JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of July 16


There’s a little something for everyone this week, from a gold and diamond conference in NYC tackling major industry topics, to an auction in Southern California, to a new book about a wildly inventive jeweler and a fresh Jewelry District podcast. Happy summering!


The Jewelry District Podcast, Episode 99 (ongoing)

On the latest episode of The Jewelry District, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates talk with Jeffery Bolling of Colorado-based Jeffery B. Jewelers about his newest venture, KuQala Diamonds, and his journey from serving in the U.S. Army to selling diamonds to becoming Colorado’s only Black–owned full-service fine jeweler. Bolling (above) discusses his commitment to sourcing diamonds responsibly from companies owned by Black Africans, selling stones cut by Black African cutters, and leveraging his position and expertise to encourage greater diversity in the jewelry industry.


IAC Gold & Diamond Conference in NYC: July 17–19 (in person and online)

Women of the IAC conferenceInitiatives in Art and Culture is staging its 13th annual International Gold & Diamond Conference this week at Bohemian National Hall on East 73rd Street in New York. The event will address the topics of artisanry and responsible practice—what roles do they play in achieving jewelry, diamond, and precious metal sector goals for 2030? The agenda includes a Tuesday session on “achieving transparency in a transformational age,” moderated by JCK’s own Rob Bates and featuring David Block, CEO of Sarine; Allison Charalambous, vice president of responsible sourcing and sustainability at Brilliant Earth; and Sara Yood, deputy general counsel for the Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Tickets start at $109.

MJSA Webinar on Non-Precious Metals: July 20, 1 p.m. ET (online)

MJSA Webinar July 23The Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) is holding a webinar this week to provide insights into recent improvements in plating technology and what they mean for fine jewelry customers. The panel discussion will touch on how jewelry styles—and rules!—are changing, and the role that base metals and plating can play in today’s fine jewelry landscape.


Bonhams California Jewels Sale in L.A.: July 18, 12 p.m. PT (in person and online)

JAR pink titanium earrings
JAR pink titanium earrings; estimate $2,000–$3,000

Bonhams is hosting the latest edition of its California Jewels sale at its Los Angeles outpost on Tuesday. Comprising over 320 lots, the auction will include both contemporary and vintage jewels, many of them signed pieces from prominent private estates and treasures from the art deco period (including a 1925 carved agate desk clock by Cartier).


Lydia Courteille: A Jeweller’s Odyssey by Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld

lydia courteille cleopatra mark antony earrings
Cleopatre and Marc Antoine transformable earrings in 18k gold with enamel portraits, 0.02 ct. t.w. rubies, 1.66 cts. t.w. orange sapphires, 5.06 cts. t.w. pink sapphires, 5.29 cts. t.w. fire opals, and 31.79 cts. t.w. morganite, price on request; Lydia Courteille

A new book, Lydia Courteille: A Jeweller’s Odyssey, by author and jewelry expert Juliet Weir-de La Rochefoucauld celebrates the Parisian jeweler, gemologist, and designer, best known for creating wildly elaborate collections inspired by her global travels. The book details Courteille’s 40 years of innovation and the female figures—including Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great—who have inspired her.

Top: Raindrop ruby ring in 18k white gold with pear and round diamonds and 4.56 ct. pear-shape Mozambique ruby, $116,500; Harakh

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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