Inspirational Living: Coveted | Women and the Art of High Jewelry

Join jewelry curator Dr Emily Stoehrer in conversation with author Melanie Grant, jeweller Jessica McCormack and Sotheby's SVP, Sales Director, Luxury Division, Jewelry Frank Everett as they discuss the role women have played in the world of high jewelry as artists, designers, collectors, and influencers. In partnership with Phaidon.

Meet the Panel

Melanie Grant, Author

Melanie Grant has been a journalist for over 20 years having worked at The Times, The Financial Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The BBC and now The Economist where she is the Luxury Editor of 1843 Magazine, their lifestyle sister publication. Her first book on the jewel as art entitled Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry was published by Phaidon in Oct 2020 and in her spare time she gives talks at institutions such as The Science Museum, The V&A, The Gemological Institute of America, The Association of Art & Antique Dealers, Phillips, Christies and The Goldsmiths' Company on jewellery and luxury. She also writes for Vogue, Vanity Fair and Tatler and is a guest lecturer at Central Saint Martins as well as a guest crit leader at the Royal College of Art.

Jessica McCormack, Founder & Creative Director, Jessica McCormack

London based jeweler Jessica McCormack is known for her distinctive aesthetic, merging modern design with traditional techniques and expert craftsmanship, to create jewellery that’s truly wearable. After moving to London for an internship in the jewellery department of Sotheby’s in 2005, Jessica’s eponymous brand launched in 2008 and quickly grew through word of mouth – seeing the brand graduating from a studio in Clerkenwell to a six story townhouse in

Mayfair. The business has gone from strength to strength drawing critical acclaim and an international following.Media coverage has seen Jessica McCormack jewellery grace the front covers of glossy magazines, and the red-carpets of international events, whilst celebrity clients include; Zoe Kravitz, Victoria Beckham, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, the Duchess of Sussex, Bette Midler, and Rihanna.

The company now employs thirty three people with Jessica acting as Creative Director, overseeing every aspect of the business.

Frank Everett, SVP, Sales Director, Luxury Division, Jewelry

Frank Everett joined Sotheby’s auction house in 2013 as Senior Vice President and Sales Director for jewelry, following a career in retail with brands including Bulgari, Tiffany and Harry Winston. Frank’s knowledge and expertise of the design and history of great period jewels (and the women who wore them) have allowed him to emerge as a trusted authority and expert in his field. In 2014 he oversaw the jewels offered in The Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon which achieved $43.8 million. In 2017 Frank singlehandedly brought to auction The Personal Collection of Shaun Leane, forty-two pieces created through a twenty-year partnership with Alexander McQueen for his runway shows. The sale was described as “a watershed moment for artist’s jewelry” by The Financial Times, as well as being featured in The New York Times. Frank partnered with Carol Woolton, jewelry editor at British Vogue, in 2019 to create the beautiful selling exhibition of floral jewels “IN BLOOM”, gaining more international press in the NYT, Vogue and Town & Country. Widely interviewed about the international jewelry market, Frank has appeared frequently in The New York Times, Town & Country, Vogue, The Financial Times, Robb Report and Elle Décor. Frank has also been personally profiled by The New York Times Style section, Town & Country, and InStyle magazines. Frank engages a global audience daily through his Instagram account with more than 140,000 followers.

Dr. Emily Stoehrer, Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry

Dr. Emily Stoehrer is the Rita J. Kaplan and Susan B. Kaplan Curator of Jewelry at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a Visiting Lecturer in the History of Art department at Massachusetts College of Art and Design. At the MFA Stoehrer oversees a collection that spans nine curatorial departments and 6,000 years of history. She has curated exhibitions and written on various aspects of adornment—most recently she co-curated “Boston Made: Arts & Crafts Jewelry and Metalwork” (MFA, 2018 - 2020), and contributed to Winged Beauty: The Butterfly Jewellery of Wallace Chan (ACC Art Books, 2021) and wrote “The Evolution of Vintage Jewellery on the Hollywood Red Carpet, 1995–2005” for the Journal of Dress History (Spring 2021). As an educator, Stoehrer has lectured globally and taught on a diverse range of jewelry, fashion, and design related topics. She holds a PhD in Humanities from Salve Regina University and a Master of Arts in Fashion & Textile Studies from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

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