JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of May 14


Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and mom figures out there! The week is heavy on grand exhibitions—in New York and Geneva. Lab-grown diamond buyers, don’t miss this week’s online auction of stones in the 10+ ct. range.


The Jewelry District Podcast, Episode 95 (ongoing)

lawrence hess podcast imageOn the latest episode of The Jewelry District, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates speak with Lawrence Hess (pictured), executive director of the Plumb Club, as the organization finalizes plans for JCK Las Vegas. Lawrence shares his memories of growing up the son of the late great designer Jose Hess and offers a few of the most intriguing—and encouraging—takeaways from the group’s latest research paper and consumer survey, to be presented at the JCK show.


GemGenève in Geneva: through May 14 (in person)

Wallis Hong siren earrings
Siren earrings with colored sapphires and diamonds in titanium and platinum; Wallis Hong

If you are in Geneva today, don’t miss the final hours of GemGenève, the international gem and jewelry show taking place at the Palexpo convention center. Between the finest colored stones (see exhibitors Constantin Wild and Tom Munsteiner), exceptional pearls (Golay), and luxury jewels (Bapalal Keshavlal), the event is a jewelry dream.

TEFAF New York at Park Avenue Armory: through May 16 (in person)

Hemmerle jewelry case
A glimpse into the wonderful world of Hemmerle

TEFAF, the granddaddy of fine art fairs, is open through Tuesday at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan. Look for jewelry dealers FD Gallery and Hemmerle among the esteemed exhibitors.

Mikimoto Exhibition in New York City: through May 21 (in person)

Mikimoto necklace
One of the dazzling creations on display at Mikimoto (photo courtesy of Mikimoto)

As part of its 130th anniversary celebration, Mikimoto has opened an exhibit, “Visions of the Sea,” at its New York City flagship. The work of six contemporary Japanese artists is displayed alongside Mikimoto founder Kokichi Mikimoto’s cultured pearl jewelry. Inspired by themes of light, movement, and color inherent to Japan and curated by Laura Day Webb in partnership with the Tokyo contemporary art gallery A Lighthouse Called Kanata, the exhibition—which runs through May 21—celebrates the beauty of Japanese aesthetics through a modern lens.


VDB “Size Matters” Auction: May 16–19 (online)

VDB auction imageVirtual Diamond Boutique (VDB) is staging a “Size Matters” auction on the VBD Online Auction House app, featuring 10+ ct. lab-grown diamonds from multiple vendors, each with its own lab certification. Opening bids for the B2B blind auction will begin at 8 a.m. ET on Tuesday, with final bids due by 8 a.m. ET on Friday.

Top: Ring with 9.49 ct. oval emerald, 2.79 cts. t.w. pear-shape diamonds, and 1.75 cts. t.w. round diamonds in platinum, price on request; Supreme Jewelry

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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