JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of March 28


The big news this week? In-person events—such as the Taffin trunk show at Sotheby’s new gallery location at the Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach, Fla.—are slowly starting back up again (woo-hoo!). If, however, you’re not ready to leave the confines of your home, never fear. This week’s slate of online events includes helpful webinars on ethical sourcing and digital sales, not to mention a lively conversation about the drama of Georgian jewels.


#StopAsianHate Raffle: Ending March 28 (online)

Jennie Kwon Rings
Bid on these Jennie Kwon rings at Greenwich St. Jewelers to #StopAsianHate.

Greenwich St. Jewelers has partnered with designer Jennie Kwon to raffle a set of rings to benefit Asian Americans Advancing Justice and its advocacy for Asian American civil and human rights. ⁠⁠One raffle winner will receive the Emerald Diamond Dew Equilibrium ring and the Champagne Diamond Milli Band—valued at $1,930—made in their finger size.⁠⁠ The raffle ends tonight at the stroke of midnight. Enter on Instagram.


Taffin Trunk Show at Sotheby’s Palm Beach: Through March 31 (in person)

Taffin pink topaz ring
8.6 ct. pink topaz, half-moon diamond, white ceramic, platinum, and 18k rose gold ring; signed Taffin

If you’re planning to be in South Florida this week, you’ve got a few days to catch haute jewelry designer James Taffin at Sotheby’s Palm Beach before he heads back to the Big Apple. The designer is known for pairing important diamonds and colored stones with unexpected materials, such as ceramic, in stark, iconoclastic settings that feel at once luxurious and rebellious.


WJA Webinar on How to Build a Responsible Jewelry Practice—Colored Gemstones: March 30, 5:30 p.m. ET (online)

WJA Cristina VillegasEthical gold and gemstone sourcing expert Cristina M. Villegas leads a WJA webinar titled “Responsible Jewelry Practice: Colored Gemstones.” For anyone just starting their responsible sourcing journey, this session will enlighten you on how gems get from mine to market, and how the people who make up the gemstone supply chain are affected along the way.

JPDN Spotlight on Donna Distefano: March 30, 6:30 p.m. ET (online)

Donna Distefano
Donna Distefano

The Jewelry Design Professionals Network spotlights designer Donna Distefano in part two of its “Trailblazing Women” series. The virtual event will provide a glimpse into how the artist and master goldsmith’s love for medieval art and literature has shaped her career.

Gemflix Conversation About Georgian Jewels: March 31, 12 p.m. ET (online)

Simon Teakle Georgian Jewelry
Georgian paste parure, circa 1760; Simon Teakle Fine Jewelry

For Gemflix’s ongoing “Gem XX Series: Celebrating Strong Women in Jewelry,” Christine Cheng, gallery director of Simon Teakle, and Emily Satloff, founder of Larkspur & Hawk, use the steamy Netflix period drama Bridgerton as a jumping off point to discuss “Regency Romance and Georgian Jewels.” The conversation, which takes place on Zoom, will touch on the chandelier earrings and feminine motifs that characterized the era’s ornate jewels. Swoon!

Jewelers Circle Webinar on Increasing Sales Through Digital: April 1, 10 a.m. ET (online)

Katerina Perez Jen Cullen Williams
Katerina Perez (l.) and Jen Cullen Williams

Learn how to elevate your digital presence to increase sales during this live discussion between influencer and educator Katerina Perez and communications consultant Jen Cullen Williams. The women will discuss the building blocks of digital success, including photography, image styling, social media, online social etiquette, and how to turn messaging into selling opportunities. If you’ve always wondered how to sell on Instagram, here’s your opportunity to learn from the best.

Top: 16-inch handcrafted Tourmaline Kelp necklace in 14k gold, $1,095; Judi Powers Jewelry

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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