JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week of Sept. 20

L’shana tova! For many in our community it’s the start of a new year (may it be safe, sweet, and prosperous!). Tonight, lots of celebrating in Hollywood—the Emmy awards are taking place in a virtual format and everyone’s going to be talking about the jewelry. Make sure you’re part of the conversation!

Speaking of conversations, set aside Wednesday for several great ones happening courtesy of Initiatives in Arts and Culture, Metal & Smith, and the Jewelry Library.

Have a great week!


72nd Primetime Emmy Awards: Sept. 20 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC

Emmy Awards 2020
Photo: courtesy of ABC

What can we expect from the 2020 Emmy Awards in this topsy-turvy era? Heres’s what we know: Jimmy Kimmel is hosting the telecast from an audience-free Staples Center instead of the usual Microsoft Theater. There is no formal red carpet, but there is still red carpet–style coverage on E! starting at 4:30 p.m. ET. Since the interviews with stars will be happening via a number of platforms, this might be a chance to get up close and personal with the jewelry (a rare treat). And If the Emmys format is anything like the VMAs, there will be plenty to discuss.

Be Herd Unscripted: Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. ET

Be Herd Julie Lamb
Photo: courtesy of Metal & Smith

Hosted by jewelry designer Julie Lamb, this monthly Metal & Smith Instagram Live event kicks off Wednesday with luxury jewelry consultant Gurki Basra, formerly a senior fine jewelry buyer for Barneys New York, who is also an actress on Netflix’s Dating Around (yes, really!). Lamb’s gripping “Be Herd” interviews in response to the Black Lives Matter movement’s increased visibility championed the work of African-American designers; now the focus will be on all facets of the jewelry industry, and how its players are pivoting in a constantly evolving market.


“The Power of Words and Their Impact” Webinar: Sept. 23 at 12:15 p.m. ET

gold conference talk
Photo: courtesy of Initiatives in Art and Culture

The second segment of “All That Glitters”—a two-part series organized in conjunction with Initiatives in Art and Culture’s Gold Conference—centers on the importance of terminology such as Made in the US, ethical, natural, and sustainable. IAC president and founder Lisa Koenigsberg will moderate a conversation among Mark Hanna, chief marketing officer, Richline Group; Reenah L. Kim, staff attorney, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Federal Trade Commission; Stephen Lussier, Forevermark chairman and executive vice president of consumer brands, De Beers Group; Ronnie Vanderlinden, president, Diamond Manufacturers & Importers Association of America; and Sara Yood, senior counsel, Jewelers Vigilance Committee. Register here.

#JewelryGeography Greenwich Village Virtual Walking Tour with Toni Greenbaum: Sept. 23, 6–7:30 p.m. ET

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Jeweler Sam Kramer on the steps of his shop on 8th Street, c. 1941 (Photo: courtesy of John (Chico) Kramer and Carol Jane Kramer via The Jewelry Library)

Hosted by The Jewelry Library, a New York City–based reading room and gallery catering to the jewelry community with hundreds of books and revolving exhibits, this virtual event is the first in a series that will look at the streets that compose New York City’s jewelry industry throughout history. The inaugural talk is led by jewelry historian Toni Greenbaum, author of the book Sam Kramer: Jeweler on the Edge (Arnoldsche Verlagsanstalt), who will take attendees to 1930s–1970s Greenwich Village, a mecca for studios and shops specializing in handmade jewelry. Register here.

Top: What will be your ace in the hole during the Christie’s Jewels Online sale? It’s already well underway and ends Sept. 22. Here, some of the pieces lucky bidders might acquire: (from l.) Cartier sapphire and diamond earrings, aquamarine diamond and ruby ring, and Hermès chalcedony, cabochon, ruby, and diamond brooch. (Photo: courtesy of Christie’s)

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