In the 1980s, Edward Rosenberg’s American Hustle-esque locks may have still inspired some residual disco-lover’s envy, but his brilliant mind for using contemporary metals like titanium was not appreciated by jewelers for a few decades. Today, Rosenberg, the force behind Spectore and Edward Mirell, is known by some of the biggest retail and designer players in fine jewelry because he either creates private-label lines for them or they buy his jewelry for resale. Tomorrow night, during “Fearless Transformation,” a talk and dinner hosted by the Metropolitan Chapter of the WJA, a select group can hear Rosenberg share the story of his longtime commitment to the category and how he overcame tremendous obstacles—like a near arrest at a 1983 Jewelers of America show—to build his metals empire in Deerfield Beach, Fla.
Edward Rosenberg, CEO of Spectore and Edward Mirell
I’ve interviewed Rosenberg numerous times in the past decade, in addition to featuring his jewelry on the pages of JCK, but I am excited for him to tell his entire story in an intimate format without the constraints of deadlines or available page space. Plus, Rosenberg may have the ultimate story of inspiration: Americans were resistant to the idea of contemporary metals in fine jewelry, long snubbing the stuff for gold and platinum. Rosenberg persevered though, and now contemporary metals are not only a favorite among men (titanium was an easier sell among guys since they associated it with golf clubs), but it is growing in popularity among women—especially since Rosenberg managed to marry both precious and industrial metals masterfully in his new More Than One molecular initiative that lets the best attributes of all metals shine.
Tickets are still available for his talk tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Alfredo 100, 7 E. 54th St., in New York City, an evening that includes a three-course dinner and time for networking. Click here to register on the WJA website. Hope to see you there.
Men’s Rapture bracelet in black titanium with silver and diamonds, $1,475
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