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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

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Honma Golf 2013 Promotional Campaign x OWN Magazine New York

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , , , , on November 5, 2013 by James Field

This is short promotional video that was commissioned by Japanese Golf company, Honma by OWN Magazine. We shot all around New York City with a incredible team of people and finished the day on the roof of a private residence in the Chelsea area.

Some behind the scenes photos are below, stay tuned for more OWN Magazine collaborations.

Chelsea Penthouse Roof

Kota (My Editor and dear friend)

www.Honmagolf.co.jp

www.OWN-Magazine.com

Thank you so much to:

Model______________________Andrew Banks
Stylist______________________Shala Rothenberg
Visual Effect_________________Akinori Yamanaka
Director of Photography________Philipp Wolter
Director&Editor_______________Kaname Hatano
Art Director&Producer__________Kota Kuramoto
Stylist Assistant_______________Shonna Williams
Special Thanks_______________Taro Ohtsuki, Jonathan Pozniak, James Field, Erina Abe, Nobu Ouchi

Sergio + James Series 19: Devin Michael

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 17, 2011 by James Field

Hello everyone! We are back with another episode of the Sergio + James web series. On this one, we sat down with our friend and amazingly talented up and coming musician, Devin Michael. We spoke about his work, goals and aspirations and also featured some of his music in the episode. Check it out!

As always please send us your feedback, comment and suggestions to Contactus@sergiojames.com

Stay tuned for more!

www.SergioJames.com

New York Fashion Week Spring 2012 Men’s Collections

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 15, 2011 by James Field

Duckie Brown Spring 2012

 

As the week comes to a close and the shows begin to dwindle down, I finally had some time to reflect and review the collections that were shown. It’s very, very rare that NYFW takes my breath away, and that also goes with the Men’s collections. This season I really feel like that there was no difference again, it was still luke warm to me. There were many shows and many presentations, but I picked my favorite look from each major menswear show and collated them together for you. The one thing I can say I enjoyed, was the more relaxed and simple aesthetic that was shown. The use of pattern and color was also very apparent, and anything that matched I was a sucker for! Check out my favorites below from the Spring 2012 showcases:

 

Antonio Azzuolo Spring 2012

Robert Geller Spring 2012

Simon Spurr Spring 2012

Richard Chai Spring 2012

Zero + Maria Cornejo Spring 2012

Nicholas K Spring 2012

Tim Hamilton Spring 2012

As you can see there was a great mix of silhouettes, colors, new fabrics and fits. The top picks for myself were Simon Spurr who showed that fantastic leather sleeve suit among other perfect pieces,  and Duckie Brown for the beautiful floral print outfit. All in all it was another week of sublime parties (Phillip Lim’s was unforgettable) presentations, street fashion bloggers and non stop tweeting, but hey isn’t that what Fashion Week is all about?

See you all new year!

 

Tease Me

Posted in Art Nouveau with tags , , , , , on August 8, 2011 by James Field

 

Just a teaser image from our video shoot for the Spring 2012 Debut Collection. Stay tuned!

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Sergio + James: Behind The Lens

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on August 2, 2011 by James Field

Saturday, July 31st  was the night magic was made in Soho. This video is a behind the scenes look at our photo shoot with the amazingly talented photographer, J.D Forte . The shoot was meant to capture the essence of Sergio + James, which includes the designers, the friends, the goof balls, and the business men that we are. We really hope that you like it, because we LOVE it! Tell us what you think and drop us an email at Contactus@SergioJames.com

Special thanks go to Zachary & Caitlin! You guys were major and we love you dearly.

Stay tuned for the full launch of www.SergioJames.com !!

Sergio + James Series 17: Curtis Bryant

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 13, 2011 by James Field

We are back with an all new guest this week. You may know him as “Moose” but he is our good friend Curtis Bryant. We were so happy to talk with him on the orange couch. Check it out!

Check out more of Curtis here.