The Top 5 List to End All Top 5 Lists

I’m a sucker for lists (aren’t we all?). In homage to the brilliance of listicles, here’s a top 5 list of top 5 lists that ponder the best of 2014 and ruminate on what to expect in 2015.

The Most Clicked “Off the Chain” Posts of 2014

The blog I write for JCK is here, there, and everywhere—kind of like me.

1. In Defense of Chocolate Diamonds

A writer for the feminist site Jezebel blasted Le Vian for its “brainwashery way” of marketing chocolate diamonds. I couldn’t help but give her a piece of my mind.

2. Collector Culture: Bruce Meyer on Cars, Watches, and Buying What You Like

In April, I had the pleasure of spending an evening at the private garage of an astute car collector, whose musings on the collector’s mentality could easily apply to the watch and jewelry category.

3. 5 Brands That Caught My Eye at JCK Las Vegas

Lesson learned: JCK’s readers are insatiable when it comes to news about products, designers, and trends.

4. What I Learned Digging for Diamonds in Arkansas 

At the end of September, I tried prospecting for bling at Arkansas’ Crater of Diamonds State Park. The upshot? I’m happy to keep buying my diamonds at the store!

Courtesy James S. Sullivan

Digging for diamonds ain’t easy!

5. If You’re Not on Instagram, These Guys Will Convince You to Get Thee to the App Store

I’m obsessed with Instagram, and you should be, too. Here are some pointers to keep in mind as you build your feed.

 

The Top 5 Wearable Devices of 2014

From the LG G Watch R smartwatch to Ringly, the devices favored by ReadWrite reviewer Adriana Lee have one thing in common: They look more like traditional watches and jewels than gadgets.

 

Courtesy Ringly

The Ringly looks more wearable than technology—and that’s the point.

 

Refinery29 Predicts 2015’s Biggest Fashion Trends

According to the popular fashion and lifestyle site, fashionistas would do well to stock up on relaxed pants silhouettes, brown neutrals, and chunky black oxfords for 2015. Among the other predictions: “The Apple Watch will change everything” and “Padlock necklaces are coming back.”

Courtesy Apple

Refinery29 predicts that the Apple Watch will redefine the wearables space in 2015.


5 Trends That Will Change How You Use Social Media in 2015

An informative read from Hootsuite CEO Ryan Holmes on the looming potential of Apple Pay, the proliferation of social networks, and, most intriguing to jewelers, how smart devices will interact with the Internet of things to make our lives run smoother.

5 Sites to Bookmark if You Want to Be in the Know in 2015

PSFK.com: This trend consultancy’s annual Future of Retail report is essential reading for anyone in the business of retail, but so are the daily posts about design and technology trends from around the world.

Cools: Some of the best fashion and lifestyle curation I’ve seen on the Web, including plenty of sleek, minimal jewelry.

The Coveteur: Great interviews with very stylish people (jewelers among them).

Hatch Jewelry: 3-D printed jewels, customized designs, a collaborative interactive experience, this e-commerce site ticks all the boxes for millennial buyers.

The Skimm: This daily e-newsletter delivers the news in a nutshell straight to your in-box, great for news hounds on the go. 

I’m taking a few days off this week to celebrate the New Year in Illinois (brrrrrrr!). All the best for a brilliant, beautiful 2015!