With vintage jewelry so popular today, it’s interesting to think about which modern-day jewelers will have the most coveted pieces in the future. Who are the industry’s “shining stars” creating today’s collectibles and tomorrow’s heirlooms?
For a look at 38 of the fine jewelry industry’s most impressive talents, check out Jewelry’s Shining Stars (Fine Points Publishing). Written by Beth Bernstein—writer, designer and connoisseur of precious jewels as well as the former fashion director of Accessories magazine—this elegant, full-color coffee table book brings to life the inspirations and personalities of each designer.
Renowned jeweler Stephen Webster says it all in his foreword: “This is a damn good read about passion, dedication, craftsmanship and bloody minded obsession…Each and every designer featured in ‘Jewelry’s Shining Stars’ is helping to return jewellery to something given and worn with emotion, not a sign of wealth or status.”
From Todd Reed’s pioneering, rough and raw diamonds (below, right) into coveted one-of-a-kind pieces to K. Brunini’s introduction of organic forms and non-precious materials into precious jewelry to Arman Sarkisyan’s intricate, award-winning and sometimes ironic museum-quality works (shown on cover), the dazzling book features a truly diverse array of talent.
“These designers cross the boundaries of art, function and wearability to form a distinctive imprint on contemporary jewelry,” says Bernstein. “As the current and future influencers, they shine brightly and are evolving with time and perseverance, while bringing out the collector in a new age of women.”
The book is organized into four sections, with designers grouped accordingly. The Mix Masters (Alishan, Arman Sarkisyan, Donna Distefano, Megan Thorne, Moritz Glik, Naomi Blumenthal, Polly Wales, Ray Griffiths, Todd Reed. Yael Sonia); The Storytellers (Adel Chefridi, Amali, Annie Fensterstock, Cassandra Erink, K. Brunini, Shaill Jhaveri, Vibe’s, Wendy Yue); The Trendsetters (Allia, Borgioni, Colette, Ileana Makri, Lauren Harper, Lauren Wolf, Michael John Jewelry, Mizuki, Nam Cho, Rebecca Overmann, Sorellina); and The Treasure Hunters (Boaz Kashi, Coomi, Jamie Joseph, Jemma Wynne, Joseph Murray, Kamofie, Katherine Jetter, Melissa Joy Manning, Pamela Huzenga).
Bernstein explains her inspiration and impetus to pull together “Jewelry’s Shining Stars” after completing her memoir “My Charmed Life: Rocky Romances, Precious Family Connections and Searching For A Band of Gold,” which was profiled here.
“I have seen the sparkle of a rich history. I have been fortunate enough to see pieces from Castellani to Cartier and The Crown Jewels up close and personal. I have been invited to famous gem mines and jewelry cultures around the globe, as well as the workshops and vaults behind the gleaming facades of Madison Avenue and Place Vendome. Yet, I am most drawn to the studios of today’s generation of independent jewelers—designers who work at the bench with reverence for old world tradition, then soulfully alter the classic techniques for irreverent and intriguing styles. I have met all of these jewelers at shows and in their studios, and while trying on their pieces, I have been transported into their worlds. Now I’d like to take readers into their creative minds and present the pieces that are sure to capture the imagination and inspire desire for the craft and collecting of these most alluring designers.”
The coffee table book is available for purchase on Sept. 29. To pre-order your book or get more information, click here.