It’s another slow week in jewelry land. If you’re in or near the Hamptons on Friday, a Sotheby’s selling exhibition and a screening of a controversial diamond documentary are the hot tickets. And if you’re an appraiser (or even if you’re not), don’t miss NAJA’s virtual education conference, which is chock-full of sessions on all the most relevant jewelry topics. For podcast junkies, cue up the latest episode of JCK’s The Jewelry District. And stay cool!
The Jewelry District Podcast, Episode 75 (ongoing)
In the latest episode of The Jewelry District, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates discuss the recent decline in secondary market prices for certain coveted watch models, the forbidding cost of entering the jewelry business, and an early look at Nothing Lasts Forever, a diamond documentary debuting on Showtime in September (see screening item below).
Cora Sheibani x Sotheby’s East Hampton Selling Exhibition: Opens Aug. 11 (in person)
A selling exhibition of Cora Sheibani’s new “Pottering Around” jewelry collection opens at Sotheby’s East Hampton gallery on Thursday. Inspired by Sheibani’s gardening efforts during the lockdowns of 2020, when she found herself “pottering around” her mini garden, the collection of potted plant rings and hanging plant earrings debuted in London last September. The pieces are being shown in the United States for the first time, and will be on sale through Aug. 21.
Nothing Lasts Forever Documentary Screening: Aug. 12, 7 p.m. ET (in person)
The Hamptons International Film Festival’s SummerDocs series continues this week with a screening of Nothing Lasts Forever at the Regal UA East Hampton. Directed by Jason Kohn, the doc tackles the mined vs. lab-grown diamond debate. Featuring Martin Rapaport, gemologist Dusan Simic, author Aja Raden, and other industry personalities, the film is “clearly more hostile to natural diamonds, but it belittles lab-growns, too,” Rob writes in his review.
NAJA’s Virtual Mid-Year Conference: Aug. 13–14 (online)
The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers (NAJA) holds its 58th Annual Mid-Year Education Conference virtually over the weekend, with programming running from 12 to 4 p.m. ET on both Saturday and Sunday. Topics of discussion include pricing and value in the secondary watch market, an appraiser’s approach to mined vs. lab-grown diamonds, and the world of Australian opal. $150 for NAJA members, $250 for non-members
Top: Storm black spinel and white sapphire hoop in 14k yellow gold, $265, Tessa black spinel and white sapphire hoop in 14k yellow gold, $315 (each sold separately); Aurelie Gi
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