Program Details
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm
The Store at MAD

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 5:30 pm
Program Description

Join us for an evening to toast and meet The Store at MAD’s new fine jewelry artists who each redefine the modern heirloom for the contemporary woman. Their jewelry is dynamic and constantly changing, while being timeless in the face of the shifting aesthetics of our contemporary lives.

This past holiday season The Store at MAD entered the world of fine jewelry with the launch of Redefining Fine Jewelry Holiday 2016, an initiative featuring fourteen international jewelers whose pieces reflect the ethos of The Museum of Arts and Design’s mission to present work at the intersection of arts, craft and design. 

The focus of the launch was to distinguish and celebrate a highly curated selection of fine jewelers who each, in their own special way redefine the modern heirloom for the contemporary woman.

Nine of the jewelers were present for the opening evening, coming from as far away as London, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.  Spirits ran high and the interactions between artists and customers were both informative and delightful.

This May, with Redefining Fine Jewelry Spring 2017, The Store once again invites its customers to delight in the discovery of what fine jewelry means for them, and offer them a refreshing alternative to the conventional world of fine jewelry they have known. 

A new group of ten highly curated fine jewelers who offer a refreshing alternative to the conventional world of fine jewelry will be joined by six fine jewelers from the Fall/Holiday launch.  Their jewelry is dynamic and constantly changing, responsive to our changing lifestyles, and timeless in the face of the shifting aesthetics of our contemporary lives.

In today’s world we are constantly seeking ways to express ourselves as unique individuals, and The Store at MAD invite you to let your jewelry choices celebrate your nuanced individuality. 

Jewelers participating in the event are:

Hannah Blount, the daughter of a fisherman and a seamstress, was raised in the tradition of hand skills, hard work, and dedication. Hannah graduated from Umass Dartmouth in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in Jewelry/Metals. Immediately upon graduating, Hannah built up her studio in Boston, MA and began Hannah Blount Jewelry.

Joan Hornig’s jewelry collection is guided by the belief that  Philanthropy is Beautiful®. Joan donates 100% of the profit from the sale of each piece of her jewelry to the charity of the purchaser’s choice. This year, the MAD LOOT Award, presented to luminaries in the field of jewelry, chose Joan as the recipient. The award honors her for her commitment to effecting change in some of the most important causes of our time through the sale of her jewelry.

TAP by Todd Pownell jewelry started in 2008. All the work is handmade by Todd, his wife and partner, Debra and a small team of craftspeople in

their live/work loft studio in Cleveland, Ohio. The jewelry is a romantic melding of dark and light metals, fine gold and diamonds. The unique way we set our diamonds captures light in a succession of broad flashes reflecting from oblique angles.

Roule & Company is husband and wife design team Christopher Roule and Laurin Lucaire. Throughout his career, Mr. Roule has designed innovative and iconic jewelry, using streamlined simplicity, tactile communication, and kinetic movement as his touchstones. A graphic designer by trade, Ms. Lucaire brings to the collection a passion for concept, color, and pattern. The two joined forces as Roule & Co in 2010. Today they are located in New York City.

Tony Malmed Jewelry is designed and made by hand in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Each piece is one of a kind and crafted from rare, precious, ethically mined gems of the highest possible quality, set in repurposed gold and silver. The jewelry is comprised of repurposed 18k gold and sterling silver and stones of the highest quality.

Suneera launched her namesake brand in 2010 after fifteen years of designing and manufacturing for private labels in LA. From the selection of stones to the final finishes, all Suneera pieces are made in their Los Angeles studio by a team of craftsman. Bench jewelers maintain traditional techniques that date back centuries with hand pavé and milligrain detail. Piece are often one-of-a kind as unique uncalibrated stones are used and pieces are made by hand.

Lika Behar’s collection elegantly combines the rich inspiration of ancient jewelry traditions, utilizing only pure and nimble 24k gold. The results are pieces wrought with a sensual and tactile modernism. Each piece from the collection is uniquely hand wrought with the exquisite precision once celebrated by ancient artisans.

Serhat Geridonmez engages the most experienced artisans in Istanbul to create sophisticated 24k fine gold jewelry. Exclusive and collectable works of art, Serhat’s jewelry is heritage reinterpreted for modern, discerning connoisseurs.

Lilly Fitzgerald sources the finest gems from around the world to hand fabricate into her 22k gold pieces. Lilly often incorporates vintage materials and rare artifacts resurrected from prior lives to create an extraordinary amalgam of past and present. Fitzgerald has received numerous awards and honors from the American Craft Exposition, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Boston Society for Arts & Crafts.

Denise Betesh was born in Brooklyn, NY, but works out of her studio in Sante Fe, New Mexico. When starting a new piece, the gold is milled and drawn and tiny granules of gold are then individually fused onto the surface of the metal without solder. This delicate and detailed process, called ‘granulation’, was refined by the Etruscans, and has been used since the third millennium BC. Denise uses recycled gold and conflict-free diamonds and gemstones.

Stella Flame’s collection is inspired by the four elements (earth, fire, wind and water) as well as a wanderlust for travel.  Her work combines precious metals and sparkling The Store at MAD is an original voice and premier shopping destination in New York City, offering a curated presentation of well-executed contemporary artist-made objects and jewelry. Our aim is to build a bridge between our customers, our artists and their work, and the Museum. At the core of our presentation are unique products that celebrate materials, an excellence in craftsmanship, and the process of design.

Marian Maurer’s pieces are constructed with a “mob of granulation” that mirrors the textured nature of her urban experiences. Based out of Brooklyn, her individually handcrafted work is made out of gold and ethically sourced gemstones.

Stephanie Albertson’s designs reflect her appreciation for the classical principles of jewelry making with a distinctly modern and fresh point of view. Inspired by vibrant colors and luxurious textures, each piece is handcrafted with 22K gold and an assortment of richly colored gemstones.

Amáli design, Sara Freedenfield, discovered her passion for making jewelry while backpacking through South America. Drawing inspiration from natural landscapes and vibrant textiles that colored her travels, Sara set out to create a line of jewelry that combines handcraft artistry with the sophistication of high fashion.

Nicole Rimedio creates jewelry that highlights the natural beauty of raw materials. Her artistic vision is inspired by the synergy between the cutting of the stone and setting—a relationship that is conventionally separated in the process of jewelry production.

Kimberlin Brown creates intricate jewelry 'inspired by nature, made by hand' Her passion for the sea is revealed in her signature collections in 18k gold where colorful gems, unique stones and rare pearls are encrusted in settings reminiscent of the underwater world.

About The Store at MAD
The Store at MAD is an original voice and one of the leading shopping destinations in New York City offering a curated selection of well-executed contemporary artist-made objects and jewelry. We see ourselves as a bridge between our customers, our artists, their work and the Museum. We travel far and wide to find unique products that celebrate materials, an excellence in craftsmanship and the process of design. Hand selected treasures that enhance the quality of our contemporary life are at the core of The Store’s presentation.

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