Tag: Design Center at JCK

Artisan Movement

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A preview of JCK’s Design Center At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s time to shine a light on one of favorite parts of JCK Las Vegas—again. Every year, I anticipate the treasures no doubt waiting within the rows of the show’s Design Center neighborhood, and anxiously await the unveiling of the latest group of JCK Rising Stars. These are your creators: Masters of metal, geniuses with gemstones, artists of epic proportions. If it’s perspective you’re looking for, there’s more than enough to go around in this corner of the show. Inspiration comes from a range of…


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Full Circle With Ann Ko, Liven Co.

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Ann Ko, the third-generation creative director/designer of Liven Co. jewelry, was actually once on the path to becoming a doctor! We’re thankful she changed her mind and decided to pursue gemology, because she now makes gorgeous jewelry for us all to enjoy.  Since taking over the family business, which her grandfather started in Taiwan, Ann has designed more contemporary pieces in an effort to stay current and create collections that speak to her.  We chatted with her this week about the inspiration she draws from uncommon places, advice she has for up-and-coming designers, and her own personal style. We’re very…


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Full Circle With Dana Bronfman

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Best known for her “quietly bold” style, Dana Bronfman went from nonprofit to jewelry design on a creative whim and now has one of the most uniquely inspired lines in the industry. It’s been quite the journey for Bronfman so far: She began her jewelry career in San Francisco at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, and then made her way to Santa Fe as an apprentice. Now she’s crafting her own pieces inspired by the industrial architecture of the Big Apple, the city she currently calls home. Bronfman is one of the designers who are gearing up for JCK…


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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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