For the Love of Jewelers: A Jewelry Journey Podcast

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Bench jewelers sustain a millennia-old, universal tradition that commemorates and shapes the most fundamental aspects of human experience—identity, memory, celebration, love. Yet the act of making jewelry is paradoxically private, as many jewelers bring their creations to life in solitude. For The Love of Jewelers will connect listeners with the honest, inspirational stories of leaders and influencers engaged in the art and business of jewelry-making. We’re honored to collaborate with Courtney Gray of Creative Side Jewelry Academy on the inaugural season of this jewelry podcast. Courtney will host candid, one-on-one conversations with jewelers as they share their triumphs, challenges, inspiration, and lessons learned. This season’s guests include designer Rémy Rotenier, Toolbox Initiative Founder Tim McCreight, Saul Bell Design Award Winners Sophia Hu and Mehrnoosh Ganji, and more. Listen at your bench, in your car, in the park….wherever you are, we’re glad you’re here.

Episode Date
03: Tim McCreight, Books from the Bench

While working on his iconic volume, The Complete Metalsmith, Tim McCreight imagined, “What if silver was writing this?” In 1985 he started Brynmorgen Press to provide practical, bench-tested textbooks on metalsmithing and design. Decades later his experiential approach to research led him to co-found the Toolbox Initiative, which delivers new and gently-used tools and silver to jewelers in Africa. 

Join Tim and Courtney as they discuss what makes a great jewelry book, the generosity of the jewelry community, and “partnering with metal.” 

(P.S.: You’ll also get a sneak preview of an upcoming book by Toolbox Initiative co-founder Matthieu Cheminée!)

Jan 10, 2020
02: Karin Jacobson, Keep Throwing Darts

Karin Jacobson confesses to screaming when she learned that she’d won a Saul Bell Design Award. She compares entering contests to “throwing darts and hoping one is going to stick,” and believes in embracing and learning from failure.

In this episode Karin shares her competition experiences, ponders hiring an apprentice, and remembers her own teenage jewelry apprenticeship. 

Dec 23, 2019
01: Rémy Rotenier, Passion and Lucidity

As a designer, Rémy Rotenier “loves collaborating with good hands.” His own education as a bench jeweler began at age 19—“too old” by the standards of the Écoles de la Rue du Louvre in his native France. During his first time at the bench he drove a diamond bur through his finger, an experience that influenced his decision to “stick with design.” That, and looking through the iconic Tiffany Blue Book: “I thought, ‘Americans are really wild, they design all these crazy things!’”

In this premier episode of For the Love of Jewelers, Rémy takes a break from a week of teaching at Creative Side to share stories from his journey in the jewelry industry, from “discovering” sterling silver as a young designer at Tiffany & Co., to his eponymous line for Bella Luce and JTV, to watching the “walls and ceilings disappear” around his students.

Nov 25, 2019