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Why New York City Jewelry Week Is Meaningful

South Sea and akoya pearl earrings from Adam Neeley took the President's Award in the International Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America. They, along with the other contest winners, are on sale this week at the Clay Pot in Nolita.

New York City. Nov. 13, 2018. The first annual New York City Jewelry Week kicked off yesterday (it runs Nov. 12–19), and everyone in the industry should be pumped! That’s because it’s a stellar effort from founders Bella Neyman and JB Jones, a curator and writer and a design director and fashion editor, respectively, to drive attention to our sparkling industry in the city.

I met the pair during the Jewelers of America New York Summer show. We attended a Women’s Jewelry Association New York Metro Chapter cocktail event together, and I heard firsthand about their enthusiasm for their project. Their contacts, I learned, were broader on the art jewelry side compared to mine, which are firmly entrenched in the fine world. I was impressed by their humble nature, not trying to sell me hard on their project but earnestly attempting to cast a spotlight on our world and to hopefully better bridge art and fine jewelry.

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We talked about sponsorships, their event schedule, media partners, and their growing Instagram presence. Their roster of events is impressive—90 are listed on their website at nycjewelryweek.com. You can shop jewelry with David Yurman, attend a lecture at the Pratt Institute or 92nd Street YMCA, or see an exhibition at the LALAoUNIS Gallery. You can also cocktail it up tomorrow night with your fellow gem besties at another monthly Mix and Mingle event at the Elsie Rooftop at 1412 Broadway on the 25th floor, an affair organized by the WJA New York Metro Chapter. Still want another option? See the winners of the annual International Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) at the Clay Pot in Nolita. Full disclosure: I am the CPAA’s part-time executive director and had serendipitously planned months ago for our contest winners to be placed in this New York City destination this week.

South Sea and akoya pearl earrings from Adam Neeley took the President's Award in the International Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America. They, along with the other contest winners, are on sale this week at the Clay Pot in Nolita.

South Sea and akoya pearl earrings from Adam Neeley took the President’s Award in the International Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America. They, along with the other contest winners, are on sale this week at the Clay Pot in Nolita.

For the benefit of us all, I am hopeful that Jewelry Week takes off, and because of their sincerity, I would love to lend backing to future efforts. Neyman and Jones aren’t seeking the limelight for themselves but are working to cast a spotlight on the rest of us, and this sort of massive new project is daunting without support.

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They do have quite a few endorsements, but more always helps. To date, Ronnie Vanderlinden, Deirdre Featherstone, and Fern Mallis, among others, serve on their advisory committee. Sponsors include the Mahnaz Collection, Circa Jewels, Alex Sepkus, and more. Mentorship of emerging talent also plays a role. The possibilities for the future are endless, and Jewelry Week could evolve into the consumer-facing jewelry effort for which many in the industry have been longing. I look forward to helping its founders continue developing a strong identity for their baby in any way I can.

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