Collect Contemporary Jewelry: a new publication by Joanna Hardy

Joanna Hardy presents her new book 'Collect Contemporary: Jewelry' to guide those wanting to form a collection of jewels.

Collecting Contemporary Jewellery by Joanna Hardy

In the exciting world of contemporary jewellery Joanna Hardy has written the ultimate guide "Collect Contemporary: Jewelry'  to help those who want to know their Kevin Coates from their Andrew Lambs.

From her vast experience as senior specialist in the jewellery department of Sotheby's and with her expertise as a diamond grader, Hardy casts her net far and wide to collect in one small book a bible of who is who in the world of artist jewellers. Hardy has chosen a fascinating array of artists who express themselves in precious materials concentrating their skills into the smallest art from.  Hardy hopes to inspire and educate both women and men to be more adventurous when it comes to buying jewellery.

Much in the same way that contemporary art collectors hunger for information about new and exciting artists, Hardy is treating jewels with the same respect and unearthing the 'antiques of tomorrow'.

"These are the auction names of the future," says Hardy. "At the moment there are lots of artists around the world expressing themselves through jewellery. It would give me huge pleasure to see people enjoy contemporary jewellery in the same way they enjoy contemporary art."  The interest in the artist-jeweller is further helped by the fact that we become more sensitive and increasingly value the stamp of an individual creator. And how much more fun to wear your investment in contemporary art than to hang it on a wall?

This is a must for lovers of jewellery as Hardy looks in depth at the work of 40 contemporary artist jewellers from around the world as well as providing useful information on techniques, galleries and how to care for jewellery. Her selection of jewellers allows for a range of budgets from pieces made out of nylon fishing wire to creations shimmering with precious gems.

The book, published by Thames and Hudson is part of the "Collect Contemporary" series and can be bought on Amazon by clicking here.



Editor's Pick

The Jewellery Editor is for sale

Help us make the future bright

Since founding The Jewellery Editor in 2010, we have grown our digital magazine to be the number one global source of information and inspiration for fine jewellery and luxury watches.

3,500 articles, 150 videos and a reach of over 2 million per month on social media later, we have offered unparalleled and highly respected coverage of our sector. However, despite our editorial success, we are financially struggling as an independent publisher.

Entirely funded, owned and run by Christine and Maria in London, we are now looking to sell The Jewellery Editor so that it can continue to grow in the hands of a different owner. As e-commerce becomes a priority in our industry, we believe there is huge potential for engaging editorial content and are seeking a buyer who shares our values and passion so that under their guidance we can give a bright future to the platform.

We can’t commit to financing the website for much longer so if we don’t manage to initiate any meaningful conversations in the next few weeks, the website will be frozen on 1st April 2018. If and when we find a suitable partner we will revive it and take it to the next stage.

If you are interested to discuss the above, please contact [email protected]

Alternatively, if you are willing to help, you can donate so that in the meantime, we can continue to publish more interesting content.

Terms and conditions




We use our own and third party cookies to improve your experience and our services. If you continue, we consider that you accept their use. You can get more information on your website at cookies policy.