About JCK Talks
The JCK Talks education program arms retailers with the tools, insights and information necessary to succeed in the current retail climate. Content includes action packed days of influential speakers providing you with critical takeaways that deliver 'Solutions for your Store'.
JCK Talks 2016 Recap
Talk of the Town
JCK Talks 2016 included eighteen informative discussions including the much discussed panel: Lab-Grown Diamonds: Threat or Opportunity (or Both?) where standing room only crowds listened intently as panelists: Stanley Zale, Vice President of Diamonds & Gemstones, Stuller; Jack Gabriel, CEO, Gabriel & Co.; Maarten de Witte, Master Diamond Cutter, Diamond Foundry; Dr. James Shigley, Research Fellow, GIA; and Jean-Marc Lieberherr, CEO, Diamond Producers Association debated over what jewelers need to know to make informed decisions in their buying and selling activities. Other session highlights included LGBT Community: How to Merchandise and Market your Store to Attract New Customers and Sustainability and Responsible Sourcing.
Insider Trend Downloads Set the Stage
The Showcase Stage, new for 2016, played host to numerous merchandising events, panel discussions, competitions, and talks throughout the long weekend. The events were presided over, in large part, by the many members of the styling and editorial communities who were present at the show. These important influencers included costume designers Lyn Paolo, Lauren Bott, and Ann Foley; bloggers Liza Urla of Gemologue, Stacy Stahl of How He Asked, and Syl Tang of The Hip Guide & Financial Times; Editors: Shannon Adducci of Billboard Magazine, Sari Tuschman of The Zoe Report, and Jillian Magenheim of OliviaPalermo.com. Other events featured artists Angie Crabtree and Hannah Becker of Diamondoodles, whose work has captured the hearts of jewelry enthusiasts en masse through their well-followed Instagram feeds.
Check back before JCK Las Vegas 2017 for our refreshed schedule.
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