The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA) has announced its Fifteenth Annual Conference will be held on Saturday and Sunday, October 10/11, 2020.

Montilija Poppy Brooch created by Tom Herman and Patsy Croft.
plique-a- jour enamel. Photo courtesy of the artists.

This year’s virtual conference theme is “Jewelry in America” and it replaces the conference that had been scheduled to be held last April in New York City which was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. All of the same speakers who were previously announced will take part in the conference. It will be held on two afternoons to accommodate attendees in different time zones. There will be a total of 10 lectures over two days.

The conference is open to anyone who is interested in jewelry and the study of jewelry history.

The conference speakers include:

Keynote Speaker: Beth Wees, Jewelry for America. Beth Wees is the Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City.

John Nels Hatleberg, An Affinity for Gems, in conversation with Lisa Lindhardt. John is a conceptual gem artist recognized for the diversity of his work with jewels and the creation of exact replicas of famous diamonds since 1987. Lisa Lindhardt is a New York city jewelry designer who has won a number of awards for design and sustainability.

Jeannine Falino, The Circle and the Line, Over 70 Years of Designs by Betty Cooke. Jeannine is an independent curator and scholar. She is curating a retrospective of Betty Cooke’s work for the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore to open in Fall 2021.

Tom Herman, Analyzing Plique-a-Jour Jewelry by Marcus & Co. and the Montilja Poppy Brooch Project, Tom is a well-known artisan goldsmith. Pasty Croft, a noted enamellist who created the Montilija Poppy with Tom, will join him to speak about the project.

Lois Sherr Dubin, Floral Journey: Native North American Flower Beadwork. Lois is known for her publications including the History of Beads: From 30,000 B.C. to the Present and North American Indian Jewelry and Adornment as well as for exhibitions she has curated.

Elyse Zorn Karlin (three mini lectures) The Jewelry of Peter Lindenauer, The Work of Robert Lee Morris, Diamond Jim Brady. Elyse is the co-director of ASJRA, author of several jewelry books, and a freelance curator. Out of this World! Jewelry in Space Age, which she curated opens at the Tellus Science Museum on November 6, 2020.

Annamarie Sandecki, Notably American: Tiffany & Co Jewelry at the 1900 Paris Exposition Universelle. Annamarie has been the corporate archivist at Tiffany & Co. for 28 years. She has been widely published on Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Jonathan Wahl, Jonathan Wahl, Artist & Director of the 92nd Street Y Jewelry Program. Jonathan is a visionary jeweler and artist, who also oversees 55 weekly classes in jewelry making at the 92nd Street Y’s metalsmithing studios in New York City.

Diamond Jim Brady’s famous diamond ring. Photographer Edward
N. Jackson.


ASJRA’s co-directors are Yvonne Markowitz, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry Emerita, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and Elyse Zorn Karlin, jewelry historian, author, and freelance curator.

ASJRA is dedicated to the advancement of jewelry studies and 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.

It uses jewelry as a window into the study of cultures and specific time periods and to learn about politics, cultural changes, world events.

One of its most important activities is organizing its 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 from people who collect, appraise, study and research jewelry history.

Registration is open to ASJRA and non-ASJRA members.

Until September 1 the cost for the two days of the conference is $140, and after September 1 it will be $155. ASJRA members receive at 10% discount off of the fee. To learn more or register go to:

For further information please contact:

Elyse Zorn Karlin

5070 Bonnie Branch Rd.

Ellicott City, MD 21043

410.465.8775 (during business hours)


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