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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 wonder named the BADA (Black Accessory Designers Alliance) that highlights, promotes and showcases emerging Black designers. After attending one 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 her label.

Sheryl Jones began her journey into fine jewelry line in 1999, after working as a publicist in the entertainment and film industry and later as a Vice President of Communications at 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 refreshingly 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 diamonds set 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 experience being the only woman 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 their 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 a 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 internships, informational interviews, and networking is truly invaluable for the developing designers 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 craved 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, and she is a true inspiration and motivation for my own creative aspirations. Being the only female of color in her field 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 Jones for the time, it was my true pleasure!

 

For more on Sheryl Jones visit www.SherylJonesJewels.com

Images via Sheryl Jones & WhoWhatWoreDaily

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