AJF Members Share a Prized Piece from Their Collections—Number 4

The premise is simple: Pore over the jewelry you own, choose your current favorite or a piece that’s especially noteworthy, and send in a photo along with the reason you selected it. The only criteria: you must own the piece and it must have been made by someone other than yourself.

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

You may not think of yourself a jewelry collector, but consider this possibility: Perhaps one is a purchase, two's a coincidence, and three's a collection. No matter how you define yourself in relation to jewelry—maker, collector, enthusiast, gallerist, curator, or not at all—you almost certainly own a number of pieces of jewelry. So—knowing that your choice can change tomorrow—which piece do you like best in your collection today, and why?

This is the fourth in this series; we’ll publish a fifth installment next week. (Check out the first one, the second, and the third). Thank you to everyone who contributed. We couldn't do it without you!

Michael Rotenberg’s favorite jewel is a brooch by Mariko Sumioka
A detail of Michael Rotenberg’s brooch
Scott Duerstock wears brooch Alternated Color No.5 bby Yong Joo Kim
Yong Joo Kim, Alternated Color No.5
Charon Kransen selected this piece by Mirjam Hiller
Mirjam Hiller, brooch
Biba Schutz also selected work by Mirjam Hiller as her favorite
Mirjam Hiller, title unknown
Tanel Veenre, Kafka
 Kadri Mälk wears Kafka by Tanel Veenre
Janis Kerman wears the necklace by Brooke Marks Swanson
Brooke Marks Swanson, Necklace
Santa Monica telephone book
Telephone book opened with Robert Ebendorf brooch inside
Robert Ebendorf, brooch
Lorena Angulo, Corliss Calavera Brooch
Anncha Briggs wears brooch by Arthur Hash
Arthur Hash, brooch
Monika Brugger, On the Surface of Fingers
Rita Soto Ventura with brooch On the Surface of Fingers by Monika Brugger
Mette Saabye selected her wedding ring by Per Suntum as her favorite piece of jewelry
Per Suntum, Ring
Ralph Bakker's ring selected by Liesbeth den Besten
Ralph Bakker, Ring Revelry 5
Melis Agabigum selected Joshua Kosker's piece
Joshua Kosker, Untitle
Horst Max Lebert, Silver and White Agate Ring
Erika Novak loves wearing the ring by Horst Max Lebert.
Linda Macneil, Festival Nexus Necklace
Barbara McFadyn selects the bracelet by Jamie Bennett
Barbara McFadyn selects the bracelet by Jamie Bennett
Serena Holm, Brooch, Incognito
Nelli Tanner, pendant selected by Jenni Sokura
Shachar Cohen, It’s Dead, selected by Karin Roy Andersson
Shachar Cohen, It’s Dead, selected by Karin Roy Andersson
Erica DeMarco selected the brooch by Kat Cole
The pendant by Amanda Outcalt selected by Michael and Elaine Bennett
The pendant by Amanda Outcalt selected by Michael and Elaine Bennett
Nicolas Estrada loves this ring by Gregory Larin
Nicolas Estrada loves this ring by Gregory Larin
Michele Cottler Fox's current favorite piece by Merlin Meremaa
Maria Celeste Lucero’s favorite jewel was made by Agostina Laurenzano
Agostina Laurenzano, Brooch
Valerie Mitchell's favorite are these earrings by Sue Dorman
Steve Ford & David Forlano favor this brooch by Teresa Faris
Teresa Faris, Collaboration with a Bird
Sara Shahak has a sentimental attachment to this necklace by Ariel Lavian
Ariel Lavian, Untitled, necklace

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.

The July 2021 Report, Part 1