JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of Feb. 21


The intersection of jewelry and art is getting crowded this week. Between the 92Y’s ongoing series of conversations with high-profile creators, Initiatives in Art and Culture’s discussion about “jewelry as art and impulse,” and the Jewelry Design Professionals’ Network’s spotlight on designer Alison Nagasue, prepare for some heady discussions. But that’s not all—this week also brings some helpful seminars on building an effective website and responsible gold sourcing. Ready, set, join!


The Jewelry District, Episode 38: Ongoing

Demantoid crystals
Demantoid crystals on matrix (left) and rough cut demantoid garnets (photos courtesy of Prosperity Earth)

In the latest episode of JCK’s The Jewelry District podcast, editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates speak to John Ferry, the founder and CEO of Prosperity Earth, about how he ended up mining demantoid garnets in Madagascar, and how the company plans to market its value-added gems in the U.S.


An Intimate Conversation With Wallace Chan: Feb. 23 at 1 p.m. ET, $20 (online)

Wallace Chan Mind Puzzle
Mind Puzzle brooch by Wallace Chan, 2019, with yellow diamond, lapis lazuli, amethyst, opal, diamond, blue topaz, ametrine, pearl, sapphire, and tsavorite garnet in Wallace Chan Porcelain and titanium

The inimitable jewelry creator Wallace Chan talks to writer and editor Anthony De Marco about his far-reaching achievements in the world of jewelry arts, including his mastery of gem carving, his innovative use of titanium in high jewelry, and his creation of Wallace Chan Porcelain, a material five times stronger than steel. Tickets for the talk, which is organized by the 92Y Jewelry Center and the Accessories Council, are available here.

A WJA Conversation About Responsible Gold Sourcing: Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. ET (online)

WJA Christina MillerThe New York Metro Chapter of the Women’s Jewelry Association is hosting a conversation about responsible gold sourcing with sustainability consultant Christina T. Miller. If you’re wondering how to begin a responsible jewelry practice, this talk is for you.

IAC Conversation—Jewelry as Art and Impulse: Feb. 24 at 12:15 p.m. ET (online)

Art and Impulse
John Moore, Melanie Grant, Robert Lee Morris, and Lisa Koenigsberg (from left)

Initiatives in Art and Culture founder Lisa Koenigsberg moderates a conversation with sculptor-jeweler Robert Lee Morris, author Melanie Grant, and jewelry artist John Moore about “Jewelry as Art and Impulse.”

92Y Talk With Castro Smith: Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. ET, $10 (online)

Castro Smith
Castro Smith (photo courtesy of Sarabande)

Jonathan Wahl, director of the 92Y Jewelry Center, continues his virtual conversations with contemporary jewelers with London-based Castro Smith, a master engraver known for making rings using historical metalsmithing techniques. Check back every Sunday through mid-March for info about upcoming guests. Each talk is $10, or subscribe to the series of six for $50.

JA Webinar on Planning Your Website: Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. ET

Charles Della Sala
Charles Della Sala

Part of Jewelers of America’s ongoing Digital Academy Series, the session “How to Make Your Website Work for You” promises to demystify the entire digital experience. Featuring experts from BrandRep and the website builder Wix and moderated by Charles Della Sala, director of marketing and sales at BrandRep, the session will cover usability, e-commerce, social media, advertising, live chat, and more.

JDPN Member Spotlight With Alison Nagasue: Feb. 26 at 5 p.m. ET (online)

Alison Nagasue
Alison Nagasue

The Jewelry Design Professionals’ Network devotes its latest member spotlight to Alison Nagasue, whose award-winning Gingko collection is part of a body of work exploring themes of nature.

Top: Truth ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.5 ct. t.w. diamond pavé; $7,035; Lorraine West

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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