The first edition of New York City Jewelry Week just started!

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NYCJW is the first and only week dedicated to promoting the world of jewelry through educational and innovative NYC focused programming. In its inaugural year, NYCJW will feature exhibitions, lectures, workshops, studio tours. Aimed at supporting and fostering jewelry of all types, the initiative also includes participation from both established and emerging brands, individual jewelers, artists, and designers.

Image: A yashmak made in the 1990s from aluminum and Swarovski crystals by British jewelry designer Shaun Leane for fashion designer Alexander McQueen Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Created by two industry leaders from the worlds of art jewelry and retail, Bella Neyman and JB Jones, the project seeks to raise awareness of jewelry as an art form. The goal is to offer a glimpse behind the scenes of the design and making aspects of this unique industry, and educate attendees about the history, opportunities, and future of jewelry in New York City.

From November 12-18, 2018 , over 20 jewelry-related exhibitions and more than 70 events will activate venues across the city. The week focuses on educational and innovative New York-centric programming, including exhibitions, educational lectures, explorative workshops, exclusive tours, and collaborations with iconic and emerging brands, jewelers, artists, and designers.

Image: The panel discussion at Christie’s will focus on collecting jewelry Courtesy of Christie's

Events include a curatorial-led tour of The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s new exhibition Jewelry: The Body Transformed ; a celebratory event in Bergdorf Goodman's Jewelry Salon; an evening of trying on jewelry at Lalique; an exhibition of 3D printed jewelry; behind-the-scenes access to the Diamond District; a Greenwich St. Jewelers giveaway of an exclusively designed Marla Aaron #lockyourmom lock to 100 single moms (single dads welcome too!); and the panel discussion Behind Iconic Jewelry on Stage & Screen , presented by the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment and the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Image: Lalique’s Cabochon ring comes in a wide range of colors Courtesy of Lalique

Timed to the week, NYCJW is proud to launch the One for the Future initiative: a new initiative for emerging talent in the jewelry industry, which provides honorees exposure aimed at accelerating their careers. The group of selected participants is composed of 12 students and recent jewelry design graduates who epitomize the passion and dedication of burgeoning professionals in the New York City jewelry scene. The selected young jewelry talents are awarded professional mentorship that extends beyond NYCJW.

While events and exhibitions take place across the city, Artists & Fleas Soho acts as NYCJW’s headquarters and is a key venue for talks and exhibitions over the course of the week. Artist Zachery Lechtenberg will create a bespoke wall art installation at the headquarters to celebrate the week.

“What started as a small idea has grown into something incredible, with a whole mix of partners big and small—and we’re grateful to each and every one of them. The response shows what a need there is for a jewelry week in New York,” says NYCJW co-founder Bella Neyman .

Image: Rene-Jules Lalique necklace circa 1897–99 Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

“Our core mission with this week has always been to educate and inform the city about jewelry. We hope our One for the Future initiative has a long-lasting effect on the next generation of jewelry designers, long after Jewelry Week is over,” says NYCJW co-founder JB Jones .

Image: Torus bracelet by Sergey Jivetin

Image: Josef Hoffmann brooch 1907 Private Collection courtesy of NGNY

Venues and Partners Include:

92nd Street Y Jewelry Center, A Thousand Facets, Aaron Faber Gallery, American-Irish Historical Society, Art Glass Forum, Artists & Fleas, Belperron, Bergdorf Goodman, Brooklyn Metal Works, Brooklyn Navy Yard, CADAR, Catbird, Christie’s Education, Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, Current Obsession, David Webb, David Yurman, Doyle & Doyle, Doyle New York, E.R. Butler, Ed. Varie, Ex Ovo, Fashion Institute of Technology, Featherstone Design, Fred Leighton, Gallery Loupe, Greenwich Street Jewelers, HD Jewels at The Carlyle Hotel, Jill Platner, Katonah Museum of Art, Lalaounis, Lalique, Lucas Lucas, Lulu Frost, L’ÉCOLE, School of Jewelry Arts, Magen H Gallery, Mahnaz Collection, Maison Gerard, Mark McDonald, Michele Varian, Museum of Arts and Design, Myron Toback, NEW INC, Neue Galerie New York, Newark Museum, Oscar Heyman, PRATT Institute, Perceived Value, R & Co. SUNY New Paltz, Sienna Patti Gallery, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Urban Glass, Verdura, Wellness for Makers, White Space Gallery

Participating Independent Jewelry Designers Include:

Alex Lozier, Amelia Toelke, Arthur Hash, Aurelie Guillaume, Biba Schutz, Bryan Parnham, Camila Escobar, Carrie Bilbo, Casey Sobel, Darcy Miro, Emiko Oye, Emily Cobb, Franziska Stetter, Gabriella Kiss, Georgina Trevino, Ho'o Hee, Jamie Bennett, Jonathan Wahl, Judy Geib, Kendra Pariseault, Kiwon Wang, Klaus Bürgel, Kurt Pio, Laila Costa, Lizz Hill Wiker, Lynn Batchelder, Mallory Weston, Manuela Jimenez, Maria Tritico, Noam Elyashiv, Oblik Atelier, Pat Flynn, Räissa Bump, Rebekah Frank, Reiko Ishiyama, Sam Tyson, Sarah Holden, Sena Huh, Sergey Jivetin, Silvia Ardila, Thiago Piwowarczyk, Tom Herman, WooJungKim

NYCJW Advisory Committee:

Lora Appleton, Alexandra Cunningham Cameron, Alexandra Darby, Helen Drutt, Deirdre Featherstone, Karen Giberson, Alex Gilbert, Janna Gregonis, Levi Higgs, Holly Hotchner, Fern Mallis, Sienna Patti, Kara Ross, Laura Schneider, Ilene Shaw, Michael Toback, Ronnie Vanderlinden, Stellene Volandes, Jonathan Wahl, Erin S. Daily and Brian Weissman, Katrin Zimmermann

Please see below for a selection of programming highlights. For the full list of exhibitions and events, including timing and location details, please visit

About the Contributing Writer

Ilaria Ruggiero is a cultural manager and curator working in the field of contemporary art. She is the founder of Adornment - Curating Contemporary Art Jewelry, a curatorial integrated project dedicated to contemporary art jewelry. It aims to develop the knowledge and consciousness of contemporary jewelry as artistic discipline and as ground search for technique, aesthetics, and philosophy.


Ilaria Ruggiero


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