JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week Of Nov. 13


It’s a New York City Jewelry Week x JCK Jewelry Agenda takeover. The annual weeklong event series is back for its fifth year Nov. 14–20 with a slew of hybrid programming, including both in-person experiences and virtual events. Below, we’ve cherry-picked some of the in-person highlights (along with one virtual session). For a full listing of events (noted below in Eastern Time), go to nycjewelryweek.com. And watch the virtual proceedings at youtube.com/nycjewelryweek.

Sunday, Nov. 13

“On Collecting: Jewelry” Panel Discussion: 1 p.m. (Salon Art + Design at Park Avenue Armory)

Sunday On Collecting openingBella Neyman, jewelry curator and cofounder of NYC Jewelry Week, kicks off the week with a seminal discussion about jewelry collecting. What drives the passion for collecting jewelry, and is it any different than collecting fine art and design? What considerations (value, provenance, materials, storage, wearability, secondary market) come into play when starting a jewelry collection, and who helps guide that process?

Panelists include New York–based collector Julie Simpson, Sotheby’s jewelry specialist Tiffany Dubin, dealer Didier Haspeslagh of Didier Ltd., and Tom Heyman, copresident of Oscar Heyman & Brothers.

Monday, Nov. 14

Hidden Treasures Shopping Event: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (1239 Broadway, Suite 800)

Hidden TreasuresStart the week off right with Hidden Treasures, a shopping event at The Jewelry Library hosted by the gallerist and craft historian Helen Drutt. Attendees will be invited to peruse a trove of jewelry from the storied “back room” of her eponymous Philadelphia gallery, where pieces such as a rare early brooch by Robert Baines or a 1980s kaleidoscopic bracelet by Judy Onofrio, not to mention other treasures, will be available for purchase.

Space 85 Jewelry Showcase: 11 a.m.–5 p.m. (648 Broadway, Suite 1005)
Space 85 designers
Handcrafted jewelry by Space 85 designers

Afterward, stop by the Space 85 gallery to see the handcrafted jewels of the collective’s 12 creators in person (as opposed to online), take in the physical space that inspires them, meet the designers, and discover the stories behind the jewels.

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Reel Jewels Movie Marathon: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center)
Hunter From Elsewhere documentary
Hunter From Elsewhere: A Journey With Helen Britton

The Reel Jewels festival, a one-day film program celebrating some of Hollywood’s most iconic jewelry moments, screens the 2018 jewelry caper Ocean’s 8 (10 a.m.); the 1963 drama The V.I.P.s (12:30 p.m.), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton; and the 2021 German art house documentary film Hunter From Elsewhere (3 p.m.), by director Elena Alvarez Lutz, about the work of contemporary artist jeweler Helen Britton. In addition to the screenings, Barbara Paris Gifford, associate curator of the Museum of Arts and Design, will speak with Lutz following the premiere of Hunter From Elsewhere.

Lab-Grown Diamonds Panel Discussion: 11 a.m. (Museum of Arts and Design Theatre at Columbus Circle)

Iab grown diamond panelFor the panel discussion “Lab-Grown Diamonds: Reshaping the Luxury Jewelry Industry,” moderator Kyle Roderick speaks with lab-grown diamond advocates—including Yuliya Kusher of Meylor Global, Brittany Lewis of Latitude Diamonds, Josephine Silla-Afuwape of SCS Global Services, and Avi Levy, director of North American operations at IGI, about the future of created diamonds.

Female Forces Panel Discussion: 1 p.m. (Museum of Arts and Design Theatre at Columbus Circle)
Sabine Roemer superwoman diamond tourmaline
Superwoman ring with shield-cut diamond and triangular-cut pink tourmaline by Sabine Roemer

Join jewelry journalist Jill Newman for “Female Forces,” a conversation with designers Keri Ataumbi, Sweta Jain, Jacqueline Rabun, Sabine Roemer, and Nina Runsdorf about how they balance an uncompromising commitment to their craft with the needs of running a jewelry business.

Meditations on Modernism Talk: 5 p.m. (Mahnaz Collection Gallery)
Jacqueline Rabun Mahnaz Collection
(Clockwise from top l.) Jacqueline Rabun; pendant in 18k yellow gold and aventurine by Jacqueline Rabun; Mahnaz Collection’s 18k gold bracelet by Tuk Fischer for Georg Jensen, circa 1950

In “Meditations on Modernism” the Mahnaz Collection Gallery on Madison Avenue showcases three decades of Los Angeles–based artist Jacqueline Rabun’s modernist designs. Modernist jewelry works (1950s–1980s) from the gallery’s Nordic collection will also be on display, creating a dialogue between Rabun’s work and earlier decades of innovative, modernist Nordic design.

Marion Fasel In Conversation With Ten Thousand Things: 6 p.m. (Pratt Institute Library)
Ten Thousand Things labradorite earrings
Labradorite extra large chandelier earrings by Ten Thousand Things

Marion Fasel, a jewelry historian, author, and founder of The Adventurine, speaks with David Rees and Ron Anderson, cofounders of Ten Thousand Things, about the duo’s body of work since 1991, with emphasis on editorial highlights over the past 30 years, important collaborations including Sotheby’s and the Met, and the various retail flagship spaces they have created. The accompanying exhibition runs through Nov. 30.

Why We Lust For Gold (online, ongoing)

Be True Gold RingFrom ancient times to modern day, humans have perennially lusted for gold. To learn why, join JCK editor Amy Elliott for a virtual conversation with Dominic Jones, creative director for 886 by the Royal Mint; art historian Dr. John Stuart Gordon, who curated the Yale Art Gallery’s Gold in America exhibition; and financial markets/precious metal trading specialist Anya Cowan.

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Stay Gold x Specific Gravity Exhibition: 11 a.m.–7 p.m. (613 Vanderbilt Ave., Brooklyn)

liz kantner stay gold jewelryLiz Kantner, founder of the Stay Gold Collective, and Erin S. Daily, cofounder of Brooklyn Metal Works and Specific Gravity, have curated an exhibition of jewelry from members of their respective communities. The collection will be on display and available for purchase at Specific Gravity and on the gallery’s website through the end of the year.

NYC Jewelry Week Celebration: 5–6:30 p.m. (Bergdorf Goodman)
Lisa Bayer NYC bergdorf illustration
Lisa Bayer’s NYC Apple Charms glass trinket tray, sold at Bergdorf Goodman

The Bergdorf Goodman Jewelry Salon hosts a NYC Jewelry Week celebration with sweet treats and plenty of eye candy, including the latest collections from Darius, Brent Neale, Marie Lichtenberg, Tabayer, and Deirdre Featherstone of Featherstone Design in the VIP Room. (At 4 p.m., an invite-only reception featuring goldsmith Loren Teetelli of Loren Nicole, hosted by Town & Country editor-in-chief Stellene Volandes, takes place in the eighth floor event space.)

Thursday, Nov. 17

Behind the Scenes With IGI: 11 a.m.–4 p.m. (177 Prince St., Penthouse 6)

IGI labCan you tell the difference between natural and lab-grown diamonds? Test your knowledge using gemological equipment at this International Gemological Institute event designed to give you a behind-the-scenes look at the grading and appraisal process.

Collection Launch Party—Here We Are x Muzo: 5–7 p.m. (Greenwich St. Jewelers)

Here We Are x MuzoTry to snag an invite to the private launch party at Greenwich St. Jewelers for capsule collections featuring Muzo Emeralds by seven rising jewelry stars: Aman Itomi, Ataumbi Metals, Embirikos, Harlin Jones, Johnny Nelson Jewelry, Made by Malyia, Soull Ogun of L’Enchanteur. Each designer created a signature or capsule collection featuring one-of-a-kind work and highlighting Muzo’s responsibly sourced emeralds. All the pieces will be on view at Greenwich St. Jeweler’s new Tribeca location Nov. 18–19.

Peru Pisco Evening and Reciprocity Exhibition: 4:30–7:30 p.m. (Consulate General of Peru)

Peru pisco eveningLearn the true meaning of responsible sourcing at the Reciprocity Exhibition (on display Nov. 16–18, from 12 to 6:30 p.m.) showcasing work by 10 global designers created in collaboration with AMATAF, an association of artisanal miners based in Peru that promotes mercury-free gold mining and reforestation practices in the Peruvian Amazon rain forest, through the support of the nonprofit Pure Earth.

A pisco reception offering the country’s signature cocktail will be held on Nov. 17 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., beginning with a panel discussion featuring Peruvian jeweler and Casa Collab founder Andrea José, New York–based designer Dana Bronfman, and a Pure Earth representative.

Friday, Nov. 18

Here We Are Awards and Industry Mixer: 6–9 p.m. (The Glass Ceiling Nomad)

Under the Faceted SkyThe Black in Jewelry Coalition teams with NYC Jewelry Week to host an industry fundraising mixer called Under the Faceted Sky. The event will host the first in-person NYC Jewelry Week “Here We Are” Awards Ceremony honoring the standout creatives from the Here We Are initiative. The platform, established by NYCJW in 2019, helps support underrepresented voices in the jewelry industry by presenting financial awards to select honorees. The awards are sponsored by David Yurman and Halstead.

Have a Heart x Muse x Meeling Wong: 4–7 p.m. (Muse Shop at 605 Hudson St.)
Have a Heart Muse Meeling Wong
Meeling Wong, the newest Muse Have a Heart ambassador

New York–based fine jewelry agency Muse is expanding its “Have a Heart” charitable charming initiative with new brand ambassador Meeling Wong, who challenged the six designers who partnered on this edition of charms for a cause to create their charms using recycled materials, repurposed gemstones, and scraps from their own archives. The charms range in price from $925 to $11,000, and will all be available for purchase at the Muse Shop in Manhattan (605 Hudson St.) during this evening’s mixer, and on musexmuse.com. Ten percent of proceeds from charm sales will benefit the nonprofit charity: water.

Saturday, Nov. 19

The Future Is Now—A.I. in the Jewelry Industry: 11 a.m. (Industry City in Brooklyn)
Volund Jewelry NC pendant
Night Cat brooch-pendant by Volund Jewelry

Victoria Gomelsky, JCK’s editor-in-chief, speaks to a handful of panelists familiar with artificial intelligence’s applications in the jewelry trade about the hidden power of algorithms and what to expect from AI in the near future.

Top: Show and Tell’s Let’s Watch the Sunset ring with pink topaz in 18k gold, $4,348; NeverNoT

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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