The JCK Show – Las Vegas chooses six ‘Rising Stars’ for the Design Center

Six up and coming jewelry designer have been selected to make their trade show debut at The JCK Show – Las Vegas as “Rising Stars,” to be located within its Design Center. The 15th annual show will be held with a new date pattern from Saturday June 3 through Wednesday, June 7 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center and Venetian Hotel Resort & Casino.

”The Rising Star area gives the selected new designers an opportunity to introduce their work to the greater retail jewelry community while at the same time providing retailers with an ongoing assortment of new talent,” said Dave Bonaparte, Group Vice President for JCK Events. “This group represents the whole spectrum of designer jewelry from fashion-responsive trends to one-of-a-kind pieces that creatively mix stones and metals to produce truly unique and wearable art.”

The six selected designers are as follows:

Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry – Her collection is comprised mostly of one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces, and unique handmade chains, created from platinum, 22k, or a combination of carefully mixed colors of 18k gold. Pamela uses a technique called “Crushed,” to give her collection a textured, softer, and more natural feel to the metal. Pamela Froman, 6139 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048 Phone 323-954-7436 Fax (323) 954-7437 pamela@pamelafroman.com

Alex Woo, Inc. – Alex Woo has been designing jewelry for more than five years. With her father, a master bench jeweler, serving as her mentor, she grew up learning an appreciation for gems, precious metals, and fine craftsmanship. She also studied fine arts and jewelry design at Cornell University, The American University of Paris, and Parsons School of Design. She balances the trendy “must have” and the classic into sleek and stylish designs that evoke the bold strength of today’s women. Alex Woo, 70 Bowery, Ste. 208, New York, NY, 10013, Phone 212-226-5533, Fax 212-226-1352, info@alexwoo.com
 
Fern Freeman Jewelry – The New York-based jewelry designer graduated from FIT and spent 25 years in the fashion industry before entering the fine jewelry business. In 1999, Fern began designing jewelry as a hobby. Working primarily in 22k gold and gems, she creates original pieces that are bold, daring, stylish, and dramatic. Her style is organic and free form in nature. Fern Freeman, 325 W. 86 St., New York, NY 10024, Phone 212-874-7952, fernfree@aol.com.
 
Mahlia Collection – Handmade, 18k, one-of–a-kind jewelry that has strong classical influence while being modern, practical, and transitional from day to evening. The collection is intended to be a jewelry wardrobe of separates, where pendants change character with the exchange of a neckpiece, bracelet charms become elegant medallions for a necklace, and lariats change from causal to formal with the addition of a clasp that can also become a brooch. Mahlia Collection, 19 E. Toole Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701, Phone 520-791-3081, Fax 520-842-2037, konstantina@mahliacollection.com

Annette Aiassa Designs – A native Californian of Italian and Irish descent, Annette Aiassa lives a Tuscan lifestyle in the eastern foothills of Santa Clara Valley with her husband, Henry. The former Annette Pastorini’s jewelry is inspired by her travels throughout Europe, Northern Africa, Spain, and Greece. Annette Aiassa Designs, 12245 Mt. Hamilton Rd., Mt. Hamilton, CA, 95140, Phone 408-923-2042, Fax 408-923-0332, aiassa@sbcglobal.net.

Julieri – After giving up the a New York City corporate career, Julia Teachey moved to Los Angeles to follow her interest in the arts. The Virginia native became a sought after makeup stylist. Encouraged by her friends, who admired the jewelry she gave as presents, Julia followed her passion for designing elegant, hand-crafted jewelry and Julieri was born. Julieri, 1810 14 St. #102, Santa Monica, CA 90404, Phone 310-450-6162, julia@julieri.com.

In addition to the Rising Stars, The Design Center will offer an array of more than 100 talented designers who have similar artistic, product, and marketing missions and will be showcasing an assortment of designs and styles that represent all facets of the designer jewelry world. To receive more information on The Design Center visit www.jckgroup.com or please contact Cindy Edelstein at 914-738-8485, or via email at cindyedelstein@aol.com.