JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of Sept. 19


Even though this week is summer’s last gasp, the school year already appears to be in full swing, if the slew of podcasts, webinars, and contest entry deadlines highlighted below are any indication. Start the week off right tonight with the 73rd Emmy Awards, which will air live on CBS at 8 p.m. ET. Count on host Cedric the Entertainer to dress—and accessorize—to impress.


Deadline to Enter Greenwich St. Jewelers’ 45th Anniversary Raffle: Sept. 20

Greenwich St Jewelers raffle
The Chroma rings up for grabs in the Greenwich St. Jewelers’ raffle

For every $20 ticket you purchase, you will be entered into a raffle to win two sapphire rings in honor of Greenwich St.’s 45th anniversary. Valued at $5,000, the 18k gold rings include a radiant-cut 2.2 ct. sapphire Yum Drop ring by Chroma and a rainbow sapphire eternity band with 0.39 ct. t.w. sapphires, also by Chroma. Proceeds from every ticket will be donated directly to the Black in Jewelry Coalition, and Greenwich St. will match donations up to $10,000. Enter by midnight on Sept. 20. The drawing will take place on Sept. 21.

Mail-in Deadline for AGTA Spectrum Awards: Sept. 24

AGTA Spectrum 2020 Best of Show
AGTA Spectrum Awards 2020 Best of Show: David Nassi, 100% Natural Ltd. (photo: Brian Moghadam Photography)

Friday is the mail-in deadline for the colored-stone industry’s most prestigious awards, the 2021 AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards (organized by the American Gem Trade Association). Don’t miss out!


The Jewelry District, Episode 52 (ongoing)

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The 2021 JCK show (photograph by Camilla Sjodin)

If you didn’t make it to last month’s JCK Las Vegas, the latest episode of The Jewelry District podcast has you covered. JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates recap the highlights of the event, and speak to a handful of exhibitors and showgoers about their experiences at this year’s gathering and the state of the business. The unanimous feedback? “Best. Show. Ever.”

The Joy Joya Podcast, Episode 142 (ongoing)

Amy Elliott podcastIn Episode 142 of her Joy Joya jewelry marketing podcast, Laryssa Wirstiuk speaks to JCK’s All That Glitters columnist Amy Elliott about trendspotting at JCK Las Vegas, where the two women met in person for the first time. Listen to their conversation to get a sense of where the industry is headed.


Recording of PriceScope Webinar Featuring Rob Bates (ongoing)

On Aug. 24, John Pollard, director of education at PriceScope, interviewed JCK’s very own Rob Bates about all things diamond-related, including some of the most engaging and controversial stories Rob has written, how he sees the future of lab-grown diamonds and online jewelry sales, and his recent novel, A Murder Is Forever, set in New York City’s Diamond District. View the conversation on YouTube.


Plumb Club Webinar on How to Maximize Federal Resources: Sept. 23, 1 p.m. ET (online)

Jay Brower and Howard Hoff
Jay Brower (left) and Howard Hoff

In the latest Plumb Club webinar, experts from the accounting, tax, and advisory firm Marks Paneth LLP provide tips on how to maximize available resources in order to thrive in the post-pandemic world. Plumb Club executive director Lawrence Hess will moderate a discussion with Howard Hoff of the Commercial Business Group and Jay Brower of Marks Paneth, addressing topics such as the Employee Retention Credit (ERC), the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the CARES Act, and the Consolidated Appropriations Act. Retailers will learn how these programs work and best practices for taking full advantage of their benefits.

WJA’s Jewelry Night In: Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m. ET (online)

Jennifer Thornton
Jennifer Thornton

WJA National’s community-wide Jewelry Night In virtual celebration features guest speaker Jennifer Thornton, an HR professional and executive development coach, who will discuss the neuroscience of navigating fear and how leaders can foster a culture of innovation. During her session, you’ll learn methods for conditioning your brain to see possibilities where others see roadblocks. At the conclusion of her presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to gather in breakout groups to connect with one another, discuss what they’ve learned, and share how they’ll apply these lessons in their lives. Free for WJA members, and $25 for nonmembers.

JPDN Member Spotlight on Judi Powers: Sept. 24, 5 p.m. ET (online)

Judi Powers ring
Corazon chalcedony hexagon ring in 14k green gold with Cashmere Finish, price on request; Judi Powers Jewelry (photo: Cole Rodger)

The Jewelry Design Professionals Network turns its attention to designer Judi Powers in its latest Member Spotlight. The Hudson, N.Y.–based jeweler will discuss her love of colored stones, her trademarked metalwork technique (Cashmere Finish), and her commitment to sustainability.

NAJA’s ACEit “Not the August” Conference: Sept. 25–26 (online)

NAJA August speakers
NAJA speakers (top, from left) Betty Sue King, Gary Smith, Dave Atlas, and Cigdem Lule; (bottom, from left) Stuart Robinson, Deborah Finleon, Duncan Parker, and Bill Hoefer

The National Association of Jewelry Appraisers will livestream its 56th annual midyear ACEit educational conference. The event opens on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET with a program titled “Pearls in the Time of Pandemic” by Betty Sue King, owner of King’s Ransom, and closes Sunday at 3 p.m. ET with “Actual Cash Value Demystified” by jewelry appraiser Bill Hoefer. In between, experts will host multiple sessions dedicated to different facets of the gem and jewelry trade. NAJA members pay $75 per day, while the cost for nonmembers is $125 per day.

Top: Xpandable ring with 3.23 ct. Madagascar purple sapphire and round diamonds, $39,000; Picchiotti

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By: Victoria Gomelsky

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