As we barrel toward Labor Day weekend, the jewelry events schedule remains light. Retailers in the New York area looking to explore diamond sourcing opportunities in India can get a taste of the experience at an exciting event in midtown Manhattan. Otherwise, take note of a couple of key deadlines for competitions and awards this week.
The Jewelry District Podcast, Episode 102 (ongoing)
On the latest episode of The Jewelry District, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates discuss the hottest fall trends, including the ongoing Barbie-fueled obsession with pink, chunky collar necklaces, and playful jewels inspired by childhood toys (think Rubik’s Cubes, robots, and all things ’80s). Equally newsworthy is the luxury world’s laser focus on bigger, better brick-and-mortar stores—a high-end land grab that belies the digital-first future predicted during the pandemic. Vic and Rob also talk about the recent sale of the International Gemological Institute and how the world’s most elite watch brands are tuning in to the hype-building power of hip-hop and electronic dance music.
India Event at New York Diamond Dealers Club: Aug. 21–24 (in person)
India Diamond Week kicks off tomorrow at the Diamond Dealers Club of New York. Expect to meet around 30 U.S.-based diamond dealers as well as some 20 India-based loose diamond, colored gemstone, and lab-grown dealers flying in for the occasion. Anyone interested in attending must fill out the DDC registration form.
Gem Awards Nominations: by Aug. 23 (online)
Jewelers of America is accepting nominations through Wednesday for the 22nd annual Gem Awards. The awards recognize outstanding achievements of individuals and companies whose work raises the visibility and status of fine jewelry and watches. Nominees in jewelry design, media, and retail excellence will be judged on their body of work from Jan. 1, 2023, through Dec. 31, 2023. Winners are revealed live at the Gem Awards ceremony on March 8, 2024.
BIJC “Together by Design” Competition: by Aug. 25 (online)
The Black in Jewelry Coalition is calling for entries to its Together by Design competition; the deadline is this Friday. Designers are asked to submit sketches for a bespoke engagement ring inspired by one couple’s love story. The winning designer will create the ring they designed with a 1.44 ct. fancy yellow diamond and platinum setting, with support from Platinum Guild International, and will receive a $5,000 cash prize and continuing education courses as well as industry and consumer media exposure.
Top: Pansy diamond, peridot, and 18k gold earrings, $6,100; Francesca Villa
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