The Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts is dedicated to the dissemination of information on the history of jewelry and related arts from ancient to antique to period to contemporary including costume jewelry. We look at jewelry in relationship to decorative arts, costume and world and social history. We publish a quarterly magazine, "Adornment", send our members a weekly electronic newsletter, and run an annual conference which is held either in New York or Boston.
Our association is open to anyone who is interested in learning more about jewelry—collectors, dealers, historians, jewelry artists, appraisers, curators. We also promote the study of jewelry history at institutions of higher learning, and give young researchers an opportunity to be published and to present their research at our conferences.
We are building a website that will be a substantial resource for members to do research.
We also run "study days" and trips for small groups to have "behind the scenes" opportunities in the jewelry world.
The co-directors of ASJRA are:
Elyse Zorn Karlin, publisher of Adornment Magazine; co-director, author of Jewelry & Metalwork in the Arts & Crafts Tradition and co-author of Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry. Karlin is the past president of the American Society of Jewelry Historians and a well-known lecturer.
Yvonne Markowitz, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan, Curator of Jewelry, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; co-director of ASJRA; past editor of Jewelry: The Journal of the American Society of Jewelry Historians, co-editor of American Luxury: Jewelry from the House of Tiffany and co-author Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry.
We maintain three websites:www.asjra.net for the association, www.jewelryandrelatedarts.com for our magazine and www.jewelryconference.com.