was born in New York into a family of artists, designers, musicians, naturalists and inventors. Surrounded by a fertile environment of creativity, Jordan started making jewelry for family members by the age of four. Throughout his early years, Jordan was recognized as a prodigious creative talent. His devotion to the interrelated fields of music, sculpture and design was manifested at every level of education, forming a unique background for the fine jewelry collections he produces from his New York City studio. In the years before art school, Jordan pursued his passion for design and continued an intensive study of jewelry and art, ultimately enrolling in New York's Cooper Union School of Art to obtain a degree in sculpture.
While producing sculpture installations at Cooper Union, Jordan simultaneously developed a collection of furniture, a collection of porcelain dinnerware, and an ambitious collection of wearable works of art, which reflected his inspired, sculptural themes and an innovative approach to the materials and mechanics of jewelry design. It was this collection that was presented at the premier gallery for jewelry, Artwear, in 1990, inspiring a comprehensive response from the fashion press and relationships with the most prestigious retailers worldwide.
Jordan Schlanger is now a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) and of the International Jewelry Design Guild. His work appears regularly in magazines such as Vogue and In Style. He has been personally photographed and interviewed for Vogue magazine and Women's Wear Daily, and has appeared live on CNN. His jewelry is collected by celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Tina Turner, Courtney Love, Joan Collins, Uma Thurman, Halle Berry, Susan Lucci, Jane Pauley, Katie Couric, Judy Bloom, Carol Burnett, Stephen Tyler, Mia Farrow, Mike Myers and others. His work is worn by prominent news anchors and appears in films and television productions, most recently 'Sex and the City'. Jordan has collaborated with fashion designers Donna Karan, Mark Eisen and Han Feng.
Jordan Schlanger's fine jewelry collections focus on the classic. Powerfully inspired by nature, Jordan draws from his years of sculpture and design to create exquisitely crafted fine jewelry that is meticulously engineered. Whether organic and gestural, bold and sleek, or subtle and reductive, Jordan's unique approach to metal, materials and form has expanded the possibilities of jewelry design, allowing for a new aesthetic freedom and an entirely enhanced consideration of the needs and desires of the wearer. His quest for the highest quality, technical innovation and truly inspired, classic design seeks to imbue natural forms with the touch and gesture that is sensitive to the wearer's body, eye and spirit. Each piece reflects his philosophy that design is a form of communication and that jewelry is the most permanent, personal and tactile form of design.