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Atelier Lazard

We asked the maker Lorena Lazard to come on AJF Live in April 2023 because we wanted to learn more about the art jewelry scene taking place in Mexico. Lazard invited three other Mexican jewelry artists—two of whom attend her school—to join her. The program (which we recorded; you can watch here) fit into our …

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Willemien Bruwer, He Bit Me!

Meet the Outstanding Students of 2023

Summer is in full swing, and jewelry students around the globe are pulling all-nighters to finish their coursework and install end-of-year exhibitions—or taking a well-earned break after finishing the school year. Faculty from AJF member schools identified one outstanding grad or undergrad from their current class This photo essay presents their best work Keep your eyes …

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A Glittering Night at the Opening of MAD About Jewelry

Necklaces made from vintage Japanese kimonos, brooches adorned with crushed eggshell, and rings with “stones” created from plastic litter all made a showing at the 2023 opening benefit preview for MAD About Jewelry, the annual pop-up sale of contemporary artist-made jewelry at the Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) in New York City. Those attending …

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Banafsheh Hemmati

The Iranian designer-artist Banafsheh Hemmati has designed jewelry, furniture, landscape, light, and accessories for more than 20 years. She began designing jewelry to go with the clothes she designed for herself.  “I could find no jewelry to suit them,” says Hemmati. “Ultimately, I designed the jewelry that suited them best.” Born in Tehran in 1974, …

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How Is the Next Generation Collecting?

During Schmuck, we presented AJF in Conversation: Collecting—The Next Generation. Gallerist and curator Christian Hoedl moderated the discussion. The panelists were: Artist and educator Mallory Weston, who teaches jewelry at Tyler School of Art and Architecture Joya organizer Paulo Ribeiro Collectors and life partners Juan Harnie and Dennis Pellens. Harnie studied jewelry making at university. …

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