That Time I Covered 3 Jewelry Trade Shows in 1 Day

You probably noticed a lot of jewelry action happening in New York City last week—chronicled at length on JCK‘s Instagram and in this post by contributor Kristin Young,

I was in town on Monday and had a chance to hit three of the four shows happening concurrently: Metal & Smith, JA New York, and NY Now. I could have used a full two days but made the most of my time as you’ll see in the pics below.

When I arrived at Penn Station around 10:30, I made the walk west to Metal & Smith. Zoma Color was my first stop—the Wisconsin-based line is newish, but owners/designers Allen and Kerry Dolberg have been working as private-label jewelers for more than 40 years. I was completely drawn in by their pretty, butterfly specimen–like displays and was charmed to find out their young daughter had hand-penned the labels. The collection, mainly rings, includes every gemstone you could ever imagine, featured in appealing vintage-meets-modern settings.

Zoma jewelry displays
Compelling jewelry displays at Wisconsin-based Zoma Color at last week’s Metal & Smith show

Saginaw, Mich.–based designer Jill Garber’s work-of-art jewels, especially the oversized cuffs, were a clear standout—and she won the show’s Visionary Award. My favorite piece features an Art Nouveau hand-painted porcelain portrait of a Mucha-style goddess that Garber purchased more than 20 years ago and held on to, knowing she would someday incorporate it into a jewelry design (see photo below).

Jill Garber Mucha cuff
Mucha cuff with hand-painted 19th-century porcelain portrait set in sterling silver with two Royston turquoise cabochons, price on request; Jill Garber Couture (image via: @jillgarbercouture)

Then I headed just a block or so west to the Javits Center to hit JA New York. Caught up with designers I haven’t seen in a while, or missed in Las  Vegas, including Keiko Meita. These lovely new earrings caught my eye because they feature a stone on my watch list since JCK Tucson: rhodochrosite.

K Mita earrings
Earrings with rhodochrosite and Ethiopian opals in 18k yellow gold, price on request;  K.Mita Design 

This year NY Now took place at the same time as JANY, making it possible for me to do a supermarket-sweep of the Handmade section on the third floor of Javits. Totally smitten with the newness at Rachel Atherley, whom I so enjoyed reconnecting with (we have little ones the same age), and where I promptly fell in love with her super-luscious Plumage collection. Showy, colorful, but a smidge reined-in, all equally balanced.

Rachel Atherley earrings
Plumage earrings with ombré garnets, tourmaline, rose quartz, and rainbow moonstones, $1,450; Rachel Atherley

Whew, what a long but happy day! See more favorites from each of the shows below. (Apologies in advance for my weatherbeaten, constantly-cleaning-up mom hands.)

Metal & Smith

Argelia Hadrovic ring
Linea V double-sided ring charm with diamonds in 14k gold, $480; Argelia Hadrovic
Dominika Durtan chrysoprase suite
Thawing Ice necklace and earrings with chalcedony, emeralds, peridot, and sapphires in gold and silver, price on request; Dominika Durtan
Dana Busch earrings
Blooming Lily Pond at Punaluu Black Sand Beach earrings with ocean jasper drops, larimar, peach moonstone, white coral, white opals, aquamarine, gray quartz, morganite, green sapphires, and pink opals in sterling silver, price on request; Dana Busch Designs
Kelly Bello rings
Pearl rings with gemstone accents and initials in 14k gold, prices on request; Kelly Bello 
Ritique by Ritika Atwal bracelets
Stretch bracelets in 14k gold, prices on request; Ritique by Ritika Atwal
Joanne Cornell bracelet
Cuff with green tourmaline in sterling silver, price on request; Joanne Cornell Fine Jewelry

JA New York

Elizabeth Garvin earrings
Earrings with diamonds in oxidized silver and gold, price on request; Elizabeth Garvin
Sam Woehrmann necklace
Necklace with green tourmaline and brown diamonds in 22k gold, 18k gold, and silver, price on request; Sam Woehrmann
Mazza necklace
Necklace with pearls and multicolored gemstones in yellow gold, Mazza Co.

NY Now

Judi Powers earrings
Gray spinel studs in white gold, Judi Powers

Top: Summer in a single shot: spiny oyster and pearl necklace in silver, price on request; Luchia McKinnon


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Amy Elliott

JCK Contributing Editor

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