JCK Jewelry Agenda: Week Of April 24


AGS Conclave kicks off in Oklahoma City on Monday, and there are plenty of other happenings to fill your calendar elsewhere—whether it’s bidding on a historic blue diamond in Hong Kong, shopping for vintage Boucheron in Philadelphia, or making “time” in your schedule for an important movie premiere in New York City. Get out there and have fun!


Sotheby’s Hong Kong Cullinan Blue auction: April 27, 8 p.m. HKT (in person and online)

Sothebys The De Beers Cullinan Blue Diamond
The Cullinan Blue (photo courtesy of Sotheby’s)

Where will you be at 8 a.m. ET on Wednesday? Set an alarm if you have to—you don’t want miss the highly anticipated live Sotheby’s Hong Kong auction of the De Beers Cullinan Blue diamond. As JCK contributor Annie Davidson reported, the 15.1 ct. step-cut blue has been recently faceted from an exceptional rough stone discovered in April 2021 and is the largest vivid blue diamond ever to appear at auction. It’s also the largest internally flawless step-cut vivid blue diamond that the GIA has ever graded. A landmark event to be sure, and the estimate is off the charts: $48 million!


AGS Conclave: April 25–27 (in person)

Cameron Hughes Molly Fletcher Marcus Lemonis
Cameron Hughes (photo: Colin McTaggart), Molly Fletcher, and Marcus Lemonis

The annual industry event takes place in Oklahoma City this year. Come for the networking and educational opportunities, stay for the parties (hello, Trivia Night!). The lineup of keynote speakers includes TV personality Marcus Lemonis, entrepreneur Molly Fletcher, and professional sports entertainer and public speaker Cameron Hughes, who will ensure you leave the conference grinning from ear to ear.

JDPN webinar: April 26, 6:30 p.m. ET (online)

Gold chain credit Shutterfly
(Photo: Shutterfly)

The Jewelry Design Professionals Network (JDPN) welcomes guest speaker Michael Coan, professor of jewelry design at FIT, who will discuss the practical and aesthetic considerations of making chains, the classic designs that stand the test of time, and one of today’s trending styles. Register here.

 Gemflix “Into the World of Studio Renn” webinar:  April 27, 12 p.m. ET (online)

Studio Renn Bleeding Tooth Ruby Ring
Bleeding Tooth Ruby ring in 18k white and yellow gold with unheated Burmese ruby cabochons and diamonds, $20,000; Studio Renn

Why are buyers and editors so impressed with the Mumbai, India–based jeweler Studio Renn? Here’s your chance to learn more about its unique point of view, as respected author and curator Vivienne Becker leads a conversation with Studio Renn designers Rahul and Roshni Jhaveri. Register here.

 TJE x RJM selling exhibition at the Jewelry Library: Starts April 28 (in person)

Atelier Mon Summer Aqua Statement necklace
The Summer Aqua Statement necklace by Atelier Mon (the stone charms were originally a brooch!)

What happens to fast-fashion jewelry when it isn’t wanted anymore? The Jewelry Edit (TJE) and Radical Jewelry Makeover (RJM) are conducting an experiment with top designers to find out (and you can read JCK contributor Karen Dybis’ report on the project here). Furnished with cast-off jewelry to reimagine anew, Lorraine West, Judy Geib, Katey Walker, and other designers will showcase their “radical makeover” jewels in an exhibition sale hosted by the Jewelry Library (April 28–May 7).

Keeper of Time premiere: April 28, 5:45 p.m. ET in New York City (in-person and via livestream)

Keeper of Time Audemars watchmaker
A watchmaker restores a vintage Audemars Piguet timepiece at the Musée Atelier Audemars Piguet located in Le Brassus, Switzerland, in Keeper of Time.

It’s a film that explores world of mechanical watchmaking while contemplating theoretical and philosophical notions of time, aging, and mortality. On Thursday, you can take in the premiere at the SVA Theatre (or via livestream), where it’s being presented for the first time in collaboration with the Horological Society of New York and Tourbillon Film Works. The event includes an introduction by director Michael Culyba and a post-screening Q&A panel discussion: “The Allure of Watchmaking and the Notion of Time” moderated by Jack Forster, editor-in-chief of Hodinkee.  There are also four online replay events taking place at different times on April 29. Ticket prices and more info here.

The Philadelphia Show: April 29–May 1 (in person)

SJ Shrubsole earrings
Cartier earrings in 18k yellow gold and platinum with 2.6 cts. t.w. diamonds and turquoise cabochons (circa 1955), $38,500; S.J. Shrubsole (photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Show)

Now in its 60th year, this prestigious art and design fair habitually lures jewelry collectors with its impressive lineup of antique and vintage jewels from some of the most celebrated jewelry specialists in the country. As JCK recently highlighted, this edition of the fair welcomes exhibitors such as Kentshire, S.J. Shrubsole, and James Robinson bearing exquisite finds from Cartier, Boucheron, Tiffany & Co., and more.


Top: 14k gold signet ring with 0.75 ct. lab-grown emerald-cut diamond, price on request; Fenix Diamonds

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Amy Elliott

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