With only 2 weeks until we arrive at the jewelry industry's winter oasis, JCK Tucson (February 1-4) we wanted to make sure you 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.
Desert Vibes – Soon to be Hot at JCK Tucson
Though temperatures in Tucson are forecasted to be in the high 50s to low 60s in the coming weeks (hey, a lot could change by then), chances are, that may still be an improvement over where you're coming from. Sure, you can leave the shorts and tank tops at home, but where heat is concerned, there will be plenty of it on the show floor. No, I'm not talking about a malfunctioning AC system (the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa promises to be quite comfortable, I'm sure of that): I'm referring to a combination of elements that are sure to provide one sizzling show-floor experience. Warm, magnificent gemstones sparkling under showcase lights; artful styles crafted in precious metals; warm smiles from the designers and representatives that showcase them. Maybe you will need your summer wardrobe. So while you bundle up and count down the days for JCK Tucson to arrive, inject a little warmth with this: a preview of what's to come at those desert days this February.
Click over to the Trend Files to see more of what's to come at those desert days »
What Will Your Day Look Like at JCK Tucson?
With only two weeks to go until JCK Tucson, our mind is racing with excitement for what's to come this year at the jewelry industry's winter oasis. We can't wait for you to take part in the most edited jewelry buying event amidst Tucson Gem Weeks and experience the event that is unlike any other in the jewelry industry. Not only will you enjoy a productive, experiential environment for business and networking, but you'll have plenty of time to relax and take it all in.
Here's a sample agenda of what your day could look like:
7:30 am – 8:30 am Morning Yoga | Meecha Lawn at the JW Marriott
Start your morning refreshed and ready for the day in the serenity of the Sonoran Desert- plus it's for a good cause, your $10 donation goes to Jewelers for Children.
8:45 am – Grab a Coffee and Breakfast| JW Marriott Starr Pass lobby Starbucks or Signature Grill
Get your caffeine (or decaf) and a morning snack fix to start your day energized.
9:45 am Pick Up Your Attendee Badge | Arizona Ballroom Lobby
Save time and register online before you arrive so all you need to do is present your Photo ID + Business credentials to seamlessly receive your badge.
10:00 am Explore the Show Floor | Arizona and Tucson Ballrooms
Experience our impressive vendor line-up organized into two ballrooms, find your favorites and discover new.
11:30 am Share Your Finds #JCKTucson | Social Media
Post your discoveries on social media to give your customers a sneak peek and make your friends have FOMO using #JCKTucson.
12:00 pm Lunch | JCK Tucson Food Trucks
Take in the sunshine and grab a bite to eat from the highly acclaimed selection of food trucks available for JCK Tucson at the JW Marriott Starr Pass.
2:00 pm Fireside Chat | JCK Tucson
Learn and be inspired listening to informal talks between industry luminaries. See the full schedule at http://tucson.jckonline.com/events/.
4:00 pm Happy Hour | JCK Tucson
Let your hair down and have a cocktail as you continue to browse the show floor.
6:00 pm Tequila Toast | Salud Terrace
Join us for a Starr Pass Tradition, the legend of Arriba, Abajo tequila toast a perfect end to a successful day.
7:30 pm Dinner & Networking Events | City of Tucson
Check out Tucson's famed culinary scene and catch up with peers at an industry networking event. See the full schedule at http://tucson.jckonline.com/events/.
Up Close and Personal with Guita M and TK Metal Arts
JCK Tucson is shaping up to have an exceptional lineup of exciting designers. A real community of artists has evolved, and it promises to be a destination to discover the best and brightest in the world of designer jewelry. We had a chance to connect with two artists exhibiting at JCK Tucson for the first time—Guita Dovas of Guita M and Theresa Kwong of TK Metal Arts—and they shared their thoughts on balancing business with the creative side, their process, and connecting with the jewelry community in Tucson.
Learn more about these Tucson-bound designers in the Insider Blog's latest Design of the Times »
Spotlight on Robert Hallett of Goldsmith
Rob Hallett and his wife, Kyle, didn't always plan on going into business together. In fact, they didn't even set out for careers in the jewelry industry to begin with. Down the road, they came up with a dream to own their own business, and are now living that dream in a shared studio and store space right outside of downtown Pittsburgh. We will be seeing them at JCK Tucson, but before then get to know their story in our latest retail feature »
Get to Know Your Arizona Ballroom Exhibitors
Be inspired by our Arizona Ballroom, a boutique destination of edgy, artistic, handcrafted designer collections with limited product production. Discover what our Arizona Ballroom exhibitors have to share in this exclusive Designer Look Book! Read about the one of a kind jewelry being displayed at JCK Tucson and the inspiration behind the pieces, along with a few preview images of their collections. View the JCK Tucson Designer Look Book »