All eyes are on the big auction houses this week, as New York’s jewelry sales season comes to a spectacular close. For those with humbler—and, at the same time, loftier—ambitions, check out the Ethical Gem Suppliers fair, which is back with another virtual event. Happy Pride!
New Plumb Club Podcasts: Ongoing
The Plumb Club just dropped a couple of new product-focused podcast episodes. “Do You Know What Goes Into Your Product Wholesale Price?”—led by Corinna Bhasin, vice president of F.D. Worldwide Merchandise Group—covers the basics of pricing, including bills of materials and how changing markets and commodities can affect the price and value of a piece. In “Jewelry Security and Maintenance for Investment Jewelry,” Ralph Quackenbush, a senior sales representative for full-service manufacturer W.R. Cobb Company, discusses jewelry construction, insurance, and other opportunities to engage customers after the purchase.
HSNY Timepiece Charity Auction: Opens June 7 (online)
The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) has teamed with Phillips auction house, in association with Bacs & Russo, to present Timepieces for HSNY: 2021 Charity Auction, an online auction running June 7–14. Seven highly collectible timepieces, no reserves, and bidding open to enthusiasts worldwide. Win-win-win!
Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale: June 8, 10 a.m. ET (live)
The zenith of Christie’s jewelry season, the Magnificent Jewels sale in New York, is highlighted by a pair of diamonds, the 54.04 ct. D color internally flawless Chrysler Diamond and the 204.36 ct. fancy intense yellow Dancing Sun, the largest polished diamond ever mined in North America. JAR devotees won’t want to miss 20-some pieces by the legendary Paris-based jeweler from an important West Coast collection whose owner, according to All That Glitters columnist Amy Elliott, traveled “in the same circles as Ellen Barkin and the late Dame Elizabeth Taylor.”
Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels Sale: June 9, 10 a.m. ET (live)
Witness the Roaring ’20s redux in action at Sotheby’s Magnificent Jewels sale in New York. The much-anticipated sale features 94 lots, including all the usual colored diamond and colored stone suspects (Kashmir and Ceylon sapphires, Colombian emeralds, and Burmese rubies), but the big talking piece is the Sienna Star, a 73 ct. fancy vivid yellow diamond ring by master jeweler Glenn Spiro.
WJA “From Comfort to Growth” Webinar: June 8, 6 p.m. ET (online)
Isabelle Grenier leads this WJA NY Metro webinar on how to step outside your comfort zone. The session will include a creative workshop involving smaller group exchanges and personal reflection. The goal is for participants to leave the workshop with insights and an action plan.
JDPN Webinar on Basic Tax Guidelines: June 8, 6:30 p.m. ET (online)
The Jewelry Design Professionals Network (JDPN) presents a webinar on basic tax guidelines for sole proprietors and small businesses featuring guest speaker Keith Schaber, CPA. Bring all your nitty-gritty tax questions—we know you’ve got them!
Content Creation Webinar: June 9, 3 p.m. ET (online)
Liz Kantner, digital marketing expert and founder of the Stay Gold Collective, hosts this 90-minute webinar on how to create a strategy for content planning, including tips to help you get started and stay consistent in your messaging.
Virtual Ethical Gem Suppliers Fair: Opens June 10 (online)
From June 10 to 12, the Ethical Gem Suppliers collective is holding an online gem fair that’s open to the trade and free to participate. Billed as a shopping event, the fair is also an opportunity to meet the 10 dealers who compose the collective (Agere Treasures, ANZA Gems, Capricorn Gems, Columbia Gem House, Fairtrade Gemstones, Nature’s Geometry, Nineteen48, Perpetuum Jewels, Quore, and Virtu Gem), ask questions, and learn about their products and practices. Educational sessions covering traceability and transparency, synthetic versus natural gemstones, community development and education, and building sustainable mining communities round out the agenda.
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