Category: JCK Spotlight

JCK Spotlight Retail Feature: Cheri Swan, Something Silver

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We recently had the opportunity to chat with Cheri Swan, the owner of the retail store Something Silver. Cheri graduated from UCLA with plans to go into marketing, but quickly decided that she wanted something more than a traditional office job. She first dipped her toes in the retail pool at the Gap, where she was a manager at the store level for a few years, and then began working with an old friend for a much smaller retail store that sold high-end accessories and sterling silver jewelry. Finally, Cheri took a risk and moved to Seattle to start her…


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Retail Feature: Robert Hallett, Goldsmith

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Rob Hallett and his wife, Kyle, didn’t always plan on going into business together. In fact, they didn’t even set out for careers in the jewelry industry to begin with. Rob had decided to major in physics in college. He loved to “blow things up” when he was younger with his dad and his brothers, he told us, laughing. He always considered himself a “boy scientist,” which made physics the perfect match. However, he realized he did not like the math part of the subject: That wasn’t what he enjoyed about science. Instead, he took a chance and decided to pursue…


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JCK Spotlights: LaserStar Technologies & TechForm Advanced Casting

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LaserStar Technologies According to LaserStar Technologies Corporation, 10 years ago a laser welder was considered a luxury in the jewelry industry. Nowadays, it is a necessity. It comes down to helping jewelers save time and money while still ensuring the highest-quality product. That’s what LaserStar aims to do for the jewelry industry, and it has already revolutionized the way jewelers can design and repair pieces. LaserStar will be making its JCK Tucson debut in the MJSA Pavilion, ready to educate and unveil new technology. We chatted with Communications Director Gail Farias to learn a little bit more about the workings…


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JCK Spotlights: The Myanmar Pavilion at JCK Tucson

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There are so many new and exciting collections waiting to be discovered at JCK Tucson in February, but one of the most highly anticipated showings of 2017 is the Myanmar gems, along with the groups that will be exhibiting these stunning Burmese rubies, jade, other gemstones, and finished jewelry. Burmese rubies and jade date all the way back to the Pagan Dynasty when Myanmar royalty used to don them. However, mostly they were dedicated to the Buddhist religion and used only for display. The United States has had a ban in place since 2008 on investment in Burma (now known as…


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JCK Spotlights: B9Creations

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The MJSA Pavilion is going to be one of the most fascinating areas to explore this February at JCK Tucson. Filled with some of the brightest innovators of the industry, it will showcase companies marrying technology and jewelry to bring more advanced manufacturing methods to designers and unique experiences and products to their customers. B9Creations, founded by Mike Joyce in 2011, broke barriers in technology when it developed what is known as the B9Creator. The 3-D printing machine is taking jewelry manufacturing and the customer experience to a whole new level. This week, we’re getting an in-depth look at B9Creations,…


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