Every day, people surround us wearing art, history, and culture, but we usually don’t pay attention. Most people think about jewelry as an afterthought or accessory. But jewelry can tell a larger story, one reflecting the connection between contemporary culture and that of yesteryear.
Is jewelry clothing, art, status symbol, or something more? The jewelry world seems to be hidden in plain sight and little understood. The Jewelry Journey podcast explores the many aspects of jewelry and its status as art. We talk with those who live and breathe this form of adornment: makers, dealers, gallerists, academics collectors and more. The goal is to elevate the conversation beyond Etsy or big diamonds and see jewelry in a new light, so that we can appreciate the little pieces of wonder that float by each day.
How Her Life and Heritage Influences Multi-Award Winning Artist, Alexia Connellan’s Colorful Pieces
Alexia Connellan is an award-winning Black jewelry designer, but don’t think she’s the only one of her kind. Although her colorful take on antique jewelry is unique, her position in the industry is not—it’s just that jewelry designers, miners, and other professionals of color are frequently overlooked. She joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about her experience in the industry, why she sources her gems from artisanal small-scale mines, and how her Jamaican background influences her colorful
How Ornamentum Gallery Became the Art Jewel of Hudson, NY with Stefan Friedmann Co-founder of Ornamentum Gallery
While most makers, collectors, and gallerists head to big cities to make their way in the world of conceptual jewelry, Stefan Friedmann and his wife, Laura Lapachin, went in the opposite direction. They founded Ornamentum Gallery in 2002 in Hudson, New York. Hudson has since become a trendy destination for New York City dwellers, which has allowed Ornamentum to expand into one of the largest exhibition spaces in the country for art jewelry.
Episode 110: How a 172-Year-Old Jewelry House Has Adapted to New Trends with Guy Burton, Director of Hancocks in London
Guy Burton didn’t plan on going into the family jewelry business, but like many other jewelry professionals, the industry grabbed him and wouldn’t let go. After a brief detour in real estate, Guy returned to Hancocks, London’s oldest family-run jewelry house, and developed his passion and expertise in antique diamonds and gemstones. He joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about why he loves antique stones, what jewelry trends are popular right now, and how he has adapted his work during the pand
Episode 109: Collecting Fewer, Better Treasures with Dana Kraus, Founder of DK Farnum Estate Jewelry"
Dana Kraus took a unique path to the jewelry industry, which might be why she has a unique approach to collecting. As the founder of DK Farnum Estate Jewelry, she helps her clients refine their taste and often advises them to cut back the size of their collections in favor of quality. Her personal approach and expertise in 20th-century jewelry has endeared her to a loyal group of buyers—including millennial buyers, who are notorious for their lack of interest in estate jewelry.
Episode 108: How the Vintage Boom Changed How We Buy and Wear Jewelry with Cameron Silver Founder of Decades
The definition of “vintage jewelry” has evolved since Cameron Silver founded the influential vintage store Decades in 1997, but one thing remains the same: true style is the ability to wear vintage in a modern way. Cameron joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about what he looks for when choosing vintage pieces, why the vintage market continues to grow, and why jewelry and accessories are having a moment right now. Read the episode transcript here.
Episode 107: How Guild Labs Became a Gem Appraisal Powerhouse with Charles Carmona Accredited Senior Appraiser (ASA) of the American Society of Appraisers
The global gem trade is a fascinating place, and nobody knows it better than Charles Carmona. Known as one of the top appraisers in his field, Charles founded appraisal firm Guild Labs in 1980 and has grown it into a global business with offices in Los Angeles and China. He joined the Jewelry Journey Podcast to talk about where his interest in gems comes from, his adventures traveling the world looking for gems, and his future plans for his business.