the jewels and gems of emperors, pharaohs, and sultans from the past! Hunt for treasures throughout the museum, hear dazzling tales of emperors and princesses, take pictures of your family as royalty, and more! More info...


Bead-making for Kids! (Ages 7-10)

Saturday, November 22, 1�4:30 p.m.

Walters members $25; non-members $35, pre-registration required


Jewelry is all over the museum on this special day! Kids will be led by a special guest educator in creating wacky, fun, and beautiful beads! Experiment with an unexpected range of materials to create one-of-a-kind wearable pieces. And parents don't have to leave the museum � they can indulge in our special Jewelry Fair and see the special exhibition Bedazzled: 5,000 years of Jewelry! More info...

Adult Programs

Opening Day Lecture

Hunting for Treasures: Curating Bedazzled

Sunday October 19, 2 p.m.

Free to Bedazzled ticket holders and members

Curator Sabine Albersmeier will share the genesis of the Bedazzled exhibition while exploring the history of the impressive jewelry collection at the Walters Art Museum. In collaboration with the Division of Conservation and Technical Research, this project sheds new light on many objects, exposing the depth of this astonishing collection, ranging from 5,000 year old-Mesopotamian pendants to masterpieces by Tiffany and Lalique. More info...

faberLecture and Book Signing

Faberg� Eggs: The
Extraordinary Story of the
Masterpieces That Outlived an Empire

Tony Faber, Author

Friday, October 24, 6 p.m.

Walters members free; non-members $10


Author Toby Faber discusses his new book in which he traces the compelling history and journey of 50 jeweled Faberg� Imperial Easter eggs that were scattered by war, revolution, the murder of the Russian royal family, and which now are being �repatriated' by wealthy Russian connoisseurs. Faber's carefully researched account and arduously-detailed reconstruction features these exotic symbols of wealth and symbolic artistry while exploring important aspects of their Russian heritage. More info...

The 28th Annual Theodore L. Low Lecture

Marie Antoinette: The Pleasures and Perils of Jewelry

Caroline Weber, Associate Professor of French,
Columbia University

Sunday, October 26, 2 p.m.

Free, pre-registration recommended


More than any previous French queen, Marie Antoinette grasped the power of a glamorous image and attempted to use elegant jewels to solidify perception of her authority. Yet, her unconventional fashion choices raised suspicion�even hostility�erupting into full-blown hatred after the Diamond Necklace Affair of 1785�1786. Weber explores Antoinette's wrongful implication in this monumental jewel heist and the politics of Marie-Antoinette's era, tracing links between the old regime and the French Revolution as revealed by jewels and adornment of that time. Caroline Weber, associate professor of French at Columbia University, specializes in eighteenth-century French literature and culture. Her most recent book, Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution (2007) was named one of the best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review, Borders Books, and Washington Post Book World. More info...

Lunch and Learn Lecture

Bedazzled: 5,000 Years of Jewelry

William Johnston, Senior Curator and Director of Archives

November 6, 12:15�1:15 p.m.



Basic Sketching, Rendering, and Jewelry Design

Elissa O'Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator

Wednesdays, November 12 and 19, 6:30-9 p.m.

Walters members $50; non-members $100, pre-registration required


iris drawingAll gorgeous works of fashion begin with compelling concepts, merging design with construction techniques. This class will begin with a brief illustrated talk on the history of jewelry renderings, beginning from Medieval time to the modern day, focusing on Faberg�, Boucheron, Cartier, George Jensen, and Buccelati. Paper, colored pencils, markers, and technical drawing tools will be used to help participants learn to sketch a brooch, a necklace, and perhaps a bracelet. Elissa O'Loughlin is a Senior Conservator of Books and Paper Conservation at the Walters Art Museum, and creates jewelry renderings for Nelson Coleman Jewelers in Towson. More info...


A Mysterious Wedding Ring: Tracing Personal Jewelry Histories

Benjamin Zucker, Prominent Collector and President of the Precious Stones Company, New York

Sunday, November 23, 2 p.m.

Free, pre-registration recommended


ZuckerBenjamin Zucker is a jewelry expert who specializes in works made with pearls and precious colored stones. Throughout his lifetime, Zucker (who was born into a family of gem dealers) has built an impressive collection of bejeweled and engraved works, dating from about 600 B.C. to the present, focusing primarily on finger rings but also including bracelets, earrings, and pendants. Zucker will share intimate stories about his collection, which supplements the Walters Bedazzled exhibition, offering special insights into the role gems and rings have played throughout the history of jewelry design. More info...