JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of Nov. 7


This week is a jewelry smorgasbord of hot topics and cool events: Historic jewels go on the block at Christie’s, WJA discusses the importance of language in the Latino/a/x community, Salon Art + Design opens in New York with a major jewelry presence, and MJSA delves into why every designer should be entering their work in competitions.


The Christie’s Geneva Magnificent Jewels Sale: Nov. 9, 5 p.m. CET (in person)

Marie Antoinette diamonds
The Marie-Antoinette Diamonds: bracelets with old-cut diamonds in silver and yellow gold, commissioned circa 1776, adapted in the 19th century, in a fitted blue velvet case; est. CHF 2,000,000–CHF 4,000,000 ($2,189,450–$4,378,900); photo: © Christie’s Images Ltd. 2021

The Christie’s Magnificent Jewels sale in Geneva, arguably the grandest jewelry auction of the year, opens at the Four Seasons Hotel des Bergues at 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Prepare for fireworks. Highlighted by the historic Marie-Antoinette Diamonds, a pair of bracelets that, against all odds, remained intact after the queen was imprisoned in the Tuileries Palace in January 1791, the sale also features the exceptional Duchess of Windsor ruby and diamond bracelet by Cartier, as well as a selection of extraordinary Kashmir sapphires, Burmese rubies, and Colombian emeralds.


WJA NY Metro In the Know Conference in New York City: Nov. 9, 6 p.m. ET (in person)

Jade Cintron Baez
Jade Cintrón Báez

The In the Know Conference is back! WJA’s NY Metro chapter meets this Tuesday evening at the Cosmopolitan Club on East 66th Street to learn about “The Importance of Language in Latinidad.” Led by keynote speaker Jade Cintrón Báez, the networking session will focus on the nuances of race and identity in the Latino/a/x community, language usage, and how understanding these factors can help you listen and engage with clients and colleagues in a meaningful way. Members pay $75, $80 at the door.

Salon Art + Design Opens in New York City: Nov. 11–15 (in person)

Saint Phalle snake brooch
Serpent, 1989. 18k gold pendant/brooch decorated with polychrome blocks of enamel. Designed by Niki de Saint Phalle and produced in an edition of 20 by GianCarlo Montebello, Milan, for La Société des Amis du Musée national d’art moderne de Paris; Didier Ltd.

Salon Art + Design is best known as a showcase for blue-chip 20th century art and the world’s best design—be it vintage, modern, or contemporary. At this year’s 10th-anniversary event at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City, fine jewelry will, for the first time, have a major presence. Among the more than 50 leading art and design galleries spotlighting collectible design trends, attendees will find the jewelry firms Macklowe GalleryOrnamentum GalleryDidier Ltd, Galerie Negropontes, and the Brazilian fine jewelry designer Silvia Furmanovich, who is planning to debut a special installation of her newest design collection: a bejeweled homage to the Amazon rainforest.

MJSA Webinar on Entering Design Competitions: Nov. 11, 1 p.m. ET (online)

MJSA webinarThis MJSA webinar spells out the numerous benefits of winning a design competition, including recognition, validation, and even the confidence to pursue a new direction. In this session, award-winning designers, teachers, contest organizers, and veteran judges reveal what the best entries have in common, how to maximize your chance of winning, and how to capitalize on your win. (And remember: You can’t win if you don’t enter.) $50

Top: East-West Pink Topaz ring with 0.06 ct. t.w. diamonds in 14k yellow gold, $1,875; Mateo


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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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