Archive Past Exhibits and Events

The Jewelry Edit x Radical Jewelry Makeover (Spring 2022)

T.J.E. x R.J.M. transformed donated unwanted jewelry into new pieces that raise awareness for sustainable production and design. We were proud to host T.J.E. x R.J.M. for an exhibition and sale at TJL.

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A Curriculum on Collecting: Part One (April 2022)

The first installment of a new year-long project moderated by Luci Jockel and Emily Jockel. The Birth of a Collection: What Do We Collect and Why? features guest panelists Adam Irish, Tina Jockel, and Sarah Nehama.

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Jewelry Detectives: The Case of the Missing Pendant (March 2022)

A call from a graduate student researching her thesis, a school essay written in the 1940s, and a dog-eared scrapbook filled with designs by turn of the century “jewelers’ jeweler” Gustav Manz turns magazine editor and Manz’s great-granddaughter Laura Mathews into a Jewelry Detective. Follow the trail to the untold mysteries of Manz as Mathews takes us on a fascinating decade-long journey.

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News from Central Asia (Winter 2021)

For NYC Jewelry Week 2021, curator Aida Sulova asked Central Asian artists, makers, and designers to share the news from their home country in the form of a wearable object. The resulting works reflect political protest, environmental issues, collective memory restoration, historical events, and transformation caused by modernization.

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Sisterhood: Bodies in Proximity (Winter 2021)

Artists Luci Jockel and Emily Jockel first shared a bedroom in their family’s home in western Pennsylvania. For NYC Jewelry Week 2021, they presented a joint exhibition representing a creative inquiry born in sisterhood.

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Ohio Silver 50th Founders Reunion (Nov 2021)

Ohio Silver, a funky small-town jewelry shop founded in the early 1970s by two brothers from a family of makers, turned fifty. Tune in to watch Tucker and Kris Viemeister and a handful of the friends who made Ohio Silver possible reminisce about the early days!

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#JewelryGeography / NoMad Jewelry Walking Tour (June 2021)

The second event in our #JewelryGeography series – an intimate summer stroll through NoMad with jewelry historian Anna Rasche. From famous jewel houses to forgotten diamond shops, and a hotel where dandies and swindlers showed off their glittering collections, we explored a few remnants of the neighborhood's Gilded Age jewelry past.

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New York Blossoming (Spring/Summer 2021)

"New York City is blossoming, awakening our senses after a long and tumultuous year—from the gorgeous peonies in the shops of our Flower District neighbors, to the numerous floral celebrations around town." Take a walk around the neighborhood with us and check out our flower-focused photo essay.

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The Tiffany Diamond Feather (March 2021)

More than a talk, RISD Professor Matthew Bird’s presentation is the ultimate research project, a thrilling visual adventure! While TJL always loves a good jewelry detective story, this is more of a courtroom drama…What happened? Tune in to find out!

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Jewelry Detectives: The Mystery of the Indian Necklace (Jan 2021)

Jewelry Detective Jan Krulick-Belin shares the story uncovered when she investigates a mysterious piece from her own jewelry box, in the latest installment of our storytelling series on great jewelry finds.

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Kiff Slemmons / Tag, You're It! (Nov 2020)

Presented by Gallery Loupe and The Jewelry Library during NYC Jewelry Week 2020, Tag, You're It! features the work of Kiff Slemmons and 25 artists, jewelers, and friends. Tag, You're It! explores how jewelry both identifies us and draws together our diversities.

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New York City Jewelry Week 2020

A look at our NYCJW2020 lineup, including an exhibition with artist Kiff Slemmons, co-presented by Gallery Loupe, and a presentation on Legacy: Jewelry Making in Building African American Communities, Preserving Heritage, and Pushing Creative Boundaries, with Sebastian Grant, curator, art historian, and professor at Parsons School of Design.

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#JewelryGeography / Greenwich Village Virtual Walking Tour (Sept 2020)

Jewelry historian Toni Greenbaum took us to 1930s-1970s Greenwich Village, a mecca for studios and shops specializing in handmade "modernist" jewelry, for a visit with extraordinary and influential jewelers such as Sam Kramer, Art Smith, Francisco Rebajes, Winifred Mason, Paul Lobel, Bill Tendler, and Ed Wiener.

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The Scoop – Virtual (Aug 2020)

We rounded out our Summer of Stories and got back to The Scoop with a virtual ice cream social and storytelling show, featuring storytellers from around the country.

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These Days (Spring 2020)

A note from quarantine. In this period of uncertainty and growing concern, we look forward to brighter times ahead and are sending well wishes worldwide.

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Jewelry DNA (Spring 2020)

We have been thinking about our families and the generations before us, telling stories about those we inherited our Jewelry DNA–and our jewelry–from, in an ongoing series.

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Ways We Say I Love You (Feb 2020)

A look at how we express love with modest as well as lavish materials and simple as well as grand gestures in a show of contemporary and vintage jewelry curated by Jewelry Week co-founder JB Jones and TJL’s Karen Davidov.

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Valentina Caprini Artist Talk (Jan 2020)

Visiting contemporary jeweler Valentina Caprini, based in Florence, Italy, shared her story and her work in The Great Room @ The Jewelry Library before leading a three-day workshop on one of her specialties, contemporary filigree, at Brooklyn Metal Works.

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New York City Jewelry Week 2019

A look at our NYCJW2019 lineup, including News from the Netherlands, an exhibition showcasing the work of two Dutch contemporary jewelers, Liesbet Bussche and Koen Jacobs, who embrace an uninhibited approach to jewelry. Curated by Liesbeth den Besten and Alexandra van Strien-de Groot.

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Fashion & Jewelry: Great Collaborations (Fall 2019)

TJL took a look at great fashion and jewelry collaborations and what makes them work. Sometimes fashion designers turn to established jewelry houses to collaborate with, other times to a new face on the jewelry scene, but what are the ingredients of successful collaborations?

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Open Book: Dreaming in Silver (Summer 2019)

A deep dive into Dreaming in Silver, Penny Morrill's dual-language English/Spanish treatise on vintage and contemporary Mexican jewelry. The exhibition featured a range of works, many straight from the pages of the book, with an emphasis on artists and jewelers with stories that are lesser-known.

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Demo at Brooklyn Metalworks (July 2019)

As part of Open Book: Dreaming in Silver, we teamed up with Brooklyn Metal Works and silversmith Preston Jones to examine more closely the process of repoussé and chasing.

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Paper as Protection and Gift / Recent Work by Kiff Slemmons (May 2019)

In this exhibition, American artist Kiff Slemmons continued to investigate past jewelry forms through an ongoing exploration of paper as a material. These works addressed the simultaneous strength and fragility of paper, the historical and cultural significance of the material, and the use of paper and jewelry as a way to both protect and connect.

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Jewelry Detectives: Rediscovering Eda Lord Dixon (Feb 2019)

The first in our Jewelry Detectives storytelling series. Medill Harvey and Lori Zabar took us through an engrossing tale that started with a mysterious new acquisition and led to the fascinating rediscovery of American jeweler, enamelist, and silversmith, Eda Lord Dixon.

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Holiday Pop-Up / Baubles, Books, and Bubbly (Dec 2018)

We collaborated with a few of our favorite galleries (thank you Sienna Patti, Mark Mcdonald, Mark Goodstein, Michael Rodriguez, and Pauline Ginnane Gasbarro) to create a selection of vintage and contemporary pieces for the holidays.

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The Kinship Between / American Women Jewelers, Part I (Nov 2018)

Curated by Mark McDonald and Sienna Patti, The Kinship Between featured vintage works by three mid-century jewelers and new work by four contemporary artists. The show explored shared aspects of their craft as metalsmiths and the kinship between their ways of working and their design process as well as their shared use of form and material.

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