JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week Of Jan. 29


It’s Tucson time! The gem shows have already kicked off in the Arizona desert, but this week is when the trade’s heavy hitters open for business. We’ve highlighted the key events on the calendar, though it’s next to impossible to cover all of them (such as the Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association’s invite-only awards gala on Thursday, Feb. 2). For anyone remaining in New York City, don’t miss the tribute to jewelry visionary Daniel Brush tomorrow night.


Tribute to Daniel Brush in New York City: Jan. 30, 6 p.m. ET (in person)

Daniel Brush Ten Butterfly Box
Ten Butterfly Box by Daniel Brush

L’École, the School of Jewelry Arts supported by Van Cleef & Arpels, is hosting a tribute to the artist, poet, and metalsmith Daniel Brush at the Morgan Library. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., and at 6:30, Spencer Bailey, cofounder of the Slowdown, will moderate a conversation between the curator, author, and historian Glenn Adamson and Vivienne Becker, jewelry historian and contributing editor to the Financial Times, focusing on Brush’s immense oeuvre.

Ethical Gem Fair in Tucson: Through Jan. 31 (in person)

Virtu Gem cabochons
Cabochon-cut stones from Virtu Gem

The Ethical Gem Suppliers collective returns to Tucson this month for a four-day run at the Scottish Rite Cathedral. Shop for sapphires, tourmalines, and other fine gems produced by artisanal miners and brought to market through transparent and traceable supply chains. Just don’t forget to register.

AGTA GemFair and GJX in Tucson: Opening Jan. 31 (in person)

Parle boulder opal necklace
14k yellow gold Australian boulder opal and diamond necklace from AGTA exhibitor Parlé ($4,245)
Remy Rotenier
Rémy Rotenier

Dozens of gem shows are opening this weekend across Tucson, but two of the biggest and most significant for the trade—the AGTA GemFair and the GJX show, aka “The Tent”—open on Tuesday (and close on Feb. 5). Check out the full Tucson calendar, and start plotting your schedule accordingly. (Hint: Don’t miss the educational sessions at AGTA or the MJSA seminar schedule, including a Friday session on how to draw pearls by designer Rémy Rotenier.)

Day and Night at the Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum: Feb. 4 (in person)

Alfie museum in Tucson
University of Arizona Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum (photo courtesy of Victoria Gomelsky)

The Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum is hosting a day at the museum to inspire and connect with friends in the gem and mineral communities, starting at 9:30 a.m. MT. Throughout the day, free seminars (many of which are already booked out) will cover topics such as the Chivor Emerald Mine and Montana sapphires. At night, the GIA Alumni Collective will celebrate under the stars in the museum’s courtyard. Purchase tickets for $65 and register here.

Top: 18k white gold ring with 4.1 ct. oval color-change garnet, 1.15 cts. t.w. color-change garnets, and 0.76 ct. t.w. diamonds, $10,351; Yael Designs

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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