New York Jewelry Designers in the News

In Gumuchian's New York City Headquarters
At Work in Gumuchian’s New York City Headquarters.

Here’s a roundup of recent news articles about New York jewelry designers. Two stories are updates on designers OBJ has previously profiled, and one is an important announcement for jewelry superstars in the making. Read on!

Gumuchian Achieves “Made in NY” Certification

Myriam, Anita and Patricia Gumuchian
Myriam, Anita and Patricia Gumuchian. Photo Courtesy of,

Fine jewelry brand Gumuchian has received the coveted “Made in NY” designation. The luxury jeweler is only the second fine jewelry brand to receive this official certification, joining Carelle.

Honeybee Charm from the Gumichian B Collection and Diamond and Platinum Earrings from the Cascade Collection by Gumuchian
L – Honeybee Charm from the Gumuchian “B” Collection
R – Diamond and Platinum Earrings from the Cascade Collection. Photo Courtesy of

Sponsored by New York City Economic Development Corporation, “Made in NY” means that Gumuchian jewelry meets the highest quality standards and that it is manufactured in New York. Gumuchian’s collections include the new Secret Garden collection, the Cascade collection, and the “B” collection, which donates some proceeds to City Growers in support of beekeeping efforts.

Founder Anita Gumuchian and her daughters Myriam and Patricia run the century-old family business. Their mantra, “Designed by Women for Women,” is a favorite brand statement here at OBJ.

Congratulations to everyone at Gumuchian… we couldn’t BEE happier for you!

Designer Dana Bronfman Wins Rising Star Award

Dana Bronfman and One of Her Bracelet Designs
Dana Bronfman and One of Her Signature Cut-Out Bracelets

Brooklyn-based jewelry designer Dana Bronfman was honored at the JCK Tucson jewelry trade show last month. She was named a “2017 Rising Star” in the category of Fine Jewelry by the prestigious Fashion Group International.

“Winning the award was such an honor and a thrill,” Bronfman told National Jeweler. “It was the most exciting moment of my career to date. To be recognized by the very competitive fashion and jewelry industry is such a huge deal.”

OBJ profiled the San Francisco native last year about her eco-friendly jewelry.

Congrats, Dana, on this well-deserved award!

New York Jewelry Design Institute Offers a Course for Up-and-Coming Designers

At the New York Jewelry Design Institute
At the New York Jewelry Design Institute

Here’s an opportunity for emerging jewelry designers to one day be recognized as Rising Stars. A course called “Create Your Own Signature Collection” will be taught by jewelry designer Kristin Hanson in March and April at the NYJDI headquarters in New York City.

The course will explore how to create a trademark look, how to develop the concept through the design process, and how to create a portfolio that expresses your signature. Students will participate in drawing, painting, photography, collage, video and sculpture.

Hanson is an award-winning fine jewelry designer who has studied under master jeweler Harold O’Connor in Colorado and at the Alchimia jewelry school in Florence, Italy. Her jewelry, under her own name, is carried in Neiman Marcus stores across the U.S.

“Create Your Own Signature Collection” will begin Tuesday, March 28, and continue on Tuesdays, from 6 to 9 p.m., through April 18. The course will be held at the NYJDI campus in Manhattan; tuition is $650 plus tax.

For more information, please visit NYJDI’s website.

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