New York Fashion Week is in full swing! Among gem nerds, however, all eyes are on this week’s Hardrock Summit in Denver. For everyone in between, we’ve got a podcast, a timely webinar, and an important charity raffle. Rock on!
The Jewelry District Podcast, Episode 103 (ongoing)
In the latest episode of The Jewelry District, JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates speak with acclaimed New York designer Lorraine West, whose handcrafted contemporary fine jewelry has earned the admiration of Hollywood A-listers and Grammy winners—not to mention Sotheby’s and De Beers. Lorraine recounts the early days of selling her designs on the street in SoHo and the bold moves that helped her career take off and persuaded a music icon to become an early supporter.
JDPN Webinar on AI and Design: Sept. 13, 7 p.m. ET (online)
The Jewelry Design Professionals Network is holding a webinar on “The Intersection of AI and Jewelry Design.” Engineer Jeff Graber (pictured) leads the discussion, which will touch on how you can harness artificial intelligence to elevate your creative process.
Hardrock Summit in Denver: Sept. 15–18 (in person)
More than 250 exhibitors of gemstones, jewelry, high-end minerals, and rare fossils are at the Colorado Convention Center next weekend for the third annual Hardrock Summit. From “empowerment jewelry” by Denver-based Gold and Smoke to majestic, towering mineral specimens, the selection at this Rocky Mountains answer to Tucson is a gem and crystal lover’s dream.
Last Day to Enter EF Charity Raffle: Sept. 12
Tuesday is the last day to purchase a raffle entry ($25) for a chance to win a Pavé Diamond Hummingbird Necklace and Diamond Grace Bracelet (both pictured above) by EF Collection. All proceeds from the raffle will go to the Polycystic Kidney Disease Outreach (pkDO) organization. EF Collection’s founder, designer Emily Faith, and her husband, Justin, lost their newborn son to polycystic kidney disease in 2021 and now raise money for their foundation, Angels 4 Austin.
Top: Celine Sapphire Rose ring in 14k yellow gold with blue sapphires, $1,188; Emma Glover Design
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