About Us




We are the only association that provides an in-depth analysis of jewelry from all time periods. We offer studies from ancient through contemporary jewelry.

The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts, is an organization dedicated to the advancement of jewelry studies in schools, museums, and institutions of higher learning. It is also committed to the dissemination of knowledge to anyone who is interested in the history of jewelry. ASJRA takes a broad approach to the subject, seeking to understand and place jewelry within a variety of contexts, including from the ancient past to present day, the decorative arts, and fashion.

We use jewelry as a window into the study of cultures and specific time periods and learn about politics, cultural changes, world events and much more by studying jewelry trends, materials and usage.

One of our most important activities is organizing an annual event as a forum for curators, academic historians, and scholars and artists to present new and interesting information about jewelry. Anyone who is interested in jewelry will enjoy attending. It's a chance to learn and network with people who collect, appraise, study and research jewelry history.


The co-directors of the event are:

Elyse Zorn Karlin is the founder and executive editor of Adornment Magazine. She is also the author of the definitive book on jewelry of the Arts & Crafts Movement, Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition, the catalogues International Art Jewelry, 1895-1925 and Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age, She co-authored Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry and is the editor of Maker and Muse: Women and Early 20th Century Art Jewelry.

She is also a freelance curator; her past exhibitions include Jewelers of the Hudson Valley (The Forbes Galleries), International Art Jewelry: 1895-1925 (The Forbes Galleries), Finer Things: Jewelry from the 1880s-1920s, Stan Hywet House and Gardens, Akron OH, Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age, The Forbes Galleries and The Carnegie Museum of Natural History; Maker and Muse: Women and Early 20th Century Art Jewelry, the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, IL.


Yvonne J. Markowitz is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator Emerita of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. It is the first curatorship of its kind in America and she is the editor of Adornment Magazine.

A frequent lecturer, she has published extensively in the area of ancient and contemporary jewelry. She is the author of Artful Adornments: Jewelry from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is the co-author of the books Artistic Luxury: Jewels from the House of Tiffany and Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry. Her most recent publication is The Jewels of Trabert & Hoeffer-Mauboussin. Her book on the firm of Oscar Heyman will be published soon.

Her curatorial efforts include Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry and Jewelry, Gems, and Treasures, Ancient to Modern at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her latest exhibition, Gold and the Gods, Jewels of Ancient Nubia runs through January 2017.



ASJRA'S TWELFTH ANNUAL CONFERENCE IS DEDICATED TO RUTH AND JOE SATALOFF

Eight years ago we held our first conference in Boston in conjunction with the exhibition Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry. Almost the entire exhibition was comprised of magnificent examples of Art Nouveau jewelry from the collection of Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Sataloff...the consummate collectors. Sadly, Dr. Joe passed away within a few months of the exhibition opening.

To many of us Dr. Joe was more than a collector. He was a mentor. He encouraged so many of us to further our careers in the jewelry world. To learn and ask questions, to keep researching. And he never failed to pick up the phone and call, or write us a note to tell us we were doing a great job.

Those of us who were lucky to call him a friend have not forgotten him and so we dedicate our return to Boston to Dr. Sataloff and to Ruth Sataloff whose collecting, publishing, and running a summer event for jewelry lovers in Orono, Maine was an inspiration to all of us. Hopefully in return we are inspiring you to further your study of the history of jewelry.