By Brecken Branstrator
New York—The first New York City Jewelry Week is coming up, and the Big Apple is ready for it.

News of the event—designed to celebrate and promote jewelry across the city through educational and innovative programming—first start circulating this summer.

Since then, the slate of programming has grown to include more than 70 events and 20 exhibitions, all taking place between Nov. 12 and 18.  

Below, we present 12 NYC Jewelry Week events that we think are worth attendees’ time.

For the full list of events, visit

1. Attend “Antiquemania.”

“Antiquemania” at Pratt Institute’s Manhattan Gallery is described as a “present-day cabinet of curiosities,” bringing together an eclectic group of contemporary jewelers, all with different approaches to historical jewelry that create a visual dialogue between the past and present.

Exhibiting artists are: Isabelle Busnel, France; Ashley Buchanan, Atlanta; Miranda Leigh, Brooklyn, New York; Jennifer Trask, Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Melanie Bilenker, Philadelphia; Kelly Jean Conroy, Boston; Rachel Andrea Davis, Bayview, Wisconsin; Alicia Jane Boswell, Lake Worth, Florida; and Jeanette Caines and Mike Ellis of Jewelry Arts Inc. in New York.  

“Antiquemania” Exhibition
Pratt Institute Manhattan Gallery, SCPS Gallery
144 West 14th St.
Runs from Nov. 12 to 18; Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday – Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free to attend

Busnel, Conroy and Caines also will discuss their work in a panel on Nov. 16. from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10.

2. ‘Hear’ from New York artists.

The theme of the “Loud and Clear: Voices from the Empire State” exhibition is New York itself, with all its crossroads of culture, volume and certainty in all things. It also suggests the diversity in origin and approach of the artists.

The 14 participating artists are all studio jewelers, representing a range of age and working styles, varying in medium, tone, execution and intention. Nearly all moved to the New York City area from somewhere else.

Participating artists are: Lynn Batchelder, Jamie Bennett, Klaus Burgel, Pat Flynn, Tom Herman, Reiko Ishiyama, Sergey Jivetin, Alex Lozier, Darcy Miro, Jonathan Wahl and Kiwon Wang.

“Loud and Clear: Voices from the Empire State”
Maison Gerard
43 East 10th St. A
Runs from Nov. 12 to 16; Monday - Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free to attend

3. Design your own piece.

Attendees of one event will get to design an accessory with Oklahoma-based metalsmith Charleen Weidell.

Weidell is the associate dean of the College of Fine Arts and Design and executive director of Galleries and Collections at the University of Central Oklahoma. Her work in metal has been exhibited and collected on the international and national levels.

“Design + Function: Intergenerational Workshop with Metalsmith Charleen Weidell”
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
2 East 91st St.
Nov. 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Free to attend

4. See how travel has inspired students.

The Ilias Lalaounis Gallery in New York and the Massachusetts College of Art and Design will present studio jewelry created by students and professors. The artwork here represents the studio component of a travel course that took place in June and was a collaboration between MassArt faculty Heather White and Carolanne Patterson and the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum’s director, Ioanna Lalaounis.

Undergraduate students made a study piece influenced by their travel experience and a studio work retreat to the Ilias Lalaounis Jewelry Museum in Athens, the first jewelry museum in Greece. The exhibition will display their final works as well as sketchbooks, drawings, photographs and a short documentary film.

“Exhibition of Studio Works by Massachusetts College of Art and Design Students at the Lalaounis Gallery”
31 East 64th St.
Runs from Nov. 12 to 18; the gallery is open daily from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Free to attend but must RSVP online

5. Participate in an installation.

Curated and executed by artist Brice Garrett, “Workshop” is an interactive installation of plaster pendants made collectively with the community, using jewelry and molds to explore the relationships between the body and objects, production and process, making and exchanging.

During scheduled drop-in times, participants can contribute and evolve the installation.

The gallery space will be turned into a workshop environment for visitors to join in creating plaster pendants through the act of stamping, mold-making and casting. Using jewelry-related stamps, participants will make impression molds in clay.

Throughout the week, plaster will be poured in the molds to create pendants for the installation.

“Workshop” – A Participatory Installation
NYCJW headquarters: Artists & Fleas SoHo
568 Broadway
Exhibition portion open to the public from Nov. 12 to 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Free to attend

6. View jewelry of the American Southwest.

Mahnaz Collection presents an exhibition displaying the work of the finest modern and contemporary jewelers of the American southwest.

“Material Beauty: Modern Hopi, Navajo and Pueblo Artist Jewelers” delves into the diverse cultural and artistic influences that came together to make this jewelry historically unique and important.

“Material Beauty: Modern Hopi, Navajo and Pueblo Artist Jewelers”
Mahnaz Collection
32 East 57th St.
Runs from Nov. 12 to 16 from 1 to 5 p.m.
Free to attend but must RSVP online

7. If you’re a jeweler, get well.

Wellness For Makers will hold an interactive wellness installation, educating jewelers and attendees about the relationships between their bodies and studio spaces. Wellness for Makers curator and founder Missy Graff Ballone will lead demonstrations throughout the week.

Attendees will engage with different types of information, tools and techniques, and will be provided with a mix of background information related to studio ergonomics, like how knots develop in the body, and practical instruction, such as different ways to increase blood flow, circulation and flexibility, designed to help boost energy levels, alleviate pain, reduce the risk of injury and improve posture.

Wellness for Makers presents “Your Body: Your Bench”
NYCJW headquarters: Artists & Fleas SoHo
568 Broadway
On-site demonstrations led by Ballone will be held twice daily on Nov. 12 and 13 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Free to attend

8. Get the inside scoop on a major exhibition.

Opening Nov. 12 at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the exhibition “Jewelry: The Body Transformed” will explore how jewelry acts upon and activates the body it adorns, bringing together some 230 objects drawn almost exclusively from The Met’s collection.

The New York City Jewelry Week event will feature a tour of the exhibit with Met curator Melanie Holcomb.

Curator-led tour of “Jewelry: The Body Transformed”
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Ave.
Nov. 13 at 11 a.m.
Tickets are $22 and available online

9. Explore the relationship between jewelry and character development.

“Made in NY Talks: Behind Iconic Jewelry on Stage & Screen,” moderated by Fern Mallis (creator of New York Fashion Week), will feature a discussion among leading costume designers about the evolution of accessories over the years and how a statement piece can tell and story and develop a character or brand.

Panelists include: Donna Zakowska of “The Marvelous Ms. Maisel” and Broadway’s “Relatively Speaking;” Marci Rodgers of “BlacKkKlansman” and “She’s Gotta Have It;” Jacqueline Demeterio of “Younger,” “Sex and the City 2” and “The Intern;” and Catherine Zuber of Broadway’s “My Fair Lady” and “War Paint.”

“Made in NY” Talks: Behind Iconic Jewelry on Stage & Screen
Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie Murphy Amphitheater
227 West 27th St.
Nov. 13 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Free to attend but must RSVP online

10. Learn how to treasure hunt.

Join Marion Fasel, jewelry historian and editorial director of The Adventurine, and vintage fine jewelry collector, style icon and Vogue contributor Lynn Yaeger for a conversation about how to find jewelry in flea markets, how to wear it, bargain for it, build a collection and become a jewelry know-it-all.

“Treasure Hunting” – Lynn Yaeger in conversation with Marion Fasel
92nd Street Y
395 Lexington Ave.
Nov. 13 from 7 to 8:15 p.m.
Tickets are $35 and available online

11. See the future of the jewelry experience.

ANYA Haus—a collaborative project from jewelry artists Mia Habib, Meghan Patrice Riley, Laura Wood, and Ashley Buchanan—is launching an interactive jewelry experience on the streets of New York City to engage and educate.

The collective is creating a mobile showroom with interactive styling for residents and visitors, including a four-piece jewelry capsule collection. Passersby will be able to interact with the jewelry and purchase through a dedicated sales website that will track customer conversion.

“ANYA Haus: An Interactive Jewelry Experience”
Various locations throughout the city; follow on Instagram for updates
Nov. 14, 16 and 17 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Free to attend

12. Visit a studio (or two).

There are a number of opportunities for studio visits still open, including Catbird in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Nov. 16 (the 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. slot is still open and free to attend); jewelry artists Carrie Bilbo and Casey Sobel, both graduates of the Pratt Institute, on Nov. 17 from 1 to 2 p.m. (free to attend); and the Studio 135 community space (Nov. 17 and 18 from 12 to 4 p.m. for free), among others.

Find the one that suits and get to exploring.

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