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Happy New Year from all of us at JCK magazine and JCKonline! This year promises to be a very exciting one for our team, and I’m thrilled to tell you why. As some of you may know, Reed Exhibitions purchased JCK magazine in 2010, hiring a third party (custom publishing house TMG) to produce the...
Mark Smelzer | January 31, 2017
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It’s amazing: 2016 is drawing to a close. By the time you read this letter, the election will be over (thank goodness), and the holiday sales season will have begun.  The past couple of months have been busy in my world. October took me both to sunny Southern California for the GIA Career...
Mark Smelzer | November 22, 2016
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Greetings from Lancaster, Pa.! My family and I moved here in July to raise our son amongst family. Moving to a small city after 36 years in Los Angeles and New York City has revealed a whole other side of our wonderful country.  My new situation involves a “co-working” facility, a national...
Mark Smelzer | October 1, 2016
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I’m just about fully rested from yet another amazing nine days in Las Vegas. What an incredible week of trade shows, learning, industry events, and good old-fashioned schmoozing! First up was the new, expanded LUXURY show. This year saw the debut of a new ballroom, which nearly doubled the...
Mark Smelzer | July 14, 2016
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Welcome to the JCK Las Vegas show! Hard to believe it’s that time of year again, but many of you are probably reading this in the thick of the 10 crazy days that are JCK Las Vegas, LUXURY, and Reed Jewelry Group’s new show, JIS Exchange at the Tropicana. Whew! We’re very excited about this year’...
Mark Smelzer | May 31, 2016
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Welcome to the annual preshow May issue of JCK, aka our “September Vogue,” as we like to (humbly) say! This year’s edition is one of our most beautiful to date, with nearly 300 pages of compelling editorial, stunning photography, and (of course) spectacular advertising. The past few months are...
Mark Smelzer | May 4, 2016
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It’s been a whirlwind of a winter, highlighted by a week in Italy for the VicenzaOro show and a week in Arizona for the Centurion, AGTA, and JCK Tucson shows. This year’s Vicenza trip was made all the more special by my good friends at VicenzaOro: Corrado Facco, Patrizia Rovaris, and Stefania...
Mark Smelzer | March 29, 2016
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Unbelievable that as I write this, we’re officially in the second half of the second decade of the 21st century. Wow. It’s going to be an amazing, exciting year, from the presidential election on down. Fasten your seat belts, everyone! The year kicked off in high style around this year’s 24...
Mark Smelzer | February 5, 2016
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It is truly amazing, but we are now halfway through the second decade of the 21st century! I still remember people talking about the 21st century in the ’70s as some sort of futuristic utopia. Of course, I imagine if my 1976 self could see 2016, I’d be bowled over by revolutionary technology...
Mark Smelzer | January 5, 2016
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Greetings! I’m writing this letter on the flight back to New York City from sunny, hot, dry Southern California. One of the best parts of my annual travel cycle is the wonderful opportunity to combine GIA’s Career Fair, the Jewelers 24 Karat Club of Southern California’s annual dinner dance,...
Mark Smelzer | October 29, 2015
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