It was September 17th when Sotheby's premiered the first exhibition exclusively featuring black jewellery designers, followed by a cell that runs in person and online until October 10th.
According to IOL media publication, the sale will be a watershed and many will say long overdue moment for the industry, elevating 21 black jewellery designers to a global stage for the first time.
According to the publication, the exhibition is a brainchild of black jewellery author, editor, and stylist Melanie Grant, who was galvanized by the Black lives matter movement to find a way to make a difference in the jewellery world.
Man of the blacks jewellery designers according to the publication last year during the conversation with Grant, they expressed a sense of sadness despite the social political change happening in the world, but not happening in the jewellery industry, 4 black jewellery designers.
"There's an extra level of challenge, I think especially as a black designer at a high level of the industry," this is what Grant said in a phone interview.
"When were designer in the fashion or find jewellery space, it's one thing, but if you are trying to get into high jewellery, it's a pretty impenetrable space from the outside," Grant said.
This is due to the barrier of entry has much lower in fashion jewellery, where pieces are typically made of brass and aluminium and feature synthetic stones instead of precious metals and natural gemstones. Where most of these black designers operate is activity of 14 karat or 18 karat gold and natural synthetic gemstones are used.
According to Instagram Grant decided that you will lose her reputation and contacts to break open this closed doors and introduce the best black jewellery designers to the world's top-level jewellery collectors. And further said that the better way than a dedicated exhibit at one of the most prestigious and powerful auction houses.
According to her Instagram post you can see all the top powerful auction houses for jewellery that she has tagged on her post.
Let's take a look at that some of the pictures from the black jewellery designers that grant is talking about.
"I think our work and our talent and creativity speaks for itself," she said. "But is the support we have very much needed. It's a dream come true," she added.
According to the publication, superstar Rihanna wore Thelma Black ring on the red carpet at the Met Gala, which is the most important night in the fashion industry. The rain is estimated to have cost about R5.9 million. The below pictures one of those rings.
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