JB Jones began her career as a Design Director and Fashion Editor in Los Angeles. In 2008, JB switched gears and launched The Site Unscene, a street art gallery and artists’ platform. She curated the first West Coast exhibition of the NYC based graffiti crew TC-5, which included the work of Doze Green and Lady Pink, and was a leader in helping to establish street art as a legitimate force in the LA gallery scene. Upon moving to NYC in 2014, JB returned to fashion in a retail development capacity with a focus on jewelry. She co-curated the first street art x art jewelry exhibition, PLACEMENT, with Bella Neyman. In 2017 the duo launched a digital contemporary jewelry platform of the same name designed to promote the concept of “wearing your art.” Her work has appeared in Harper’s Bazaar, WWD, Juxtapoz, Obey, Work magazine , and more. She resides in Manhattan.
Bella Neyman is an independent curator and journalist specializing in contemporary jewelry. Since graduating with a Master’s Degree in Decorative Arts and Design History from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum & Parsons, The New School for Design in 2008, she has worked for some of New York City’s leading design galleries. For the last three years, she was the Director of New York’s only contemporary jewelry gallery. In addition to this, in 2014, along with Ruta Reifen, Bella founded Platforma, a contemporary jewelry-focused initiative whose exhibitions have been on view in the U.S. and Europe. Bella’s articles have been published in The New York Times, American Craft, and the magazine Antiques. She is also a frequent contributor Modern magazine and Metalsmith. Bella is on the Board of Art Jewelry Forum. She resides with her family in Brooklyn.
Anya FirestoneDirector of VIP Events & Strategic Partnerships
Anya Firestone is an art and brand strategist, theorist, and curator from New York City. Her eponymous Art Strategy practice uses aesthetic philosophy and cultural theory to develop impactful art partnerships for brands worldwide, via out-of-the-box marketing campaigns, special events, collaborations, and immersive exhibitions. Her clients include luxury fashion, jewelry, streetwear, and real estate brands, such as Moët Hennessy, Fabergé, Million Dollar Listing New York, KOIO, and New York City Jewelry Week. After moving to Paris and establishing her own arts and culture tour business, Firestone returned to New York to serve as a gallery director, as well as the Head of Curation of The Fabergé Big Egg Hunt, the city’s largest public exhibition, which featured 250+ egg sculptures by artists including Jeff Koons, RETNA, Tracey Emin, and partners such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Paddle8, and Sotheby’s. Today, Firestone is the Art Critic for Highsnobiety Magazine, and a contributing author of an upcoming book published by Abrams on a New York street artist. She holds awards for writing and poetry and was the 2017 winner of Brandathon, where she competed as a copywriter and brand strategist. Firestone holds a Master’s degree from Columbia University in French Cultural Studies, with a specialization in the 19th century Decadent Movement, and a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and English from The George Washington University. She lives and works in New York City and Paris, France.
Tiffany LuckeSocial Media and Special Events
Tiffany studied jewelry under Mary Hallam Pearse at University of Georgia, graduating with a degree in Jewelry and Metalsmithing in 2016. Participating in Pearse’s NYC field study course inspired Tiffany to relocate to New York post-graduation and pursue a career in jewelry, combined with Communications and Client Interfacing. Since moving to NYC, Tiffany has worked for the designer Megan Patrice Riley, the former R|R Gallery in Meatpacking, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). A strongly curated network of artists, designers, collectors and clients combined with a unique creative vision drew the attention of the founders of NYCJW. Charged with building the week’s Social Media presence and Special Events, she spearheads NYCJW’s conversation with the world about what defines the NYC jewelry scene.
Noelle WiegandProgramming and Partner Development
Noelle Wiegand graduated from Ball State University with degrees in Metals, Glass, and Art History in 2017. During her tenure as a student, Noelle worked as the Registrar Assistant and Assistant Preparator for the David Owsley Museum of Art. After relocating to NYC in 2017, she joined the team of NYC based designer Emilie Shapiro as a bench jeweler. An artist and glass blower in her own right, Noelle produces art jewelry with an emphasis on glass and geography. Noelle launched the project Dissemination in 2017, which is comprised of 5,436 wearable pins. Dissemination continues to plot the individual components of the whole installation on a map, showing where the pins have traveled with their new owners. Noelle has been an active member of the Society of North American Goldsmiths, Glass Art Society, and the Academic Association of Museums and Galleries. Her work has won awards in both national and international exhibitions. Noelle joins the NYCJW team as the head of Programming and Partner Development, utilizing her interest in all facets of the jewelry industry and her personal desire to support expansion of NYCJW’s diverse programming agenda. She currently lives and works in Queens, NY.
Olivia SuffernEducational and Special Projects
Olivia received her B.F.A. in Jewelry Design and Metalsmithing from Pratt Institute in 2014. She has pursued a career in jewelry production and retail while simultaneously developing and creating work through her own line, Olivia Marie Handcrafted Adornment. Her personal interest in sustainability and its importance to the future of the jewelry industry led her to create NYCJW’s first panel devoted to the topic. As head of Educational and Special Projects for NYC Jewelry Week, Olivia spearheads One for The Future, an initiative devoted to supporting emerging talent in the industry through inclusion in NYCJW programming.
Rachel ChalikEvent Development and Communications
Rachel Chalik began her studies at Bucks County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, where she was exposed to jewelry as craft. She continued her education at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she received her Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Degree in 2017. She became a 2017 Windgate Fellow with her work focusing on the human connection to objects with a focus on comfort felt from their use. Currently, she resides in Brooklyn and is working as a goldsmith in Manhattan for Reinstein/Ross Goldsmiths.
After graduating from Eugene Lang, the New School for Liberal Arts, Emilija spent two years in Lithuania volunteering for an NGO specializing in tutoring underserved children and taking geopolitical courses at Vilnius University. After returning to the states, she apprenticed as a jewelry photographer and worked as a sales associate at The Hat Shop where she eventually became the shop’s manager, working with the owner in production, design, promotion and sales. Emilija currently works for Alex Sepkus and is in charge of all the studio’s visual needs as well as social media. Her interests are expanding into communications and making her cats Tumblr famous.
Born in Kathmandu, Nepal, Anuja Kapri is a jeweler and product designer currently based out of Philadelphia. She holds Bachelors Degrees from Drexel University in Design and Merchandising, Finance and International Business, where she received the program award for Design and Merchandising. She completed her Masters in Design from The University of the Arts (UArts) in Product Design where she developed her passion for jewelry and metals, winning the faculty award at graduation. She is currently the Artist-in-Residence for Jewelry and Metals, and a Product Design Fellow at UArts.
Casey SobelExternal Relations and Logistics
Since graduating at the top of her class with a BFA in Jewelry Design and Fabrication from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY), Casey Sobel has immersed herself in as many aspects of the jewelry world as possible. On top of working as a jeweler for notable NYC staples such as Catbird, Alex Sepkus, and currently Cartier, Sobel has exhibited personal collections in the Museum of Arts and Design, the Smithsonian’s National Building Museum, the Brooklyn Navy Yard Museum Gallery, and BKLYN Designs. All of her work is designed and fabricated herself in her Brooklyn Navy Yard studio. In 2015 her piece, Domina Collar, was acquired by the Museum of Arts and Design for their permanent collection per the LOOT Acquisition Award. Sobel’s work has been shown in a variety of publications, including Women’s Wear Daily Milan, Architectural Digest, and most recently in Swarovski’s 2018 Gem Visions trend book. Sobel has won numerous awards, including a full scholarship to Penland School of Craft in 2014 to continue her education and expand the breadth of her mediums. She teaches design and fabrication techniques at Pratt Institute, hoping to encourage the future of Craft. Sobel currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.
Meg Wachs recently received her Master’s degree in Craft and Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Metals from the State University of New York at New Paltz. Outside of her own studio practice, she has worked for artists in the tri-state area such as Meghan Patrice Riley at MPR in Brooklyn and for Ayesha Mayadas at her Englewood, NJ studio and gallery. During her time at VCU, Meg stood as a committee member for the Ethical Metalsmiths student organization and was a juror for the 2017 and 2018 “So Fresh + So Clean” online exhibition.
She is assisting Anya Firestone in the planning and production of the NYC Jewelry Week Gala through sponsorship outreach and strategic partnership. Her dedication to NYC Jewelry Week is founded in her passion for every facet of the jewelry industry, and pride in her home turf. While she leaves for a residency at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in March 2019, she will always be a New Yorker.
Odette Channell is a bench jeweler at Alex Šepkus. In addition to designing her own jewelry, she assists classes at Brooklyn Metalworks, and has previously worked as a studio technician for the Fashion Institute of Technology. A graduate of Pratt Institute, her work has appeared in various publications including Wild magazine. She currently lives in East Harlem.