About New Histories Jewelry

My passion for contemporary and historical jewelry has inspired the New Histories Jewelry line. I aim to show the rich history of jewelry to the public, attaching deep, personal, and social value to what we wear.

Jewelry has been created for at least 100,000 years. One of the oldest known art forms, only second to the sound of the human voice. Why did they make jewelry? To adorn, attract, ritualize, and to symbolize community. As humans progressed jewelry came to represent family, marriage, fertility, fidelity, the life cycle, certain death, friendship, memories, patriotism, grief, pride, social and economic status, subversion, and of course beauty. The jewelry we wear tells many stories, connecting us to our history and showcasing cultural values.

New Histories Jewelry takes you through a timeline: the history of the world told
through jewelry.


Tessa J. Kennedy
Sole Owner and Designer

*Tessa J. Kennedy received her BFA in Crafts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia in 2005, and her MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Syracuse University in 2012. She has taught courses at both Universities and shows her work in fine art exhibitions nationally.

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