Elegance and Aspiration: Money, Taste and Jewelry in America’s Gilded Age
As America industrialized from the
mid-19th century onward, all aspects of our country’s material
culture industrialized as well. Ulysses Grant Dietz, the Chief Curator Emeritus at the Newark Museum, examines how jewelry, once the sole province of European
aristocracy, became a commodity, produced and marketed to the rapidly expanding
middle class.The very rich in America responded by embracing jewelry, both American-made and European,
that evoked aristocratic traditions, and thus helped to distinguish the top of
the socio-economic pyramid from everybody else. This virtual lecture begins at 5:30 p.m EDT on Thursday, October 8. To join us via Zoom conference call, email your full name to ProgramRSVP@newportmansions.org and add "Ulysses Dietz lecture" in the subject line.