Jewelers Share Their Perspectives on Punk

By now you’ve seen the fashions of the 2013 Met Gala—the good, the bad, and the not-so-punky.

While some celebrities didn’t quite understand the theme of the May 6 gala, there’s no doubt that the jewelry industry has been influenced by this cultural movement.

“Since its origins, punk has had an incendiary influence on fashion,” Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute, said in a statement. “Although punk’s democracy stands in opposition to fashion’s autocracy, designers continue to appropriate punk’s aesthetic vocabulary to capture its youthful rebelliousness and aggressive forcefulness.”

-Sid Vicious, 1977

In honor of the “PUNK: Chaos to Couture” Costume Institute exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which runs through Aug. 14, we decided to ask jewelers what the punk movement means to them.