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Tourmaline in Tucson

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The stone to know before you go When you’re #JCKTucsonBound, you’re already expecting to be delighted by a number of gemstones, both known to you and brand new. Arizona is practically synonymous with turquoise, so you expect that. You’ll be looking forward to sumptuous sapphires, regal rubies, and you can bet you’ll be oohing and aahing over opals. Most exciting for some is the prospect of finding a gemstone that prompts the question, “What is that?!” Somewhere in between those categories is the mighty tourmaline, a gemstone tried-and-true but also surprising—there always seems to be a new variation, a new…


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4 Days in the Life at JCK Tucson

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Featuring jewelry designer and exhibitor Dana Bronfman Got your schedule chock full for your visit to JCK Tucson? If so, that’s great! If not, that’s fine, too. I’m about to lay out a schedule of what your visit could look like, if you want to take advantage of everything the show has to offer. For good measure, I’ve asked jewelry designer Dana Bronfman, a returning exhibitor who knows her way around JCK Tucson, to let us know what her days will look like. It’s all about perspective. Wednesday, January 31 6:30 a.m.–7:30 a.m. Morning Hike Why not take advantage of…


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That’s Lunch

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What’s on the menu at JCK Tucson We’ve all been there. You’re cramming your day full of appointments, meetings, browsing amazing gems and jewelry, and just generally getting caught up in all the sights and sounds of the show floor—and then it happens. Your stomach rumbles so loudly you’re afraid the entire show can hear. Surely you didn’t forget to eat lunch again…did you? You check your watch—it’s 3 p.m. You reach into your bag for yesterday’s half-eaten granola bar and try to pretend that it’s satisfying. Cue the infomercial slogan: There’s gotta be a better way! And there is! Because…


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Design of the Times: Conni Mainne

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You’re prepping for (or in the midst of) the holiday rush now, but in the blink of an eye, it’ll be February, and you may be boarding a plane to JCK Tucson. While there, you’ll encounter a plentiful list of jewelry brands and designers—one of them, the wonderful Conni Mainne. A jewelry designer hailing from the north coast of California, Mainne is known for her handmade, nature-inspired creations, made with conflict-free and recycled materials. If you’re into moonstone, this is one you won’t want to miss—they’re an integral aspect of the artist’s work (though you’ll find a selection of other…


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The 2017 Retailer Holiday Survival Guide

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Tips from your fellow jewelry retailers on making the most of this holiday season   Ready or not, the holidays are here. You’re stocked. You’ve cleaned. You’ve advertised. Now, all you need to do is put on a big smile, greet those customers, and send them off with something just perfect for their gifting needs. But what about all the little things in between—when your feet ache, your stomach is growling, and you have paper cuts from wrapping those gifts in the back room? We asked some of our favorite retailers what they do to survive the holiday sales rush,…


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