JCK Tucson 2019 Announces AJDC Exhibition and Exciting Event Additions

Feb 01, 2019

NORWALK, CT (February 1, 2019) – JCK is proud to announce its partnership with the American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) to showcase the all new CONVERGENCE exhibit, featuring one-of-a-kind themed designs from over twenty AJDC members, during the 2019 JCK Tucson show at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, February 6th – 9th. In addition, detailed new themes for the In-Store Experience and Fireside Chats are confirmed, focusing on the need to engage customers and heighten the in-store selling experience.

“JCK Tucson is proud to partner with AJDC, showcasing their latest membership collection entitled CONVERGENCE, as an addition to the prestigious designers, educators and networking opportunities we have planned,” says Katie Dominesey, Event Vice President, JCK Tucson. “Our In-Store Experience area and our Fireside Chats this year will focus on the customer experience and ways that retailers can achieve and/or enhance sustainability and consumer engagement, offering retailers an opportunity to leave feeling inspired and with actionable takeaways they can implement in their stores.”


Following its impressive opening at the Headley-Whitney Museum of Art in late 2018, CONVERGENCE, a unique curated collection of one-of-a-kind jewels or objects d’art from American Jewelry Design Council members, will be on display at the entrance of the Arizona Ballroom during JCK Tucson 2019.  CONVERGENCE features nearly 100 selected works by AJDC members from the most recent of their annual design projects, including themes of ICE, WAVE, FIRE, TRANSFORMATION and STRIPES. Twenty of these products will be on display next week.


Sponsored by GoGreen Diamonds and nestled into the show floor, the In-Store Experience area will highlight a different theme each day to inspire retailers with events they can plan in their own stores to engage their local clientele. Events/themes such as:

  • Salsa & Margarita Tasting
  • Custom Calligraphy
  • Bracelet Making

Learn more here»


Powered by industry organizations like the American Gem Society and the Responsible Jewellery Council, these daily talks, panels, seminars and discussions will highlight relevant and current topics that help retailers engage customers, enhance loyalty and convert shoppers to buyers. 

  • Can Inspiration Influence your Business? – Powered by AGS, this panel has designers and retailers alike discussing how they become and stay inspired. Learn more here»
  • The Benefits of Acting on Corporate Social Responsibility – Powered by RJC and moderated by Brandee Dallow, this esteemed panel will explore the many benefits of having a robust approach to CSR. Learn more here»
  • Key Conversion Points… How to Add Value and Convert Customers – Award winning retailer Elle Hill explores various consumer touch points and how retailers can anticipate and exceed their customers’ needs and expectations. Learn more here»
  • How Editors Speak to and Engage with Their Customers – Moderated by Jen Cullen Williams of Luxury Brand Group, this panel will discuss helpful tips on customer engagement from Emerald Carroll of the influential blog The Stone Set, and consumer media editor Shane Clark of Glamour.com and previously Brides Magazine. Learn more here»


JCK Tucson never fails to offer attendees a rich schedule of events, featuring experiential activations, educational talks and networking gatherings. Some highlights for 2019 include: 

  • Roger Dery Gem Cutting – World-renowned Gem-Cutter Roger Dery will perform live gem cutting sessions. All the stones cut are available for purchase with all proceeds going to the JFC. Learn more here»
  • 3rd Annual Gems After Dark – games, networking, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres sponsored by Gen-Next Jewelers, Women’s Jewelry Association, Jewelers of America, American Gem Society Young Titleholders and IDCA. Learn more here»
  • JCK Tucson Design Challenge – design competition that highlights and honors jewelry designers who think outside the box and break the mold of normal jewelry design. Retail Partner: London Jewelers, NY. Learn more here»

As always, JCK Tucson has an impressive and diverse lineup of quality designers, including Aaron Henry Designs, Alex Sepkus, Dana Bronfman, Kaali Designs, John Atencio and Tresor. View the full Exhibitor Directory here»

Additionally, JCK Tucson encourages attendees to participate in daily happy hours and soak in the full beauty and spirituality of their surroundings. Morning hikes and the daily Mitakuye Oyasin Morning Ritual add opportunities for attendees to make their intentions known to the universe through the traditional burning of sage.

The show is a short distance from downtown Tucson, with complimentary shuttle service running every 30 minutes beginning at 8:30 am. The last shuttle leaves the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa at 6:30 pm. Shuttles sponsored by: Alex Sepkus.

If you are interested in sponsorships or exhibiting in 2020 (February 5-8, 2020), contact Nina Mancini at 203-840-5469 or nmancini@reedjewelrygroup.com

If you are interested in attending JCK Tucson 2019, register online here»

About JCK:

JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing, or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK Magazine — the leading industry publication in print & online - JCK offers a suite of tools and events to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. For more information on JCK Events, visit jckonline.com.

About JCK Tucson:

Taking place amidst Tucson Gem Weeks, JCK Tucson is the jewelry industry’s intimate winter oasis for buying and networking in a relaxing yet productive environment. Ideal for the retailer who covets design and/or creates custom jewelry, JCK Tucson is a curated destination of finished jewelry and loose gemstones, technology, and services from the finest designers and suppliers with the utmost integrity.

About AJDC:

American Jewelry Design Council (AJDC) is a non-profit educational corporation, which recognizes and promotes the appreciation of original jewelry design as art. Essential to every culture, art is the vehicle for expressing emotions and ideas in a personal and creative manner. To that end the AJDC is committed to raising the awareness of the jewelry industry, the art community, the media and the consumer about the aesthetic value of artistic fine jewelry. Members of the American Jewelry Design Council are dedicated to elevating the caliber of jewelry design through educational activities and to challenging professional jewelry designers worldwide to actualize their creative potential.  www.ajdc.org

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