The Far East is calling jewelry lovers

WAG readers will likely be familiar with Elyse Zorn Karlin, the Port Chester-based jewelry authority we’ve featured both in print and online over the past few years.

The author, lecturer, historian and curator is also co-director of The Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts.

And she’s been kind enough to invite me down to Manhattan the past couple of years to cover the ASJRA annual conference — yes, a full day devoted to jewelry.

Well, Karlin has just announced the details of this year’s conference, and it sounds like another program has been designed to attract a packed house of not only jewelry lovers and collectors but also curators, designers, gemologists, authors, dealers and manufacturers. Jewelry lovers are a devoted bunch.

This year the ASJRA has partnered with The Rubin Museum of Art, in conjunction with Fall Asia Week, to offer “Asian Jewelry & Related Arts.” The daylong conference will be held Sept. 20 at the museum, 150 W. 17th St.

Karlin’s release details the event in this way:

“This is the first time a conference on jewelry has been offered during Asia Week New York. The conference will offer a wide range of topics from experts in their field ranging from cutting edge technology in dating ancient gold jewelry from China to jewel-like fabrics traditionally used in Asian countries. The array of speakers will offer an opportunity to learn about diverse aspects of the history and beauty of ancient and antique jewelry, materials and techniques, and other related subjects pertaining to a number of Asian countries.”

I’m betting it will be another day filled with dazzling topics and engaging speakers.

An optional study day is set for Sept. 21 and will include brunch, a tour of the Rubin museum, a tour of the Asian Galleries at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and afternoon tea.

What a dazzling weekend.

Tickets for each day are $350 and available at, by calling 212-620-5000, ext. 344, or in person at the Rubin museum.

Details for both the conference and study day can also be found at

– Mary Shustack

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