Brecken Branstrator
Brecken Branstrator is the senior editor at National Jeweler. A graduate of University of North Carolina’s prestigious School of Media & Journalism, she began her career as a reporter and editor at a trade publication for the alcohol industry before joining National Jeweler in 2013. In her more than five years with the publication, Brecken has distinguished herself as one of the top reporters covering the colored gemstone market today. She has traveled extensively across the United States and internationally, visiting Tanzania, Kenya, Thailand and India to relay first-hand accounts of developments in responsible sourcing, mining, pricing and trends in the market.
Michael Thompson
An undisputed expert on the business of watches, Michael Thompson has reported on the watch world as editor-in-chief of International Watch since 2005. His passion for journalism began in high school and led him to the jewelry and watch industry in the late 1980s when he was hired as senior editor at JCK Magazine and then as watch editor at Professional Jeweler. Prior to this, Michael was editor at Security World, a trade publication that took him behind the scenes of NASA and Rockefeller Center among other assignments. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Hiram College and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University.
Will Kahn
Even after over a decade of jewelry editing and styling, Town & Country’s market & accessories director, Will Kahn, is fueled by his discovery of new designers and jewels. This curiosity and good taste is evident across the pages of Town & Country, where he edits the shopping pages, styles jewelry stories and dresses the occasional celebrity. His #willsnotebook posts on Instagram are among the most unique to hit the jewelry social media world, bringing his passion for fine jewelry to a new audience. Will spent seven years in the accessories and fashion department of W magazine and held positions at New York Magazine and Teen Vogue.