JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of Nov. 21


It’s almost Thanksgiving (say what?!), which explains why this week’s featured events are all taking place overseas (not counting the Hellenic Initiative’s fantastic online auction of jewelry by Greek designers). Bid on Zambian emeralds and jadeite, buy art jewelry, or talk watches—or simply admire the goings-on from your family’s couch. Happy Turkey Day!


Treasures from Zambia Auction at Phillips: Opens Nov. 23 (online)

Gemfields emerald and diamond bangle
Gemfields 60.94 cts. t.w. emerald and diamond bangle

Through Dec. 2, Phillips is hosting an online auction devoted to an exceptional single-owner collection of emerald jewels, including a pair of 8.13 ct. and 8.27 ct. emerald and diamond earrings, and an emerald and diamond bangle totaling 60.94 carats. Treasures from Zambia comprises more than 50 lots of the finest and rarest Zambian emerald jewels, representing the largest collection of Zambian emeralds ever to be offered at auction. Part of the sale proceeds will benefit the Gemfields Foundation, a U.K.-based charity that funnels 100% of donor funds to community and conservation projects in Africa.

Jewels & Jadeite sale at Phillips Hong Kong: Nov. 27, 11 a.m. HKT (in person and online)

Cartier 1960s emerald diamond earrings
Cartier platinum and 18k gold earrings with octagonal step-cut emeralds, 6.47 and 6.48 ct., respectively, with variously cut diamond surround and surmount, signed Cartier, Paris, circa 1960s; est. HK$1,500,000–HK$2,000,000 ($190,000–$250,000)

At 10 p.m. ET on Nov. 26, point your browser to Phillips.com to bid live on the 100 or so lots in the auctioneer’s Jewels & Jadeite sale in Hong Kong. Filled with signed pieces from the likes of Cartier, Graff, and Van Cleef & Arpels—many of them with no reserve—the sale is ground zero for some of the market’s most inventive jadeite jewels, including a set of jadeite, ruby, and diamond rings that make clear why Chinese culture reveres the gem.

Hellenic Initiative’s Greek Jewelry Auction: Open Through Dec. 4 (online)

Nikos Koulis enamel diamond earrings
Nikos Koulis 18k white gold small hoop earrings with white baguette diamonds and black enamel; value $2,400, minimum bid $1,200

Just in time for the holidays, the Hellenic Initiative is staging an online auction of jewelry by Greek designers—including such talents as Nikos Koulis, Eugenie Niarchos of Venyx, and Lalaounis—in the run-up to its ninth Annual New York Gala on Saturday, Dec. 4. Place your bids before 11 p.m. ET on Dec. 4, and cross your fingers that they win!


Dubai Watch Week: Nov. 24–28 (in person)

Audemars Royal Oak Offshore self winding chrono
Royal Oak Offshore Self-Winding Chronograph 43 mm with stainless steel case, black ceramic bezel, and interchangeable black rubber strap, $38,200; Audemars Piguet

The fifth edition of Dubai Watch Week, the watch industry’s premiere noncommercial international event, opens Nov. 24 for five days of master classes, horology forums, lectures, activations, and networking. Founded in 2015 by the retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, the free event welcomes more than 45 leading watch brands—the highest number of exhibitors to date, including such marquee names as Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Tudor, Hublot, and Chopard. “The significance of Dubai Watch Week 2021 is apparent now more than ever, for the industry, and the economy,” says Hind Seddiqi, director general of Dubai Watch Week. If you’re looking to take the temperature of the global watch market or get a sense of what to expect in 2022, there is no better place to do your research.

“Force of Nature” Exhibition at Elisabetta Cipriani Gallery in London: Through Nov. 27 (in person)

Lydia Courteille salamander brooch
Salamander brooch in 18k gold with diamonds, tsavorite, peridots, fancy sapphires, diopside, and opals by Lydia Courteille

Melanie C. Grant, an editor, stylist, and author of Coveted: Art and Innovation in High Jewelry, and the London-based art jewelry gallerist Elisabetta Cipriani have collaborated on an exhibition designed to disassemble the barriers between fine art and jewelry. “Force of Nature,” a selling exhibition at Cipriani’s eponymous gallery in Mayfair features nearly 40 bejeweled works of art that express a connection to nature and chart the evolution of humankind’s relationship with the outside world. The by-appointment exhibition is supported by London’s famed Serpentine Galleries.

Top: Chimera 3-Stone ring with blue topaz and diamonds in 18k gold and sterling silver, $1,895; Ippolita

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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