Welcome to the February edition of the JCK Insider! This editorially curated community newsletter breaks down the latest event news, trends, education, social and travel information in an easy to skim format. Read it here first and consider yourself a true insider.
If you have any questions reach out to any of our JCK Insiders. We'd love to hear from you!
5 Standout Jewelry Styles From JCK Tucson
Descend onto the show floor at JCK Tucson and you can expect to find all manner of exotic gemstones, artisan creations, and retailer must-haves. And, with the impressive roster of exhibitors showcasing here, there's bound to be a style (or two, or 12) that catches the eye. Retailers, take note: Here's what's trending in Tucson.
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LIVE from JCK Tucson!
We have escaped the cold winter blues and are currently enjoying the serene sights and treasure hunting an eclectic group of designers at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Get the inside scoop on what's happening and the latest trends by following along with #JCKTucson and hear what the industry's is saying:
"I was excited to see the new look and feel of JCK Tucson. It combines the right mix of what you hope to find in Tucson and the quality you expect to find from JCK." - Lisa Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler
"I thought the show was very clean, put together and that the designers exhibiting were very talented." Todd Reed, Todd Reed Jewelry
"The setting is incredible, it's a fantastic mix of artists and we love the educational element that JCK added to the show. When I think of the roster of talent I've worked with over the years, Todd Reed and Sarah Graham immediately come to mind when I think of camaraderie and sharing information. They are both such smart businessmen and it was a great decision to have them lead us in a fireside chat that created warmth and collaboration." - Patti Cogswell, Squash Blossom
"JCK pulled together a really awesome group of jewelers. It was good to see everyone." Sarah Graham, Sarah Graham Jewelry
"As a first time exhibitor, I didn't know what to expect, but we were overwhelmed by the positive response to the collection! We were busy all day long. I love all of the events the team set-up to allow us to connect with other inspiring members of this industry."- Dana Bronfman, Dana Bronfman Jewelry
"I like the small boutique of this year's show with the fusion of European and American Designers." - Allison Barnett, Patina Gallery
Some snapshots from JCK Tucson (for more follow #JCKTucson!):
There is so much great buzz from the show floor and many exciting happenings still to come that you don't want to miss:
"Sharing the Rough" Movie Premiere, tomorrow (February 5): Join us under the stars on the terrace outside for an exclusive Friday night screening of "Sharing the Rough". This documentary chronicles the journey of a singular gemstone from the mine in East Africa to a piece of finished jewelry. The event will feature a cocktail reception and will be followed by a Q&A with the film's director, writer, and producer, Orin J. Mazzoni, III, the film's jewelry designer, Mark Schneider, and Monica Stephenson of idazzle.
Mix business and pleasure to get in the ‘Tucson State of Mind' with fun, daily activities including a southwest trekking hiking tour of the Sonora Desert, Mitakuye Oyasin Morning Ritual, and the Legend of Arriba, Abajo – Tequila Toast.
Are you in Tucson this week or visiting one of the 40+ jewelry events happening? If so, make sure JCK Tucson is one of your main stops to restock your inventory after the holidays. The show continues today through the weekend, ending on Sunday, February 7 at 4:00 pm.
Onsite registration is available to qualified retailers and getting to JCK Tucson is easy! We are providing complimentary shuttle transportation from the Downtown Tucson/Tucson Convention Center and the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa has ample secured parking. Find out more.
Solutions for your store
Building off a successful 2015 launch, JCK Talks is back and ready to arm retailers with the tools, insights and information necessary to succeed in the current retail climate. We've refreshed content for 2016 to include an action packed day of influential speakers, providing you with critical takeaways that deliver 'Solutions for your Store'. JCK Talks will kick off on Thursday, June 2, one day before the JCK Las Vegas show floor opens.
New for 2016, sessions will continue on Friday, June 3 with a spotlight on our industry partners during JCK Talks: Afternoon with the Associations.
Continue the week (through Monday, June 6) on the show floor at the new Showcase Stage featuring morning vendor presentations followed by afternoon retailer panels and trend downloads from famed industry experts, editors, bloggers and award winning Hollywood stylists.
JCK Full Circle
We've been getting to know leaders in the jewelry world and it's been nothing short of enjoyable. We've learned that majority of people think picking their favorite gemstone is like picking their favorite child, and most of us have either last splurged on a vacation or a killer pair of designer shoes. Every Friday, follow along the new series on the Insider Blog, JCK Full Circle, where JCK sits down with influencers in the JCK Community and jewelry industry at large to uncover the personal stuff in a light-hearted, fun to read Friday format. The features rotate between key players and sectors our industry is made of; members of the media, brands, retailers, and educators. When reading along, you will see everything in the JCK community go full circle. See what they reveal when the full circle spotlight is on.
Here's a snip from each JCK Full Circle to date. Plus, get ready for more with influencers from Stone Fox Bride, W Magazine, Steve Quick Jewellers, the Jewellery Editor and many more.
Brandee Dallow, Director of North America, Rio Tinto Group:
My day is numbers // 2 kids shuffling off to school; (1) 32 minute snooze on the Metro North coming into work, 10 times a day I have to tell a colleague, "There is no such thing as a diamond emergency!"
Jen Cullen Williams, Managing Director, Luxury Brand Group:
What I love MOST about the jewelry industry // I LOVE the people... my #JewelryPeeps. The jewelry industry is a truly global and diverse industry, yet at the same time, it feels like a community. A family. I've had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented, hard-working and kindest professionals from all corners of the globe. Oh and yes, wearing extremely rare, expensive and ornately designed jewelry comes in a close second to the people.
Lisa Bridge, Ben Bridge Jeweler:
My favorite Gemstone // That's like picking a favorite child! Can't do it! My most recent addition was an incredible rubellite, I love the color!
Monica Stephenson, idazzle:
What I love most about the jewelry industry // The people, the fact that most business is done with a handshake, and that it feels like family (dysfunction and all!).
Ben Smithee, The Smitthee Group:
The last item I splurged on // Some Christian Louboutin Shoes....They are super dope!
Joanne Teichman, Ylang 23:
My jewelry style in five words or less // Can't choose, pile it on.
Roxanne Robinson, Accessories Director, WWD
The Spring 2016 trend I am looking forward to most // Chunky nerdy sandals and geometric-shaped fine jewelry.
Michael Pearson, Bremont
What I love most about the jewelry industry // Without doubt the best part of our industry is the incredible variation of personalities that you find from our retail partners. The people are what makes shopping a special experience and I'm very proud of our relationship with them all.
Sean Dunn, JR Dunn Jewelers
The TV show Sean I binge watch or last book I read // I am an online reader so https://moz.com/blog. If that is too boring....Shark Tank, Wicked Tuna, Deadliest Catch, Weather Channel Features, NatGeo & Discovery Channels etc.
Jacqueline Stone, Founder and Lead Designer, Salt + Stone
How I got started in the jewelry industry // I was introduced to Jewelry in Brazil and when I came back I went all in. I started with an introductory to metalsmithing class at FIT. I still remember it like yesterday. I was hooked immediately.
A NEW Destination for Immediate Delivery
JCK has partnered with Jewelers International Showcase (JIS) to give you access (with your JCK Las Vegas badge) to a NEW jewelry trade event, JIS Exchange that brings together the best of at-show delivery during Las Vegas Jewelry Week.
Held at the remodeled Tropicana Las Vegas, JIS Exchange happening June 3-6 is the ultimate Las Vegas destination for immediate delivery of finished jewelry at all price points. Just a short walk (7 minutes) or ride away from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, there will be complimentary and direct transportation provided two and from the two buying destinations.
Still looking for a hotel room for your trip to Las Vegas in June? Stay at the beautifully remodeled Tropicana Las Vegas! Book in our hotel block with exclusive average nightly rates of $160. Book now.