Alexandra Mor, designs for collectors who are focused on building one-of-a-kind and jewelry collections. It was in 2004, during a jewelry bench class, that she found her passion and career calling. Alexandra launched her first collection at Phillips de Pury in New York City in 2010. After a decade in New York City Alexandra moved to the island of Bali, Indonesia in 2016 to search for new inspiration. Mor set out to create a more meaningful, spiritually connected, and eco-conscious practice.

Alexandra uses her voice in the jewelry industry to initiate and lead conversations about sustainable and mindful luxury and continue creating unique pieces that are a true reflection of the individuals she works with and the cultures she encounters. Her work was recently featured in the book Women Jewelry Designers and she is the recipient of the “Innovator of the Year Award” from Town and Country Magazine. She discovered and introduced the tagua seed, which mimics banned elephant ivory, into a sustainable High Jewelry collection.

Beth Weingast, will speak on Yemenite Jewelry. Jewish silversmiths who hailed from Yemen were highly acclaimed craftsmen who dominated craft production in precious metals in the southern Arabian peninsula, from the 19th to mid-20th century where the metal techniques were sought after by Muslims who commissioned ceremonial sword fittings, snuff boxes, belts, and horse ornaments.

The silversmiths developed techniques for fine granulation, filigree, twisted wire and flowers. The Jewish community relied on the silversmiths for intricate jewelry to adorn women with neckpieces, bracelets, and earrings, and ritual and ceremonial objects. But it was the bridal jewelry that are most revered; Embroidered headdresses were adorned with cascades of silver work. In the 1940s many metalsmiths moved to Palestine which would soon become Israel.

Beth is the owner of Beth G. Weingast Appraisals and has a special interest in numismatics and Judaica. She is a past president of the Appraisers Association of America and a former head of the coin department at Sotheby’s, New York.

Our third speaker is to be announced shortly.

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