JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of April 5

While JCK‘s editors are making COVID-19-related breaking news and blog content available to you on a daily basis (which includes updates on on all the many unfortunate show and event cancellations), our Sunday newsletter will focus on things to lift our community up and bring us closer together (virtually, of course).

We’ve got a long list of ways to keep busy while quarantined in your home office (or on your couch) that we think will be of particular interest to jewelry pros, whether it’s tuning in to an Instagram TV series, boning up on your knowledge of gems and jewelry, listening to an informative or entertaining podcast, or strategizing with your peers about what to do next and now, or more formally via organized events on Zoom  (or Houseparty, as the case may be).

Our plan is to bring you a curated list of these ideas and virtual this and thats every Sunday. So without further ado, here’s what’s happening this week, starting with a little retail therapy.


Doyle Jewelry Online Auction: Through April 14

Doyle Tiffany butterfly pendant
Butterfly necklace in 18k gold with diamonds, Angela Cummings for Tiffany & Co. from 1982

Bidding for Doyle’s Jewelry Online auction started on Thursday, but you have lots of time to consider the more than 200 lots of gold jewelry and colorful pieces—and maybe swoop in on something by Cartier, Tiffany & Co., or Bulgari for a great deal at the last minute. Especially since most estimates are under $2,000.

Women’s Jewelry Association Los Angeles Zoom Event: April 6, 4–6 p.m. PDT

WJA Los Angeles board meeting photo
The WJA Los Angeles chapter, pre-pandemic. This photo via: @wjalosangeles is from a board meeting in January.

Called Wine. Mastermind. Online, this private Zoom meeting invites WJA members to share a business challenge/opportunity and ask for whatever support he or she would like on that topic. Says chapter copresident Lena Agdere of Lord Jewelry, “We want to bring value to our membership, create connection and support. We are all in this together, so we are doing our part to keep our community engaged and connected.” There is a $20 fee to participate, but sales will go toward the annual WJA Member Grant.

Free Books From the GIA’s Cartier Rare Book Repository and Archives: Ongoing

GIA Frederick Kunz book
The Curious Lore of Precious Stones, by George Frederick Kunz, was published in 1913 by J.B. Lippincott Co. and can be read in its entirety here.

The Gemological Institute of America has a number of gratis resources available to the jewelry community. One of these is the opportunity to read important books on gemology, mineralogy, gems, and jewelry in its extensive digital collection of rare and historic books.

Jewelry Navigator Podcast, “Coping With the COVID-19 Crisis” With Dana Busch: Ongoing

Jewelry Navigator podcast
Hosted by Brenna Pakes, this Jewelry Navigator podcast episode features jewelry designer Dana Busch, who also happens to be a clinical psychologist.

The anxiety and uncertainty that many of us are feeling is taking its toll, and some self-care is in order. Enter Dana Busch, a jewelry designer recently featured on JCK‘s All That Glitters blog who is also a clinical psychologist. Last week, Busch spoke with Brenna Pakes on her Jewelry Navigator podcast, but you can listen to it here any time you need to hear words of encouragement or a comforting sense that you are not alone.

(Listeners can also find the Jewelry Navigator podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and Google Play Music.) More episodes with a similar focus, also with Busch as the featured guest, are planned to air throughout the month.

Top: Passover starts Wednesday, and we know some of your seders will be smaller this year, but everyone at JCK sends best wishes for a healing, happy celebration with loved ones (artwork by Lisa Bayer of @sketchnyc).

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Amy Elliott

JCK Contributing Editor

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