There’s a lot to see and do at JCK Tucson, with events, culture, and nightlife extending well after the show closes for the day. It’s vital to take advantage of everything you possibly can during your visit. (Consider this a getaway of sorts after a long and busy holiday season.) And while show-goers’ itineraries will vary, there is one event we recommend they all include: Gems After Dark.
Now in its second annual iteration, this grand industry celebration is a favorite of many who attended JCK Tucson last year. Gems After Dark will take place on the evening of February 1, on the Ania Lawn and Terrace at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass. For two hours, attendees will enjoy an open bar, a tequila tasting sponsored by Star 8 Financial, and plenty of food, games, and fabulous company, surrounded by the warmth of fire pits. (There’s just something about a crackling fire that brings people together!)
“Gems After Dark is an event where a lot of organizations come together, so it’s a fun evening of seeing and networking with industry friends old and new in a casual, celebratory, and no-pressure environment,” says jewelry designer and JCK Tucson exhibitor Dana Bronfman. “Last year, I remember great conversations, stargazing, a tequila tasting, firelight, and I think there were even s’mores! Make sure you bring a jacket since it does get chilly at night in the desert, and if you forget dinner, that’s OK—you can make a meal out of the event’s bites.”
Gems After Dark is hosted in partnership with GenNext, the Women’s Jewelry Association, and AGS Young Titleholders. These worthy organizations encourage professional growth and development, and facilitate connections—which makes perfect sense at an industry event like this one.
As an invitation-only organization, GenNext is dedicated to understanding future generations, with an emphasis on tackling the challenges up-and-comers face. It uses effective tools such as exclusive programming and leadership forums to support its members, helping them to build an influential network. To learn more about GenNext, visit gennext.com.
The Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA) is dedicated to the advancement and professional development of women in the jewelry and watch industries—but its members aren’t only female! WJA is open to all members of the industry. The organization has chapters all over the country and offers networking events, educational opportunities, and other benefits. Visit womensjewelryassociation.com for more information and to join.
The AGS Young Titleholders is a community within the American Gem Society focused on the growth and development of young professionals in the industry. Through a series of scholarships, webinars, and industry events, the group aims to mentor its members. For more information, visit americangemsociety.org.
All JCK Tucson badge holders are welcome to the Gems After Dark event, as are those with other Tucson show badges including AGTA, Centurion, GJX, and more. To RSVP and for more information, visit this page.