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Design of the Times: Just Jules

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After more than 25 years in business, you could say that Just Jules is a veteran brand. But designer Julie Romanenko’s creations are always evolving and enchanting, so while she has used these years to hone her impressive skill and attention to detail, her creations manage to stay forever young and fresh—reliably remarkable, but never staid. Started in 1991, Just Jules puts a playful spin on fine jewelry, with a focus on vintage-inspired and one-of-a-kind designs. You’ll find something to suit every taste and nearly every price range, from the antique-obsessed to the gemstone hound. Julie Romanenko is JCK & LUXURY-bound…


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Full Circle: Bill Jones, CEO, Sissy’s Log Cabin

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It all started when Sissy Jones spotted an actual log cabin for sale as she drove along U.S. Highway 79S in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, one day back in 1970. Intrigued, the avid antiques collector pulled off the road, called the number on the sign, and made a life-changing decision: to rent the $50-a-month space. She stocked it with antiques from her own home, and opened Sissy’s Log Cabin for sales and appraisals. Jones soon evolved into jewelry, honing her skills by studying at the Gemological Institute of America, and acquiring an antique jewelry appraiser’s license. Business boomed, and by 1991…


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Ring in Spring

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Spring is in the air. You can’t deny the sense of renewal that comes with the beginning of this beautiful season (even if you’re busy stocking up on Claritin). And with spring comes a desire for brighter colors. The muted tones of winter become a distant memory, put away until November rolls around again (not too soon!). To celebrate, we’ve compiled a selection of beautifully hued rings straight from our LUXURY exhibitors. From perfect pastels to dazzlingly vivid tones, these will make you feel alive again, in sync with the season’s blooming flowers, replenishing rains, and long-awaited sunshine. See them…


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Introducing the 2018 LUXURY Design Awards

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In 2018, LUXURY will introduce an exciting, new, and completely unique Awards program. Created to honor the jewelry designers and manufacturers that exemplify innovation, originality, and excellence in craftsmanship, winners of the awards will be partnered with one of our leading retailers for a special trunk show opportunity. In addition to an exclusive trunk show in partnership with one of the best jewelry retailers the industry has to offer, winners will also receive post-event coverage in JCK Magazine, JCK Online, and in social media. Prizes sound good? They’re better than good! Entering is simple: Select a piece of jewelry you’re…


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Full Circle with Maria Aguirre of Benold’s Jewelers

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As the new owner of Benold’s Jewelers in Austin, TX, Maria Aguirre certainly has her work cut out for her. The business, founded in 1929, was family-owned for most of its lifespan and then sold in 2006 to its manager at the time, Milton Doolittle. It was in 2017 that Aguirre—already an employee of Benold’s—purchased the store. Below, we talk with her about longevity, keeping stock, and looking forward to the new year. JCK: Give us some background about how you got into the jewelry business. Maria Aguirre: I have owned Benold’s Jewelers since June 2017, but I have been…


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