July 6, 2017

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.

If you have any questions reach out to any of our JCK Insiders. We’d love to hear from you!


A Sneak Peek at LUXURY Privé NY

 A sneak peek at LUXURY Privé NY

Pack your bags for the Big Apple—it’s that time of year again! The time when some of our favorite jewelry brands and designers come together to dazzle guests of JCK’s annual LUXURY Privé show—but this time, we’ve got a new place to call home. From July 23 – July 25, we’ll be at the Intercontinental Barclay hotel, in New York’s Midtown East Manhattan. What can you expect? Well, luxury all around, for one—but in terms of trends, if this preview is any indication, look for everything big: big earrings, big necklaces, big rings. You’ll encounter your fair share of designs featuring opal, plenty in Pantone’s Color of the Year (green!), and sapphires (always a welcome sight).

Click over to the Trend Files to see just a sampling of what’s in store »


A Successful Week of Business and Optimism Highlights JCK Las Vegas 2017

Highlights from a Successful Week at JCK Las Vegas 2017

JCK, the jewelry industry’s largest North American trade event, wrapped its annual Las Vegas event earlier this month bringing together over 30,500 of the world’s most influential industry professionals for business, inspiration, education and networking. This year’s weeklong event was shifted from its traditional day pattern to accommodate several hundred of JCK’s exhibitors who observed the Jewish Shavuot Holiday.

Buyers seeking the latest trends experienced JCK’s all-encompassing collections of jewelry, timepieces, services, and gems from AGTA GemFair™ in addition to a few new neighborhoods on the show floor. The “Security Neighborhood,” in partnership with the Jewelers Security Alliance, featured a range of protection-based vendors such as anti-fraud software and the most-up-to-date camera technologies, while the new “Retail Experience” neighborhood featured companies like YELP to provide a complete business experience. LUXURY, JCK’s high-end event that opened by invitation only 3 days beforehand, also featured a design component, with its new “Design @ LUXURY” section.

All in all, LUXURY boasted 248 exhibiting brands and an increase in retailer attendance with 2,600 retailers attending its invitation days. JCK was home to over 2,178 exhibiting vendors and welcomed 19,200 retailers. Although attendance was slightly down over the previous year, initial research shows transactions were well ahead of the previous year.

“Buyers came to do business! We have seen and heard positive remarks on the increase in the amount of transactions that took place this year compared to previous. The first day of JCK was just as strong as previous opening days, matching the same attendance figures we are used to seeing. In a world where we are seeing retail stores closing at an alarming rate it is also refreshing to see over 1200 new stores attend JCK for the first time,” commented Yancy Weinrich, Senior Vice President of JCK.

Amid the sea of impressive jewelry offerings the jewelry community had ample opportunities for networking and education. Rooms were filled for an impressive lineup of sessions at “JCK Talks”, which included Retailer Roundtables featuring peer to peer sharing of real life experiences, practical solutions and informal discussions about the current and future business of retail.

Celebratory networking events were plentiful and included the following highlights from the week:

The Design Center Editor’s Choice Awards honored designers who break the boundaries of innovation and originality, while combining new trends and classic ideas. The panel of judges included Paula Lee, Accessories Editor at Oprah Magazine, Catherine Davis, Senior Jewelry Market Editor at Hearst Design Group, Grace Fuller, Jewelry Editor for W Magazine, Sam Brokema, Accessories Director at Instyle, Rachel Garrahan, Jewelry Writer for The Jewellery Editor, Financial Times and International New York Times. Winners Included: Lillian Ismail (Kickstarter), Spencer Fine Jewelry (Rising Star), and Tresor (Resident). A full list of nominees can be found at: lasvegas.jckonline.com/DCAwards.

The Design Center Top 50 Retailer Awards honored retailers who exceed the standards of excellence in their promotion, merchandising and sales of designer jewelry. Top 10 honorees included (in order): Jewels That Dance, Asheville, NC; Greenwich Jewelers, New York, NY; ZFolio Gallery, Solvang, CA; Aaron Faber, New York, NY; Alara Jewelry, Bozeman, MT; Squash Blossom, Vail, CO; Higashi Pearls and Fine Jewelry, Lemoyne, PA; The Wooden Jewel, Sunriver, OR; Dandelion Jewelry, Philadelphia, PA and The Polished Edge, Kansas City, MO. The full list of Top 50 winners are available at: lasvegas.jckonline.com/DCAwards.

JCK Think Tank featured technology vendors who pitched their innovative product to an audience who voted live to determine the winner. This year’s finalist included: 3SI Security Systems, B9Creations, GemFind, White Pine Trading LLC and this year’s winner Joseph Asher Jewelry.

JCK Rocks the Bowl culminated a successful week in Las Vegas. The event, which replaced JCK Rocks the Beach as the industry’s Jewelry Week send-off party, took place Wednesday evening at new super-venue, Brooklyn Bowl. JCKers brought down the multi-level, multi-media space—bowling at the 30+ lanes, enjoying upscale comfort food by Blue Ribbon NYC, the JCK Sweet Shop, and grooving the night away to spins from DJ Cory and acclaimed cover band Grooveline.

Other industry events throughout the week included: Diamonds Do Good Awards Gala supporting the Diamond Empowerment Fund, Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association Gala & Awards Dinner, Plumb Club Gala, the JCK and Plumb Club Breakfast where the Diamond Producers Association (DPA) announced plans to promote diamonds with a $50M budget and featured an inspirational keynote by NY Times Bestselling Author, Charles Duhigg, Rapaport’s State of the Diamond Industry Breakfast, LeVian’s Red Carpet Revue, Jewelers for Children Facets of Hope Dinner and many more.

JCK will return to its previous day pattern in 2018, taking place Friday, June 1 – Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. AGTA GemFair™ will be open from Thursday, May 31 – Monday, June 4, 2018. As previously announced, JCK will join forces in 2018 with the Palm Beach Show Group to debut the Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch pavilion located on the JCK Las Vegas show floor. The Pavilion will present the finest jewelry and watch dealers from around the world, showcasing their one-of-a-kind pieces and offering a momentous shopping experience to the trade. For more information on the Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch pavilion, view our recent announcement at: lasvegas.jckonline.com/Estate

Save the date for JCK Las Vegas 2018:

Friday, June 1 – Monday, June 4, 2018
Mandalay Bay Convention Center

For more information, visit www.jckonline.com/lasvegas


GEMOLOGUE’s Unique Jewels of LUXURY 2017


Liza Urla is the founder of GEMOLOGUE, jewelry blogger, consultant and creative muse, known for her exquisite taste and fashion flair paired with European attitude and Asian upbringing. Liza devoted her time to the things that inspire her, living and travelling all over the world, consulting in jewelry industry, and art directing editorials.

With her in-depth knowledge, reinforced by a gemology degree, and many years of experience, Liza has established herself as a jewelry influencer famous for her show-stopping jewelry looks. Her experiences at our 2017 JCK and LUXURY Las Vegas are captured on her Instagram and the collaborations she created can be viewed on her blog.

Here’s a glimpse at GEMOLOGUE’s blog post about her trip to LUXURY Las Vegas: “From a different side of the world, I woke up in Vegas and to my luck, I found myself surrounded by shiny objects! I’m at the JCK Luxury show in Las Vegas again this year and this time I’m on the lookout for unique jewels to inspire you… So sit back and enjoy this unique collection of some of the most beautiful, one-of-a-kind jewels from the JCK Luxury Show 2017. I’ve got interviews with some amazing jewellery designers, with some unique behind-the-scenes coverage of my Las Vegas experience.”

Read all about her entire experience at JCK and LUXURY Las Vegas 2017 »


The Amazing Woman Who Turns Designer Duds into Cash for Charity

The Amazing Woman Who Turns Designer Duds into Cash for Charity

We had the opportunity to learn more about Christena Reinhard, the amazing woman behind Union & Fifth – a non-profit, online, fundraising platform turning donated women’s designer duds into cash for charity.

Check out our conversation on the JCK Insider Blog »


Next Up! LUXURY Privé

Next Up! LUXURY Privé

The summer's most exclusive jewelry buying event, LUXURY Privé, will take place Sunday, July 23 – Tuesday, July 25 at a brand new destination, the Intercontinental Barclay in New York City. This new Privé home will provide a new mode of luxury to its guest and offers the perfect setting for a boutique jewelry event. Meet with brands and manufacturers you may have missed in Las Vegas or those who may be new to you!

Make LUXURY Privé your next buying destination and meet with new brands and emerging designers from our impressive roster of over 50 brands. From our Sunday Bloody Mary Brunch and live entertainment, to Merchandise Raffles and show floor events, LUXURY Privé is a jewelry event unlike any other in New York.

Want More? Check out the full list »

Here are a few events and features to add to your agenda:

Emerging Designers
Discover your next favorite designer, making their US trade show debut in LUXURY Privé’s brand new destination. Noteworthy additions to the 2017 roster will bring fresh jewelry designs including Julie Lamb NY, Lost Bird Designs, Chateau Euphorie, Clare Ullman Design and Alessandro Barellini Firenze!

Merchandise Credit Sweepstakes Drawing
Sunday, July 23 and Monday, July 24 at 4:00 PM
Tuesday, July 25 at 2:30pm
Enter daily for your chance to win up to $2,500 in merchandise credits. Drawings will be held at 4:00 PM on Sunday and Monday, and 2:30pm on Tuesday. Be sure to visit with exhibitors to receive tickets!

After Hours Happy Hour*
Sunday, July 23, 5:00pm – 7:00pm, Gin Bar, Hotel Lobby, Level 1
Inspired by Dutch and English gin bars of the 1920’s, The Gin Parlour offers a countless array of selective brands and varieties, perfect for every palate. The bar proudly serves 88 premium gins in addition to a wide variety of other traditional favorites, and features a modern cuisine that pays tribute to the international culture and history of New York City dining.

Keynote Breakfast*
Speaker: Lori Monaco, President, Fashion Footwear, Accessories & Luxury
Monday, July 24, 8:00 am – 10:00 am, Barclay Salon, Level 1
Join Lori Monaco for a thought-stimulating look into the state of retail, how consumers shop today and what this means for the luxury watch market.

*Events are open to Legacy Elite, Legacy, and All-Access badge holders only.

While in New York, enjoy these partnering industry events:

WJA’s Awards for Excellence Dinner
Monday, July 24th at 6:30pm
LUXURY Privé attendees receive $25 off the ticket cost

AGS Circle of Distinction Dinner
Tuesday, July 25th at 6:00pm
Save $100 on your ticket with your LUXURY Privé registration

Click here for the full event schedule »

LUXURY Privé registration is open to all qualified buyers! Register today and start making plans for the summer’s hottest jewelry event in NYC


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