https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-view-from-the-jewelers-bench-review-a-glittering-education-11551302083 Gold beater’s block, repoussé hammer, solder pick, bezel pusher, burnishers, pliers, the torch and the kiln. Over millennia these tools have hardly changed. Eternal as well are the elemental metals and precious stones they work into wearable form. It all happens at the jeweler’s bench, where age-old techniques are tantamount to alchemy and earthly treasure is hand-wrought into adornments of spirituality, sovereignty and status. For anyone who has ever wondered what goes into the making of the finest jewelry—and why it has always been so costly—“A View From the Jeweler’s Bench” at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery is a gem of an education. The exhibition is subtitled “Ancient Treasures, Contemporary Statements,” and it is principally a dialogue between past and present on the essential subjects of mastery and imagination. Juxtaposing the work of 12 contemporary jewelry artists with a number of definitive historical pieces, the curator Sasha Nixon —who received her master’s degree from the Bard Graduate Center in 2018 and developed this show from her qualifying paper—shows how thes...