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Weekend in Review

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Cue the red carpet. The JCK team settled into New York City this past weekend, pleased to be a part of the industry events to kick off the new year. Calendars were booked full of meetings by the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), Jewelers’ Security Alliance, the JCK Advisory Board, the Gem Awards, 24 Karat and more.  Such a glamorous and enriching weekend deserves tribute, so here’s a look back at the highlights from our perspective.   JCK Advisory Board The JCK Advisory Board, comprised of prominent industry suppliers, retailers and association leaders, gathered in New York to discuss important updates…


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Designer Brand for the Modern, Elegant Woman

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East coast based designer brand JeweLyrie is thrilled to bring their fine jewelry line to Jewelry Industry’s Winter Oasis for the first time. Huan Wang, the artist behind JeweLyrie, designs contemporary fine jewelry to enhance modern women’s elegance. With a free spirit and dreams of forging her way on a creative path, Huan’s love of metalsmithing combined with her formal training in fashion design led to the creation of a contemporary collection that is infused with a sense of movement and grace. Passionate about ballet, her works’ identifying characteristic is a twist that was inspired by a dancer’s pirouette. She…


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Full Circle with Maria Aguirre of Benold’s Jewelers

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As the new owner of Benold’s Jewelers in Austin, TX, Maria Aguirre certainly has her work cut out for her. The business, founded in 1929, was family-owned for most of its lifespan and then sold in 2006 to its manager at the time, Milton Doolittle. It was in 2017 that Aguirre—already an employee of Benold’s—purchased the store. Below, we talk with her about longevity, keeping stock, and looking forward to the new year. JCK: Give us some background about how you got into the jewelry business. Maria Aguirre: I have owned Benold’s Jewelers since June 2017, but I have been…


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Meet El Dorado Jewelry

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El Dorado Jewelry is an all service jewelry manufacturer. They help design and produce all types of jewelry and related items and also have all kinds of trendy new items and “bread and butter” pieces for your in store needs. In the spring of 2002, two ’95 USC graduates from Hong Kong were given permission to stay permanently in the US. Leaving their careers in the jewelry business behind, the two came to settle in Los Angeles. They brought with them well established relationships with a few jewelry factories in mainland China and their familiarity with the trade and thus,…


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Full Circle with Marthe Le Van of Mora Collection

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Bold. Modern. Jewelry. Three words that accurately describe Mora Collection, but not nearly enough to explain the experience and depth of owner, Marthe Le Van. With a unique start as editor and publisher of jewelry related book collections, Marthe became influential in jewelry design without sitting behind a tool bench. She graciously claims that her experiences have been a series of marvelous stumbles shortly following her educational studies in the arts at Sarah Lawrence College. Her passion for jewelry in its art form transpires into Mora Collection, where you can expect to see gallery style presentations of the most unique,…


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