WELCOME TO ROUGH CUT

Rough Cut is a podcast for jewelry lovers, jewelers, small business owners and, honestly, anyone else who likes a good chat. Join us for straight talk, honest advice, business insights, trend-spotting, a touch of humor and a whole lot of unsolicited opinions about the jewelry industry, everything and anything else. We honestly do try to stay on topic…sometimes! Hosted by NYC Jewelry Week Co-founder JB Jones and Photographer Alain Simic.

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SEASON 2

EPISODE 12: Cashing Checks!

Join us for a chat with the talented and lovely Lisette Scott of Jam + Rico! We talk about how Lisette launched her business, how she manages success, how she plans and scales her growth and how she’s taking over the world via mega-stores Target and Claire’s… You know, no big deal!

Shop Jam+Rico Here

Shop the Claire’s Collab Here

Follow Jam + Rico on the Socials Here

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Also @nycjewelryweek + www.nycjewelryweek.com

For more Alain: @alainsimic + www.alainsimic.com

For more JB: @j_b_j_o_n_e_s

For more JB: @j_b_j_o_n_e_s

EPISODE 11: Keeping ‘Em Honest

Join us for a chat with the incredibly sharp, witty, and delightful Tiffany Stevens, ESQ. CEO and General Counsel of Jewelers Vigilance Committee aka JVC! Oh, she is major and has a degree… or several! We talk rules and regulations, Russian diamond sanctions, and how you, as jewelers, need to take time to do the right thing… Or go to prison like JB! Jk.

For all resources mentioned on this episode, check out https://jvclegal.org.

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Also @nycjewelryweek + www.nycjewelryweek.com

For more Alain: @alainsimic + www.alainsimic.com

For more JB: @j_b_j_o_n_e_s

EPISODE 10: Doing the Work!

Join us for a chat with jeweler, artist, object maker, and all-around creative Everett Hoffman. In this episode, we chat about contemporary jewelry, academia, the art world, and more!

Follow Everett on IG and see more of his work here!

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EPISODE 9: Doing the Work!

Join us for a chat with Nicole Kopelman of Nicole Rose Jewelry! We talk the Real Housewives who are obsessed with her jewelry, building a successful online business, family business, utilizing social media and, of course, we talk natural and lab grown diamonds yet again. Nicole is a tremendous talent and we are in awe of what she’s built, so don’t miss out!

Follow Nicole Rose Jewelry on IG and shop it online here!

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EPISODE 8: Hot or Not

Join us for a chat with Nicholas Hyatt, Editor of the NYC Jewelry Week blog Future Heirloom and the Founder of Ping Pong Ring, about everything we think is HOT or NOT! Only wrong opinions are welcome on this one.

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EPISODE 7: On and Ever Onward

Join us for a chat with the breathtakingly beautiful and talented Ukrainian-born Alyona Kiperman of Nomis Jewelry. We spend time talking business during wartime, success, and innovation in design, all while enjoying her wickedly dry sense of humor.

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EPISODE 6: Here for the Revolution

Join us for a chat with Viviana Langhoff, jewelry designer, owner of Chicago-based boutique Adornment + Theory, and all-around wonder woman. We talk representation, the importance of community, and getting on with success.

Check out everything Viviana on the gram: @adornmentandtheory + @vivianalanghoffdesigns

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EPISODE 5: Speaking Legalese

You better get into it today, kittens, because we are joined by Phillips Nazro of Fixer Advisory who will guide us as we delve deep into the cool waters of all things legal that you, as designers, NEED to know! Join us or a chat about copyright law, filing for trademarks, the joys of suing and getting sued and much more!

You should never take our advice, but do listen to our guest who in addition to being the Head of Legal & Client Services at Fixer Advisory Group, was also Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Marc Jacobs and General Counsel at David Yurman. Yes, we finally gave you an episode with actual, useful information. Who knew we had it in us!

Check out Fixer Advisory Group: www.fixeradvisory.com + @fixeradvisory

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EPISODE 4: Start Before You’re Ready

Oh Honey… You’re not ready for the one and only Malyia McNaughton to turn it the way she does on this episode of Rough Cut! Join us as we talk business realness, the state of black designers in the industry and Malyia’s incredible ability to cease opportunity in all the right ways.

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EPISODE 3: Teaching the Children

Join us for a chat with JCK Contributing Editor, GEM Award nominee for Media Excellence, and no-nonsense HBIC, Amy Elliott! We talk Diamonds, what young designers need to know and everyones favorite topic: gripes.

EPISODE 2: Calling on You!

We are calling on you, America, and the world, in this episode of Rough Cut! Join us – JB Jones and Alain Simic – for a chat with NYC Jewelry Week Co-Founder Bella Neyman, all about Jewelry Week, and why you need to be part of it!

EPISODE 1: Sorry We’re Late, We Didn’t Want to Come

WE ARE BACK BABY! Welcome to Episode 1 of Season 2 of Rough Cut, wherein our hosts – JB Jones and Alain Simic – talk about the hustle, the struggle and all feels of life 9n 2023 as a small business owner and a human. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with depression call 1-800-662-4357 for free, confidential support.

SEASON 1

EPISODE 28: Bonus Content: Wet, Wild and Misbegotten

WE ARE BACK! Not quite, but almost! Just one more week before we return with Season 2 of ROUGH CUT, but in the meantime, enjoy these outtakes from Season 1!

Episode 27: THE END

Join us for the VERY LAST episode of Rough Cut… Season One. We answer your questions and have ourselves a good old-fashioned Kiki. Rough Cut will return for Season Two in March 2023 so stay tuned! Thank you for all the love and support this season!

Episode 26: Oh No… Not Erika.

In this episode of Rough Cut, our hosts are joined by their Podcast Editor, Andrew Hatcher, who has a very important day job as a financial analyst but finds the time to join this drinking game episode – because who wouldn’t? We talk and drink our way into trouble with a convo about the now-infamous Erika Jayne Girardi of the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Also, did I mention we get drunk, right?

Episode 25: ROUGH CUT LIVE!

In this episode of Rough Cut, join us for a recording of a live chat from NYC Jewelry Week 2022 Headquarters at Industry City! It’s live, it’s unedited, and it really bloody ROUGH!

Thank you to this episode’s Sponsor American Fixture! And thank you to them for also sponsoring our NYCJW22 HQ at Industry City.

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.

Learn more about Alain’s NYC Workshop.

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!