JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of Jan. 24

If the breadth and diversity of online events available to members of the jewelry industry this month is any indication, 2021 is poised to keep us glued to our screens. This week’s online gatherings range from celebratory to educational, but they all share one thing in common: an inspirational enthusiasm for the wide world of jewelry and all the fascinating people who call it home.


The Mark Schonwetter Holocaust Education Foundation Gala: Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. ET (virtual)

Mark Schonwetter
Mark Schonwetter

The foundation, which raises money to expand and support Holocaust education for students around the country, is honoring its namesake, Mark Schonwetter, with the Voice of Kindness Award at its annual gala on Jan. 26. The former owner and retired president of the New Jersey–based wedding and engagement ring manufacturer Lieberfarb is a Holocaust survivor. Since retiring from the jewelry business in 2017, Schonwetter has made it his mission to share his story.

Jewelry Detectives’ “The Mystery of the Indian Necklace”: Jan. 28 at 5:30 p.m. ET (virtual)

Indian Necklace
Indian painted miniature necklace in gold cannetille mounts, circa 1840

Jan Krulick-Belin is a jewelry and art historian who moonlights as a “jewelry detective.” Join her on the latest installment of her virtual storytelling series, as she searches for clues about the origin and history of an item in her jewelry box: a gold and painted miniature necklace made in India in the 1840s.

Jewelry Design Professionals Network Friday Night Live: Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. ET (virtual)

lapis aqua necklaces
Tess Sholom’s Naiad necklace in 22k gold with black opal and lapis beads (photo: Chad Johnson) and Byzantium necklace in 22k gold with aquamarine (photo: Bob Krasner)

The JDPN’s member spotlight falls on goldsmith Tess Sholom, an artist who creates one-of-a-kind 22k gold jewels. In this session, she offers a tour of her studio in New York City, and a glimpse of her gilded artisanry.

NAJA Winter Virtual Education Conference: Jan. 30–31, 12–4 p.m. ET (virtual)

Clare Blatherwick Eric Braunwart Jill Burgum
Clare Blatherwick, Eric Braunwart, and Jill Burgum (from left)

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers’ “Not the Tucson” winter conference brings together the biggest names in the gemstone, jewelry, and appraisal worlds—including responsible sourcing pioneer Eric Braunwart, auctioneer Jill Burgum, and jewelry consultant Clare Blatherwick—for a 360-degree view of the jewelry market circa 2021.



Rolex 24 at Daytona: Jan. 30 at 3:30 p.m. ET (NBC)

 Eric Lux
Eric Lux

Experience the 59th Rolex 24 at Daytona vicariously through fellow jeweler Eric Lux, vice president of Rembrandt Charms, as he competes in the historic race for the 11th time, his first as a member of team DragonSpeed.

Top: A costume jewelry mother lode from the estate of Mrs. Henry Ford II—including the Chanel set featured above—goes on the block at Doyle on Jan. 25. A sale to watch, faux sure! (Photo courtesy of Doyle)


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