Welcome to On the Road. This time, we’re chronicling our adventures last week at New York City Jewelry Week (NYCJW), which had us crisscrossing the Big Apple many times over as we popped into the dozens of stops that spanned several NYC neighborhoods—and boroughs!
The annual event, now in its fourth year, was a hybrid virtual-and-IRL affair due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. But there was still lots to see and do in person: our plates were overloaded with terrific panel and designer-led discussions, workshop tours, and even a few small parties.
Along the way we oohed and aahed over memorable jewelry from both established and emerging designers. Variety is name of the game at NYCJW, so it’s not uncommon to browse quirky, experimental pieces made by a recent graduate of SUNY New Paltz’s jewelry program in one space, then have a conversation with a legitimate design luminary in the next.
That mashup renders NYCJW a wonderfully egalitarian affair—there’s no snobbery or velvet ropes here, despite the glittering (often high-value) works on display. The vibe is always Get in here, you have to see this! And we love it for that.
Below is a handful of photos from our NYCJW crawl (and we only did two of the seven days). We hope you’ll enjoy seeing the singular places, designs, and personalities we encountered along the way.
Top photos: Necklaces by from Paul McClure