JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of July 18


Summer has us dreaming about the seaside. What we wouldn’t give to teleport to East Hampton and Nantucket this week, and not just to bask in the sun. Both vacation destinations are hosting special jewelry events. On the Left Coast, a Bonhams sale features bejeweled treasures owned or made by two midcentury legends. And finally, get your dose of summer school at JA’s third annual national convention dedicated to jewelry issues new and next, taking place virtually, of course.


Nina Runsdorf Jewels at Sotheby’s East Hampton: Through July 18 (in person)

Nina Runsdorf link bracelet
All That Is bracelet in 18k yellow and white gold with 0.9 ct. radiant-cut diamond, price on request; Nina Runsdorf

If your summer travels happen to take you to the Hamptons this week, don’t miss seeing designer Nina Runsdorf’s work on view at Sotheby’s East Hampton through July 18. Runsdorf’s signature Flip ring will be on display, along with new works developed specifically for the exhibition, including a 113 ct. emerald necklace and select pieces from Runsdorf’s everyday-wearable All That Is collection.

Emerald Education Talk and Luncheon: July 22, 12:30 p.m. ET at the Westmoor Club on Nantucket (in person)

Emeralds on Leaf
(Photo courtesy of Muzo)

And if your summer travels take you to Nantucket this week, Muzo’s Gabriella Harvey and The Vault Nantucket’s Katherine Jetter talk all things emerald with moderator Holly Ruth Finigan at the Westmoor Club. And there will be lunch to boot! RSVP to info@katherinejetter.com. Plus-ones welcome!


Bonhams’ California Jewels Auction: July 20, 10 a.m. PT (in person and online)

Art Smith Hoop Earrings
Sterling silver ear clips by Art Smith; est. $1,500–$2,000

A rare collection of jewels owned by Sammy Davis Jr., including a fancy brown diamond ring (estimated at $7,000 to $9,000) that he was frequently photographed wearing while performing, is going on the block this week at Bonhams’ California Jewels sale. The same sale also features six pieces by leading midcentury modern jeweler Art Smith from a single collector who recalls her mother befriending the Afro-Cuban artist in the late 1940s. “All of Mom’s pieces were either purchased by her from Art Smith, by my father as a gift for my mother, or were a gift from Art Smith to my mother,” the collector said in a statement. “Her choices were sculptural, elegant pieces of art, ahead of their time, and timeless statement pieces designed to be worn every day.”


Jewelers of America’s Virtual National Convention: Opens July 19 (online)

Marilyn Sherman
Marilyn Sherman

Jewelers of America is hosting its third annual JA National Convention July 19–20 virtually. Themed “Coming Into Focus,” the education-centric executive forum, free and open to all employees of JA member stores, will begin with a keynote presentation by Marilyn Sherman titled “Back to the New Future: Front-Row Strategies for Success.” The two-day affair will also feature information-rich breakout presentations, interactive networking opportunities, and more.

CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry Voices Webinar: July 22, 9 a.m. ET (online)

CIBJO speakers
Clockwise from top left: Tyler Harris, Mahiar Borhanjoo, Mithun Sacheti, and Alan Chan

The season finale of CIBJO’s Jewellery Industry Voices Webinar, entitled “Digital Strategies: Navigating Jewellery’s Most Promising Frontier,” will look at alternative approaches for doing business online. The expert panelists include Tyler Harris, associate Partner at McKinsey & Co.; Mahiar Borhanjoo, CEO of UNI Diamonds; Alan Chan, general manager of the Group Branding Centre of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery; and Mithun Sacheti, founder and managing director of CaratLane, India’s largest omnichannel jeweler.

WJA Webinar on Essentials to Public Speaking: July 22, 7 p.m. ET (online)

WJA July 22WJA NY Metro immediate past president Eve Streicker leads a session on public speaking, sharing tips and tricks to confidently sharpen your skills. Following the presentation, prepare to join a group discussion to encourage peer mentorship in the NY Metro chapter and network!

Top: Couture pendant in platinum with 1.25 cts. t.w. Passion Ruby and 0.75 ct. t.w. Vanilla Diamonds, $10,497; Le Vian

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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