Sotheby’s Mounts a Sale of Jewelry by 21 Black Designers

Lola Oladunjoye, Johnny Nelson and Jacqueline Rabun will be among the participants in what the auction house describes as a first-of-its-kind event.

As Melanie Grant watched political unrest and a racial reckoning unfold through 2020, she felt a sense of despair and powerlessness. As a writer, art director and stylist at The Economist for 15 years, she felt a special concern, noting, “Everyone in the media was asking themselves what they could do.”

For Ms. Grant, a luxury editor with a particular interest in jewelry, the answer was expanding opportunities for Black creators of artful, limited-production jewelry and one-off items.

She took a cue from big-screen superheroes. “I had to assemble an

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