Q&A with EnA Cover Couple, Dr. Julian Siggers and Marianne Lovink

by enafinejewelry on October 21, 2014

Posted in: EnA Cover Girl

We are so pleased to partner this month with the Women’s Committee of the Penn Museum and to feature the Williams Director of the Museum, Dr. Julian Siggers and his wife, Canadian sculptor, Marianne Lovink, in our beautiful catalog.  We invite you to shop the catalog to support educational programming at the Penn Museum and to learn more about the amazing artifacts, inspiring intitiatives and heroic efforts on the part of the Women’s Committee.  20% of the proceeds will go to support educational programs.  Shop to support today!

portrait cover couple

Please tell us about your organization and why it is so important to you?

[Dr. Siggers] The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology—the Penn Museum—is one of the real “treasures” of Philadelphia. A world renowned museum and research center, the Penn Museum was founded more than 125 years ago, before a single brick was laid, when archaeologists first went out to dig in the ancient Near East, at a site called Nippur in what is now southern Iraq. Those excavations, which continued for about 12 seasons, yielded thousands upon thousands of clay cuneiform tablets containing some of the earliest writing, and literature, in the world.

About 350 expeditions later, the Penn Museum continues to explore—through archaeological and ethnographic expeditions, as well as archival research, collections studies and scientific analysis. The collections have grown to nearly one million artifacts, from every inhabited continent and throughout the ages. Together, the collections and research provide our scholars, students and the public with exciting opportunities to explore and discover more about what it means to be human. The museum’s mission is to transform understanding of the human experience—and it happens in big ways and small, from gallery tours and talks that shed light on cultures through time, to the announcement of new discoveries, from a 6,500-year-old skeleton in museum storage, now with new identification information, to an ancient dynasty discovered during a dig in Abydos, Egypt.

Our all-volunteer Women’s Committee, knowing what treasures the Penn Museum contains, has created a wonderful “Treasures Sale and Show,” wcpennmuseum.com, featuring a wonderful range of jewelry and accessories by distinguished dealers and designers. EnA Fine Jewelry will be among the presenters! The sale and show, which benefits the Penn Museum, runs October 30 through November 2, with a host of special events people can sign up for now. Guests to the “Treasures Sale and Show” can explore the Penn Museum, and its treasures, too, when they come. Marianne and I are delighted and honored to be the honorary chairs of the event.

Why do you love EnA Fine Jewelry?

[Marianne] I love EnA jewelry because it is refined, sophisticated, and a little edgy.  The aesthetic is classic and contemporary at the same time.  I love the sculptural and architectural qualities of the designs.

What is your favorite jewelry piece or collection?

[Marianne] The CAPTIVITY Necklace is one I adore.  It is so versatile.  I can wear it with jeans or a black dress.  It makes a statement but in a subtle way.   The blackened sterling silver contrasts nicely with my hair color and complexion.

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