AJF Best of Interviews

Benjamin Lignel, ed.

AJF Best of Interviews features 20 interviews with internationally recognized jewelers, designers, curators, dealers, and collectors, including former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and pioneering art jeweler Gijs Bakker. In this book, interviewees candidly discuss the pursuit of their passions, and the influence art jewelry has on design in other realms.  

“We culled 18 provocative conversations with luminaries in the field from the more than 70 interviews we have had published with luminaries in this field since we began reporting more than 15 years ago,” said AJF board chair Susan Cummins. “These interviews underscore the importance of art jewelry and its place on the contemporary jewelry spectrum.”  

AJF commissioned two new interviews for the book. The first features Dorothea Prühl, celebrated for her use of natural materials and honored at Munich's Handwerksmesse with the Klassiker der Moderne exhibition. The second highlights Matthew Friday and Kerianne Quick discussing their "Affective Craft Manifesto.”

AJF Best of Interviews features interviews with​ 

Dr. Madeleine Albright, Gijs Bakker, Jamie Bennett, Lola Brooks, Helen Drutt English, Iris Eichenberg, Clo Fleiss, Warwick Freeman, Matthew Friday & Kerianne Quick, Ursula Ilse-Neuman, Yevgeniya Kaganovitch, Sally Marsland, Myra Mimlitsch-Gray, Helena and Lasse Pahlman, Sienna Patti, Bruce Pepich, Lindsay Pollock, Dorothea Prühl, 2Roses, Tanel Veenre


Rachel Carren, Gabriel Craig, Susan Cummins, Aaron Decker, Iris Eichenberg, Benedikt Fischer, Benjamin Lignel, Jillian Moore, Damian Skinner, and AJF members. 

AJF Best of Interviews follows the recent publication of the organization’s landmark book, Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective.

Paperback, 14.7 x 2.7 cm, 144 pages
Editor and designer: Benjamin Lignel
ISBN: 978-0-615-98047-8
Release date: March 2013