JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of July 15

Here’s everything you need to put on your calendar—and your radar—for the upcoming week. You’ve got major industry events to attend (or track on social media), from the JA New York show to the Women’s Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence gala. Plus, A riveting window on what it means to be wealthy in America, and we want to know: Are you in a lapis blue mood, too?

Have a great week!


JA New York: July 15–17

Merzatta rings
Ring with natural color diamond in 18k gold by husband-and-wife team Chris and Danielle Merzatta, who will be showing their work at JA New York’s New Designer Gallery

The summer edition of JA New York, held at the Javits Center in New York City, kicks off today and presents a great opportunity to see anyone you didn’t get to visit during the Las Vegas shows. Don’t miss “The Big Pitch,” held on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. This live-audience event, started by the late Cindy Edelstein, will offer emerging designers the opportunity to pitch their lines to a panel of industry experts, including Amy Lane, fine jewelry buyer at Bergdorf Goodman; Jeff Badler, owner of Maurice Badler; Jim DeMattei, owner of ViewPoint; and yours truly.

Women’s Jewelry Association Awards for Excellence: July 16

Nadja Swarovski
Nadja Swarovski, who will receive one of WJA’s four Visionary Awards 

On Monday, the Women’s Jewelry Association’s (WJA) annual Awards for Excellence gala will once again take place at Pier 60 on the Chelsea Piers in New York City. To mark the organization’s 35th anniversary, the WJA has streamlined the event to encompass four Visionary Awards that recognize individuals and organizations making a difference in the cause of women’s equality. This year’s recipients include Mercedes Abramo, president and CEO of Cartier North America; Caryl Capeci, president of Hearts On Fire; and Nadja Swarovski, the first female member of the executive board of Swarovski. The fourth Visionary Award will be given jointly to De Beers Group and U.N. Women.

American Gem Society’s Circle of Distinction: July 17

Stephen Lussier
Stephen Lussier will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

The American Gem Society’s annual Circle of Distinction dinner will be held at the Plaza hotel in New York City on Tuesday evening, where top honors will go to Signet Jewelers’ David Bouffard; the Diamond Council of America’s Terry Chandler; and Stephen Lussier, CEO of DeBeers’ Forevermark brand.

Look we’re loving: Laid-Back lapis

Laidback Lapis collage
From left: Shorts outfit, Paloma Blue; lapis pendant, Nina Nguyen; Crescent Moon lapis earrings, Andrea Fohrman; Triangle lapis earrings, Bassali Jewelry; handbag, Jacquemus; satin slide, No. 21


And in your downtime, may we suggest…

Generation Wealth documentary still
Photo courtesy of Amazon Studios/© Lauren Greenfield, all rights reserved

Generation Wealth, an Amazon Studios documentary directed by Lauren Greenfield, hits select theaters on July 20. You can access the trailer here.

(Top: Triangle lapis earrings, Bassali Jewelry)

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