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07/19/2021
AJF Members Share a Prized Piece from Their Collections—Number 5

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 "I don't define myself at all, thank you very much"—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 fifth installment in this series. (Check out the first one, the second, the third, and the fourth.) Thank you to everyone who contributed. We couldn't do it without you!

Thereza Pedrosa wearing Ramon Puig Cuyàs brooch
Ramon Puig Cuyàs, Arxipelàg n.610
Jana Brevick and Ruudt Peters
Ruudt Peters, Suctus Saugen
Shane Prada wears necklace by Karen Vanmol, laminate; earrings by Taylor Zarkades King
Barbara Stutman, Bracelet
Márta Edöcs, Nove Red Bubble Necklace
Joyce J. Scott, Necklace
Ieva Grigiene, Open Ring
Ieva Grigiene, Open Ring
Lily Kanellopoulou, Blue Shadows
Lily Kanellopoulou, Blue Shadows
Hervé van der Straeten, Untitled
Rachael Colley, Sha-Green
Rachael Colley, Sha-Green
Florence Lehmann, Domino Spektrum
Artist Unknown, Trashcan Pin
Timothy Carson, The Pen-Ultimate Dance/Pin!
Timothy Carson, The Pen-Ultimate Dance/Pin!
Timothy Carson, The Pen-Ultimate Dance/Pin!
Bianca Eshel-Gershuni, Brooch
Bianca Eshel-Gershuni, Brooches
J. Fred Woell, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Summer Sessions USA Flag
Tereza Seabra, ring from the “Jewels for Alessandro de Medici” series
Janice Derrick, Untitled
Janice Derrick, Untitled
9 Tours Eiffel made by 9 artists
9 Tours Eiffel made by 9 artists
Pamela Coromoto, El Lissitzky Double Ring
Pamela Coromoto, El Lissitzky Double Ring
Gitte Nygaard, Brooch
Gitte Nygaard, Brooch
Lydia Martin, Untitled
Lydia Martin, Untitled
Iris Bodemer, Ring
Yura Bylkov, Tower Ring
Iris Bodemer, Brooch
Iris Bodemer, Brooch
Brooch by Masako Onodera
Brooch by Masako Onodera
Work by Wanshu Li
Alison Evans, Wrap-Around Bracelet
Sian Edwards, Fish Earrings
Sian Edwards, Fish Earrings
Trevor Byron, Kimono Brooch
Necklace by unknown artist
Darcy Miro, Pleated Grey Cuff with Stitching
Darcy Miro, Pleated Grey Cuff with Stitching

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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