JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of Oct. 18

Shop—and win—designer jewels, ready yourself for a successful holiday season with expert tips, “watch” a podcast, and find out why A Murder Is Forever is in the heart of NYC’s diamond district.


Dear Beirut Fine Art & Jewelry Auction: Oct. 22–25

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“Our primary concern was the most vulnerable communities in Beirut affected by the blast, which are the artists, LGBTQI, creatives, and migrant workers,” says jewelry designer and auction organizer Karma El Khalil. “In the areas of Mar Mikhaël and Karantina, small businesses run by creatives and the LGBTQI community exist and flourish in relative freedom and safety. Sadly, these neighborhoods encircle the port (which was the epicenter of blast), and were obliterated by the August 4th explosion. So rehabilitating these neighborhoods is crucial to the support, safety, and preservation of these communities.” (Starburst Earrings with diamonds in 18k white gold; retail value $7,700; Karma El Khalil)

Spearheaded by a group of five women living in New York with deep-rooted ties to Lebanon, including jewelry designer Karma El Khalil, Dear Beirut is a fundraising auction created to benefit the communities affected by the Aug. 4 explosion in Beirut. Top jewelry designer donors include Lydia Courteille, Stephen Webster, and Anthony Lent, among others. The proceeds will benefit to Offrejoie and Jobs for Lebanon.


JCK holiday retail strategies webinar: Ongoing 

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“For all the stress this year has brought, many of us have more savings than we’ve ever had,” Gomelsky said in the webinar, discussing how the personal savings rate in the United States spiked to 33.7% in April, compared with around 7% in the five years prior.

Missed this webinar hosted by JCK editor-in chief Victoria Gomelsky? You’re in luck: You can access a recording here. As highlighted in this recap, it was a frank discussion of the importance of Zoom consultations and becoming fluent in the nuanced art of social commerce. The in-person shopping experience is hard to re-create, and Gomelsky offered plenty of insights and tips to help you nail it. Don’t miss this one!


 A Murder Is Forever by Rob Bates

Murder Is Forever coverFall’s the perfect time to curl up with a book, and A Murder Is Forever, a new mystery novel penned by JCK news director Rob Bates ticks all the boxes for those in our industry who love their work—and a distractingly good story. As JCK‘s Emili Vesilind wrote: “The novel showcases Bates’ knack for constructing (and at JCK, distilling) gripping narratives that are free from clutter and distraction.… He says he wanted to show that the Diamond District is filled with normal people doing normal things. But he stresses the backdrop is just a jumping-off point for the novel.” You be the judge!


The Jewelry District, Episode 29–Publications, LVMH and Tiffany, and
Social Commerce: Ongoing

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Missed a Jewelry District podcast episode? Access the full archive here.

In the latest episode of JCK‘s The Jewelry District podcast, editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates dissect the latest headlines, from the LVMH/Tiffany saga to “The Wristwatch at 100.” Also covered: the Weird Story of the Week involving Kyle Richards, of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills fame.


Top: Now through Nov. 3, A Thousand Facets is hosting a giveaway for those who vote in the 2020 election. Entrants can email a photo to show how they’ve voted to be entered into a raffle to win one of 15 jewels from independent jewelry designers. (No images from inside voting booths will be accepted, as that is a violation of law.) Among them: Pod drop earrings in 22k yellow gold with moonstones, $1,400; I Seira


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