Town & Country Editor Debuts a Hefty Book on Modern Jewelry Design



Hemmerle, Wallace Chan, and Elena Votsi are among the jewelers featured

Stellene Volandes, editor-in-chief of Town & Country, and publishing house Rizzoli have debuted Jeweler: Masters, Mavericks, and Visionaries of Modern Design, a stunning coffee-table tome that profiles 17 contemporary fine jewelry ateliers. 

According to Rizzoli, the book “highlights the artistry, expertise, and inspiration behind the work of today’s most fascinating and influential jewelry designers…Jeweler reveals the unique ideas, intricate processes, and inspiration that go into their work.” American fashion designer Carolina Herrera, who’s always been partial to a string of classic pearls, wrote the book’s foreword.

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Among the ateliers Volandes profiled in the book are Germany’s Hemmerle; Hong Kong–based Wallace Chan; Athens, Greece–based jeweler Elena Votsi; and British upstart Lauren Adriana. 

Volandes didn’t return a request for comment from JCK, but told The Daily, that she wrote the book because “right now, the contemporary jewelry world is filled with so much talent, unlike any time before. Part of why I wanted to write the book was to show people that jewelry is something not to be hidden away or to be approached with intimidation. The jewelry world is welcoming and really open. Jewelers want to share their craft and their stories.”

(Book jacket photo courtesy of Rizzoli; photo of Volande courtesy of The Daily)

JCK Magazine Editor