ROUGH CUT

Rough Cut is a podcast for jewelers and small business owners in the business of jewelry. Join us for straight talk, honest advice, business insights, trends you should be aware of, special guests, a touch of humor and a whole lot of unsolicited opinions about the jewelry industry, everyone and everything  in it. Hosted by NYC Jewelry Week Co-founder JB Jones and Photographer Alain Simic

Find Rough Cut on your favorite Podcast App or listen on your browser through the link below. 

Episode 24: Green Who? B Corps.

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us to talk about one of the biggest issues facing the planet, climate change, and the companies trying their best to make a positive impact! We are joined by the extraordinary Emili Vesilind, of the Zing Report and writer for publications like JCK Magazine, Vogue Australia, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, and the L.A. Times… So you know she knows what’s up!

Episode 23: Making It

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us as we sit down with Mike Cooke, Owner and founder of Sterling Forever, to talk about his company’s meteoric rise, the mistakes he made along the way, and some salient advice for young business owners embarking on the same hulking journey.

Episode 22: The Collector

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us to talk with the incredible founder and designer of FoundRae, Beth Hutchens! Truly an inspiring creative force, and one of our favorite designers! We talk about collecting, design, building a brand from nothing, and the power of symbols.

 

Episode 21: With Eyes on Tomorrow

Join us to talk about building a business from nothing, sustainability, social justice, and Austrian art movements. Yes, that’s what happens when you have a guest as dynamic as Anna Bario of Bario Neal! Do not miss out on this one kitty cats! And head to our Events page to visit Bario Neal during NYC Jewelry Week 2022!

 

Episode 20: Sapphic Yearning

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us to talk about photography trends! Yes, we have the audacity to talk about photographs we enjoy on an audio medium… because that makes sense! Enjoy kittens!

 

Episode 19: Systématique Problématique

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us on a rip-roaring rollercoaster ride of an episode during which we are joined by the incredibly thoughtful Chris Oliver, Head of Professional Training at the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London. We talk about lesbian cartoons, broken systems, the lack of professionalization, and of course the occasional solution to said problems.

 

Episode 18: Learn It!

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us as we talk to one of our favorite human beings, not just in the business but on the planet, Jennifer Gandia of Greenwich St. Jewelers! We talk about spirituality in the workplace, the power of jewelry as ritual, and of course, glamour magic!

 

Episode 17: Learn It!

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us to talk about learning new skills for your business! You may be wondering, why is this episode so short? Well, because it’s been three months since JB and I recorded something last and we were utter disasters. Fret not, we will be releasing the cutting room floor as a fun bonus soon. Meanwhile, enjoy one of our sloppiest episodes yet and maybe we all learn something? Maybe not.

 

Episode 16: Does She Even Go Here?

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us to talk 100% opinion and 0% facts about all things jewelry on the red carpet. We talk red carpet placements, PR, celebrity stylists, and if anyone truly gives a damn! Do you enjoy listening to shows with one host complaining endlessly about the heat and screaming like a banshee at the sound engineer while the other tries desperately to keep us on topic? Well, you’re in luck this week!

 

Episode 15: B*tch Stole My Look!

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us – JB Jones and Alain Simic – to talk about one of the biggest issues facing designers in the industry, copying! We are joined by the extraordinary Emili Vesilind, of the Zing Report and writer for publications like JCK Magazine, Vogue Australia, New York Magazine, The Daily Beast, and the L.A. Times… So you know she knows what’s up!

 

Episode 14: Burnout in the Time of Cholera

Let’s talk about burnout! Join us for a discussion on small business woes, the demands placed upon all of us our clientele, and all the ways in which we pressure ourselves to do more. If we sound a bit burned out, it’s because we ARE.

Episode 13: Wunderkind

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us to talk with an incredibly rare talent, Emmanuel Tarpin, who at a young age has made quite the name for himself in the industry through his extraordinary and imaginative jewelry.

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Check out this week’s sponsor: SUKA Jewelry.

Episode 12: Boys! Boys! Boys!

In this aptly titled episode of Rough Cut, join us to talk about men… well, their jewelry at least and why men are an integral part of your jewelry business, even if it doesn’t seem so apparent.

Episode 11 BONUS: Now with Extra Kink!

A little something extra for all of our fans! Join us for a quickie with the incredibly talented and award winning duo behind BOND Hardware! Dana Hurwitz and Mariah Pershasingh talk queer media in this bonus short cut from our original episode featuring these two young visionaries.

Episode 11: What’s Your Kink?

We are getting kinky in this episode of Rough Cut! Join us for a chat with the incredibly talented and award winning duo behind BOND Hardware! Dana Hurwitz and Mariah Pershasingh talk representation, community and sustainable design.

Episode 10: Do the Damned Thing!

We are doing all the things in this episode of Rough Cut! Join us for a chat with NYC Jewelry Week Co-Founder, Bella Neyman, all about NYC Jewelry Week, the how, the why and what you can do to get into it! the Open Call for NYCJW 2022 is up and live so listen to this and then go APPLY HERE.

Episode 9: Failing Our Way to the Top!

Hello, failure! Join us for a chat about how we failed to release this episode in a timely manner, as it was meant to be episode 3, and then we forgot…, and how failure shapes all of our, and your, successes!

NOT AN Episode: A Quick Word…

Hello to all of our lovely and devoted listeners! This is not a new episode of Rough Cut. We felt that in light of the overturning of Roe vs. Wade last Friday, it would be insensitive of us to release a new episode today. Instead, we created a short note for you which you can listen to through out link below. We invite you to donate to Planned Parenthood! Never give up the good fight.

Episode 8: Come one, Come All

Join  us for a chat about community, instagram, selling online and building meaningful, longterm industry relationships with special guest Liz Kantner, jewelry industry marketing expert and Founder of The Stay Gold Collective.

Episode 7: Sex, Rocks and Francophilia

We are feeling committed, sexy and very French in Episode 7 of Rough Cut! Join us for a chat about relationships, monogamy, proposals and of course, all the jewelry accompanying those big moments with Severine Ferrari, Founder of Engagement 101.

Episode 6: It’s All About Image

We serve some serious facts in Episode 6 straight from the expert himself Alain Simic! For jewelers, and young aspiring photographers out there, we talk all things commercial photography. Join us for a conversation on market rates, usage terms, copyright and much more vital information for anyone going to market or selling directly to their consumers. Photographers, this one is for you too!

Episode 5: Coming Correct

Join us for a chat on turning up the volume in your life and business with coach, speaker and creative consultant for the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) our dear friend and comrade, Elliot Carlyle. We chat about all things business, branding and empowering yourself via words of wisdom from our very special guest.

Episode 4: Oh She is Professional Sis!

On this episode we talk some serious professionalism, our grievances, tips and some practical solutions for young entrepreneurs everywhere. We are professionals today, honey!

Episode 3: One and Only

We are calling upon the muses and talking all things creativity with our incredible guest Lorraine West of Lorraine West Jewelry. Join us  for a chat about all things design, creativity, business management and cultivating inspiration with one of our favorite designers in the business today.

Episode 2: I Feel Love

We are feeling nothing but LOVE in our second episode of Rough Cut! Join us for a chat about all of our favorite things in the jewelry business, industry insights and a few of our personal favorite designers and collections: Boucheron, L’ENCHANTEUR, Lorraine West, Linda Hoj, Everything Sacred, Sewit Sium, Alexa Horton, i seira , Loren Nicole, Tess Sholom  and Robert Lee Morris.

Episode 1: The First Cut is the Deepest.

Welcome to Rough Cut! This is our very first episode, in which we introduce ourselves, the podcast, and discuss some of our beefs with the jewelry industry. Buckle in!