The Association for the Study of Jewelry and Related Arts (ASJRA) has announced its Fifteenth Annual Conference will be held on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the 92nd Street Y located at 1395 Lexington Avenue (at 92nd St.), New York City. This year’s conference theme is “Jewelry in America”.

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.

John Nels Hatleberg, An Affinity for Gems, 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.

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.

Tom Herman, Analyzing Plique-a-Jour Jewelry by Marcus & Co. and the Montilja Poppy Brooch Project, Tom is a well-known artisan goldsmith.

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 and 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.

An additional speaker will be announced shortly.

Optional Study Day

ASJRA also offers a Study Day, which is limited to only 25 people. It will take place on Friday, April 3. It includes a curator’s tour of the exhibition Jewelry for America with Beth Carver Wees. The exhibition, is currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The Study Day takes place in the the last few days the exhibition is open. The day also includes a group luncheon and a guided tour of the Mt. Vernon Hotel Museum located on the East Side of Manhattan. The structure was built in 1799 and run as a hotel from 1826-1833. The building endures as a rare reminder of an important era in New York City’s history.

To learn more about the conference or to register please go to:

A $50 deposit is required to hold your space in either the conference or study day. You can email us at the email below to reserve your space.

For further information please contact:

Elyse Zorn Karlin, Co-Director, ASJRA

5070 Bonnie Branch Rd.

Ellicott City, MD 21043


For lapidary supplies: