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Museums, Awards, Exhibitions & News


Featured Member of the Month - April, 2020

Publication:  Written Interview

Metal Arts Guild, San Francisco, CA

Barbara M. Berk is honored to be the Metal Arts Guild San Francisco’s “Featured Member of the Month” for April, 2020.  The Metal Arts Guild San Francisco (MAG) is an independent, non-profit, educational educational organization of people who are skilled, interested, or share in the production... Read more


Great Designers - 2011

Publication:  Article

World Gold Council, London, UK

Gold, the material of the moment, emotive, expressive and exhilarating, comes to life in the hands of a new wave of goldsmiths and jewellers around the world, blazing a trail of innovation and originality in art, design and craftsmanship, both exploring new technology and revitalising traditional skills... Read more

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“The Scintillating Jewelry of Barbara Berk" , Yvonne Markowitz, the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston - Spring 2008

Publication:  Cover Story

Adornment  Magazine, Ellicott City, MD

Barbara Berk creates jewelry designs that are miniature, wearable sculptures of woven metal that are dynamic, delightful, versatile, and elegant... Contact me to read this article     Click here to go to Adornment Magazine


New West Coast Design: Jewelry + Metalwork - 2008

Curated Exhibition

Velvet daVinci Gallery, San Francisco, CA

“Toccata”, a new pendant by Barbara Berk, will be shown in New West Coast Design:  Jewelry + Metalwork at Velvet da Vinci Gallery in San Francisco January 18 – February 17, 2008.  Curated by Mike Holmes and Elizabeth Shypertt... Read more


S-Curve Brooch - 2007

Museum Acquisition

Museum of Fine Arts Boston, MA

Barbara Berk’s “S-Curve Brooch” has been donated to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Elyse Zorn Karlin, the Editor/Publisher of Adornment, the Magazine of Jewelry and Related Arts, author of Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition... Read more


Spectrum Award - 2004

Award Competition

American Gem Trade Association, Dallas, TX

Barbara Berk is a winner in the 2004 AGTA Spectrum Awards competition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association. Over 560 entries were judged on the basis of overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship... Read more


The Art of Gold - 2003 - 2006

Curated Exhibition

Crocker Museum of Art, Sacramento, CA

 “Ruffle”, a brooch by Barbara Berk, will be shown in The Art of Gold, an exhibit of contemporary American studio goldsmithing. Curated by Michael Monroe, the exhibition is co-sponsored by the Society of North American Goldsmiths and Exhibits USA… Read more


Award for Excellence in Design - 2002

Award Competition

Woman's Jewelry Association, New York, NY

Barbara Berk, owner of Barbara Berk Designs in Foster City, CA, received the annual Award for Excellence in Design from the Women’s Jewelry Association at a dinner ceremony held in New York City on July 28, 2002 during the Jewelers of America trade show... Read more

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Saul Bell Design Award - 2001

Award Competition

Barbara Berk’s “Paisley” Ensemble won First Place in the 2001 Saul Bell Design Award Competition for jewelry design. Her award-winning piece is a combination pendant/brooch of 22kt and 18kt yellow gold woven together by hand. The pendant is set with one 6.5mm Moissanite... Read more


The Gem Artists of  North America - 2000


Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA

“Sea Dragon: Chrysoprase”, a necklace by Barbara Berk Designs, will be shown in the exhibition The Gem Artists of North America, to be held at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA from May 4 – July 30, 2000... Read more

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"Textile Techniques in Metal: For Jewelers, Textile Artists & Sculptors",  Arline M. Fisch

Publication:  Book

Lark Books,  2001,  1996 Revised Editions

In a sense, I owe it all to Arline:  It began with a chance meeting at her Ancient Jewelry Symposium lecture, discovering over lunch common threads that ran through New York and competing consumer jewelry magazines, and an invitation to attend her “Textile Techniques in Metal” class… Read more


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