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Every day bench jewelers around the world contribute to millennia-old, universal traditions that commemorate and shape human experiences relating to identity, memory, celebration and love. While the community of sharing and teaching unites us, the intimate work involved in making jewelry is paradoxically private. Many jewelers bring their creations to life in solitude. For the Love of Jewelers podcast connects listeners with the honest, inspirational stories of leaders and influencers engage ...
 
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Bernd Stephan, a third-generation German gemstone manufacturer, shares the foundational story behind his family’s celebrated, international brand, Herbert Stephan KG. Having been taught the value of education and self-reliance by both his father and grandfather, who founded the company in 1932, Bernd studied English and French in order to communica…
 
Scott Hardy comes from a strong lineage of ranchers. Following a childhood spent cowboying, shoeing horses and welding, Scott’s love of handiwork led to his tinkering in jewelry for bridle saddles and buckles, and even some early attempts at engraving. Yet it wasn’t until Scott was told, “Man, do you need help,” by one of his horse jewelry idols, t…
 
Like the fragmented pieces of early designs buried away in a shoebox, jeweler Corkie Bolton hid the pain of her youth behind the veneers of addiction. She sold off all of her jewelry-making tools to a support an addiction that concealed a hard-earned degree in metalsmithing from the Pratt Institute. But she kept her senior project, a mailbox with a…
 
Artist, author, educator and Toolbox Initiative cofounder Matthieu Cheminée is a man of many talents, each informed by his first true love, hand stamping. His award-winning designs feature his signature “stampclastic” style, born out of learning experiences with native artists in Taos, New Mexico and Mali in Western Africa. Throughout his world tra…
 
“It chose me,” Sarah Williamson declares about her career as a custom bridal jewelry designer. Drawn by the challenge of creating one-of-a-kind engagement rings that maintain a timeless look and feel, Sarah’s bridal line, Precious Ghost, represents countless bench hours spent on intricately crafting small rings symbolic of the love between two peop…
 
After overcoming his despair when he realized he could technically never grow up to be a firetruck, Alex Boyd, surrounded by a family of artisans, was encouraged to create. A working artist, teacher and jewelry-repair aficionado—the bills still have to be paid—Alex has developed textured, yet linear aesthetics at his bench and avoids as much polish…
 
Beth Millner always knew she wanted to be an artist. While still in school for her BFA at Northern Michigan University, Beth decided she didn’t need to wait to graduate to begin on her jewelry business journey. What started as just Beth and her traveling trade show table today employs a small team focused on using eco-friendly materials and providi…
 
Fixing the wheel rather than reinventing it seems to be a running theme with master goldsmiths and educators Nanz Aalund and Charles Lewton-Brain. Whether it’s providing much-needed, accredited learning spaces for students or the need for jewelry businesses to embrace young apprentices, Nanz and Charles are all for building on what’s been done—the …
 
Tomas Wittelsbach was a sculptor before he was a jeweler. At age 9 he built micro-worlds within repurposed baby food jars. He then spent most of his adult career creating movie sets—for Batman and Robin, he and his team had 8 days to produce 22-foot sculptures. Today, Tomas applies digital sculpting to jewelry design. As a ZBrush pioneer and instru…
 
Mechanical and engineering skills are matrilineal in Jo Haemer’s family. Jo’s trailblazing mother studied chemistry in college in the early 1930s at age 15. When Jo started out in the jewelry industry, she was always the “first and only woman” in every place she worked. Her spectacular journey has included confronting the stigma imposed on her dysl…
 
As a young girl in Iran, Mehrnoosh Ganji could not fully express herself. Now based in Melbourne, Australia, she creates bold jewelry fueled by the intermingling of cultures and influenced by her lingering love of geometry after years as an industrial designer. Her intricately-engineered “Prospect Palace” won first place in the Silver/Argentium® Si…
 
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 g…
 
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 teenag…
 
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.” T…
 
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