Members of the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC), a non-profit education group formed in 1988 to promote American jewellery design, are dedicated to raising awareness about the aesthetic value of artistic fine jewellery. “Variations on a Theme” featured a selection of more than 150 works of jewellery and objet d’art created by 40 AJDC designers as part of an annual project started in 1996. Each year the one- or two-word themes – such as water, spiral, tear and flight – offer designers the opportunity to interpret meaning from their individual perspective. The result is an array of designs with a common thread, each distinctly expressive of its designer, that elevates American jewellery designs to artwork sought by collectors and museums.
This exhibition, which celebrates 25 years of AJDC, debuted in September 2013 at the Forbes Galleries in New York, followed by an exhibition at Kent State University in Ohio.