JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of May 9


Don’t forget to reach out to your mom, or anyone you consider a mother figure, today! If you’re feeling extra-generous, consider picking up a belated gift for her from Christie’s blockbuster Mag Jewels sale in Geneva on Wednesday. Don’t miss the Gemflix session on 20th century master Suzanne Belperron, or the start of NYCxDESIGN’s virtual Design Days program. Lots to discover, as always!


New Plumb Club Podcast Episodes: Ongoing

PC May podcastsThe Plumb Club just dropped two new episodes of its podcast series. In “The Innovation Report,” Sean McCormick and Sarah Siegel, the director of social media and photographer, respectively, for Novell Enterprises, a division of Continental, offer tips on how to use your website to drive digital sales, and how to capitalize on social media platforms to capture new customers. “Jewelry Technology—Benefiting From the Tools of the Trade,” led by Jeff Weinman, senior vice president of ODI/Original Designs, looks at the most important technical advances in jewelry design and manufacturing, and why retailers can’t afford to ignore them.


Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels Sale: May 12, 9 a.m. ET (in person)

Christies Emerald pendantLot98
Exceptional Emerald and Diamond pendant with 47 ct. emerald and old-cut diamonds in gold, est. 1,250,000 Swiss francs–1,550,000 Swiss francs ($1,386,563–$1,719,339)

The grande dame of jewelry sales—the Christie’s Magnificent Jewels live spring 2021 auction—is back at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues in Geneva with a selection of historic and modern jewels guaranteed to blow minds, beginning with the Alrosa Spectacle Diamond, a 100.94 ct. D color internally flawless gem. The sale also features a collection of jewels that once belonged to Stephanie de Beauharnais, the adopted daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte.


JDPN Webinar: May 11, 6:30 p.m. ET (online)

Leslie Block Prip
Leslie Block Prip (photo: Troy Alves)

The Jewelry Design Professionals Network’s celebration of Costume Jewelry Month includes this webinar with Leslie Block Prip, titled “Bridging the Jewelry Industry.” Prip has spent the past four decades moving between different positions in the jewelry industry, from her work with major department stores in the 1980s and ’90s to the fine fashion jewelry collection she creates today. She’ll share the stories and insights she’s gathered along the way.

Gemflix Webinar on Suzanne Belperron: May 12, 12 p.m. ET (online)

BelperronIn the 10th episode of Gemflix’s ongoing “Gem XX Series: Celebrating Strong Women in Jewelry,” Caroline Perkowski, the archivist at Belperron, examines the legacy of 20th century designer Suzanne Belperron. “Modern, Before the World Was” examines her life and work spanning the two world wars, her aesthetic (bold jewels with organic shapes and material combinations that had not been seen before), and the backdrop to her creativity: the dawn of the modern era in the arts and feminism.

NYCxDESIGN Program Featuring Jill Newman With Glenn Spiro: May 13, 12 p.m. ET (online)

Glenn Spiro emerald necklace
Glenn Spiro cushion Colombian emerald necklace

NYC Jewelry Week kicks off its participation in NYCxDESIGN’s virtual Design Days program, running May 13–18, with a virtual conversation between the venerable jeweler Glenn Spiro and world-renowned jewelry expert Jill Newman. The talk will cover the British jeweler’s beginnings as an apprentice and the path he took to becoming one of the world’s leading dealers in exceptional gems and jewelry at his magnificent salon in London’s Mayfair district.

WJA NY Metro Webinar on How to Raise Your Jewelry Prices: May 13, 2 p.m. ET (online)

WJA Jewelry PricesIn the latest WJA NY Metro webinar, “4 Simple Steps to Raise Your Jewelry Prices in 2021,” sales expert Kathleen Cutler, founder of The High-End Sales Society, shares her secrets so you can confidently price your jewelry higher!

Top: Haute Joaillerie emerald earrings in 18k black rhodium–plated gold with Tahitian pearls, $47,800; W.Rosado

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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