NYC Jewelry Week 2019: Jewels to See, Where We’ll Be



New York City Jewelry Week 2019 kicked off over the weekend. Now in its sophomore year, the most notable change to the event is that the schedule is absolutely packed to the gills with goings-on—from low-key gallery exhibits and studio open houses to important talks on anything and everything affecting, and of interest to, the jewelry industry, including designing with lab-created diamonds and accurately dating your vintage jewelry inventory.

One such event is taking place Monday evening at Mahnaz Collection, a modern design and art jewelry gallery on 57th Street, where owner Mahnaz Ispahani curates original, influential, fine vintage and artist-made jewelry from the mid-20th century onward, showcasing work from established houses as well as independent and studio jewelers and artists.

The invitation-only reception is being held in celebration of a new jewelry exhibition titled “A Winter Garden: Jewelry by New London Originals” featuring works from contemporary British jewelers Alice Cicolini and Christopher Thompson Royds, along with a selection of pieces from the 1960s and 1970s.

Christopher Thompson Royds Buttercups earrings and necklace
Buttercups necklace and drop earrings in diamonds in handpainted 18k gold, prices on request; Christopher Thompson Royds
Christopher Thompson Royds violet earrings
Against Nature Violet earrings in 18k gold with fitted stand, price on request (limited edition of five); Christopher Thompson Royds

“This exhibit aims to provide greater visibility in the United States for the new wave of London-based jewelers, whose innovative process and points of view merit wider public and curatorial attention,” said Ispahani in a statement. “We are increasingly looking to the foremost contemporary art jewelers working today, many of whom, like Alice Cicolini and Christopher Thompson Royds, are living and working in London. They are, in a sense, the new London Originals, a group of jewelers from the 1960s and 1970s, who we have long collected and exhibited.”

Ispahani will be moderating a talk with the two artists on Nov. 21, on the topic of “Preservation and Process.”

Here are a few other NYC Jewelry Week 2019 events worth your time and attention, including a piercing party at London Jewelers hosted by JCK on Tuesday, Nov. 19. See you there!

Tuesday, Nov. 19

The Business and Art of Ethical Jewelry: Kyle Roderick Interviews Designer Pippa Small

Michele Varian’s Design Talk Roundtable: Role (Business) Models of Jewelry Retailing

Wednesday, Nov. 20

Vogue Jewelry Director Grace Givens in Conversation With Jean Prounis

Skull Snake Flowers: Jewelry Inspired by the Tragedy of the Duchess of Malfi

Wwake Collection Launch and Conversation at The RealReal

 Thursday, Nov. 21

A History of Verdura and Belperron

Vintage Goes Modern on Madison Avenue Presents: Fred Leighton— Brooches Go Modern

From Gemstone to Creation: From the Vault of Featherstone Fine Jewelry—Reception

 Friday, Nov. 22

A Fine Line—Jewelry Life, Real Talk Panels

 Saturday, Nov. 23

Annual Jewelry Sale at Jewelry Arts

“They Did What?!” Mid-20th Century Studio Jewelers and How Their Groundbreaking Work Continues to Shape the Field Today.

 Sunday, Nov. 24

What, How, and Why We Wear It—Jewelry Etiquette With Sasha Nixon

 

Top: Landscape rings in fossil agate with central miniature done in vitreous enamel set with diamonds, Alice Cicolini; price on request. These pieces, and others, will be on view at Mahnaz Collection through Nov. 22. Cicolini will also be participating in the Fierce Female Forces panel discussion today at 2:30 p.m. at the Fashion Institute of Technology.

 

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