JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of June 21

Happy Father’s Day! This week’s jewelry events can be enjoyed from your device of choice and will take you to the world of New York City fashion and and jewelry in the 1970s, an in-depth discussion of diamonds, a handful of virtual jewelry trunk shows (watch and learn!), and the jewelry on a certain Politician.


“Crisis and Creativity: NYC and the Style of the 70s” Online Talk: June 23, 7:30 p.m. ET

Marion Fasel of The Adventurine
Marion Fasel, founder and editor-in-chief of The Adventurine, is a favorite JCK source for jewelry trends and industry insights.

Hosted by 92Y, this online conversation is inspired by the recent exhibition “Studio 54: Night Magic” at the Brooklyn Museum (now closed due to COVID-19 restrictions). Speakers include exhibition curator Matthew Yokobosky, Marion Fasel of The Adventurine, and 92Y’s director of the jewelry center Jonathan Wahl, who will discuss how the ’70s helped shape style and creativity in New York City. Here’s a taste of what’s to come, jewelry-wise, from Fasel’s Instagram (oh, hello Diana Ross in Bulgari!). Register in advance at the 92Y website (fee: $10 per person).



The Jewelry District, Episode 21: Guest David Kellie

JCK Podcast The Jewelry District logo
Find out who else JCK has interviewed on The Jewelry District here. Earlier this month it was Kate Peterson, president and CEO of Performance Concepts. The topics: stores reopening around the country, changes in consumer behavior, and educational resources to help your business come out of this crisis prepared.

Our latest podcast episode is here, and it’s a must-listen: JCK‘s Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky interview David Kellie, chief executive officer of the Natural Diamond Council (previously the Diamond Producers Association). Kellie discusses the company’s rebranding, his thoughts on lab-grown diamonds, and diversity in the industry. The good news: He thinks consumers will return to stores once they feel it’s safe to do so. The bad news: Everyone needs to get better at digital. Tune in for more!


J.R. Dunn Jewelers’ IGTV Channel

JR Dunn IGTV live
Jean Kee, one of the designers of John Hardy’s one-of-a-kind Cinta collection, participates in a live event with J.R. Dunn on the jeweler’s Instagram (image via @jrdunnjewelers).

How do you sell jewelry virtually—as in remotely, from a computer screen? Last week we highlighted a MJSA webinar that touched on this important topic (recording coming soon), but sometimes the best way to get a handle on how to, say, properly stage a virtual jewelry trunk show is to see how other businesses are doing it. Enter veteran south Florida–based retailer J.R. Dunn, who has archived four of its live selling events with Tacori, John Hardy, EF Collection, and My Story Jewelry on its IGTV. Observe, absorb, and think about how you, too, can give it a go.


The Politician on Netflix

Gwyneth Paltrow in Netflix's The Politician
Gwyneth Paltrow in Netflix’s The Politician (photo courtesy of Alex Soldier)

This Netflix show starring Gwyneth Paltrow got some buzz earlier this year, but our interest in it is renewed thanks to a hot tip from NYC jewelry designer Alex Soldier’s team: The actress is wearing these earrings in this clip from season 1 and wears many Alex Soldier jewels in the series. Season 2 started on Friday—keep your eye out for the designer’s signature bold, colorful, and often floral-inspired creations.


Top: Artwork courtesy of Lisa Bayer of @sketchnyc. For the month of June, the artist is donating 10% of sales to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. 

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Amy Elliott

JCK Contributing Editor

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