Ready Set Jet: Argentina Vacation Journal

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Katie Dominesey Vacation Journal

Where did you go on vacation? I went to Argentina over Thanksgiving week. 4 days in Buenos Aires and 4 days down in Patagonia… an amazing week! What was your favorite memory from your trip? Hands down, one of the best things I’ve done in my life was the all-day glacier trek. We took a boat, a 3km walk on cliffs near waterfalls, until we walked about 10 miles (with crampons on our hiking boots) on the glacier. It felt like we were on another planet- a planet of icy merengue! It is definitely my new happy place, and if…

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Full Circle with Joanne Teichman, Ylang 23

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Joanne Teichman Ylang 23 JCK Full Circle

Happy Friday! We got lucky to catch up with Joanne Teichman, Owner of Ylang 23 before the hectic holiday season and hope you enjoy going Full Circle with such an inspiring force in our industry and JCK Community. Not all too long ago, jewelry was only seen by the majority in magazines, trade shows and was very exclusive. Joanne broke the barriers of this and created a website dedicated to selling some of the best ‘forward mix’ of designer jewelry. Ylang 23 had a plethora of firsts including free 2 day shipping in 2005, first online trunk show in 2007, first…

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Vasant Designs & Squash Blossom

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Design of the Times

JCK Tucson (February 3-7,2016) is 8 weeks away and it’s been rewarding to not only share what talent will be there, but WHY. Business should be personal and in the JCK community it is. It’s important to get up close and personal with our artists that are attending or showcasing their collection. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking with retailer Squash Blossom and a Design Center ballroom exhibitor, Vasant Designs. Both companies have a like-minded philosophy in fostering and helping emerging designers. John and Patti Cogswell are the owners of Vail, Coloardo based Sqaush Blossom and they have…

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Aaron Faber Gallery & Dana Bronfman

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Design of the Times

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and if you’re feeling guilty about all that turkey, please remember this. I am a self-proclaimed jewelry geek, and that is a large part of why I was chosen to be this year’s JCK Design Ambassador. Since my jewelry journey inception in 2006, I’ve been following and admiring many a jeweler and retailer and last week I dished on two at the top of my list: The Aaron Faber Gallery and Dana Bronfman. We are honored to have Patricia Faber on our advisory board this year for JCK Tucson. She is helping us curate…

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Designer Dish: Alexis Barbeau & Alishan

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Design of the Times

Last week, I dished on two industry heavyweights who will be showcasing their eclectic collections at JCK Tucson (February 3-7,2016). Alexis Barbeau Designs and Alishan are true artisans who both manufacture and hand make their jewelry from idea to finished product in their studio.  Charmed by the ocean and nature, Alexis Barbeau uses lost wax casting and fabrication to create designs of texture and shape and adds precious stones to create sparkling glimpses of intrigue. Alishan’s treatment of precious metals and exotic materials is masterly, being a self-taught goldsmith.  The combination of high polished metal and hand textured ornamentation bring out the beauty…

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