Inside the New York Studio of Jewelry Designer Adel Chefridi



It’s a blustery late-November day in New York’s Hudson Valley, and designer Adel Chefridi is at his bench on the second floor of his Kingston, N.Y., studio, ­painstakingly engraving the charm of an earring. He covers the charm with a black Sharpie and polishes off the ink, leaving behind a slight shadow in the grooves of the engraving. “Air moves the metal in an intentional way,” he explains. “A lot of things don’t come to life until the last moment, when you’re polishing.” The engraving is delicate and artful. After design, stone setting and engraving are Chefridi’s bailiwick, but he resists being categorized. “It feels when you identify yourself as something, you’ve caged yourself,” he says. “And you set expectations. At some point, I accepted the label of designer, with precaution. I’m not a jeweler in the classic term. So, if you come to me to make a g
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