JCK Talks

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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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Talk of the Town: Chad Rodriguez, OgilvyOne

This week we sat down with Chad Rodriguez, the senior director of product and service design at OgilvyOne. Catch his JCK Talks session on Thursday, June 2  at 12:00 pm in Tradewinds meeting room C/D, pool level...

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Industry News

Tiffany & Co.'s Sales Rise for the First Time in Two Years

Tiffany & Co. reported a 1 percent rise in worldwide net sales for the third quarter (ended Oct. 31), ending two years of sales declines.
The company also reported a 5 percent increase in net earnings to $95 million...

Tacori Names New CEO

Paul Tacorian has become CEO of family company Tacori, the California-based jewelry design house announced. Haig Tacorian, Paul's father, who founded the company with wife Gilda in 1969, will become chairman and serve on its board...

Diamonds International Opens a Shop-in-Shop at Walt Disney World

Diamonds International, the fine jewelry company that owns over 125 stores and shop-in-shops—most notably in ports of call dotting the Caribbean—has debuted a new retail concept at Disney Springs at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla...

Oh Kay! Industry's Biggest Brand Sees 7 Percent Comp Jump, Opens 42 New Stores

Every lift begins with Kay. Signet Jewelers' leading brand posted a whopping 7.4 percent comp increase over the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 and contributed to its parent company's impressive 4.9 percent comp jump for the period (ended Jan. 30). The company also opened 42 new Kay stores over the past year, the largest number of any Signet brand…

Randi Zuckerberg Shares Big Insights Into the Future of Retail

WJA's 13th annual In the Know conference—themed "Blurring the Lines"—kicked off March 10 with a phenomenal keynote presentation by Randi Zuckerberg, whose little brother, Mark, you may have heard of (hint: His social media company boasts nearly 1.6 billion active users)...

New Google Technology Lets Consumers Pay for Things With Their Faces

A new Google payment method, currently being piloted in the San Francisco Bay Area, allows people to pay for items without reaching for their wallets or their phones, in some cases by using cameras that scan their faces and match them with a profile photo...


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