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Sterling Stature


The Tucson designers savvy in silver Gemstones are all but synonymous with Tucson, and exploring the wide range of metals in which to show off those stones can be a memorable experience. Among other precious metals, many of JCK Tucson’s showcasing brands offer goods in sterling silver, an impeccable choice for any store. What makes sterling silver so great? Let us count the ways.  The retail price of sterling silver varies. Handmade designer goods are an art form, after all, so costs take more than just materials into account. Still, sterling is usually less expensive than gold. That’s great news…

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Design of the Times: Lafia Jewellery


Lafia is a fashion forward Canadian jewelry brand, each piece handcrafted in 14k gold. The brand offers a variety of luxurious collections from classic to modern, with new designs added throughout the year. Even better, the brand’s designers Stefanie Hofland and Ruth Sternberg have been friends for over a decade after meeting through their daughters. Lafia was created through the eyes of their daughters and their love for sparkles. We caught up with Sternberg to learn more about their journey in the jewelry industry, their inspiration, what they’re looking forward to at JCK Tucson 2020 and more. How did your…

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Fireside Chat: Denise Richards


Denise Richards, CGA, is a member of the management team of Underwood Jewelers in Jacksonville, FL. In her position at Underwood’s, in addition to her primary responsibilities of managing the computer systems of the company, Richards is in charge of inventory control, and has developed Underwood’s entire social networking experience.  Richards interacts with customers on a daily basis using Facebook, Instagram and the store’s website, which she designed. Richards’ interactive Facebook posts have been used in industry trade journals and seminars as examples of how a retail jeweler can implement a social networking plan to reach a younger diamond buying demographic.  As…

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4 Days in Tucson


A suggested show itinerary One of the great things about JCK Tucson is that it’s such an intimate show. With a relatively small exhibitor list (especially compared to JCK Las Vegas) and a cozy environment, it really is possible to see and do nearly everything. Still, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t book appointments. We suggest scouting your must-visit brands and designers and scheduling with them before you jet off to Arizona, just to ensure all of your must-sees are set in stone.  From there, you’re free to explore and discover, and what discoveries you’ll make! There’s something to surprise and…

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My Shiny Valentine


Jewels for the next holiday Just as the rules of engagement rings have changed (the rules are: there are no rules), our concept of the proper Valentine’s Day gift have become less strictly defined.  Heart jewelry remains a common theme in February, but the look has expanded to earn a higher fashion status. Read: You can’t go wrong stocking heart jewelry any time of year.  Then there’s traditional red and pink jewelry, echoing the classic colors of this lovers’ holiday, and popping brightly from gemstones like garnet, tourmaline, fancy sapphire, ruby and more. Of course, interest in these stones isn’t…

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