Road trip! Among the highlights this week are two in-person events that whisk jewelry enthusiasts away to two different attractions in the greater New York City area. One centers on an underground mine and the other is a dragon’s lair heaped with golden treasure and contemporary art jewelry. Both sound like absolutely scintillating ways to spend a Saturday. Plus: JCK’s latest podcast episode drop, some Important Jewelry in Chicago, and more.
Hindman Important Jewelry Auction: May 17 (in person and online)
Chicago-based auction house Hindman will offer a trove of exquisite fine jewelry pieces featuring rare gemstones such as padparadscha sapphire, two enormous blues sapphires, and other treasures by premiere jewelry houses Cartier, Tiffany & Co., Van Cleef & Arpels, among others. The ring pictured at top is one headliner, and you can read about the others here.
WJA Masterclass: May 18, 12 p.m. ET (online)
In “Simple Online Strategies To Increase Conversions And Sales,” Tracy Matthews of Flourish & Thrive Academy will present valuable traffic-building tips and advice to help jewelry brands grow their audiences of engaged buyers. You’ll also find out how to develop—and measure the success of—a marketing campaign. More info and links to register here.
The Italian Jewelry Manifesto: May 18–20, New York City (in person)
Hosted by the Italian Trade Agency (ITA) in collaboration with Federazioni Nazionale Orafi Argentieri Gioiellieri Fabbricanti and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this three-day event highlighting Italian fine jewelry will include more than 50 Italian jewelry brands. Categories include high jewelry, hand-fabricated jewels, and manufactured chains, and all be on view at the Piazza Italia initiative, a new membership network and coworking space intended to facilitate relationships between Italian jewelry companies and leading U.S. jewelry retailers. Retail buyers can register onsite; more information here.
WJA Metro Tour of Sterling Hill Mining Museum: May 21, 7:30 a.m. ET (in person)
This Saturday, get ready to rock out in Odgensburg, N.J., home to the fourth oldest mine in the country and the last working underground mine in New Jersey. The state has more than 354 minerals, including 88 that fluoresce, ensuring a colorful, informative exploration of the mine, a “fluorescent rainbow tunnel,” an outdoor display of mining machinery, exhibit halls, and an opportunity to collect your own mineral specimens, all in the company of your industry colleagues. Pickup and drop-off in midtown Manhattan and lunch is included. More details and links to register here.
NYCJW Road Trip to Yale University Art Gallery: May 21, 9 a.m. ET (in person)
New York City Jewelry Week (NYCJW) is organizing a day trip to the Yale University Art Gallery in New Haven, Conn., to see two exhibitions: Gold in America: Artistry, Memory, Power and American Jewelry: The Susan Grant Lewin Collection. Curator John Stuart Gordon will lead a private tour of both shows, and Susan Grant Lewin herself will be at the event to personally discuss the significance of her recent gift to the museum. Purchase tickets and get more info here.
The Jewelry District, Episode 69 (ongoing)
Join JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates as they rehash two recent industry events, Watches & Wonders Geneva and AGS Conclave, with valuable insider perspectives. Also discussed: how the ongoing, colossal Russian diamonds conundrum continues to impact the jewelry industry. Buckle up!
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