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I am well aware this is my fourth blog post about Tucson in nearly as many weeks. But if you attended this year’s gem shows, you’ll understand why. As I wrote last week, there was some interesting news to come out of Tucson. And it wasn’t strictly about loose gems. The JCK Tucson show featured more...

Victoria Gomelsky | February 12, 2017 | Off the Chain
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In mid-January, I interviewed designer David Yurman—a gem lover of the highest order—at his headquarters in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. Fairly quickly, the conversation turned to the Tucson gem shows. Yurman is a big deal at the annual trade gathering; when he passes through town, whispers...

Victoria Gomelsky | February 5, 2017 | Off the Chain
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As you read this, I’ll be communing with nature in Sedona, Ariz., where I’m taking a two-day break before heading to Tucson for the annual gem shows. While I’ll spend most of my time at the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, home to the JCK Tucson show, I’m also planning to hit up the...

Victoria Gomelsky | January 28, 2017 | Off the Chain
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A week ago, I hit the ground running in Geneva—literally. In town for the 27th annual Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), I arrived around 11 a.m. last Monday on a red-eye flight from Newark International Airport (with a layover in Dublin), sprinted to my hotel, freshened up, and...

Victoria Gomelsky | January 22, 2017 | Off the Chain
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Brrrrrr. I just arrived in frigid New York City for a week of jewelry events culminating at this weekend’s GEM Awards and 24 Karat gala dinners. My mind, however, is somewhere else. I’m fixated on Tucson, where I’ll be on Feb. 1 for the opening of the third annual JCK Tucson show. The...

Victoria Gomelsky | January 8, 2017 | Off the Chain
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So long, 2016! And with it, I’d like to say a personal sayonara to stacking rings and earring jackets. The former are too ubiquitous for my taste, while the latter never sat quite right with me (literally—the pairs I owned twisted around my lobes, refusing to stay still). Instead, keep the...

Victoria Gomelsky | December 19, 2016 | Off the Chain
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I’ve long promised my boyfriend, Jim, that when he’s old enough and I’m rich enough, I’m going to buy him a watch from IWC Schaffhausen. The Swiss brand makes elegant, high-quality timepieces with a sporty, clean aesthetic. Manly but not ostentatious, and high-end yet accessible, they look just as...

Victoria Gomelsky | December 12, 2016 | Off the Chain
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If two is a coincidence and three is a trend, what does that make four? A sure thing—as with this quartet of beautifully photographed and expertly written odes to colored stones, just in time for the holidays: 1. Gem: The Definitive Visual Guide Published by DK with the Smithsonian...

Victoria Gomelsky | December 5, 2016 | Off the Chain
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In March 2013, I had a funny encounter at Baselworld that has since brought me a small degree of fame. You can read the whole story here (and here), so I’ll give you the abridged version: When I arrived for my morning press appointment at the Shinola booth that year—it was the Detroit-based...

Victoria Gomelsky | November 28, 2016 | Off the Chain
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Last Monday, on a brilliantly sunny fall day, the Council of Fashion Designers of America held a jewelry showcase at the Samsung 837 space in Manhattan. More often than not, I miss these kinds of events because I’m marooned in Los Angeles. Not this time! I’d arrived in the city over the...

Victoria Gomelsky | November 21, 2016 | Off the Chain
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