Welcome to the March 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.
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Everyone Could Use a Little Pop of Color
We love a good jewelry trend, and scouting out the latest on our visit to JCK Las Vegas is always one of the best parts. But there are some styles that are impermeable to the ebb and flow of trends, and one of those is the classic colored gemstone. Everyone could use a little pop of color now and again (actually, always), so you never have to worry about overstocking on classic pieces like these. So while you hunt for the hottest new styles on the Vegas show floor, be sure to take note of these forever fabulous designs, too.
JCK Heated up Under the Tucson Sun
JCK Tucson welcomed jewelry and gem lovers en masse to its oasis-like enclave at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa last month. In its third year, the show boasted major improvements including a new look with new booth structures, lounges, and a signature coffee shop creating an environment that was both upscale and casual. The designer ballroom featured inspired collections by brand names that included: Todd Reed, Alishan, Kurtulan Designs, Boaz Kashi, Aaron Henry, Dorian & Rose, and Nina Nguyen to name a few.
With the theme of design at the forefront of JCK Tucson's showing, a new hosted retailer program helped to bring in some of the most design-savvy stores in the country, including Squash Blossom, Aaron Faber Gallery, Broadmoor Jewelry Company, Patina Gallery, and I. Gorman. The trip was undoubtedly attractive with multiple jewelry events taking place in the area. JCK, understanding the amount of business there was to do during Tucson Gem Week, made spa-like features and conveniences—not least of which included transportation between shows, morning hikes and meditation, and s'mores by the fire pit– a large component of its show experience.
JCK's renewed focus on design was supported by inspiring events happening throughout the week:
- The event schedule kicked off with "Inside the Designers Studio" fireside chat featuring famed designers Sarah Graham and Todd Reed, moderated by JCK Magazine's Editor-In-Chief, Victoria Gomelsky. The adoring standing-room only crowd listened intently as the master talents shared their business acumen.
- UncommonGoods Design Challenge where the three finalists: Ayesha Mayadas, Kurtulan Designs and Majestic Art Jewelry presented to a panel of judges competing for a contract with the design-centric e-tailer. Majestic Art Jewelry took away the coveted top honor.
- Friday night included a special screening of the documentary Sharing the Rough, which played to a standing room only crowd under the starlit desert sky, and included 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.
Hear what the industry said about JCK Tucson:
"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
"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 comradery and sharing information. They are both such smart business people and it was a great decision to have them lead us in a fireside chat that created warmth and collaboration."Patti Cogswell, Squash Blossom
"I thought the show was very clean, put together and that the designers exhibiting were very talented."Todd Reed
"JCK pulled together a really awesome group of jewelers. It was good to see everyone."Sarah Graham
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JCK Tucson was one event not to miss and only fuels the momentum for upcoming jewelry events in Las Vegas this coming June. For more information on JCK Tucson click here, and make sure to register for JCK Las Vegas (June 3-6, 2016).
Get Ready to Rock with Train
Pack your flip flops and mark your calendar for JCK Rocks the Beach (Sunday, June 5)—the industry's most anticipated annual evening bash of epic proportions, bringing in headlining entertainment from Train! This is the place to see and be seen with over 3,000 jewelry professionals kick back, relax and dance the night away in the surf and sand at the Beach at Mandalay Bay. In years past we’ve rocked with stars like Bruno Mars, Maroon 5, One Republic, Rob Thomas and Gavin DeGraw.
In the words of Brittany Simmitz of JCK Magzine, "We're "Calling All Angels" to "Drive By" and meet us on the Beach at Mandalay Bay, to say "Hey, Soul Sister" and toast to another successful event. You may not meet a "Mermaid," but you'll definitely "Meet Virginia," and "If It's Love," she'll say "Marry Me," which is serendipitous since we know of quite a few bridal jewelers who will also be at the event. And then we'll have to think of "50 Ways to Say Goodbye" until next year." Check out Brittany's full article »
*Must be a registered JCK Las Vegas badge holder to attend. Ticket required for admittance. Ticket centers open during JCK Las Vegas (Friday and Sunday) on the show floor, one ticket per badge (limited availability). First-come, first served. Badge and Photo ID required for pick-up. No re-entry allowed.
For more information please visit our JCK Rocks the Beach page »
Ready, Set, Jet: JCK Vacation Journals with Rebecca Moskal
Tuscany, Northern Italy, Wine, and Jewelry, YES PLEASE. This month on the JCK Insider blog, we sat down to talk getaway jewelry glam and all things Italy with our friend and PR guru Rebecca Moskal, Communiqué founder. Get an inside look into the versatile Bridge jewelry essentials needed to mix, match and layer on a long trip including pieces from Chan Luu, Julie Vos, Freida Rothaman, and Mabel Chong. See these brands and more at JCK Las Vegas (June 3-6, 2016) in the NEW Bridge Neighborhood, featuring on trend costume/bridge jewelry at accessible price points and read the full interview on the Insider Blog.
Remodeled Mandalay Bay Brings Exciting Changes
Remodeled Mandalay Bay brings exciting changes for JCK Las Vegas 2016.
- Easier to shop show floor; companies with similar product categories have been placed in their rightful neighborhoods
- Quick access to the show floor with a new entrance from the outside shuttle bus drop off/parking garage on Shorelines
- More registration counters to minimize wait time
PLANNING MADE EASY
- With over 2,400 vendors in new locations we want to make sure you make the most of your time at JCK
- MY SHOW is our online planning tool, offering you a simple way to create and save a personalized plan
- Preview vendors, their NEW locations, new products, and so much more. Start planning now »
To make navigation easier for you during the show, our team was inspired to create a Disney theme park map of the JCK Las Vegas show floor and Mandalay Bay Property. Since JCK Las Vegas is the Magic Kingdom of jewelry, so we felt the inspiration was a perfect fit! This map will be your best friend for all key JCK locations and neighborhoods while navigating through the show.
View and download a larger version of the map »