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Know the Stone: Opal


The stone that launched a thousand oohs and aahs (okay, many more than that)—opal—is a mainstay in beautiful jewelry design. With a luminous appearance that takes on a rainbow of colors and shapes, opal is never boring, never predictable.  Perhaps it’s the power to mesmerize that makes opal feel consistently new. It’s never a “been there, seen that” sort of gem (though is any gem?), and it’s constantly earning new fans, spawning new obsessions.  Which explains why jewelers are so drawn to using it. And in a place like JCK Tucson, where interesting gemstones are the talk of the town,…

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Fireside Chat: Sebastian Velasquez


INOX Jewelry is one of the leading men’s jewelry brands on the market, offering a collection of over 2,000 different stainless steel and titanium jewelry pieces. The designs range from classic to contemporary, to edgy and urban. To see the brand’s works for yourself, catch them at JCK Tucson 2020, February 5-8 at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa. Ever since he joined the industry over twelve years ago, Sebastian Velasquez has been an outspoken advocate of the INOX Men’s Jewelry line. Now the Brand Manager, he continues sharing his passion for the category by educating retailers on…

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Fireside Chat: John Carter


John Carter, CGA, is the owner and CEO of Jack Lewis Jewelers in Bloomington, IL. Carter began working at Jack Lewis as a junior in high school and worked his way through college there. Upon his graduation from Illinois State University in 1998 with a Bachelors in Marketing, he went to work for the Maurice Lacroix watch company as the Upper Midwest Regional Sales Manager. After a five-year education on the road, Carter returned to Jack Lewis Jewelers in 2002 where he began his correspondence education through GIA.  After two years he received his Graduate Gemologist (GG) degree, and furthered his…

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Know the Stone: Sapphire


Well, what is there to learn about sapphire that a member of the jewelry industry doesn’t already know? The precious gemstone has cemented its status as a classic, vital essential in stores—and jewelry boxes—all over the world, earning that status decades ago, perhaps even longer. Sapphire is famous: Princess Diana’s (now Duchess Kate’s) engagement ring, the Imperial Crown’s Stuart sapphire, the Star of Bombay. Sapphire is beloved: a popular choice for engagement rings, whether at the center or as accents. Sapphire is durable. But as a go-to, sometimes the enthusiasm over sapphire takes a backseat to newer, more exciting gemstones—ones…

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3 Designers That Go for Gold


Appearing at JCK Tucson 2020 As we move into 2020, yellow gold looks to be a favored metal of choice to suit buyers in every category from fashion to fine jewelry, and even a portion of engagement and wedding ring shoppers, too. Attendees at JCK Tucson 2020 will encounter jewelry crafted in a variety of metals, and may find white gold or sterling silver to fulfill some of their needs this season, but they couldn’t go wrong with taking any of these yellow gold creations back to their showcases. Many handcrafted and set with spellbinding gemstones, they’re a sure fire…

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