Out of This World: How Space Exploration Influences Jewelry with Elyse Zorn Karlin, Exhibit Curator

Episode 103

What you’ll learn in this episode:

  • The history behind Elyse’s latest exhibit, “Out of This World! Jewelry in the Space Age,” and why it’s being exhibited at a science museum
  • How jewelry artists are using space age material such as moissanite and tektite
  • Why there is more overlap between science and jewelry than meets the eye
  • Upcoming lectures from the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts (ASJRA)  and plans for its annual conference

About Elyse Zorn Karlin

Elyse Zorn Karlin is the co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts (ASJRA) and publisher of Adornment, a magazine of jewelry and related arts. She also runs the Annual Conference on Jewelry & Related Arts in various locations throughout the U.S. and spearheads the annual Jewelry History Series in Miami, FL, which runs concurrently with The Original Miami Beach Antique Show.

Elyse has authored several books on Arts and Crafts jewelry and antique jewelry, including “Jewelry and Metalwork in the Arts and Crafts Tradition.” Her most recent curatorial efforts include “Maker & Muse: Women and 20th Century Art Jewelry” at the Richard H. Driehaus Museum, Chicago, now traveling to a number of venues; and “Out of this World! Jewelry in the Space Age” which opened at the Tellus Science Museum in Cartersville, GA in November 2020.


Additional Resources:


Northern Lights kinetic ring by Claudio Pino 

Vintage Flying Saucer bracelets by Napier

Galaxy necklace with meteorite by Wayne Werner

 Interstallar cufflinks by Mark Schneider


Lunar necklace by Sue Szabo

Sharon Berman