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Jewelry District Tour

This year I'm mentoring two high school students through a really wonderful program based in Dumbo, Brooklyn called Art Ready. I'm working with them for 12 weeks so they can get some experience from a working professional artist, and hopefully inspire them to follow their passion for a career in art and design. 

This week I brought them on a tour through NYC's Jewelry District to go behind the scenes with some of the vendors I work closely with and to source materials from the projects I'm helping them make. They'll be designing a collection, creating a select piece from it, photographing it, pricing their pieces, writing about them and displaying them at their closing exhibition at Smackmellon.

We took a tour to a lapidary - where gemstones are cut from their rough, natural form to cut and polished.

We took a tour to a lapidary - where gemstones are cut from their rough, natural form to cut and polished.

Here's a gem cutter cutting a gorgeous amethyst!

Here's a gem cutter cutting a gorgeous amethyst!

We took a tour behind the scenes at my casting house. This guy is cutting molds open so you can replicate someones design.

We took a tour behind the scenes at my casting house. This guy is cutting molds open so you can replicate someones design.

Here the owner explains how the wax injections get places on wax trees, go into flasks to be invested and put in the kiln overnight for the burnout process. 

Here the owner explains how the wax injections get places on wax trees, go into flasks to be invested and put in the kiln overnight for the burnout process. 

Here a woman is creating the wax trees for the investment process.

Here a woman is creating the wax trees for the investment process.

Flasks are being prepared for investment to be poured in - an plaster like substance. This then hardens and is placed in a kiln overnight so the wax melts out to create a negative mold of the piece.

Flasks are being prepared for investment to be poured in - an plaster like substance. This then hardens and is placed in a kiln overnight so the wax melts out to create a negative mold of the piece.

My two awesome mentees talking with Daniel, the owner of the casting house about how the flasks get placed in the vacuum casters and molten metal gets poured in to replace where the wax once was.

My two awesome mentees talking with Daniel, the owner of the casting house about how the flasks get placed in the vacuum casters and molten metal gets poured in to replace where the wax once was.

Our selfie in Times Square! I'm on the right, because we all look the same age :)

Our selfie in Times Square! I'm on the right, because we all look the same age :)