JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of Nov. 28


Most Americans are still in holiday mode—which explains why all the action this week, including two auctions and a fabulous Fabergé exhibition, takes place in London. For those of you who remain homebound, cue up the latest edition of The Jewelry District to hear a futurist’s take on retail circa 2042.


The Jewelry District, Episode 57 (ongoing)

Scott Lachut
Scott Lachut

In the latest episode of The Jewelry District, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates speak to Scott Lachut, a “retail futurist” and president of research and strategy at trend consultancy PSFK. Lachut peeks into his crystal ball to give us a glimpse of what retail looks like in 2042 and how retail jewelers can prepare for a future defined by consumer-creators, the metaverse, and omnichannel everything.


Christie’s London Fabergé Sale: Nov. 29, 8 a.m. ET (in person and online)

The sale at Christie’s London this week—A Selection of Fabergé Masterpieces From the Harry Woolf Collection—features a menagerie of jeweled animals (a warthog made of aventurine quartz, anyone?), golden scent bottles, nephrite jade bonbonnières (French for “the box containing the bonbons”), silver salt cellars, and all manner of bejeweled objets to add a touch of glam to even the most domestic of activities. As the Russians say, klassnaya!

Bonhams London Jewels Sale: Dec. 2, 6 a.m. ET (in person and online)

Bonhams spinel and diamond ring
Ring with 26.12 ct. cushion-shape spinel and marquise-cut diamonds; est. £35,000–£45,000 ($47,000–$60,000)

Don’t miss the jewelry sale at Bonhams London this week. Brimming with pearl and gemstone jewels, the sale is especially strong in Victorian, art nouveau, and art deco pieces evoking a bygone era of intrigue, taste, and unapologetic glamour.


Fabergé in London Exhibition at the V&A: Through May 8 (in person)

Romanov Tercentenary Egg Faberge
Romanov Tercentenary Egg, Fabergé, 1913, chief workmaster Henrik Wigström (1862–1923). Egg made from gold, silver, diamonds, turquoise, rock crystal, purpurine, enamel, watercolor on ivory; surprise made of steel, varicolored gold, and enamel (photo: © The Moscow Kremlin Museums).

Should you happen to be in London this week (or anytime before May), run don’t walk to the Victoria & Albert Museum to take in “Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution,” an exhibition that explores the story of master goldsmith Peter Carl Fabergé and the Anglo-Russian relationship that resulted in the 1903 opening of a London branch of his famed St. Petersburg atelier.

Top: Ring in 18k gold with 14.59 ct. topaz, 0.8 ct. t.w. spinel, and 1.19 cts. t.w. diamonds, $86,375; Cicada Jewelry

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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