|1951||Born in Lienz, Austria|
|1976||Earned master’s degree in PPP, German language and literature|
|1990||PhD in psychology – studied at the University of Vienna, Ohio University and Harvard University|
|1980–2015||Taught at the University of Vienna and Koryo University, South Korea|
|2015–2016||Studied jewelry at Alchimia, Florence, Italy|
|2018||Guest semester at Campus Idar-Oberstein|
|2019||Won design award in context of Venice Design Week|
Renate Erlacher first turned her attention to contemporary jewelry somewhat late in life, but with great intensity. In the late 1990s she designed handbags that were shown at international exhibitions. One model is now part of the collection of the German Leather Museum in Offenbach. For her jewelry, which mostly consists one-of-a-kind pieces, she orients herself according to her sensitivity for beauty: “It is a great pleasure for me to conceive and make jewelry, transforming my ideas into real objects with my hands and my skills.” She loves to learn new techniques and to work with new materials. “For me, making jewelry is a wonderful process of development. It challenges me and makes me very happy,” she says.