We’re pleased to welcome back Rosena Sammi, founder of The Jewelry Edit, for the first of many guest features in partnership with The Jewelry Edit. This week, Rosena is giving us an exclusive look into a recent roundtable discussion she hosted for some of The Jewelry Edit’s designers. Below, we’ll share excerpts from The Jewelry Edit’s own feature on the conversation, plus some of Rosena’s perspective and takeaways from the event. For all of that, and of course, plenty of jewelry, keep reading.

Bonding over French pastries: Rosena and Nicole with Lauren Newton of Lauren Newton Jewelry and Lisette Ffolkes of Jam and Rico
A colorful discussion

“Earlier this month, our founder, Rosena Sammi and Resident Stylist, Nicole Chapoteau, came together with a group of our diverse designers for a round table discussion. On the topic list: challenges, triumphs, fears and hopes. It was an opportunity for mentorship and community. So over coffee and croissants stories were shared, questions were asked, advice was given and much laughter was had.

One universally felt challenge amongst our diverse designers? Imposter syndrome, AKA self-doubt and feeling like a fraud. Nicole reminded everyone that every journey is different, and it’s impossible to look at someone else’s success and really know how they feel. 

Diverse designers need to stick together and support each other. Community is key. And sometimes you have to build your own community to help foster networks and connections. Unfortunately the industry is not as diverse as we would like it. Finding commonality or obvious connections with buyers, editors or any power players in the jewelry industry is not easy. The jewelry industry still feels very much like a closed club not open to everybody.

Sometimes I Just Feel Like Such An Imposter.

I Think ‘Are These Editors Really Calling For My Jewelry?’

Rosena’s Take:

“The challenges and barriers that diverse designers face can feel insurmountable. From having to forge their way without the connections or generational wealth that lift many other designers to having to explain a creative career path to a family that may not view it as viable, a path to a career as a designer often isn’t linear or easy. 

These added obstacles and lack of representation can often lead to feelings of imposter syndrome and other self-doubt. Through things like our diversity round table, The Jewelry Edit seeks to normalize conversations around these overwhelming feelings while focusing on representation for diverse designers.”

Rosena Sammi, Founder of The Jewelry Edit
A sampling of jewelry from The Jewelry Edit’s diverse designers.

Rosena’s Take:

“2020 was difficult to deal with for a host of reasons. While increased visibility provided a range of benefits, the emotional labor of requests to be more visible or consistently have a viewpoint required an adjustment process. It became important to prioritize self-care and not just crank up the dial without realizing all the things that go with it.

In a similar vein, many of the conversations we had last year marked a trend, not a material shift. There was a real fear behind being just used for round-up listicles like “Black designers to shop” that existed largely as a balm to make people feel better without driving any meaningful or lasting change. At the Jewelry Edit, we believe diverse designers need to stick together, especially in a place that can feel like such a closed club at times.” 

Rosena Sammi, Founder of The Jewelry Edit

To see the full story, visit The Jewelry Edit’s website. You can shop the designers featured at the roundtable here.
For more about Rosena and the founding of The Jewelry Edit, read our interview with Rosena here. You can follow The Jewelry Edit on Instagram @jewelryedit.

The Jewelry Edit is hosting a panel during NYC Jewelry Week titled The Need For Diversity In The Jewelry Industry: The Value Of Being Seen, moderated by Rosena, on Thursday, November 18, 2021 from 6:00 PM- 7:00 PM. RSVP for the panel here.

Special thanks to Rosena Sammi for sharing this guest post from The Jewelry Edit with us. Text and quote by Rosena Sammi; feature edited and compiled by Future Heirloom Editor Jackie Andrews. Images provided by Rosena Sammi and The Jewelry Edit; all photography by Micaela Ribello.