Category: Design of the Times

Design of the Times: Elizabeth Garvin & Suzy Landa

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Design of the Times

As the December days get ever shorter, I’m daydreaming about sunny, warmer days in Tucson. We all need a gem fix right about now, and the designers you’ll see at JCK Tucson are the perfect cure.  Two of my favorite designers will be exhibiting this year, and I can’t wait to see their new, vibrant collections. Elizabeth Garvin Elizabeth Garvin took a fateful metalworking class in college, and had an epiphany: She recognized that with precious metal, she would never learn it all, or run out of inspiration to create. She made jewelry her career, starting with a bench in…

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Design of the Times: Atelier Zobel and John Atencio

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It’s never too early to begin the countdown to JCK Tucson! I’m getting excited already: the setting at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass resort, friends, gems, and beautiful jewelry all against the singular backdrop of the Tucson landscape. The designers exhibiting at JCK Tucson this time represent an intriguing cross section of design veterans with an established vision, and emerging artists spreading their wings. Kicking off 2017 in the desert is sure to be memorable, so register here and don’t miss out on a single part of it! Peter Schmid, Atelier Zobel One of my favorite places at JCK Tucson…

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Full Circle with Deeta Thakural

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I had the pleasure of meeting Deeta Thakural at JCK Las Vegas, she was kind, humble and had a strong passion for her craft. Her team embodied the same characteristics and as I listened to the stories behind the designs, it was evident I was surrounded by something special. That feeling is common when walking around the Design Center, chalk board booths filled with inspiration and a community of designers at each phase in their career. The neighborhood is made up of an eclectic and talented roster that I remember anxiously awaiting who the three Editors Choice Award winners would be. The…

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Full Circle with Vicky Lew, Vicky Lew London

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If you’re a first time reader to this series, the month of August and September are dedicated to those who won big at JCK (it is Olympic season after-all) and today’s feature is going to a designer to watch. The jewelry community got a taste of Vicky Lew London at her first-ever JCK Las Vegas and safe to say, she left everyone wanting more.  An exhibitor in the Design Center, Vicky and her less than 1 year old company dove head first into the brand’s American debut. Vicky was one of seven chosen to represent the inaugural Kickstarter class— a program…

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Designer Dish: Sholdt and Rona Fisher

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JCK Las Vegas starts in a matter of days!  I have two more jewelry designers making waves with distinctive design on my list to visit in the Design Center.  Meet Kalee Sholdt and Rona Fisher, resident designers who create a culture within their companies as well as the industry.  It sounds like they are looking forward to seeing jewelry friends as much as I am! Kalee Sholdt I remember working with Sholdt when I first moved to Seattle and worked for Fox’s Gem Shop: I was so taken with the sculptural quality of the rings. They were striking yet classic and…

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