JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of July 26

This week, a chance to party (sort of!) with the Women’s Jewelry Association, get some culture (as in, pearls), seize a golden opportunity regarding ethical mining and sourcing, help register people to vote, support our canine friends in Naples, Fla., and more. Plus: Be sure to make time for a special shopping event if you’re headed to Rehoboth Beach, Del., next weekend…


WJA 2020 Awards for Excellence: July 27 at 7 p.m. ET

Nicole Taylor at WJA event
Event speakers include Nicole Taylor (above), a diversity, equity, and inclusion consultant and director of the international women’s nonprofit Changemaker Chats.

The Women’s Jewelry Association’s annual soiree will be a virtual affair this year and will be a celebration of the organization and the positive outcomes of its programming and membership activities. “Leading Through Transformation” is the theme, with Dolly Meese and Jim Hemerling, dynamic leaders from Boston Consulting Group, delivering the keynote address. An expert-led live conversation on diversity, equity, equality, and inclusion will conclude the event, and the 2021 nominees for excellence will also be announced. Purchase tickets here.


“Freshwater Cultured Pearls” Webinar: July 28 at 9 a.m. ET

Pearl webinar
(Image via @pearlparadise_official)

Hosted by Rui Galopim de Carvalho FGA DGA and supported by CIBJO—The World Jewellery Confederation, this webinar dives into the world of cultured freshwater pearls with the help of Jeremy Shepherd, CEO of Pearl Paradise and creator of the Pearls as One online course for jewelry professionals. Register here.

“Responsible Sourcing of Gold and Diamonds in a Post-COVID-19 World” Webinar: July 29 at 12:15 p.m. ET

Responsible Gold Sourcing webinar
Speakers include Edward Asscher, Pamela Fierst-Walsh, Lester Friedlander, Norman Mukwakwami, Tiffany Stevens, and the moderator is Iris Van der Veken, executive director of the Responsible Jewellery Council

Hosted by the Initiatives in Art and Culture and sponsored by De Beers, this webinar will explore how exploitation and criminality can be prevented across the gold and diamond supply chains and accountability and transparency ensured. You can register here, where you’ll also learn about the participating speakers, among them Edward Asscher, president of the World Diamond Council, and Tiffany Stevens, president and CEO of the Jewelers  a.Vigilance Committee.

“Global Perspectives for the Future of the Natural Diamond Industry” Webinar: July 30 at 11  a.m. ET

Diamonds Do Good logo

The first in a series of virtual gatherings hosted by Diamonds Do Good, a global nonprofit organization that supports initiatives that develop and empower people in diamond communities worldwide, will convene viewpoints from De Beers’ Bruce Cleaver, Signet’s Gina Drosos, Alrosa’s Sergey Ivanov, Rosy Blue’s Russell Mehta and Chow Tai Fook’s Kent Wong. Diamonds Do Good co-founder and civil rights advocate Dr. Benjamin Chavis will give opening remarks. Register for this live interactive event here.


Stella and Bow x I Am a Voter Necklace: On Sale July 26 

Stella and Bow voter necklace
Voter necklace (also available in gold vermeil), $65; Stella and Bow. Those who purchase the necklace and are inspired by the cause are encouraged to post their necklace on social media with the following caption: Text VOTER to 26797 to register and receive all your election reminders and polling location. #registerafriendday #iamavoter #stellaandbow

This limited-edition necklace launches today, with a portion of proceeds benefiting I am a voter, a nonpartisan movement that aims to create a cultural shift around voting and civic engagement by promoting a central truth: Democracy works best when we all participate.

Buddha Mama Virtual Trunk Show at Marissa Collections: July 28 at 11 a.m. ET

buddha mama LOVE necklace
Love necklace with agate, pink sapphires, diamonds, and enamel in 20k yellow gold, $64,000; Buddha Mama

Head over to @marissanaples at the appointed hour to see a live presentation of Buddha Mama’s latest and greatest jewelry designs. It’s cohosted by Beth Anne Bonanno and Jennifer McCurry of @thejewelrydiaries, and the best part is 10% of proceeds will benefit the Humane Society of Naples, Fla.

Shinola Trunk Show at Elegant Slumming: Aug. 1 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Ace watch from Shinola’s Detrola collection, $395
The Ace watch from Shinola’s Detrola collection, $395

Watch out! Oodles of Shinola timepieces are coming your way Saturday at Elegant Slumming in Rehoboth Beach, Del. The in-person event is being held by appointment; DM the store for more details and to book a time.


Top: Tuesday’s New York Jewels Auction at Bonhams is headlined by this cushion-cut 6.95 ct. unmounted Kashmir sapphire. Its estimate is $250,000–$450,000, and bidding starts at 10 a.m. ET.

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