Welcome to the January 14th JCK Insider! With only 3 weeks until we arrive in the jewelry industry’s winter oasis, JCK Tucson (February 3-7) we wanted to make have the latest event news, trends, education, and travel information you need 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!
What’s Your Inspiration?
Discovering the inspiration behind a piece of jewelry can give it a whole new meaning. For our group of talented JCK Tucson designers, inspiration comes in all forms along with a unique story. Take a closer look into the trending inspirations behind some of the best baubles you'll see in person at the show.
Find out more:
Planning Your Time with Our Online Planning Tool
Treasure hunting for the latest baubles from the impressive group of JCK Tucson designers and suppliers will inspire you in the New Year! Get started today by using My Show, our online planning tool to explore the latest collections on display at JCK Tucson and build your list of must-see exhibitors.
A few favorites you can preview in My Show:
Look for these buttons:
Register today use your email address to access your own My Show account.
Find out more:
Putting the Spotlight Back on Design-Minded Jewelers and Retailers Alike
In September 2015, the JCK Team unveiled their design strategy for 2016 and announced plans to elevate the design community. Going by the caliber of artists who are #JCKTucsonBound whether as a buyer, exhibiting designer, or participant in the events; it's clear that design is the reoccurring theme.
With so many exciting additions signing on to JCK Tucson it's hard to keep up and learn the value in these influencers coming together. The Solution? Follow along every Monday with "Design of the Times" series on the Insider blog where Jacqueline Stone spotlights two people whose commitment is to jewelry design and are coming to Tucson. This week's Design of the Times spotlights designer Todd Reed and one of JCK Tucson's hosted retailers Manika Jewelry's CEO Delphine Richagneux. If ever there were a screenplay for a tradeshow, Jacqueline is writing it for JCK Tucson (with a cup of Monday morning inspiration on the side!)
Whether you will be joining us in JCK Tucson or not, follow along every Monday to stay in the know about the Designers of our Time and the buyers who search for them as they shed light onto lessons learned, changes they wish to see in the industry, and plans for the future.
View the Design of the Times Series Archive here, or read individual posts through the links below:
Get in on the Instagram Hunt
With JCK Tucson just a few short weeks away, it's time to start packing your curiosity and meet us in Tucson! We have created a list of unique and exciting places and pieces to see throughout the show – simply snap a picture of yourself and your colleagues as your make your way through the list and share it on your favorite social media platform using #JCKTucson. Once complete, stop by the JCK Tucson registration desk and receive a prize worthy of your discoveries!
Start your hunt
Make time to experience the beautiful surroundings Tucson has to offer.
Tucson, AZ is well known for its dining, sights, cultural events and more – Tucson is the ideal location to mix business and pleasure! Here are some of the JCK staff picks for what to do while in town.
Treat Yourself: Dining
Tucson is a foodie's paradise! Long known for its authentic Mexican cuisine – with over 150 restaurants specializing in Mexican food and the bigger-is-better steakhouses, Tucson also offers exceptional and affordable dining experiences. And don't forget to enjoy some of the best margaritas!
Check out some of our favorite Tucson restaurants:
For a complete list of dining options, visit: visittucson.org/things-to-do/restaurants/search-restaurants
For the Adventurous: Outdoor Activities and Nature
Tucson is surrounded by five mountain ranges, there are hundreds of miles of trails offering hikers of all skill levels convenient access to unspoiled beauty.
ARIZONA-SONORA DESERT MUSEUM
A zoo-slash-botanical garden-slash-art gallery that offers visitors an unparalleled intro to the flora and fauna of the surprisingly lush desert.
202 N. Kinney Road, Tucson, AZ; 520-883-2702.
STARR PASS GOLF CLUB
Enjoy a 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf facility with a double-loaded driving range, rejuvenating 20,000-squarefoot clubhouse and top-quality golf shop. Perfect your game while admiring the backdrop of natural mountain ranges.
3645 W. Starr Pass Boulevard, Tucson, AZ; 520-670-0400.
Do as the Locals Do: Sightseeing and Culture
The combinations of Mexican, Native American, and Western cultures is reflected in the wide array of dining, music, and cultural activities happening in the city year-round.
JCK Tucson and Tucson Gem Weeks coincide perfectly with the 57th annual Tubac Festival of the Arts, February 10-14, 2016. The historic Arizona settlement – which dates back to 1752 – lies just 40 miles south of Tucson and a quick drive down I-91 (take exit 34). The tiny town holds some 100 galleries devoted to sculpture, painting, pottery, jewelry and more.
It's also great for shopping anytime of the year, but the five-day fair is an art lovers' paradise, amplified by typically near ideal temperatures and framed by a postcard-perfect view of the Santa Rita Mountains.
Looking For More?
Visit Tucson has you covered! Their list of "100 Things To Do" has something for everyone! While you're planning for the trip, check out visittucson.org or keep an eye out at the show for their "Visit Tucson" Information Guides.