The holidays are coming, and so-called engagement season is fast approaching. Little wonder, then, that jewelry is on the brain. For the city’s stellar local jewelers, of course, jewelry is top of mind year-round. And now we finally have a proper way to celebrate them: New York City Jewelry Week, which kicks off Nov. 12 and runs through Nov. 18. Participants range from up-and-comers to behemoths like David Yurman and Fred Leighton, and events will include panels and studio tours. Unlike New York Fashion Week, many events are open to the public. Here, some jewelers worth checking out because, simply put, they make cool stuff.
Anya Haus isn’t a person but a collaboration between four artists, and their NYCJW experience isn’t in a single location but in a “mobile showroom.” Get a piece of their alternative vibe with a pair of hoops that are wonderfully different than your standard set.
Anya Haus’s interactive jewelry experience is in several locations, including Artists & Fleas SoHo, 568 Broadway, on Nov. 16, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Anya Haus coated brass hoops, $220 at anyahaus.com.
If you’re searching for something a little kitschier, there’s Casey Sobel. A metalwork and hand-painted pin from her “cornucopia” of fruit and vegetable brooches would make any outfit more fun.
Casey Sobel’s studio tour is on Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn. Registration is required at nycjewelryweek.com.
Casey Sobel handcrafted bronze strawberry and banana brooches, $225 each at kcmetalsmithing.com.
Ahh, Catbird, the cool-girl jewelry go-to since 2004. See what the shop has been up to lately at its studio tour, where you can meet the founders, Rony Vardi and Leigh Plessner. We’re partial to this personalized necklace, which you can add to as initials and families change — or with any sentimental whim, really.
Catbird’s studio tour is on Nov. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at 11 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn.
Catbird You Are My Moon and Stars necklace, chains from $42, and charms from $38 at catbirdnyc.com.
A focus on the natural world — uncut stones and branchlike metalwork — makes Carrie Bilbo’s work a perfect foil to city life. Stop by her Brooklyn studio tour to select your favorite piece in person.
Carrie Bilbo’s studio tour is on Nov. 17 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at 63 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn. Registration is required at nycjewelryweek.com.
Carrie Bilbo branch bangles, from $180, and 14-karat ring with uncut diamonds, from $500, at carriebilbo.com.
Using 14-karat gold and semiprecious stones like tourmaline and tanzanite, Eva Noga offers a wealth of pretty, yet not scarily priced, options. Check out some of her standout pieces at Michele Varian, as part of the store’s “Out of This World” fine jewelry exhibition.
Eva Noga’s work is on display from Nov. 12 to Nov. 18 at Michele Varian, 27 Howard Street.
Eva Noga earrings, handcrafted with tourmalines and 18-karat gold, $725 at ylang23.com.
Head to UrbanGlass to catch Erica Rosenfeld’s work displayed in “UrbanSparkle,” an exhibition celebrating the city’s leading glass jewelry makers. Then pick up one of Ms. Rosenfeld’s bold creations, which she produces in limited-edition, six-month runs.
Erica Rosenfeld’s work is on display from Nov. 14 to Nov. 18 at UrbanGlass, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn.
Erica Rosenfeld carved glass necklace, $650 at urbanglass.org.