Nea Hildebolt has been making jewelry her whole life. However, her time as a jewelry designer really began after a year-long trip around the world brought her to Bali in 2002. Her collection has grown and expanded since then as she finds inspiration in what is happening in the world around her. She hopes her designs become a legacy of spreading positive messages and creating beautiful, wearable art.
She was introduced to Robert Goodman Jewelers through a mutual friend and has since become good friends with Bob and his family.
My name is Nea Hildebolt and I was born in Ohio but grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. I went to university at Washington University in St Louis to study English Literature and Philosophy. After graduating I bought a round-the world ticket and started travelling through Fiji, Australia, New Zealand and then to South-East Asia.
After six months I decided to stay in Bali for the remaining six months and met someone selling boulder opals. I bought a few and had them set in silver by a local silversmith, brought them home and sold them. Three months later I was back in Bali making more jewelry and that was in 2002. I have been making jewelry ever since.
I have always loved jewelry as an artistic medium because it is something very personal and you can carry it with you. Since I was a little girl when I had to give presents for birthdays or holidays I always made people jewelry. It seemed like something I could put my love, attention and creativity into and whomever was receiving the gift knew they had been given something made with love and intention.
I personally love jewelry, what it means, and the amazing diversity of gemstones from nature. Designing jewelry has now become a way for me to share the way I view the world, through an artistic medium whether by incorporating inspiring words, elegant designs, incredible gemstones, or fun symbols.
I am influenced by whatever speaks or moves me. My designs change as I do, and my journey and the things inspiring me on that journey are always reflected in what I create.
For example, I have found the last few years a period of great change and personal reinvention, and there have been difficult times for me emotionally. I gravitated at first to the lotus symbol, inspiring me to rise above the challenged, and lately that has shifted to the tree of life, reminding me to stay firmly grounded so I can rise up higher to create and recreate a new and better self.
Currently my collection is rooted in symbolism for protection and inspiration. I meet a lot of people from all over the world where I live, and everyone has a journey they are on both physically and metaphorically. In this collection I focused on using symbols connected to nature so that when people wear them they have a reminder to help them feel connected no matter where they are. They style is very rustic and earthy to reflect this.
I hope they feel inspired and touched deeply by whatever symbol resonates with them, and this has a positive effect on their lives by reminding them where their dreams and journey are leading them, and that this brings them joy and peace in their lives.
Chan Luu is a designer of jewelry and accessories. Originally from Vietnam, she moved to Boston in 1972 and started designing her own accessories in 1996. Her design style is bohemian and modern, classic and simple. She is recognized for her skill in combining organic shapes with contemporary ideas. Her collections are hand-made, unique, and wearable in any occasion. Chan Luu is known for her beautiful wrap bracelets which come in an array of colors, materials, and stones.
William Levine joined the wholesale diamond business in 1938. His family has continued that legacy launching a full line of fine jewelry. William Levine designs present a classic, timeless look. William Levine’s bracelets, necklaces, rings, and earrings are made from the finest materials, flawless diamonds, and precious stones.
Fana’s name is feminine and luxurious, yet blissful. Their designers strive to create classic, elegant pieces that capture your attention. Only the finest diamonds and precious stones are used in their handcrafted process that stresses the attention to detail. They hope each piece evokes happiness and a timeless feel.
Amáli was started by Sara Freedenfeld in the spring of 2006. She discovered her passion for making jewelry while travelling through South America. She learned methods of combining natural elements with knotted strings and strategies to link and mold metal. She utilized these new skills to create beautiful jewelry pieces.
Her designs draw inspiration from the natural landscapes she saw throughout her travels. Her jewelry line unites natural simplicity with the glamour of high fashion.
I grew up surrounded by cows and cornfields in rural New Jersey, and we weren’t allowed to watch TV or play video games. When we weren’t running around barefoot outside, my mother had creative projects for us to get involved with. My sister and I spent full summer days sitting on the back porch making art of some sort or another. When I started my business in 2007, I named my company Amáli after my grandmother, because she embodies the grace, sophistication, and strength that I want to see reflected not only in my designs but also the women who wear them.
After college, I worked as a community organizer with every intention of becoming a lawyer. When I wasn’t working, I was making jewelry for fun or as gifts. One day my boss sent me an email with a quote that struck a chord with me: ‘Don’t ask yourself what the world needs; ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go and do that…Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.’ I quit the next day. It gave me permission to choose a different kind of life than I had imagined possible for myself. Now I am so fortunate to be able to make a living doing what I love.
I find inspiration all over the place: natural landscapes, architecture, busy city streets, traveling. I am particularly inspired by vibrant textiles, which you can see throughout the collection. My pieces have a fabric-like sensibility, created by intricately weaving chains to create rich textures with a lot of movement.
It’s casually elegant, free-spirited, romantic, lighthearted, and worldly.
My goal is to cultivate customers that appreciate beautiful things, but are not hungry for symbols of wealth. I hope that my customers appreciate design and see jewelry no differently than the art they choose to display on the walls of their home.
When Bob and Rose-Marie first came to my booth in Las Vegas, it was like old friends of the family popped out of nowhere. They seemed as out-of-place as I always feel at the big fancy trade show, and this made me instantly feel comfortable with them. I can tell that their business is a labor of love for them so I am confident that the customers who buy my pieces are being treated right. I love getting random phone calls from Bob. His sense of humor is very familiar to me, and a welcome break from what can sometimes be a pretentious industry. My favorite is when he leaves me a voicemail that says simply “Bob Goodman.”
You can find the creative couple behind Zaffiro, Jack and Elizabeth Gualtieri, at their studio in Portland Oregon. Zaffiro jewelry is entirely unique because they utilize an ancient technique called granulation that first appeared over 4,000 years ago in the regions of Italy and Greece.
Granulation is a very detailed, decorative process that consists of applying miniature spheres of gold or platinum to a similar surface by heating the entire piece to a temperature high enough to form a permanent bond between the surface and the spheres. It can be a tricky decorative style because the temperature for the pieces to adhere must be just right.
Zaffiro’s collections reflect this unique process with their stunning textures and shapes.
While working in the retail industry I sensed a distinct lack of options for men’s jewelry. I started making rings in my garage in 2000, and we have now progressed to tens of thousands of style variations produced from scratch in our state-of-the-art facility. I enjoyed experimenting with different alternative metals starting with Titanium. We have now expanded to include Carbon Fiber, Damascus steel, and Mokume Gane to name a few. I wanted to give men not only more options, but extraordinary rings that they could customize to their unique taste.
I wanted to not only provide more options for men’s jewelry, but I wanted to create and customize rings to the customers’ exact specifications. We love it when our jewelers and their customers inspire us with their own ideas.
I enjoy our ever expanding potential when it comes to jewelry making and designing. It is a never ending creative process.
We hope to provide our customers and clients with the greatest value as well as pieces that are uniquely meaningful to them.
Sarah Graham has always been passionate about working with her hands, especially when she is using metals to make her jewelry. Her primary influences are nature and texture, expertly combining the two elements to create pieces that are unique, yet universal in their appeal.
Sarah partners with Robert Goodman Jewelers because of how personable and engaged we are. She can tell we share her passion for her jewelry and for the story behind each piece.
I was born and raised in Northern California, and have since lived all up and down the West Coast, as far south as San Diego and as far north as Portland, Oregon. I currently live in San Francisco and I run my jewelry design and manufacturing business out of my Dogpatch Neighborhood studio.
The idea of making some THING, with my hands and metal and fire…it’s all so tactile and satisfying! I had a jeweler do a little work for me when I was just out of college, and I couldn’t stop going back even after the project was done. I just wanted to learn more, and I wanted to do it myself! He ended up hiring me and giving my first bench lessons. I also love metal…I am fascinated especially by the dichotomy that is gold – how can something so dense and hard feel and look so rich and soft? It makes no sense, but I’m not the only one who would describe it as such.
Nature and texture are my primary influences. I am not big on color, I prefer a subtle palate that is super rich in detail, and I like to show people nature in ways they haven’t ever seen it before. For example, our Sea Urchin collection shows the teeth that urchins have when they are live, but most people don’t even know they have teeth because they fall out when the urchin dies.
My collection is an expression of not just my love of jewelry, but also of making things with my hands, and my interest in science and technology. I have always loved business as well, and this career lets me bounce around between all these facets of life.
I hope they feel engaged and learn something, perhaps about metals and jewelry, or perhaps about biology or history. I want them to be fascinated. The depth of the story behind each collection is limited only by my customer’s level of interest…I can go on and on about how I came to each design and what it means to me. I also hope it makes them feel not just beautiful, but unique, and that it makes them tap into their inner creativity. No one wears my jewelry who doesn’t have at least a little artist in them!
Mark Patterson founded his brand in 1985 in New York. Mark grew up in Southern California where he met his wife, Josette, while taking classes at the Gemological Institute of America (GIA). He is trained in traditional Swiss goldsmithing techniques.
By integrating new, modern touches into traditional design styles, Mark and his wife create truly unique and timeless jewelry that has been recognized throughout the industry.
Whitehouse Brothers was founded by Joseph C. and William H. Whitehouse in 1898 in Cincinnati, OH. In the 1920s Whitehouse Brothers had grown to become the largest manufacturing jeweler in America, employing over 100 craftsmen. Today, they continue to make beautiful Edwardian era vintage style engagement rings and wedding bands here in the USA.
Every Whitehouse Brothers piece of jewelry is manufactured using the die struck process with special handmade dies. The designs are created with pure platinum, gold, palladium and fine settings of diamonds and gemstones. The final product is a piece of jewelry that feels and appears like no other.
When you purchase a Zionsville class ring at Robert Goodman Jewelers a donation of $20 is made to the Zionsville Education Foundation (ZEF). ZEF is a non-profit organization dedicated to rewarding innovation in public education in the Zionsville community. Their mission is to provide funds that promote academic excellence through enhanced educational experiences and creative programs.
Jennifer Dawes launched her collection Jennifer Dawes Design in 2000 and has since evolved to become one of the main proponents of sustainable jewelry while also creating pieces that are magical to wear. Each piece combines her love of ancient civilizations with what is happening right now in culture and design. All her work is hand-made, fabricated and finished at her studio in rural Sonoma County, California.
Jennifer Dawes Design has also been utilizing Lazer Wolf diamonds since 2013. Lewis “Lazer” Wolf is one of the best, most internationally celebrated diamond cutters and has cut some of the most important diamonds in the world. His work on the Hope of Africa diamond and featured work in The Smithsonian are some of the most celebrated diamonds in the world. Lazer Wolf studies the rough diamond and cuts it the way it is meant to be cut. making the most of its natural beauty and giving it unparalleled fire and brilliance. His diamonds have a heritage and a story that starts in the mine and continues to the lucky finger that receives it. His philosophy is “perfectly imperfect” which is an excellent parallel to the design styles of Jennifer Dawes Designs.
I am originally from New York, right outside the city in a little town called Rye. I have been interested in art my whole life and dreamed about being a fashion designer. That dream changed when I touched metal for the first time. I knew I wanted to be a metalsmith/ jewelry designer since I was 18 years old.
The process of dreaming up an idea, building it and manifesting this idea into reality is a magical journey that gives me a great joy. I love what I do! I feel that I am one of the luckiest people on the planet.
There are so many things that influence me, but if I were to pinpoint it, I have a love for imperfect perfection. I love to see the history of an object through one’s hands and stories. As far as the design process I am very prolific as I am able to draw inspiration, build inspiration, and dream up inspiration.
My collection is a record of my explorations in design through time. I have about 18 different collections that I go back into and update and explore further.
I hope my customers fall in love! My collections are very dreamy. I want my customers to look down at their hands, wrist, ears and neck and swoon every time they see their piece.
I love working with family-owned stores! Robert Goodman is very progressive with their assortment of designers and work. JDD appeals to a younger demographic that I think Robert Goodman will enjoy. We look so forward to a flourishing relationship with them.
Judi Powers’ previous career in book publishing fueled her love of story. That love of creating narratives deeply influences her approach to making jewelry today. Each of her pieces is like a diary entry about a special experience, place, person, or moment. And, when you wear Judi Powers Jewelry, you’ll bring your story to it.
My name is Judi Powers and I grew up in southeastern Pennsylvania surrounded by farms, horses, and flowers. I moved to New York as a teenager and Brooklyn has been my home for about 15 years. I took my first jewelry-making class soon after September 11th and continued studying metalsmithing and jewelry making for 10 years. In 2012 my inner voice was screaming at me, “You need to become a jewelry designer (NOW!),” so I quit my long career in book publishing, enrolled as a full-time student at FIT, and earned my AAS degree in Jewelry Design. In fall 2013 I opened my doors and feel deeply fortunate to be living my dream.
I’ve always loved creative endeavors and how the arts connect us to one another. There’s something really intimate and personal about jewelry and about what we choose to adorn ourselves with. I get a huge rush when I make a connection to another person through my jewelry.
On a practical level, I wanted to affect positive change and creating my own jewelry brand allows me to do that. I work as sustainably as possible and use recycled and reclaimed precious metals and recycled and conflict-free diamonds. Most of the colored gemstones I use go from mine, to cutter, to me and are ethically sourced (meaning no child labor, healthcare and education are provided for employees, safe working conditions). I volunteer and mentor budding designers because I believe in giving back.
Most importantly, and perhaps selfishly, I became a jeweler because it gives me immeasurable joy.
My biggest influences are nature (flowers, anything found at the beach), art (specifically Dutch and Flemish renaissance paintings), and raw natural gemstones. I love softness and effortlessness: My jewelry conveys that through my cashmere finish and my clean sculptural designs.
I’ve often compared my collection to my diary. Each piece tells a story about a time, a place, a moment, or someone special to me. It also represents my trust in myself to pursue my passion and make a major life change and I imbue every piece I create with that same positive energy that drives me in everything I do.
As simple as it sounds, I hope customers will feel the love and care that went into making each piece.
I met Bob at the JCK show in Las Vegas. Our initial conversation wasn’t really about jewelry but about dignity, equality, and standing up for what’s right regardless of whether those choices might be financially difficult at times. It was intense and impassioned and I felt like I was talking with an old friend I hadn’t seen in awhile. The next day, Bob came back and made his selections, then he brought Rose-Marie and their son and daughter-in-law over to edit and add to it. It was such a special experience to collaborate with the whole Goodman family and I’m looking forward to visiting soon!
Joyful. Spiritual. Unique. Empowering. These words describe both Melissa Joy Manning and her designs. Melissa values social and environmental sustainability and ethical sourcing as top priorities. Her collection includes beautiful stones like turquoise, agate, opal, pearl and more.
Sakamoto is a third generation Japanese American who describes himself as a minimalist. His platinum and 18K yellow gold creations take on strongly sensual shapes and are feminine and masculine in form. The yin/yang qualities of the collections highlight duality, showing that even the most opposite of forces can compliment each other. Robert Goodman Jewelers is excited to carry this unique collection in store.
Born a third generation Japanese American in Seattle Washington, design and art was a something that captured my interest at a young age. Both my parents and two brothers, all have a keen sense of design aesthetic, especially my mother. One could say this was somewhat a way life in our household.
Drawing was one of my favorite pastimes at young age; my subjects included cars, homes, and boats. Once in high school, careers that interested me included industrial design, architecture, and graphics. Always knowing I wanted to design something, just not sure what. Ultimately, I chose graphic art for a major.
A graphic designer and very good friend of my older brother, whom I considered somewhat of a mentor while in college, made a phone call to his friend that owned a jewelry store to see if he was hiring. Soon I started working at the Jewelry store doing odd jobs.
This was a very unique jewelry store (really more like a gallery), which exclusively made one of kind pieces. The owner, knowing of my interest in design offered to teach me the techniques of jewelry making after hours when the store was closed for the day.
Five years at the store would ultimately lead me to Los Angeles and establish my own studio in an attempt to present my work to a larger audience beyond Seattle.
Awarded “New Designer of The Year “by the Jewelers of America soon followed, and being one of the first invited members of the American Jewelry Design Council, listed in JCK Top 100 designers are considered among my professional highlights.
If I had to describe my work in a few words it would be “architecturally inspired …….organic in spirit.” However, truthfully my complete environment influences and inspires me, and most definitely this includes my wife and children. I am sure my Japanese heritage also comes out in my work.
Design is a way of communicating to others, jewelry by chance happens to be my media to do this. It is my goal that the person wearing my work has a sense of who I am without even meeting me. Good design whether in nature or man-made, can take the viewer to another place, a spiritual place in its best form. To be able to bring joy to others and to connect with others through my work is the ultimate reward in my journey.
My relationship with the Goodman’s goes back to when I was just starting in the jewelry business with Robert’s father Raymond, when he was a member of the panel that voted me New Designer of the Year back in 1986. So it is a unique relationship, one that now introduces some of my work to the next generation thirty years later.
Carelle launched in New York City under the leadership of award winning jewelry designer Chana Regev. Her collections blend architectural edge with the stunningly simplistic for a truly modern-meets-masterpiece approach to luxury jewelry. Each unique piece is as fashion forward and dynamic as the Carelle woman herself. Carelle Jewelry is meticulously handcrafted using the world’s finest materials.
I grew up exposed to the jewelry industry. My entrepreneurial and fearless spirit motivated me to break boundaries/social norms and become the first, and only female, in my family to launch their own collections of designer jewelry.
I wanted to find an outlet to express my creativity. My background and exposure to the industry allowed the brand to develop naturally. Carelle was a way for me to convey my lifelong infatuation with brilliant colored stones and reveal their beauty in new ways. I create jewelry to highlight each gemstone and diamond’s unique properties transforming nature’s artifacts into wearable art. The process of dreaming up an idea, building it and manifesting this idea into reality is a magical journey that gives me a great joy. I love what I do! I feel that I am one of the luckiest people on the planet.
Growing up in Israel, Switzerland and Italy, I am drawn to different cultures, art and architecture. Each Carelle collection is a unique blend of architectural edge and simplicity for a truly modern-meets-masterpiece approach to luxury jewelry.
My collections mean so much to me. Not only is it an opportunity for me to create and see my designs come to life; it presents me with an ability to connect and communicate with people all over.
Each collection represents every person who is a part of this unique process, from the New York showroom, factory, and retail locations to the final customers. Jewelry is very meaningful; it is an honor to know that Carelle is a part of some of the most important moments in our clients’ lives.
We hope each purchase from the Carelle collection brings happiness and that the customer is educated on the quality and craftsmanship of their new piece. We hope this is a piece they plan to pass down for generations. In Carelle’s New York design studio, skilled artisans meticulously handcraft the collections. Every piece begins and ends with the stone that inspires the creation. Crystallized over millions of years deep within bedrock, precious gems have a light and life of their own, and Carelle prides itself in showcasing their personalities and attributes. Just as the value of a diamond is determined by its 4C’s, so Carelle is distinguished by its 4Q’s: Quality of design, Quality of material, Quality of workmanship, and Quality of finish – the four Qualities inherent in every Carelle piece.
Robert Goodman Jewelers’ prestigious reputation and valued name in the jewelry industry brought us to their doorsteps. Robert Goodman’s father was one of Carelle’s first Clients in the late 1970’s, back when Carelle only carried a few pieces in the line.
This January, Carelle became the first jewelry brand to be awarded with the “Made in NY” certification. “Made in NY” is an initiative by the City of New York and Economic Development Corporation. This certification recognizes that Carelle’s jewelry meets the highest standards of quality, design, craftsmanship and that its operations are fully based in New York City, helping artisan careers thrive in America.
“The Made in NY certification is a great honor for me and everyone at Carelle. New York City is nicknamed The City of Dreams for a reason, and we hope that our long standing efforts to help jewelry craftsmanship flourish locally can ensure that it continues to be a place of opportunity and prosperity.”- Chana Regev
London duo Emma Madden and Luke Shimell have been creating jewelry since 2010. Emma’s expertise in craft and conceptual design and Luke’s experience as a goldsmith enables them to create unique infusions of science and fashion in their jewelry collections.
If there is a specific Shimell and Madden design you would like to adapt, then don’t hesitate to let the Robert Goodman team know and we will be happy to accommodate it.
We first met working at an independent jewelers in a small coastal town called Torquay in the South West of the UK. It was there we discovered we had a shared passion for jewelry and appreciation of a similar aesthetic.
After Luke completed his technical training as a diamond mounter in Mayfair London, and Emma completed her conceptual studies in Art, Design and Metalwork, we combined our skills and knowledge and started creating jewelry collections together in 2010.
We both came to design jewellery because we enjoy the process of making and we wanted to design and create unique collections that use techniques and precious materials in an original way. We felt the items we imagined were not yet out there so we endeavoured to bring them to life.
Our particular aesthetic comes from our love of mathematics, architecture, scientific concepts, antiquity and pattern.
The majestic gold paired with classical geometry gives our collections an ancient quality within a contemporary design. What it means can not always be put into words but it is a feeling that we have discovered a unique language of our own that we have only just started to explore, which is really exciting.
Each piece from the collection has been designed to be timeless, we pay close attention to every detail from its structure to the finish to maximize its longevity. We would like our customers to connect with a piece on a level where their own imagination is sparked and their own story with it begin. We hope for our pieces to become future heirlooms and to be passed down through generations.
Our pieces were selected by the lovely Robert Goodman team upon meeting them when we travelled to America. We were immediately taken with Robert and his family’s genuine enthusiasm and affinity for our designs, which is the main thing we look for in a partner.
Nature inspires Conni Mainne, especially in the verdant environment of the California North Coast that she calls home. Her keen sense of grace and line and her affinity with sacred geometry are reflected in the lyrical forms she creates in 18k gold and a new sterling blend of silver and 5% platinum. Working out of her studio in Mendocino, the striking shapes found in botanicals, surf, nautilus, clouds, stars and moon infuse her work with a mystical quality of the natural world.