Dr. Ardeshir Dabestani - Asha Gallery, USA
Ardeshir Dabestani, D.D.S., is the owner and designer at Asha Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona. He earned B.S. degrees in biochemistry, chemistry and math and his M.S. in biochemistry at the University of Washington. He received his Doctor of Dentistry (D.D.S.) at the University of Nebraska and later continued his studies to become a Registered Gemologist and Registered Gemologist Appraiser. Ardeshir, the #2 registered Numismatic of Persian coins in the USA, was a 2016 Saul Bell Design Award finalist and a runner-up in the 2016 A’Design competition for jewelry design. This is his third presentation at the Santa Fe Symposium®.
Jewelry: A Mystical Journey Through History, Part 3
Greek art, which flourished in the Greek city-states, is considered to be the cradle of European art and culture. Rome had relatively little artistic importance in its early centuries, but with the establishment of the Roman Empire under Caesar Augustus (63 B.C. – 14 A.D.), a golden age of art and a blending of Greek and Roman cultures began. The third saga of our mystical journey takes us through the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome. Their influence on art, and especially jewelry, has continued to the present. Greek art and jewelry styles of the Orientalizing Period (700–600 B.C.), the Archaic Period (600–480/479 B.C.), the Classical Period (480/479–323 B.C.), and the Hellenistic Period (323–31 B.C.) will be covered. The importance of gold as a material, its optical effect and the astute technique of handling it moves us into the Roman Empire as we continue our magic carpet ride through the history of jewelry.