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OUT OF THIS WORLD! Jewelry in the Space Age


Release Date: March 14, 2013
Softcover: 52 pages
Size: 5.5” x 7.5”
US $35.00
ISBN: 978-0-9825208-4-0
Published by Flint Mine Press

With the shuttle program coming to an end there is renewed interest and a nostalgic feeling for the NASA space program from its inception in the 1960s. Today the media is consumed with news about well-known entrepreneurs and private firms making strides in commercial space travel. The time seems perfect to capture the public’s imagination.


OUT OF THIS WORLD! JEWELRY IN THE SPACE AGE is a companion catalog to the exhibition of the same name, and features more than 70 full-color photographs of jewelry and objects related to space exploration, introduced and written by Elyse Zorn Karlin, guest curator of the exhibit.

The catalog depicts the many ways that jewelry and space are connected in our cultural heritage. It features jewelry made from stones such as meteorite that come from outer space; jewelry incorporating materials initially developed for space exploration, such as polymer, titanium and dichroic glass; space-themed jewelry, such as the recurring Halley’s Comet jewelry; mid-century jewelry inspired by the launching of Sputnik and the beginning of the space race; jewelry flown into space on missions; and jewelry with space themes being made by contemporary firms and artists.

The catalog contains a complete listing of objects in the exhibition which was on view at The Forbes Galleries in New York City in 2013, provides an historical context for how space has captured the imagination of man as represented in jewelry from ancient times to today.

ELYSE ZORN KARLIN is the founder and editor-in-chief of Adornment, The Magazine of Jewelry and Related Arts, co-director of the Association for the Study of Jewelry & Related Arts, LLC and The Annual Conference on Jewelry & Related Arts. She is the past president of The American Society of Jewelry Historians. Ms. Karlin is a well-known lecturer and curator.

The OUT OF THIS WORLD exhibit catalog deeply explores an unexpected view of space age jewelry history in context of jewelry eras, sociological events and political milestones—incredibly from the Georgian era to contemporary fine jewelry firms. This encompassing catalog of an “unexplored” topic enriches ones appreciation of jewelry and jewelry history. – Gail Brett Levine, GG, Executive Director, National Assoc. of Jewelry Appraisers

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