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Summertime Blues


Fashion trends come and go, but some items remain synonymous with summer despite the passage of time. For example, warm-weather wardrobe staples like cut-off jean shorts, tank tops, and maxi dresses never seem out of style. Their equivalent in the jewelry world is turquoise. Peaceful and serene, yet electric and eye-catching, turquoise comes in many different silhouettes. Historical squash blossom jewelry may come to mind when you think of turquoise—the look is prevalent in Native American culture and the Southwest—but the stone decorates jewelry in all forms and sizes. Recent additions include small stud earrings with a tiny round of…

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Past and Future Perfect


How quickly time passes! We’re nearing the two-month mark since the start of JCK Las Vegas 2019. And frankly, we’re not ready to let it go. Whether you were an exhibitor or an attendee, we hope you fostered fruitful connections that will blossom all year and carry into next year. We can’t resist a bit of reminiscing—and thanks to Instagram, we can easily indulge in our favorite moments. Give us your #TBTs, your #latergrams, your #FBFs! Keep tagging @jckevents with memories of your time in Vegas, as we plan for next year’s big event. We love reliving sweet memories through…

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Here’s the Word


What the second annual JCK State of the Industry Report Says to Stock The second annual JCK State of the Industry Report was recently released, offering a glimpse into not only the current state of things, but predictions on what the future holds, too. The results paint a picture of an industry bracing for change, and readying itself to take on some of the biggest components that promise to affect businesses not only around the country, but around the world. With an 86% JCK Jewelry Industry Confidence Index—a mere two percentage points down from last year’s report—we’re still feeling positive…

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Full Circle: Kirk Jewelers


Kirk Jewelers has been family owned and operated in downtown Miami for over 70 years since Julian Kirk Sr. decided to expand his family’s diamond wholesale business from New York City to Miami in 1947. Four generations later, the store is rooted in bringing customers quality merchandise and service. The Kirk family considers their customers to be their friends, which they’ve obtained through ethical business practices, courtesy, knowledge and understanding of the jewelry industry and exceptional service. We caught up with Allison Strongin, President of Kirk Jewelers, to learn more about her journey in the jewelry industry, how Kirk Jewelers…

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Design of the Times: Cameo & Beyond


Cameo & Beyond uses fine porcelain as the foundation of a modern take on cameo jewelry. Founders Francesco and Soraya Paolillo ventured to reinterpret the inspirational success of the family heritage from Torre del Greco, the world-renowned city known for cameo design and manufacturing. We caught up with Francesco to learn more about his inspiration, what separates his brand from others and more: How did your journey in the jewelry industry begin?Our family has a long heritage in the cameo jewelry industry. What was the initial inspiration for your brand?My wife! She made me re-discover cameo after a long time….

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