JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of May 21


The days in May can be some kind of wonderful, so get outside and take it all in! This week you also can have your fun at auctions in Hong Kong and New York (bids accepted online), on a museum visit, or over coffee with your WJA Metro friends and colleagues—the perfect way to pregame and trade notes before Las Vegas Jewelry Week. And some of us may or may not be listening a certain podcast while we Marie Kondo our wardrobe to make room for new summer lewks.


Phillips’ Jewels & Jadeite, Hong Kong: May 23, 2 p.m. Hong Kong time 

Bulgari Phillips
Bulgari necklace (circa 2004) with 118.35 ct. unheated Ceylon sapphire and tapered baguette, pear-shape, and brilliant-cut diamonds; est. $3,200,000–$4,500,000

At the Phillips Jewels & Jadeite sale in Hong Kong, a Bulgari necklace that centers a 118 ct. Sri Lankan sapphire will be the headline act (estimate: $3.05 million–$4.5 million). The auction will also include pieces from other leading houses like Van Cleef & Arpels and Cartier. And don’t miss the Burmese rubies! Bids are accepted online.

Bonhams’ New York Jewels: May 23, 11 a.m. ET

Kunz step cut diamond ring
Kunz ring with 6.68 ct. rectangular step-cut diamond and step-cut diamond side stones in 18k yellow gold, signed Kunz; estimate $100,000–$150,000

With over 200 lots, the auction includes such standouts as a 6.22 ct. fancy pink radiant-cut diamond ring, a Van Cleef & Arpels multicolored sapphire necklace convertible to a bracelet, a Cartier ring with a 5+ ct. diamond, and Fabergé cigarette cases. See more of the pieces on offer in this report by JCK’s Annie Davidson.


Yurman Family Crystalline Pass at New York’s American Museum of Natural History: ongoing (in person)

David Yurman at crystal mine
David Yurman at the Zigras Mine in Blue Springs, Ark.

You never need a special reason to visit the American Museum of Natural History’s Allison and Roberto Mignone Halls of Gems and Minerals, but here’s a good one: the new addition of a corridor featuring a re-created vein of naturally occurring transparent quartz crystals. Made possible by the Yurman family, which has a longtime commitment to arts education and philanthropy, the installation uses real crystals to re-create a 19-foot section of a 70-foot vein. The original natural wonder hailed from Avant’s mine in Blue Springs, Ark., which is famous for producing what many experts consider the finest clear quartz crystal in the world. (David Yurman has utilized this rare quartz in its jewelry for years.) Find out more here.

WJA Metro Morning Coffee Klutch “Say I Do”: May 23, 8 a.m. ET (online)

WJA coffee

The only thing that makes morning coffee better is when it is accompanied by conversation with your jewelry besties. That’s just what the Women’s Jewelry Association’s Metro chapter has planned for this Zoom get-together where the topic will be wedding season. Join WJA members to celebrate wedded bliss with games, trivia, and networking; members from all chapters are invited to participate. Maybe you should wear diamonds. A veil? Or a fascinator? Up to you. RSVP here.


Paul Zimnisky Diamond Analytics Podcast, Episode 51: ongoing

Paul Zimnisky
Paul Zimnisky

Listen to JCK news director Rob Bates’ latest appearance on Paul Zimnisky’s excellent podcast, Diamond Analytics. Among the topics discussed: the female self-purchase market; ChatGPT; lab-grown diamonds and greenwashing; and vintage 1950s sci-fi (yep, IYKYK). No time this week? Add to your queue for your plane trip to Las Vegas!

Top: Ring with 9.35 ct. carved emerald and 0.65 ct. t.w. diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $8,580; Trésor Collection

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Amy Elliott

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