Sotheby’s has announced that it will stage a selling exhibition dedicated to showcasing the skill and craftsmanship of Black jewellery designers from 17 to 26 September 2021.
The “Brilliant and Black: A Jewellery Renaissance” exhibition will feature approximately 60 pieces by 21 of “leading” Black jewellery designers, including custom-made jewels and signature designs spanning a range of periods and styles from the 1950s to the present day.
Curated in partnership with writer, author and stylist Melanie Grant, the selling exhibition presents a selection of jewels of “artistry, quality and historical importance”, with prices ranging from $1,500 (£1,080) to $1m (£720,310).
Among the artists represented includes, Art Smith and Winifred Mason Chenet, Harwell Godfrey, Jacqueline Rabun, Johnny Nelson, Lorraine West, Rashid Johnson, Thelma West, Vanleles, Castro NYC and Almasika.
Also represented are Marei New York, Mateo New York, Matturi Fine Jewellery, Melanie Eddy Jewellery, Sheryl Jones Jewels, Ten Thousand Things, Lola Fenhirst, Jariet Oloyé, Maggi Simpkins and Shola Branson.