The Rise of Contemporary Studio Jewelry with Lisa Berman, Owner of Sculpture To Wear Gallery & Berman Arts Agency

Episode 40

Lisa Berman* is an internationally recognized “Ambassador of Wearable Art.” Based in Southern California, her expertise extends to major manufacturing and retail markets, museums and corporations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Asia and Europe. Lisa is the owner of the iconic gallery Sculpture to Wear, which was instrumental in launching the studio jewelry movement […]

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An Appraiser’s Insights on Valuing and Collecting Gems with Jo Ellen Cole, Gemologist & Owner of Cole Appraisal Services

Episode 39

Jo Ellen Cole has been involved in the jewelry business for more than four decades. She earned her Graduate Gemologist Diploma (In Residence) at the Gemological Institute of America in Santa Monica and successfully passed the prestigious Gemological Association of Great Britain’s F.G.A. examinations. After working for several years in both retail and wholesale jewelry […]

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Jewelry for America: The Evolution of Jewelry in the U.S. with Beth Carver Wees, Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Met

Episode 38

Beth Carver Wees is the Ruth Bigelow Wriston Curator of American Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she oversees the collections of American silver, jewelry and other metalwork. She is currently the curator of the exhibit “Jewelry for America,” which runs until April 5, 2020. Spanning 300 years, “Jewelry for America” explores […]

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Jewelry That Tells a Story: Antique & Estate Pieces in a Modern World with Benjamin Macklowe, President of Macklowe Gallery

Episode 37

Benjamin Macklowe joined Macklowe Gallery in 1994 and became its president in 2012. Under Ben’s leadership, Macklowe Gallery has become the world’s most respected dealer of antique and estate jewelry, French Art Nouveau decorative arts and the entire oeuvre of Louis Comfort Tiffany. Ben is a sought-after expert in his field and has served as […]

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Behind the Scenes: Customized Jewelry Shopping Excursions in Istanbul with Catherine Salter Bayar, Istanbul Personal Shopper

Episode 36

In 1999, Catherine and her vintage textile expert husband, Abit, started Bazaar Bayar in Selçuk, Turkey. They spent a decade in their Bazaar Bayar shop, collecting and selling vintage kilims and carpets, embroidered suzanis and vintage Ottoman and Central Asian jewelry as well as hand-knits created by Catherine and inspired by the local women who […]

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Metalwerx: Innovation in Jewelry Making and Learning with Lindsay Minihan, Executive Director at Metalwerx

Episode 35

Lindsay Minihan is the Executive Director of Metalwerx, an innovative school and community studio for jewelry making and metal arts located in Waltham, Massachusetts. In the past 13 years, she has doubled the organization’s financial capacity, expanded the annual curriculum to include over 130 annual courses, created 29 workspaces for jewelers, and initiated many new […]

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Promoting the Luxurious Life with Opulent Vintage Jewelry with Erik Yang, Founder of The Lush Life Antiques

Episode 34

Erik Yang is the founder of The Lush Life Antiques, which offers a selection of vintage designer jewelry, both signed and unsigned. His primary focus is on American and European costumes, Mexican silver, Native American Indian, Bakelite, modernist and contemporary designer jewelry. Each piece is carefully hand-selected for its design, quality, and construction. In his […]

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Vintage: Back in Fashion with Richard Wainwright, Co-Founder and Producer of A Current Affair

Episode 33

A longtime collector of all things vintage, Richard Wainwright founded A Current Affair, a pop-up marketplace where more than 70 top vintage retailers and private dealers present relevant and trend-driven collections. A Current Affair takes place seasonally in Los Angeles, Brooklyn and the San Francisco Bay Area. Additionally, Richard founded and produces the sister event, […]

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The World’s Handmade Jewelry at Your Fingertips with Vivianne Leung, Senior Marketing Executive, and Natasha Hosseini, Creative Copywriter, at JewelStreet

Episode 32

Senior Marketing Executive Vivianne Leung and Creative Copywriter Natasha Hosseini are representatives for JewelStreet, one of the fastest growing online jewelry marketplaces based in the United Kingdom. With a community of over 200 independent jewelry designers from around the world, and by specializing in only the finest handmade and bespoke jewelry, JewelStreet is revolutionizing the […]

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From Transparent to Vibrant: Layered Acrylic Jewelry with Jennifer Merchant, Contemporary Jewelry Artist, Jennifer Merchant Design

Episode 31

Jennifer Merchant is a studio jewelry artist and sculptor based in Minneapolis. She is best known for her innovative, layered acrylic process in which she layers images and prints between solid acrylic. Her work is graphic with clean lines and an ultra-modern aesthetic. Pieces confound viewers by appearing transparent from one angle of view and […]

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