Category: General

Know the Stone: Aquamarine


The year 2020 may be one of Classic Blue, but we can still play with shades a bit. In fact, some of the most beautiful pairings come when dark and light hues of the same color combine, showcasing beautiful range and creating an ombré effect. So while we celebrate sapphires (as one should), we cheer lighter blue gemstones, too. Aquamarine is a particularly sweet example, and one that’s well-received in a range of categories—not only in fashion and fine jewelry, but for wedding rings as well. Aquamarine is gaining popularity among brides-to-be, with more engagement rings featuring the stone. This…

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What’s That Stone?


These designers do gems differently When you visit Arizona during Tucson Gem Weeks, you’re bound to come across rare and unusual gemstones. You may know all of them. Some might be new to you. Or perhaps you’ve seen them before, but you’re intrigued to learn more. Many of the brands and designers at JCK Tucson showcase styles that make you stop and ask, “What kind of stone is that?” The question often prompts enthralling discussions and mini educational moments that you can wisely re-gift to your customers. Some brands seek out these stones, finding that their own aesthetics work well…

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Fireside Chat: Lauren Johansen of AGS


Lauren Johansen, CSA, is the Director of Membership Strategy and Experience for the American Gem Society (AGS). Johansen joins us, her colleagues and many AGS members at JCK, including JCK Tucson 2020 next week, to help deepen her understanding of what’s new and next in the jewelry industry, as well as offer everyone in attendance the benefits of AGS membership. Find her at JCK Tucson with AGS, Booth #L102, as they continue their practice of consumer protection by setting, maintaining and promoting the highest standards of ethical conduct and professional behavior through education, accreditation, re-certification of its membership, gemological standards…

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Leader of the Pack


3 other things to pack for JCK Tucson It’s time to pack for JCK Tucson! Some dread this process, dragging their heels and throwing whatever looks clean into the suitcase at the last minute; others revel in it, trying on outfits, matching a new shoe to each look and even making note of the best lipstick to wear. Whichever packing type describes you (you’re likely somewhere between the two extremes), you probably know pretty well what you need to bring. But between your clean socks and business-casual attire, here are a few basics you shouldn’t forget this year. Happy packing!…

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2020 Vision


Make this the year of new things It’s natural for a new year to feel like a fresh start. That’s why resolutions abound. (It’s also why your gym is unusually crowded.) But you don’t need specific resolutions to put a little extra pep in your step, especially when it comes to your day-to-day life in the store. The holidays have likely left your inventory with some holes to fill. While it’s important to restock what you sold successfully, try to branch out and venture beyond your basics. Avoid anything too out there (no flash-in-the-pan trends destined for the clearance case),…

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