Author: Brittany Siminitz

Nature Calls

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Flora and fauna from the desert   When you think desert, you don’t envision the lushest of places. There is vegetation and life, yes, but not the rich green leaves and shiny flower petals that you might find in a different landscape. At JCK Tucson, you will find those things–only they won’t be out in the desert. Amongst the glorious gemstones are designs kissed by nature, crafted as an ode to the outdoors. Textures of bark and sea and stone, and flowers and leaves enliven the show floor, many the backdrop for those gemstones you come to covet. These jewels…


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New Year, New Wish List

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What to see (and stock) at JCK Tucson 2018 Ready for JCK Tucson? After this preview, you’ll be pumped, primed, and packing your bags. I got a look at some of the pieces our awesome exhibitors are planning to showcase and, though it was tough to choose just one per brand or designer, managed to make a wish list of sorts—things I want, obviously, but more important, things you’ll want to see. From the clever creations of the Design Center to the global influence of the international brands, there’s a lot to love. Only more reasons to be #JCKTucsonBound.


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Design of the Times: Pascal Lacroix

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Raised in the south of France, Pascal Lacroix honed his love for jewelry making under the guidance of his sculptor and designer father first, then embarked on his own exploration into the world of creative jewelry making. Now an award-winning designer, Lacroix specializes in sculptural, artistic creations for the wrist—bracelets, that is. You’ll find a number of his gorgeous collections at JCK Tucson this year, but we couldn’t wait until then to chat with him about wrist wear, inspiration, and the design process. Jewelry runs in your family. I’ve read that you were inspired by the work of your father,…


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4 Things to Do in Tucson (Besides Shop for Gems)

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Woo-hoo, you’re Tucson Bound! It’s nearly time for JCK Tucson and the rest of the area’s gem shows—and with the holiday season officially over, you can concentrate on your plans. First up: Make a list of must-see exhibitors for JCK Tucson, and get up to speed on the scheduled events (do that here). Once you’ve finalized your show plans, why not round out your itinerary with some fun activities outside of the show? After all, this is something like a vacation for many attendees—or at least it should be! The beautiful Arizona setting is not one to waste, and the…


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Black Friday Retailer Report

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Retailers share news from the start of the holiday shopping season As you may have heard, predictions that shoppers would spend big this holiday shopping season have proven correct so far, with a record $5 billion reportedly taken in in 24 hours. But the real news is digital sales, which account for an increasing portion of Black Friday sales each year. In-store sales were reportedly down, but only slightly from 2016. While the final word on the holiday shopping season is still TBD, the news is encouraging for business owners everywhere. We wanted to know how retailers across the country…


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