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Full Circle: Kirk Jewelers

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Kirk Jewelers has been family owned and operated in downtown Miami for over 70 years since Julian Kirk Sr. decided to expand his family’s diamond wholesale business from New York City to Miami in 1947. Four generations later, the store is rooted in bringing customers quality merchandise and service. The Kirk family considers their customers to be their friends, which they’ve obtained through ethical business practices, courtesy, knowledge and understanding of the jewelry industry and exceptional service. We caught up with Allison Strongin, President of Kirk Jewelers, to learn more about her journey in the jewelry industry, how Kirk Jewelers…


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Design of the Times: Cameo & Beyond

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Cameo & Beyond uses fine porcelain as the foundation of a modern take on cameo jewelry. Founders Francesco and Soraya Paolillo ventured to reinterpret the inspirational success of the family heritage from Torre del Greco, the world-renowned city known for cameo design and manufacturing. We caught up with Francesco to learn more about his inspiration, what separates his brand from others and more: How did your journey in the jewelry industry begin?Our family has a long heritage in the cameo jewelry industry. What was the initial inspiration for your brand?My wife! She made me re-discover cameo after a long time….


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Full Circle: Tapper’s

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Tapper’s, Michigan’s largest direct diamond importer, is a multi-generation family-owned business, selling many leading luxury brands. Their collection continually grows as the Tapper family travels the world to create a curated collection of jewelry that simultaneously includes the classics as well as new trends. We connected with Eve Cholagh, Fine Jewelery Buyer of Tapper’s for an inside look into their purchasing decisions. What is your background in the jewelry industry and how did you get your start? I started in the business when I was 19. I quickly became a top sales person and came to the realization that this…


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Design of the Times: Alishan

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Alishan Halebian is a self-taught goldsmith pursuing his own vision in jewelry. Alishan‘s Armenian heritage brings the philosophies of two world cultures, East and West together, which burst into creative expression of style in his distinctive collections. In his designs, this also creates notably individual characteristics and emotions, confronting line and form. His contemporary designs, merged with classical art elements bring exquisite style to his jewelry collection. Alishan makes his jewelry for a sophisticated wearer; strong, accomplished, appreciates graceful beauty and elegance, a person with confidence, style and taste. We caught up with him to hear more about his design…


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Do You Know the 2019 Luxury Design Award Winners?

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The 2019 Luxury by JCK show was a memorable one, with attendees coming away with new friends and connections, new jewels, and—for some—shiny Luxury Design Awards from JCK.  The Luxury Design Awards were created to honor designers and manufacturers who break the boundaries of innovation and originality while celebrating imagination and excellence in craftsmanship. This year’s submissions truly exemplified—and went above and beyond these standards. The Luxury team worked with leading retailers to decide this year’s winners, including Joe Escobar Diamonds, Hamilton Jewelers, London Jewelers, Borsheims Fine Jewelry and Gifts, Jewels That Dance, Gordons Gold Jewellers, and Underwood’s. In case…


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