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Introducing: The GoldField Brand x James Field

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 13, 2022 by James Field
GoldField is “The Destination for Beauty.” Est. 2009 & launched officially c. 2022 by James Field

To begin, it has been several years since my last post. Where do I even begin? A global pandemic, state shutdowns, inflation, and even two cross country road trips, alone (I’ll be posting about them soon) could not slow me down. I pushed and pushed until I made it to this moment right now, where I can finally speak about it. I look back with intense gratitude and a profound sense of accomplishment, so now let’s begin!

My journey began in February 2020, when I decided that I had enough of the east coast. I packed up my truck with my treasures and memories, donated everything else in my apartment, then I simply left. I drove four days across this beautiful country, in search of setting up new roots. I needed a fresh start, desperately. Work and family tensions peaked that year for me, and I wanted to escape. To leave all and everything I had ever known to seize my life and place it back under my own control. This was a mission I would not back down from, because it literally meant life or death.

The trip was indescribable. I felt emotions so deeply that through the entire drive to Los Angeles, I periodically pulled over to just cry from the sheer beauty and freedom I was experiencing. It was all therapeutic, freeing, and yet incredibly terrifying. I had no prospects, apartment or even a secure source of income waiting for me on the west coast, but I did not care. Since I could not force any guaranteed outcome for myself, plus battling the pandemic, caused me to depart shortly after I had arrived. I cannot begin to describe the disappointment I had in just about everything at this moment. I even attempted to set roots in the west the following summer and could not. After my second trip, I decided to stay on the east coast for now. Stay and do what my heart was pushing and calling for me to do, and that was focus on my business.

The brand is entitled GoldField. The name is a combination of my favorite metal and my paternal last name. It has been my brainchild and passion since 2009. After co-founding Sergio + James in New York City, I always knew I wanted my own brand, that worked with more elevated materials. GoldField is my small, beginners “stage” that will showcase all of the treasures I have collected over the past decade, and a prime space to represent my handcrafted creations to the world. In-between several unfulfilling and challenging jobs, I began to carve out time to organize my collection, work on samples and get ready for the brand launch.

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GoldField Earring Concepts c. 2022 by James Field

I am living proof that you can experience failure, have no capital, income, or even formal education in a specific industry, and still pursue your dreams. These last three years I have been rejected in more ways than I care to share with you, however my inner strength carried me through it. At times I felt as though I had lost everything, yet I never lost my passion. My burning desire to be a business owner for the second time before the age of 35, finally came to fruition. You are capable. You are strong. You have experience. You WILL succeed. If you have a passion, GO FOR IT. Simple as that. Let nothing stop you.

Handcrafted freshwater & baroque pearl convertible stud/drop earrings samples. GoldField c. 2022 by James Field
GoldField Pearl & Semi-precious stone bead samples created between 2019-2021 by James Field

GoldField was created in theory in 2009, however the online shop was officially launched in 2022. I am very grateful for the time gap. That time allowed me to continue working on designs and adding to my vintage/fine jewelry collection. My ultimate goal for GoldField is a physical boutique on the ground level, and my private residence located above. I want and will have the true “atelier” a studio, where I have free range to create, realize my designs, and cultivate my dreams.

I thank you all for still trickling in to view my little blog, and I am so excited to share my journey with you into the new year. If you are interested in my progression, stay tuned and check out my new social media accounts created to focus on my business and passions. Thank you for reading!

James Field – December 13th, 2022.

Check out the links to: The GoldField Shop on Etsy. The Instagram page of The Educated Jeweler & The Tumblr page of The Educated Jeweler, via the links below. 💜


James Field c. 2022

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Nouveau Spotlight: Sheryl Jones

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , , , , on March 25, 2018 by James Field

“The pressure that creates a diamond is often like the pressure from life’s obstacles, and that pressure helps us to grow.” – Sheryl Jones

I recently discovered the Sheryl Jones brand on where else, social media. I happen to follow on Instagram a wonderful organization named the BADA (Black Accessory Designers Alliance) that highlights, promotes and showcases emerging Black talent. After attending one of their events for the first time last year, I had the wonderful pleasure of meeting Sheryl who was displaying a wide range of her dazzling wears. I didn’t have much time to speak with her as the event garnered quite a lot of guests and Sheryl, the consummate business woman met each and every one with style and a refreshing grace. After a quick chat, we mutually agreed on a later date to speak about her jewelry line, and the inspiring story of how she created it.

Sheryl Jones began her journey into fine jewelry in 1999, after working as a publicist in the entertainment and film industry and later as a Vice President of Communications with MTV.

Fancy Yellow Diamond Honeycomb Ring

“I have always been passionate about fine gemstones transformative power and beauty, and dreamed of one day bringing music’s similar vitality to a fine jewelry collection of my own” -Sheryl Jones

Her designs truly possess a vitality and brilliance that encompasses classic and traditional styles, with a modern twist, and a close attention to detail and quality. Take for example the Fancy Yellow Diamond Honeycomb ring, a piece that I was privileged enough to view up close and in person when I met with Sheryl for coffee last week. “Look closely, there are pave set diamonds underneath!” she proclaimed, as I eagerly examined every inch of the exquisite ring.

I began our chat at the beginning, and what it was like to be one of the only women of color working in the formidable world of the 47th street Diamond District, or “The Street” to those in the business. She gave me some of the best advice I could have received, and that is “People will always try to get you off your game. Don’t let them.” She described being almost shunned by her male counter parts. However, this did not deter her and she studied and developed her knowledge of Gemology and worked as an apprentice for one of Belgium’s finest diamond manufactures and after just a few short years, moved on to become a supervisor of diamond production for an American manufacturer.

Sheryl emphasized to me the importance of this time when she apprenticed, researched, practiced and honed in on her passion. The information that is gained from the internships, informational interviews, and networking is truly invaluable for the developing designer and entrepreneurs. Sheryl holds a Graduate Diamonds Degree from the illustrious Gemological Institute of America, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan.

Since launching in 2002, Sheryl has carved out a true niche for herself in the jewelry industry. Her work is at times bold, ethereal, and utterly classic. Such as the glittering suite of Emeralds worn for a performance by R&B singer Andra Day at this year’s 2018 Academy Awards.

I am awed by Sheryl to say the very least, she is a true inspiration and motivation for my own creative aspirations. Being a female of color, on the level that she has reached is a testament to her inner strength and motivation, and that with perseverance, determination, and bit of imagination, you can become absolutely anything you want in life!

Thank you Sheryl for the time, it was my sincere pleasure!

For more on Sheryl Jones visit www.SherylJonesJewels.com

Images via Sheryl Jones & WhoWhatWoreDaily

Nouveau Spotlight: The 26th Annual International Fine Art & Antique Show

Posted in Nouveau Spotlight with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 20, 2014 by James Field

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“I adore wearing gems, but not because they are mine. You can’t possess radiance, you can only admire it.”

-Elizabeth Taylor

This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the 26th Annual International Fine Art & Antique show at the Park Avenue Armory on 67th street. Talk about a dose of awesome! This place was packed with vendors from all over the world showing off their wears, ranging from 16th century tapestries, 18th century Indian art work, swords, sculpture, and of course fine jewelry.

I was dazzled by the fine collections of Hancocks of London, Kentshire, Epoque Fine Jewels, and so many more. To see the mesmerizing array of diamonds, emeralds, rubies, sapphires and the like up close was truly a treat and a major inspiration for my work. One of my greatest goals is to become a fine jewelry designer and dealer, and by taking in the sights such as this show, my passion only grows.

Some of the highlights for me were the incredibly detailed and delicate vintage jewelry pieces from the house’s of Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Schumberger for Tiffany’s & Co.

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THE DUCHESS OF WINDSOR, WALLIS SIMPSON, AMETHYST, TURQUOISE AND DIAMOND BRACELET, CARTIER, 1954

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I enjoyed playing the game of “Guess what gem this is” with many of the vendors and was even allowed to try on a few pieces. Whenever I am around people that are knowledgeable in something that I wish to become knowledgeable in, I almost always ask as many questions as possible. Its a great way to learn, memorize and draw inspiration when visiting exhibitions, trade shows etc.

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I adore these floral brooches of rubies, diamonds and sapphires, one of which (the bottom left blue carnation) belonged to the famous fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli!

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Ancient Egyptian Semi Precious Stone Necklaces

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I had a wonderful time and I wish to thank the lovely vendors and staff who made my trip such a special one.

I would also like to thank Natalie from Jewels du Jour for the tickets, thank you so much!

If you wish to check out the show, it will be at the Park Avenue Armory at 67th Street until Oct 23rd.

Visit Jewels du Jour they are giving a way a limited amount of free tickets!

Thank you all for reading.

J.F

L’Amour de Bijoux: The Love of Jewels

Posted in Art Nouveau, Nouveau Spotlight, Obsessions with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2014 by James Field

The 41 carat "Dresden Green" is the largest naturally green diamond to date.

The 41 carat “Dresden Green” is the largest naturally green Diamond to date.

 

I believe that my love of jewelry design, art and style began when I was a young boy. I remember subtle things such as my mothers engagement ring of white gold and black onyx that my father gave her. I thought it was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen! So chic on her finger and so timeless at the same time. From then on, I would say my mother and her love of jewelry sparked something in my own creative soul.

My mother traveled to Kuwait on a business trip when I was young boy. While she was there she acquired the most beautiful diamond and ruby ring of about 2 carats. I had never seen anything like it, and I dare didn’t asked how much is cost. The irony is that even though I purchased her a small pink sapphire pendant necklace as a gift on the day of her return, her ring was absolutely stunning and I have fallen in love with jewelry design ever since.

So without further ado, this is my Love of Jewels.

Bahadur Shah Zafar II India (Delhi), Mughal, c. 1850 Watercolors on ivory

Bahadur Shah Zafar II
India (Delhi), Mughal, c. 1850
Watercolors on ivory

 

One of my greatest inspirations will always be the great Mughal Emperors of India. The splendor and grandeur of their Pearls, Emeralds, Silks, Diamonds, Rubies and Sapphires rivaled that of any King in the world. They looked so regal and exalted that all who saw them knew, they were royalty and should as such adorn themselves accordingly.

Turban Ornament India (West Bengal), Mughal, c. 1755 Gold, set with diamonds, rubies, a sapphire, Colombian emeralds and a pearl.

Turban Ornament
India (West Bengal), Mughal, c. 1755
Gold, set with diamonds, rubies, a sapphire, Colombian emeralds and a pearl.

 

I love the elegance that something like this Turban Ornament gives to the wearer. As an option this item could also be styled as a brooch on a great jacket. Great jewelry design for me is about timeless design and the highest quality of gemstones, and also versatility.

 

Mango-shaped rock crystal Flask India, Mughal, mid-17th century Rock crystal; set with gold, enamel, rubies, and emeralds

Mango-shaped rock crystal Flask
India, Mughal, mid-17th century
Rock crystal; set with gold, enamel, rubies, and emeralds

 

This whimsical and charming flask is from the time of Shah Jahan, the Emperor who built the Taj Mahal in the 17th century. This is a truly wonderful example of imagination and the mix of timeless design, exceptional taste, and quality materials.

My collection grows.

My collection grows.

 

Though my collection is certainly not on the level of the Great Emperors of India whom I admire, it still holds dear to my heart. Most of my pieces are vintage or hand crafted using emeralds, gold, pearls and silver. I hope to one day expand my collection to higher end pieces with more historical importance. My collection is a mix of vintage, gifted and purchased items with the silver rhinestone panther ring and brooch both being vintage finds for example, and the silver beaded bracelet with black onyx, a gift from my mother.

The long adored and cherished pearl is my zodiac birthstone, so the two strand freshwater pearl bracelet is something I was lucky enough to find at a vintage jewelry fair in New York City. The emerald stone and pearl bracelet with matching silver and emerald stone ring where hand-made for me in India and are my latest additions. The black rhinestone bracelet was a gift, and the gold Damascene bracelet next to it, a purchase on trip to Miami, Florida. The gold floral scroll cuff was an online vintage find, and the gold Damascene bracelet above it a vintage fair find as well.

Lauren Hutton by Milton Greene, 1966

Lauren Hutton by Milton Greene, 1966

 

I absolutely love this classic ad of Lauren Hutton dripping in jewels. I wish to one day create quality of this nature. I formerly owned and produced a jewelry designing brand called Sergio James with an old friend of mine, based out of New York City. We crafted jewelry using simple materials such as wood, spray paint, gold and silver leaf and metal filigree accents. I do miss the times that we created elegant yet simple collections, but its time to move on to more glittering pursuits. My goal is to achieve Master Jeweler status which is a very high honor.

I finally have had time as of late to start crafting and brainstorming jewelry concepts. Check out what I have been working on so far…

I present my little sample collection which I call "The Golden Black Pearl Collection"

I present my little sample collection which I call “The Golden Black Pearl Collection”

 

Yes! I love how they turned out, the are my perfect whimsical items all in gold. The black freshwater pearl is hand-woven with gold wire through a gold feather pendant at the end of a gold and black enamel chain. The diadems are gold bands with gold feather scroll pendants that I have hand-woven with gold wire to form this leaf crest pattern and this branch like design. The set is my perfect royal nod to history. This is only the start and more creations are to come.  I am so happy to FINALLY start designing again. Please stay tuned for more.

 

Thank you all for reading!

Cheers!

James Field

 

The New Additions

Posted in Obsessions with tags , , , , , on February 3, 2013 by James Field

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Just in time for accessorizing your Fashion Week ensembles  Sergio James presents some new colors for our staple handcrafted bracelets. Called the “Onarch Collection” its a departure  from the iconic “JO” pieces and brings some much needed color infusion into the brand.

All the sets shown are sold for $30.00 and can be found directly at http://www.SergioJames.com

Add a little color to your wardrobe this season.

 

Images by Curtis Bryant