Jewelry can found in every human pocket of civilization on our planet. Used as decoration, spirtual enhancement, an indicator of status and, frequently romantic devotion, it comes in precious or semi-precious stones, beads, shells or anything which can be worn or attributed meaning to.
Turn on any hip-hop video and you're bound to see some type of jewelry on your favorite rapper, iced out like there's no tomorrow.
It was a hot and sticky day, a false start to the summer, last week when jewelry designer Jennifer Stock spoke to us about her practice and her art in the conference room of our Midtown offices. The jewelry made by Stock is very special down to the weight and materials used in their creation and is far removed from romance.
You may fall in love with Stock's pieces, just don't expect them to to improve your love life. Stock's approach to her near 20 year practice is practical as well as pragmatic.
"I don’t preach anything like, 'oh, you have to have this necklace in this color because this will make you so happy!' It’s jewelry," the anthropology graduate and yoga practitioner told us.
"I feel like it really should be something that you want and something that looks good on you. If you think that rings and necklaces are gonna bring you a boyfriend, if that’s what you’re looking for, that’s fine. It's also great if the color looks good on you and the necklace is flattering."
Stock, a mother of two whose studio is located in Long Island, continued, "I never pushed anyone to buy one of my more expensive [items]. I don’t push jewelry at all but I like when somebody looks good in it. I find that flattering."