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04/19/2021
AJF Members Share A Prized Piece From Their Collections—Number 3

The premise is simple: Pore over the jewelry you own, select your current favorite or a piece you consider especially noteworthy, and send in a photo to share with readers along with the reason you selected it.

This is the third installment in this series (if you haven’t already, check out the first one and the second one). For this edition, we invited only AJF members to contribute. The only criteria were that they must own the piece and that it must have been made by someone other than themselves. We received so many photos that we had to split this particular edition in two parts! Thank you to everyone who contributed. We couldn't do it without you.

This series aims to offer some insight into what each of you think is important in the field. We also hope it will expose more contemporary artists not only to our community, but beyond it.

Someone once said that one is a purchase, two's a coincidence, and three's a collection. You may not define yourself in relation to jewelry, or maybe you do, as a maker, collector, enthusiast, gallerist, curator. Either way, you almost certainly own a number of pieces of jewelry. So—knowing that your choice could change at any time—which piece do you like best in your collection right now, and why?

Helena Lehtinen, Garden
Necklace by Liv Blåvarp
Ritsugo Ogura, Untitled
Flóra Vági, Velvet Wood
Flóra Vági, Velvet Wood
Márcia Neto, Canoinha do Brasil 01
Márcia Neto, Canoinha do Brasil 01
Chris Kiseno, Violenta Paz
Chris Kiseno, Violenta Paz
Gésine Hackenberg, My Home Is My Jewel
Ramon Puig Cuyas, Arxipelag (Archipelego)
Castello Hansen, Untitled
Castello Hansen, Untitled
Joan Parcher, Concentric Circle Mica
Joan Parcher, Concentric Circle Mica
Pat Flynn, Nail Bracelets
Réka Fekete, Langgewagt
Sophie Hanagarth, Bijoux de Famille
Sophie Hanagarth, Bijoux de Famille
Helena Sandström, Untitled
Susanne Hammer, Collier
Morgane de Klerk, Label (mini), from the Label series
Morgane de Klerk, Label (mini), from the Label series
2Roses, brooches from the Sylph series
Robert Natalini, Large Pendant
Suzanne Bucher, Corian Disk and Stainless Steel Earrings
Suzanne Bucher, Corian Disk and Stainless Steel Earrings
Selen Özus, The Closest
Selen Özus, The Closest
Patrícia Domingues, Monument (Double Pin)
Brooch by Tarja Tuupanen
Daniel DiCaprio, Fioriture Necklace
Karl Fritsch, Untitled
Brooch by Fabiana Gadano
Elvire Blanc Briand, Sur Place ou á Emporter
Maker unknown
Julia Allen wearing the "necklace"
Earrings by Mie Miyakawa
Barbara Stutman, Survival of the Foot-est
Contemporary coral and silver necklace by Santo Domingo artist Wayne Aguila
Brooch by Arline Fisch, bracelet from an antique market
Maker unknown, bracelets
Maker unknown, silver mesh cuff from India
Piece by Martha Banyas
DX Ross, Necklace with Pendant,
Workshop of El Hadj Ndane Diagne, Rocket Apollo 11
Workshop of El Hadj Ndane Diagne, Rocket Apollo 11
Necklace by Pamela Wilson
Brooch by Sara Pihlström
Brooch by Sara Pihlström
Tim Carson, The Leader
Dauvit Alexander, Bracelet
Sonja Rosenberg, part of the Erosion Series
Sonja Rosenberg, part of the Erosion Series
Pendant by Brandon Monsoo
Harold O’Connor, Brooch
Harold O'Connor, title unknown (numbered 0938)
Keith Lewis, Seed Pods
Julie Shaw, Dragonfly
Daniel Brush, Libra
Helen Dorion, Untitled earrings
Ring by Shinji Nakaba
Sanjib Dhar, Stud Earrings
Hans Hovy, Walking Stick
Hans Hovy, Walking Stick
Stefan Gougherty, Clip Tab & Shell
Stefan Gougherty, Clip Tab & Shell

Nathalie Mornu

Nathalie Mornu has edited nonfiction and DIY books since 2003; she is particularly passionate about titles specializing in jewelry and crafts. After studying jewelry fabrication and furniture-making for five years at the Appalachian Center for Craft, she changed course altogether and pursued a degree in journalism. Nathalie then spent a dozen years in the editorial department at Lark Books. In her tenure there, she worked with former Art Jewelry Forum editor Damian Skinner to copy edit Contemporary Jewelry in Perspective. Nathalie began serving as AJF’s proofreader in June 2014 and subsequently branched out to copy editing and content management for the organization.

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