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Be Mine

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Our favorite jewels on theme for Valentine’s Day Today is Valentine’s Day, so by now you’ve probably had your share of customers seeking out that perfect gift for their someone special. Which likely means your store is already stocked with whatever you need for this lover’s holiday.  From your traditional, on-theme presents (who doesn’t love a good piece of heart jewelry any day of the year?), to the completely unexpected, you might have a range of demands from your shoppers this year, maybe more than ever.  But it sure is fun to play with a good theme. Valentine’s Day has…


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JCK Industry Fund: Women’s Jewelry Association Update

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The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) was established in 1983 as a community for women in the jewelry industry in which they could access help with career advancement and development through networking, education, leadership development and the provision of member services. WJA has been successful in building a strong community of successful, driven women and continues to carry on its mission today as an international membership organization. Similar to WJA’s values, the JCK Industry Fund was created around the belief that it is an essential element and part of JCK’s corporate responsibility to give back and continue to nurture an industry…


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Design of the Times: Conni Mainne

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Conni Mainne began her journey in jewelry design when she was only 15-years-old, and since then, she has had extensive training both academically and independently to build the success of her brand today. Inspired by nature, Mainne creates mystical designs in her studio in Mendocino, CA, using striking shapes found in botanicals, surf, nautilus, clouds, stars and the moon. She joined us at JCK Tucson 2019 to exhibit her newest designs, and we couldn’t wait to get a sneak peek at what she has in store for this year, her design process, and more. How did your journey in the…


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JCK Tucson 2019 Design Challenge Winners

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Last week, industry members gathered at JCK Tucson 2019 to enjoy a relaxing yet productive week of discoveries, networking, education and special events to fully experience the jewelry industry’s winter oasis. The show boasted an impressive lineup of designers showcasing one-of-a-kind gemstones and jewelry. While each designer offered something beautiful and unique, the JCK Tucson Design Challenge is offered as a way to highlight and honor designers who think out-of-the-box and who take exceptional pride in materials and craftsmanship. Most importantly, the Design Challenge commends those who break the boundaries of jewelry design. We determined the 2019 winners over an…


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Know the Stone: Tourmaline

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When it comes to gemstones you’ll find at JCK Tucson 2019, tourmaline is about as popular as it gets—and for good reason. With one of the widest color ranges of any gemstone, you can easily understand why it’s such a favorite among jewelry designers and consumers alike. Tourmaline has often been confused with other gemstones—emerald, ruby, and the like—its name comes from the Sinhalese toramalli, which means “mixed gems.” It’s a downright treasure to behold in any shade, from the island-evoking Paraiba to the super cool watermelon tourmaline. What’s so amazing about this stone is the way it inspires such…


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