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4 Days in the Life: A JCK Tucson Itinerary


With notes and tips from jewelry designer and JCK exhibitor Dana Bronfman Hey, planners! This one is especially for you. If you like to have a timeline of events as you embark on your annual trek to Tucson, we’ve rounded up a schedule of things you can’t miss when attending JCK Tucson. For the third year in a row, we teamed with the fabulous jewelry designer and JCK Tucson exhibitor Dana Bronfman to get her take on the must sees and dos in Tucson, including some of her favorite memories of past events and tips for those doing it all…

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A Gem of a Weekend


It was a big weekend for the jewelry industry—one that brings out the most sparkling crowds (and we’re not just talking about the jewelry)—with a trio of unforgettable events for the memory books. If you couldn’t be there, surely you saw some of the highlights on Instagram, or heard about the best moments through the grapevine. Here’s a recap of what you missed. JCK Advisory Board The JCK Advisory Board, comprised of prominent industry suppliers, retailers and association leaders, gathered in New York to discuss JCK Las Vegas 2019. This group’s feedback and ideas are instrumental in building and shaping…

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Fireside Chat: Sarah Russell


Sarah Russell is a manager at NEI Group, the Secretary of the American Gem Society Young Titleholders and the Vice President of Membership for the Women’s Jewelry Association NY Metro Chapter.  At NEI, Russell is responsible for company-wide technology strategies including overseeing web development. She also manages the hiring of personnel and company training. As a senior manager, Russell is involved in other key strategic decisions including merchandising and financial planning.  With an impressive background and industry experience under her belt, we’re very excited to have her joining us as a panelist for JCK Tucson 2019’s Fireside Chat, Can Inspiration Influence Your Business?  Before the show, we…

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Know the Stone: Quartz


The mineral houses a family of fabulous gems A glimpse at any of our exhibiting brands’ and designers’ repertoires reveals a vast array of gems, each one gorgeous. And with so many amazing gemstones to choose from, how can we single one out to preview? In the spirit of pleasing a crowd, this week’s spotlight focuses not on a specific variety of gemstone, but on the mineral responsible for many: quartz. Quartz is actually the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust and comes in many forms—some of which are the gemstones we know in jewelry. The quartz family includes…

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All About Amethyst


A preview of February’s birthstone at JCK Tucson A visit to Tucson during Gem Weeks promises an array of rare and interesting gemstones—perhaps even some you’re seeing for the very first time. Exciting stuff indeed, and, with the talent lined up for JCK Tucson, you can count on impressive designs housing gems of all sorts.  While we’ll surely be oohing and aahing the fascinating finds to come, we must pay homage to the classics, too. With the show taking place in February and all, it seems proper to celebrate its stone of the month: amethyst.  This recognizable and beloved iteration…

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