JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of Oct. 2


Read, listen, and learn this week about everything from how jewelry designers deal with copycats to the history of Black jewelers’ contributions to American craftsmanship. And for those celebrating Yom Kippur on Oct. 4–5, have an easy, and meaningful, fast.


The Jewelry District Podcast, Episode 79 (ongoing)

Jewelry District logoIn the latest episode of The Jewelry District, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates discuss the Facets 2022 diamond conference in Antwerp, Victoria’s recent tour of Cartier’s watchmaking facilities, and the futuristic concepts, such as digital twins, she encountered there. They also talk about craftsmanship that endures, and what the future might hold as things continue to change in the jewelry industry.

NYC Jewelry Week Rough Cut Podcast Featuring Emili Vesilind (ongoing)

Rough Cut bitch stole my lookIn this episode of the Rough Cut podcast, NYCJW cofounder JB Jones and photographer Alain Simic talk to former JCK editor (and dear friend!) Emili Vesilind about one of the biggest issues facing designers today: copying. Emili covered the topic at length for JCK’s Pro section last year. Heady stuff!


Royal Oak: From Iconoclast to Icon

Royal Oak from iconoclast to icon book in slipcase
Photo courtesy of Assouline

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of its groundbreaking luxury watch the Royal Oak, the Swiss watchmaker Audemars Piguet has teamed with the luxury publishing house Assouline to publish a book titled Royal Oak: From Iconoclast to Icon. The $250 coffee table tome was written by Bill Prince, an award-winning cultural journalist and former deputy editor of British GQ, who tells the story of how the Royal Oak created a stir upon its release in 1972 and in the decades that followed.


MFA Boston Lecture on Black Art Jewelry: Oct. 2, 2 p.m. ET (in person)

Art Smith We Two necklace
We Two necklace by Art Smith, circa 1970s or early 1980s, in brass, glass beads, and leather. Gallery Instructor 50th Anniversary Fund to support the Heritage Fund for a Diverse Collection and funds donated by Stephen Borkowski. (Photograph © Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

In this year’s annual Daphne Farago Fund Lecture, “We Two: Exploring the Importance of Community and Collaboration in Black Art Jewelry,” Sebastian Grant, a curator, art historian, and professor at Parsons School of Design, explores the history of Black jewelers’ contributions to American craftsmanship, including highlighting the work of Winifred Mason, Art Smith, and Joyce Scott. Free and open to the public—just don’t forget to register!

Gem X Virtual Tour of Van Cleef & Arpels “Art of Movement” Exhibition: Oct. 5, 12 p.m. ET

Gem X VCA eventLearn how Van Cleef & Arpels has captured the delicate nuance of movement in its jewels during a virtual tour of “The Art of Movement” exhibition, open through Oct. 20 at the Design Museum in London. Led by Lise Macdonald, the patrimony and exhibition director at Van Cleef & Arpels, the tour will tell the story through nearly 100 pieces of jewelry from the Van Cleef & Arpels Patrimony collection, archive documents, gouache drawings, and lender masterpieces.

Top: Gray speckled opal and faceted deep-orange fire opal earrings with white diamonds in 18k rose gold, $18,000; Guita M

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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