Introducing AJU – Antique Jewelry University

AJU is an on-line organization made up of scholars, educators, jewelry professionals and interested individuals from all over the world who share a passion for antique, estate and vintage jewels. Our goal is to make available to the public, and professionals alike, an ever expanding repository of information, useful and arcane, related to the subject of period jewelry.

In addition to generating a vast Wiki style encyclopedia of historical data, definitions, in depth articles and the like, AJU will also host two online forums: one for the general public to have their questions answered by experts, and a second one restricted to qualified members only for the exchange of information, ideas and industry gossip. The site will also include book summaries and reviews (with direct links to the purchasing site of the author’s choice), a photo gallery/archive, an extensive bibliography to assist in scholarly research, and a calendar of jewelry related events – shows, exhibitions, lectures, conferences, etc.

AJU is being fully sponsored by LangAntiques.com, in response to an overwhelming amount of general queries we receive on our commercial website. It is literally impossible for us to answer each and every antique and estate jewelry related question: “Can you tell me how old my great-grandmother’s brooch is?”, “Where can I learn more about Arts & Crafts Jewelry?” etc. It came as a surprise to us that, despite the abundance of quality jewelry literature available, so little credible information can be found on the web, and certainly not in one place. Hence, AJU.

Join our faculty

If you share our passion and enthusiasm for vintage jewels and jewelry, we cordially invite you to become a charter member of our AJU ‘faculty’. Whether your interests are broad or specific, decorative or technical, historical or present-day, we are looking for contributing writers, bloggers, and advisors to join us in this new endeavor.

In addition to writing articles and blogs and participating in the forums, faculty members will be given editing privileges to AJU’s Wiki portion of the site to correct, update, add or suggest changes to certain articles. Contributors will have a choice between publishing an article ‘as written’ or to submit it for peer review by means of the Wiki program. Writers will also have the opportunity to share and publicize other complimentary information (books, publications, websites, organizations, etc.) appropriate to our mission.

Initially, AJU charter membership will be limited to professionals, credentialed individuals and published writers. However, submissions from newcomers, hobbyists and anyone unknown to us will be graciously received and reviewed case by case.

We hope to see you ‘on campus’!

AJU Application

Apply online here.

Founding Members

  • Suzanne Martinez, GG, NAJA, AGA

Suzanne is the president of Lang Antiques and LangAntiques.com and now, the founder and president of AJU. Suzanne is a Graduate Gemologist in residence from GIA (1978), a charter GIA Alumni member (1981) and has been an active chapter officer for the past 15 years. She is a Senior Member of the National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, Senior Gemologist with the Accredited Gemologists of America and a member of the American Society of Jewelry Historians, American Gem Trade Association and the International Colored Stone Association

  • Alain van Acker, FGA

Alain was a Dutch gemologist, appraiser and gold and silversmith. He also had a passion for computer programming and acted as the webmaster/consultant for various gemology related websites. He was the key writer and co-founder of the Gemology Project. In addition to writing many articles for us, Alain was spearheading the web design and programming aspects for AJU. Unfortunately Alain passed away in the spring of 2009.

  • Barbra Voltaire FGG, GG

Graduate Gemologist Diploma received from the Deutsche Gemmologische Gesselschaft in residence at Idar-Oberstein, Germany Graduate Gemologist Diploma received from the Gemological Institute of America in residence at Santa Monica.
GIA Alumni Chapter Officer,
National Association of Jewelry Appraisers, member
Accredited Gemologists of America, Accredited Senior Gemologist,
Accredited Gemologists of America Certified Laboratory,
The American Society of Jewelry Historians, member,
Member American Gem Trade Association, member,
International Colored Stone Association, member.


Since june 2009 Tim has been the managing administrator of the project next to being one of the key writer of articles and producer of videos for AJU. Tim resides in the Netherlands where he teaches gemology at the Technical School for Goldsmithing in Schoonhoven. Apart from this project Tim also acts as an editor for the Gemology Project and as a moderator on the Gemology Online forum.