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BESSIE JAMIESON (born 1940): JEWELRY    Nov 9 - Dec 23, 2010

BESSIE JAMIESON: JEWELRY will consist of hand-made necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and pins of 22-karat gold with precious and semi-precious gemstones, including antique rose-cut diamonds. JAMIESON draws on ancient, classical, Byzantine and medieval jewelry to inspire her own designs. Her jewelry is contemporary, yet rooted in the past.

BESSIE JAMIESON began her career in jewelry design as an apprentice to Robert Kulicke at the Kulicke-Stark Academy in New York. JAMIESON is the former owner and director of the Jewelry Arts Institute in New York (a descendant of the Kulicke-Stark Academy), and she continues to teach traditional techniques of classical jewelry at the Institute. Her jewelry has been exhibited annually at Davis & Langdale Company since 1975.

JAMIESON was featured in a film demonstrating the art of granulation, shown at The Bard Graduate Center for Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture in conjunction with the exhibition The Castellani and Italian Archaeological Jewelry (2004). JAMIESON has also given lectures to the staff of The Cloisters on classical jewelry making techniques.

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