By Hannah Connorton
hannah.connorton@nationaljeweler.com
This ring featuring a rough Colombian emerald is from Nathalie Regnier, one of the 10 designers who will be in the New Designer Gallery at JA New York Summer.
New York--A total of 10 designers will be exhibiting in the New Designer Gallery when the JA New York Summer Show opens later this month. 

The all-female cast is comprised of: Arya Esha, LJD Designs, Jewelry by Cari, Lauren Chisholm, Lisa Kim, Nathalie Regnier, Ruta Reifen Jewelry, Sofie Cawood, Tracy Arrington and Unhada. 

Arya Esha. Founder and chief designer Priyanka Murthy says she creates her pieces from recycled precious metals, conflict-free diamonds and ethically sourced gemstones. The brand’s name translates to “Goddess of Truth” in Sanskrit. 

LJD Designs. Designer Laura Jackowski-Dickson’s gold and gemstone jewelry honors “all that mother nature has to offer”--water, fire, earth, sky and spirit. She is influenced by her global travels, exotic costumes and fashions, and the history of gems and jewelry design she studied at the Gemological Institute of America.

Jewelry by Cari. Cari Streeter’s line of personalized charms are made with a clay-like medium cast in sterling silver or 14-karat yellow, pink or white gold. Founded in 2002, the brand’s pieces are meant to be layered and combined.

Lauren Chisholm. Chisholm combines modern design with elements and symbols to offer jewelry using precious metals and gemstones. Her signature detail, a contrasting 18-karat gold ball, is incorporated into each design. 

Lisa Kim. Kim taught herself chasing and repoussé techniques and launched her debut collection in 2014. She draws inspiration from mythology and fantasy illustration to create high-end statement jewelry. 

Nathalie Regnier. A Colombian jewelry designer, Reginer’s pieces display ethnic and natural elements and embody Colombian fauna, flora and culture. 

Ruta Reifen Jewelry. With a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Reifen’s pieces are individually handcrafted and cast and finished in sterling silver or 14-karat gold with precious gemstones.

Sofie Cawood. Cawood “loves to take historical ideas and expand, diversify, erase or multiply to create an image that is contemporary as well as timeless.” She works in precious metals and natural materials design to produce what she describes as American-made wearable art.

Tracy Arrington. Arrington’s style is based on simple shapes mixed with movement and colored stones. She strives to operate her studio with the smallest possible environmental footprint. 

Unhada. Jocelyn Prestia draws inspiration from antique jewelry and the lands of Asia for her designs. “What matters most to me is that the wearer feels an invisible sense of enchantment in his or her daily life thanks to my pieces,” she says.

The New Designer Gallery, a pavilion only present at JA New York’s Summer show, was created to serve as a launching pad for emerging jewelry artists, to help them to develop and further their careers.

One of the 10 designers will be honored with the Mort Abelson New Designer of the Year Award, named in memory of Abelson, a longtime player in the industry who, among many other things, created the New Designer Gallery. 

TAP by Todd Pownell was last year’s winner, and this year’s winner is scheduled to be announced on Monday, July 27 at 2 p.m. on the show floor.

The JA New York Summer Show is scheduled for July 26 to 28 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.





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