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24 Karat Weekend Staying in March for 2023


The jewelry industry’s annual 24 Karat Weekend will be held in March again in 2023, Jeffrey Cohen, president of the 24 Karat Club of New York, confirmed to JCK.

The glitzy two-day weekend schmooze-fest—built around the annual Saturday night banquet of the 24 Karat Club—has traditionally been held the second weekend in January, as a way to kick off the next year.

But in 2022, the four main events were postponed until March, because of the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

As fate would have it, the new dates proved popular. 24 Karat Club members have decided to hold 2023’s event on March 18 at Cipriani South Street, the site of 2022’s event.

“As the lead industry event for the year, the timing was just good for everyone,” Cohen says. “Everyone this year was very happy with the event and the venue. They said it was the best banquet we have had in years.”

Plans beyond next year have not been decided, he says.

The move of the 24 Karat Club means that the three events that occur on that same weekend are moving too.

Jewelers of America has already announced that its Gem Awards will be held Friday, March 17, 2023, at Cipriani New York. The Jewelers’ Security Alliance will be holding its annual luncheon on Saturday, March 18, 2023, at the New York Yacht Club, says president John Kennedy. The Jewelers Vigilance Committee is also moving its annual luncheon to March 17, according to president and CEO Tiffany Stevens.

None of the groups held physical events in 2021, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 24 Karat Club banquet has traditionally been held at the Waldorf Astoria, but that venue has been closed for renovations since 2017 and is not expected to reopen until next year.

Top: A previous 24 Karat Club banquet (photo courtesy of the 24 Karat Club of New York)

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By: Rob Bates

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