Show season kicks off this week with two antiques buying fairs, one in Miami and the other in Manhattan. If you’re homebound, check out our highlighted podcasts, all of which are geared to help you start 2023 off right.
The Jewelry District Podcast, Episode 86 (ongoing)
In the latest episode of The Jewelry District, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates place some bets on which trends and tech developments will be most important for the jewelry industry in 2023. Some of the predictions they make include the end of the pandemic, a shakedown in the lab-grown space, growing demands for transparency of sustainability claims, and an increased reliance on AI.
The Plumb Club Podcast (ongoing)
The Plumb Club kicks off its 40th anniversary year with two podcasts dedicated to retailers. In “Lighting Is Essential to a Successful Jewelry Store,” Leslie McGwire, an award-winning interior designer and author who specializes in jewelry store design, provides tips on best in-case lighting, with an eye to helping listeners understand how the proper intensity of light impacts the merchandise and customer perception. Meanwhile, Oren Akhavan, operations manager for Ryan Gems, a second-generation family business, leads an episode focused on the “Rising Popularity in Colored Gemstones,” in which he details the reasons why the gemstone category is growing and how retailers can take advantage of the opportunities.
The Original Miami Beach Antique Show in Miami Beach, Fla.: Jan. 19–23 (in person)
The grand dame of antiques shows returns to the Miami Beach Convention Center this week. In addition to shopping the show’s many jewelry and timepiece vendors, be sure to save time to attend one of the many educational sessions on the agenda, including a Jan. 20 talk on the influence of art deco, a Jan. 21 discussion on collectible watches, and a Jan. 22 update on the colored stone market.
The Winter Show in New York City: Jan. 20–29 (in person)
For antique jewelry lovers who can’t make it to Miami Beach (see above), check out the 2023 edition of the Winter Show taking place at the Park Avenue Armory. As the premier art, antiques, and design fair in America, it will host many of the world’s top experts in the fine and decorative arts.
Top: Maxi Draper andradite garnet and mastodon fossil earrings in 18k yellow gold, $4,300; Rush Jewelry Design
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