JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of June 18


Happy Father’s Day to all the dads! Pearl lovers may want to tune in to a lecture on the organic gems’ mythical stature on Wednesday, which just so happens to be the summer solstice (and the longest day of the year). And everyone with a stake in the jewelry business should be aware of the first State of the Art Jewelry Summit, taking place at Harvard University on Friday. Stay tuned for a recap of the event, coming soon to jckonline.com.


The Jewelry District Podcast, Episode 97 (ongoing)

Jewelry District Jeffery FowlerIn the latest episode of The Jewelry District, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates talk with Jeffery Fowler (pictured), CEO of the influential watch website Hodinkee, about why mechanical watches inspire such lasting passion (they’re science projects wrapped in history projects wrapped in art projects), predictions for the booming pre-owned watch market, and why good retailers are the best brand ambassadors.


Bonhams’ “Jeweled Creations of Sidney Mobell” Sale: closes June 20, 12 p.m. PT (online)

Sidney Mobell gumball machine
The Sidney Mobell gold-plated, gem-set, and diamond gumball machine, 1984; estimate $3,000–$5,000

“Turning Ordinary Into Extraordinary: The Jeweled Creations of Sidney Mobell” sale at Bonhams Los Angeles concludes on Tuesday. Don’t miss your chance to snap up the late American artist, jeweler, and philanthropist’s gilded slot machine, 14k gold mousetrap, and gold-plated and enamel Monopoly board.


JDPN Lecture on Pearls: June 21, 7 p.m. ET (online)

Imperial Pearl freshwater strand with tanzanite
Freshwater cultured pearl necklace with a tanzanite and diamond centerpiece, $1,375; Imperial Pearl

The Jewelry Design Professionals Networks (JDPN) hosts a virtual lecture by Michael Coan, a professor in the jewelry design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, on “Pearls: Myths and Magnificence.” Between examining the pearl’s humble origins and documenting its rise in desirability, Coan makes a compelling case for pearls as the ultimate gems. Register here.

State of the Art Jewelry Summit in Boston: June 23 (in-person)

The Responsible Jewelry Council, GIA, and the Mineralogical and Geological Museum at Harvard University (MGMH) are hosting the first State of the Art Jewelry Summit at Harvard this week. The one-day event features speakers discussing current developments in research, technology, business, and art in jewelry, with a focus on sustainability and climate change action-focused strategies designed to ensure the jewelry industry remains relevant.

Treasure House Fair in London: June 23–26 (in person)

Pomodoro thistle bangle from Didier Ltd
Didier Ltd. rigid 18k gold bangle with stylized thistle leaves and flowers by Arnaldo Pomodoro, 1955 (photo courtesy of Didier Ltd./The Treasure House Fair)

Antique jade earrings from S.J. Phillips, a rare Victorian ruby ring from Facet & Fable, and artist jewelry by gallerist extraordinaire Didier Ltd.—these are a sampling of the bejeweled offerings awaiting visitors to the Treasure House Fair at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in London next weekend. Created by veterans of the Masterpiece fair, the event will feature exhibitors specializing in sculpture, tapestry, ceramics, silver, design, furniture, clocks, watches, rare books, and, of course, jewelry.

Top: Ring with 12.04 ct. bicolor sunset tourmaline and 3 mm–3.5 mm golden keshi South Sea pearls in 18k yellow gold, $28,000; Assael

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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