Sotheby’s Opens ‘Brilliant & Black: A Jewelry Renaissance’
What: Brilliant & Black: A Jewelry Renaissance exhibition
Where: On view and for purchase at Sotheby’s New York galleries at 1334 York Avenue from September 17 through September 26 and online through Sotheby’s Buy Now online marketplace through October 10.
Why: Sotheby’s, in partnership with author and jewelry authority Melanie Grant, has created a one-of-a-kind exhibition called Brilliant & Black: A Jewelry Renaissance. Grant worked closely with Sotheby’s to curate the list of over 20 Black jewelry designers from around the world, from global icons like Art Smith to emerging designers like Johnny Nelson and Marei New York (earrings pictured here).
As Grant explains, this moment for Black jewelers is long overdue: “Jewelry artists of African descent have been largely ignored in favor of ‘African-inspired’ design over the last century, despite the fact that so many of the resources to make jewelry come from the continent. The events of 2020 have resulted in a cultural shift where Black talent is being acknowledged for its brilliance and jewelry designers for their contribution.
They have compelling stories to tell.” Almost all of the designers are new to Sotheby’s and most have created new pieces exclusively for the occasion, taking this watershed opportunity to share their skill and creativity with a large audience. The exhibit is fully shoppable—a first for the auction house—online through October 10, and in person at Sotheby’s New York galleries from September 17 through September 26.
This article appeared on 30th September 2021.
Written by Kevin LeBlanc.