It’s Labor Day Weekend. If this week’s agenda is any indication, the post-summer schedule promises to be action-packed. If you’re in or near Denver, don’t miss the HardRock Summit and nearby Ethical GemFair. And clear the agenda for Thursday—it’s Jewelry Night Out!
Ethical GemFair in Arvada, Colo.: Sept. 6–7 (in person)
Balefire Goods in Arvada, a northwest suburb of Denver, is hosting Ethical Gem Suppliers for the in-person Ethical GemFair this week. Open to the trade only, the event brings together dealers specializing in fair-trade gems sourced from artisanal and small-scale miners.
HardRock Summit in Denver: Sept. 8–11 (in person)
Back for its second year in downtown Denver, the HardRock Summit is now a consolidated affair at the Colorado Convention Center, home to both Evolution, the fair’s mineral and fossils section, and Sparkle & Joy, which is dedicated to fine jewelry and gemstones. The event is quickly becoming a mini-Tucson for color lovers. But keep in mind that it’s best suited to “designers, rock hounds, and craftspeople,” as Eric Braunwart, founder of Vancouver, Wash.–based Columbia Gem House, a two-time exhibitor, recently told JCK managing director Melissa Bernardo.
The Armory Show in New York City: Sept. 9–11 (in person)
Contemporary and modern art gallerists descend on the Javits Center to exhibit at The Armory Show. The Brazilian jewelry firm Sauer will make its first appearance at the fair, joining a prestigious stable of artists and art world luminaries.
WJA’s Jewelry Night Out: Sept. 8
The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) is hosting its 10th Jewelry Night Out celebration this week. Chapters in cities throughout North America will gather for an inspiring evening of community, connection, collaboration, and celebration. Visit WJA’s event calendar to register for a Jewelry Night Out event near you. (And save the date for the WJA National chapter’s Jewelry Night In virtual event on Sept. 22.)
MJSA Webinar on the American Designer Community: Sept. 8, 1 p.m. ET (online)
Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America (MJSA) leads a webinar that examines the state of the American jewelry design community today, assessing where it’s been—and where it’s headed.
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