It’s fall, but not a regular fall, though maybe that’s because it’s a “new normal” one. It seems to require a bit of navigation, something to get us on a new track. Perhaps you need some inspiration, or a chance to connect with jewelry folk, or you’re ready for a deep dive into some jewelry research.
Stop by for a visit. Starting September 21st, we’ll be open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 11:00–6:00, and you are welcome to check out TJL and our Great Room for books on jewelry, fashion, design, and graphics—and even stay for lunch.
Here are some things we’re working on…
- An online exhibition space, launching on our website soon!
- The second edition of our #JewelryGeography series—a stroll through NoMad, exploring a few remnants of the NYC neighborhood’s Gilded Age jewelry past, from famous jewel houses to forgotten diamond shops, and a hotel where dandies and swindlers showed off their glittering collections. We’ll be sharing more information, including a map, so you can take yourself on your own NoMad walking tour while the weather is nice! (In the meantime, click here to check out the first edition of #JewelryGeography featuring Greenwich Village in the 1930s–1970s…)
- Programming for NYC Jewelry Week this November, including News from Central Asia, curated by Aida Sulova, who sent this dispatch from her recent travels to the region… “I’ve asked Central Asian artists and designers to share the news from their home country in the form of a wearable object. For many artists in Central Asia making art is the only way to respond and talk about the events happening in the world. Although the concept of this exhibition has a geographical representation, the themes of the news are relevant to what we are witnessing today in the world: environmental issues, political protests, collective memory restoration, jewelry as reminders of historical events, transformation caused by modernization.”
- Finally, we’ll be shining a spotlight on some jewelry makers whose stories have gone untold in a new Instagram series–keep an eye out!
Here’s what we’ve been reading…
- NYCJW’s new blog, Future Heirloom, which “amplifies and celebrate[s] all of the diverse traditions, purposes, and stories behind the jewelry field” with content ranging from interviews and photo essays to reviews, columns, and long form personal narratives.
- Some great new books just added to our TJL Bookshelf this summer, including Jewels That Made History: 101 Stones, Myths, and Legends by Town & Country Editor in Chief and ELLE Decor Editorial Director Stellene Volandes, and MAD Museum’s Jewelry Stories: Highlights from the Collection 1947–2019. (The exhibition 45 Stories in Jewelry is ongoing at the museum, if you haven’t seen it yet—or just want to revisit!)
And here are a few things we’re excited to check out…
- The Costume Institute’s In America: A Lexicon of Fashion at The Met. The two-part exploration of fashion in the United States, with part one opening September 18th, “considers how fashion reflects evolving notions of identity in America and will explore a multitude of perspectives through presentations that speak with powerful immediacy to some of the complexities of history.”
- The Hare with Amber Eyes at the Jewish Museum. Opening November 19th, The Hare with Amber Eyes “tells the story of the Ephrussi family—celebrated in the 2010 memoir and The New York Times bestseller of the same name by Edmund de Waal—and showcases the breadth and depth of their illustrious collection…The exhibition will bring together pieces from the Ephrussi’s collections to examine the ways in which objects can function as storytellers, symbols of resilience, and monuments of a family legacy…”