April 2015

Super 8: Exciting New Men’s Collections

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Power List 2015: Power Base

our annual list of 50 (or so) ceos, retailers, designers, and tastemakers who shape and innovate the jewelry and watch biz.

Power List 2015: Power Designers

If we were betting people, we’d wager that you’ve got at least one of these artists’ pieces in your cases right now. Or that a customer has come in brandishing a paparazzi pic of a beautifully bejeweled actress and asked—pointing to a jaw-dropping pair of diamond earrings, spectacular stack of bangles, or over-the-top oversized cocktail…

Naomi Watts, Common, and Scarlett Johansson Astonish at the 87th Annual Academy Awards

Birdman star Naomi Watts emerged a big winner on Feb. 22: Not only did her theater-themed movie take home four trophies including Best Picture, but her ensemble—a grayscale Armani Privé halter gown with beaded black cutouts, plus major sapphire drop earrings—was one of the night’s most buzzed-about looks. Ultra-suave rapper-actor Common, one of the stars…

Social Diary: JCK Visits the 2015 Hong Kong International Jewellery Show

The surest signs of spring: flowers blooming, songbirds singing, and the annual Hong Kong International Jewellery Show    Models, including actress Grace Wong (in white), wear jewels from Moti Kashi, Leibish & Co., the Yakubov Group, and more on opening night.    Buyers examine pearls at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.  JCK’s Logan…

JCK Photo Shoot Outtakes With Model Johan Montijano

Model and New York City–based yoga instructor Johan Montijano was the embodiment of ­business casual. The French-born athlete showed his ­laid-back side in springtime whites, his serious side in a sophisticated navy suit, and his playful side in a cozy brown sweater. Every look was complemented by a tasteful yet substantial assortment of jewelry, plus…

Into the ’Hoods: Inside JCK Las Vegas’ New Neighborhoods

JCK Las Vegas’ new neighborhoods help buyers conquer the show When it comes to JCK Las Vegas, you may have been there, but you certainly haven’t done that. This year’s show will feature a brand-new floor plan that’s been divided into 21 pavilions, or neighborhoods, designed to make it easier for buyers to shop the…

JCK 5: American-Made Jewels From Washington, D.C.’s American Made Show

Chic new styles from January’s American Made show (formerly Buyers Market of American Craft) in Washington, D.C.: (Above)1. Ring in 18k and 22k gold with 1.3 ct. rose-cut blue sapphire and diamonds; $2,090; Ananda Khalsa, Florence, Mass.; 413-727-3599; anandakhalsa.com   2. Four Star Wave earrings in silver with diamonds; $415; Adel Chefridi, Woodstock, N.Y.; 866-428-8777;…

Super 8: Exciting New Men’s Collections

Want to reach the accessory-­conscious male consumer? Here are eight men’s collections to class up your cases. Have you heard the news? Men’s jewelry is booming! There are numerous reasons for the trend—from the rise in same-sex engagements to the influence of rock and hip-hop stars, who regularly appear on television, in magazines, and on…

Strip Tease: Get Ready for JCK Las Vegas With Our 2015 Las Vegas Guide

Yoga? Skydiving? French ­brasserie cuisine? When you’re not ­at JCK Las Vegas, there are plenty of ­tantalizing ways to spend your days (and nights). Between appointments with favorite vendors and walking the show floor to scout new designs, JCK Las Vegas attendees may feel the need to unplug. Fortunately, there are plenty of brand-new things…

Spring Fashion Showstoppers: Trends and Ads From the March Issues

What’s trending and who’s advertising in the March issues Elle Pushing:• Rose gold and diamond openwork collar; gold-plated brass lattice cuff (“No Holds Barred: Spring separates go supersexy with cage cutouts”)• Sapphire elephant pendant; rose gold chain with opal fish and turquoise frog charms (“The trusted charm gets an haute joaillerie makeover”) Advertisers:David Yurman, Omega,…

Newman’s Own Rolex: Paul Newman and the Rolex That Unofficially Bears His Name

The Paul Newman Rolex Daytona is the company’s most famous and coveted timepiece. It also, technically, doesn’t exist. Rolex never used Newman’s name on its watches, nor did he shill for the brand. As legend has it, his wife, actress Joanne Woodward, bought him his first Rolex in 1972. Since he’d taken up race-car driving,…

Color Makes a Splash: Gem Pricing, April 2015

In the United States, colored stone dealers report that the strong business seen during Tucson Gem Week in February has carried over after the show. Buyers are interested in a broad range of gem varieties. Lesser-known and more unusual gems are hot. Many of the classics are also seeing good demand. In the always-popular blue…

Jewelry Industry & People: April 2015

OPENINGS >>?Alex and Ani will open 12 new stores across the United States this year. The company currently has 45 locations in 20 states.  COMINGS AND GOINGS Hayley Henning >>?Hayley Henning, the former director of the Tanzanite Foundation, has joined True North Gems as vice president of marketing and development. >>?Pat Henneberry is returning to…

JCK5: What’s Clicking on JCKonline

The top stories for February. Don’t miss a headline! Sign up for our daily newsletter at jckonline.com/newsletters/subscribe. 1. Florida Jeweler Mark Levinson DiesThe industry reeled at the news that the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., retailer renowned for his charity work had taken his own life. 2. Blue Nile Opening First StoreThe online diamond dealer will ­venture…

Valentine’s Day Warms (Most) Jewelers’ Hearts

It was a low–price point, diamond-heavy Valentine’s Day, jewelers told JCK—but not everybody felt the love. After speaking to nearly two dozen jewelers, JCK found many who echoed Michael Littman, co-president of Gary Michaels Fine Jewelry in Manalapan, N.J., who said he had one of his best ­Valentine’s days in years. The holiday had receded…

On the Road for JCK: Publisher’s Letter, April 2015

It’s been a hectic first quarter here at JCK, with new initiatives at home and a very full travel schedule. In short, business as usual. First, the initiatives: You may have noticed some subtle changes in your issue of JCK. We gave the magazine a design refresh, including some bold new fonts in our features,…

Power Rules: Editor’s Letter, April 2015

Every January, as JCK’s editorial team contemplates the next iteration of the magazine’s attention-grabbing Power List franchise, we use the prior year’s list as a jumping-off point to brainstorm all the people we think deserve a mention this year. Then, we slowly whittle the names down to the most newsworthy among them. The exercise is…

10 Things Rocking the Industry: April 2015

1. Awards According to the Chinese zodiac, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. But after the Feb. 22 Academy Awards, we’d like to officially declare it the Year of the Necklace. From Cate Blanchett’s Tiffany Blue Book turquoise, aquamarine, and diamond bib to Scarlett Johansson’s 2,000-crystal Swarovski collar, from Zoe Saldana’s $1 million 100…