March 2016

The 2016 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards: The Winners

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Cool Jewelry Gadgets: March–April 2016

WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE Bellabeat Leaf One of the most feminine (and fetching) wearables on the market, the Bellabeat Leaf is an activity and health tracker hiding inside a pretty leaf-shaped wood-and-silver clip. The device, which can be worn on a skinny double-tour leather bracelet, strung from a thin silver chain, or clipped to a shirt…

Take a Voiage With Veteran L.A. Retailer Julie Schroeder

Julie Schroeder  Voiage Los Angeles voiagejewelry.com Twitter/Instagram: @voiagejewelry Late last year, when Julie Schroeder opened Voiage, a boutique that carries under-the-radar fine jewelry lines alongside a tightly curated selection of artwork, she felt more than pride of ownership. “I felt like this is what I always wanted my store to be,” says Schroeder, who worked…

10 Things Rocking the Industry, March–April 2016

SHOWS If you attended the third annual JCK Tucson, held Feb. 3–7 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a brand-new show. In many ways, it was. The completely redesigned event featured stylish new booths, lounges, and a signature coffee shop. But that’s not all. The…

Staff Picks, March–April 2016: What Victoria Gomelsky Is Loving This Month

“Watches in shades of blue and silvery-gray are sure things this season.” —Editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky   (Above) GP’s new Laureato: the perfect boyfriend watch or a watch perfect for boyfriends? Yes, please. (Girard-Perregaux, $14,300, girard-perregaux.com)   I’m lusting after this sleek sporty-glam model in Vacheron’s redesigned Overseas collection. (Vacheron Constantin, $24,900, vacheron-constantin.com)   The case of the…

Editor’s Letter, March–April 2016: Grand Designs

In early February, I sat down with designers Sarah Graham and Todd Reed for a “fireside chat” on the floor of the JCK Tucson show to talk about their careers in jewelry, what’s left on their professional bucket lists, and why they’re excited about 2016. It was a great start to the show, which was…

Publisher’s Letter, March–April 2016: Journey Man

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 Fin. They included…

Why @frankbeverett Is Our Favorite Instagram Feed of the Month

Following @frankbeverett, VP and sales director of Sotheby’s Jewelry in New York, is like taking a crash course in estate jewels. Glimpse museum-worthy pieces by JAR, Claflin, Belperron, and more—all via Everett’s unfussy, up-close-and-personal pics.    Boivin’s radish brooch   Cartier citrine c. 1940   Carvin French ruby ring   Paul Flato ’40s-glam pin  …

On the Scene at JCK Tucson 2016

From Feb. 3 to 7, the third annual JCK Tucson show was the hottest spot in town for retailers with an eye for design DESIGN CHALLENGE  UncommonGoods’ Sharon Hitchcock, designer Ayesha Mayadas, winner John Bekarian (Majestic Art Studio), Kurtulan’s Meltem Kurtulan   JCK TUCSON Ria B Jewelry’s Brigitte Hollinger and designer Clare Ullman   SHARING THE…

3 Questions for…Richard Garard

Richard S. Garard, CEO of Morrisville, N.C.–based equipment manufacturer Microwave Enterprises, was recently appointed secretary general of the International Grown Diamond Association, the just-formed umbrella organization for the lab-grown diamond industry. Here, Garard talks with JCK about how he feels that lab-grown diamonds fit into the larger industry picture. What are the goals of the new…

All the Buzz (and Trends) From New York 2016 Fall Fashion Week

Before Kanye West delivered his spectacle of a show in Madison Square Garden on day one of New York Fashion Week, before the billowing scrim pulled back to reveal a cast of a thousand-plus models in various shades of beige, brown, and ochre, there was…the wait at the concession stand. Yes, a concession stand, hawking…

Industry & People: March–April 2016

COMINGS AND GOINGS >>?The Public Relations Society of America New York chapter has appointed jewelry industry PR rep Olga Gonzalez (pictured) as its president-elect. Gonzalez will hold the office in 2016 and serve as chair of the organization’s 2016 Big Apple Awards. She will become chapter president in 2017.  >>?Jewelers unBLOCKed, the insurance underwriting company, has named Don Saltmarsh…

Golden Moments With Doylestown Gold Exchange’s Greg Glemser

Greg Glemser Doylestown Gold Exchange Doylestown, Pa.   Co-owner doylestowngoldexchange.com What has been your most memorable sale? We’re an hour north of Philadelphia, and we had a young kid drive up here—he was 24 and just graduating from the firefighter academy. He had a $2,500 budget, and we were able to set him up with…

Go Into the Wolfs’ Den at BVW Jewelers in Reno, Nevada

Britten and Michelle Wolf, the husband and wife owners of BVW Jewelers in Reno, Nev., are two sides of a yin-and-yang sign, according to their daughter, 20-year-old Jasmine Wolf—opposite but ultimately complementary. Britten, says Jasmine, is the “crazy-fun” one, while Michelle is “the practical one in the store.… If Britten wants to go out in the…

Store We Adore: Nine Roses Jewelers

19 N. Belmont Ave., Richmond, Va. Dating back to the early 17th century, Richmond, Va., is steeped in history. But retail and real-life partners Nick DeRosa and Eliza Spell are determined to push the capital city’s fine jewelry offerings into the future. The duo opened Nine Roses, in the picturesque Museum District, in a former…

Coming Out of the Dark: Moody New Rhodium Jewelry

A newer, inkier shade of black rhodium is enabling jewelry designers the world over to explore their dark sides. The heady metal adds drama to of-the-moment styles, gives classic designs a contemporary twist, and creates cool effects when used underneath gems—making light stones pop and enhancing the edginess of dark gems. Talk about black magic!…

Brie Larson and Leslie Mann in Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year

Both Brie Larson (pictured, top left) and her dress were fresh off a transcontinental flight when they attended the Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles: The Room star had just come in from Australia and chose the hot-off-the-Paris-runway periwinkle Atelier Versace gown only hours before collecting her trophy. We especially like the Swarovski crystal–encrusted rope…

JCK Asks…Jack Kelége

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but designer Jack Kelége might beg to differ. His favorite gemstone? Naturally, diamonds. His favorite cut? Round brilliant. Of course, what would you expect from a man who makes his living creating jewelry—engagement rings, especially—with some of the most spectacular specimens of that stone you’ve ever seen? “The…

Hemmerle’s Aluminum Jewelry Project

Before aluminum was just the stuff we used to wrap sandwiches, the silvery-white metal—the most abundant alloy in the earth’s core—was actually a valuable commodity. Napoleon III prized his collection of aluminum cutlery over his gold and silver sets, breaking it out for only the most special occasions. When entrepreneurs discovered how to separate the…

Diamonds, March–April 2016: Trillion Cuts & More

TREND GAME Pyramid Theme Triangular motifs are spilling over from fashion silhouettes into diamond shapes. Trillion-cut diamonds are showing up in traditional styles (think three-stone rings) and fashion-forward- looks alike, in both big and small proportions. The tri-pointed diamonds are understated and unexpected—and are growing in popularity. They’re the perfect choice for the collector looking…

Gold, March–April 2016: Garavelli’s Rose Gold Drago Jewelry & More

CAN’T-MISS COLLECTION To Ceramic, With Love Garavelli’s Drago reticulated dragon-scale–inspired collection—which originally debuted in rose gold—now features yellow metal pieces. They also incorporate a new dark twist: black micro ceramic. “The micro ceramic is even easier to reapply than black rhodium,” says principal Elisabetta Molina. Seems no one can resist the power of the dark…

The 2016 JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards: The Winners

You’ve got to hand it to JCK’s readers: They know a good ring when they see it.  For the third straight year, that style has nabbed top honors in our retailer-voted Jewelers’ Choice Awards. In 2014, it was a sweet morganite cocktail ring by Yael Designs. In 2015, a luminous Lightning Ridge opal ring from…

Gimme a Tax Break!

You may be eligible for tax savings under the PATH Act of 2015. But you’ll have to make sense of the bill’s complexities. We help you navigate the fine print. Late last year, federal lawmakers passed another “extenders” bill—and it contains good news for jewelers. The new “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of…

A Mini-Guide to the Revamped JCK Las Vegas Show

In January, Mandalay Bay Convention Center unveiled a $70 million, 350,000-square-foot expansion that makes it the fifth-largest exhibition venue in the United States in both total square feet and exhibition space. For JCK Las Vegas showgoers, that means one thing: Prepare to navigate a sea of change. Brand-New Bayside The show, now in its sixth…

Strip the Light Fantastic: What’s New Inside and Outside Las Vegas

Some 23,000 retailers and 2,300 exhibitors will gather at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino May 31–June 6 to discover new jewelry designers, scout hot trends, and buy and sell to their hearts’ content at LUXURY and JCK Las Vegas. But that’s just during business hours! We say to the adventurous jewelry entrepreneur: Put down…

Why Native American Styles Are Sweeping Silver Jewelry Sales

Southwestern style is surging in popularity among jewelry designers. What’s behind the enduring appeal of Native American iconography? A treasured collection of big silver belt buckles, turquoise cuffs, and vintage squash blossom necklaces from a youth spent in Texas inspired jeweler Jacquie Aiche to start buying arrowheads at roadside tents during the gem shows in…

Metal at Work: Fierce and Fashionable Silver Jewelry

From sinewy chains to diamond-dusted rings, these silver pieces are your building blocks for a year-round jewelry wardrobe Photographs by Ted Morrison   Get a grip…on these diamond-studded styles. (Above) Linda necklace in blackened sterling silver with diamonds, $5,200, Emanuela Duca, NYC, 646-580-9328, emanueladuca.com; Ivy Lane stacked marquise ring in silver with diamonds, $1,290, Tacori,…

AGS Conclave 2016 Hits Washington, D.C.

The 2016 American Gem Society Conclave is coming to the nation’s capital April 13–16, and if you’re looking to get educated on the jewelry industry’s most salient issues, you won’t want to miss it. The four-day event—at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City hotel—features keynote speakers former secretary of state Colin Powell, Shawn Achor (aka the “Happiness…

We’re On Our Way to JIS Miami’s Spring 2016 Show

Jewelers International Showcase brings the heat to the Miami Beach Convention Center April 9–11.   (Top) Wisdom necklace in 18k gold vermeil with turquoise; $1,495; Nina Nguyen Designs, Lafayette, Colo.; 720-459-7664; nina-nguyen.com   (Inset) Ring in silver with 18k gold beads; $169; Samuel B. Collection, Great Neck, N.Y.; 516-466-1826; samuelb.com   Earrings in 14k gold with black rhodium and 7.74 cts. t.w.…

French Connection: A Report From the January 2016 Bijorhca Jewelry Show

There is a greenhouse smack in the middle of Bijorhca. But the clear-walled conservatory contains no out-of-season plants; rather, it’s a showcase for spring-summer 2016 trends—and a chance for the French fashion jewelry trade fair, held Jan. 22–25 at Paris Expo Porte de Versailles, to flaunt not only its style savvy but also its most…

Snapchat to It!

Don’t miss the boat on the hottest social network of the year Ask a room full of social media marketing experts what the next big social network will be, and they’re likely to say the same thing—Snapchat.  The 5-year-old photo-and-video messaging app, which boasts a valuation of around $16 billion, was the fastest-growing social network…

The $4.3 Million Diamond Spare Bib That Rocked Sotheby’s

Aside from its fabric-like pliability—a rarity for necklaces of this size—the most remarkable aspect of this Van Cleef & Arpels jewel may be its mere existence. The circa-1939 piece is “literally made up of a year’s worth of inventory—hundreds of engagement rings,” says Frank Everett, VP and sales director of Sotheby’s New York jewelry department.…