JCK Asks…Annie Fensterstock

On her beginnings and other designers’ futures“JCK Asks” is, of course, all about designers and their gorgeous jewelry. But we couldn’t resist telling you what Annie Fensterstock is doing to help other designers make gorgeous jewelry—namely, working with Afghan ­jewelry students in Jaipur. “It’s an ongoing project through the organization Future Brilliance,” explains ­Fensterstock, who spent four weeks in India working with the future jewelers as they studied design, gemology, cutting, ­business management, and more. “The profits will support the skills ­development of the artisans and ultimately create tremendous opportunities for Afghans, including women in rural areas of the country.” ­Aayenda Jewelry—featuring a collection designed by Fensterstock (made by the Afghan students)—will debut at JCK Las Vegas. Aayenda, she explains, “means ‘future’ in Da

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