For the first time in seven years, I am going to miss JCK Las Vegas! I know there are a ton of folks who have been attending the show much longer than I, but in my relatively short time doing so, it feels like a big deal!
My reason for missing is a good one, though: Having just welcomed a baby girl in April, I’ve got another kind of gem to attend to. But I’ll miss it. Oh boy, will I miss the show.
I lament the missed opportunities to meet new people—particularly new designers, as that’s always my favorite part. I’ll miss spending time with my JCK family, as it’s not something I get to do often. I’ll miss the glittering rows of jewels and the special events, like the JCK Talks sessions (I enjoy watching my industry colleagues command a stage—something I’ll never be able to do) and privately organized get-togethers like dinners with friends new and old. I’ll miss saying good-bye to Mandalay Bay, which has been a wonderful home to JCK for the last seven years. Hell, I’ll even miss the desert heat of Las Vegas.
Thanks to the online world, though, I won’t miss it all. I’ve been privileged to work with brands and designers exhibiting at the show, lending me (and you) a sneak peek at what will be on display. And I know that I need look no further than Instagram to get a front-row seat to what everyone is discovering during their time there (I can’t wait to see what the most-talked-about jewels of the show will be).
I wish everyone a successful, fun, and memorable JCK Las Vegas 2018! Here’s a peek at some of the jewels I hope you’ll be able to see in person for me. I’ll be tuned to Instagram!
Pendant in 18k white gold with South Sea pearl, 5.1 cts. t.w. opals, and 0.45 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; A&Z Pearls
Bangle stack in sterling silver and 14k rose and yellow gold with champagne diamonds, prices on request; Ela Rae
Earrings in 14k yellow gold with 40.2 cts. t.w. turquoise and 0.22 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,740; Just Jules
Pendant in 18k yellow, white, and rose gold with 1.3 ct. opal, 0.08 ct. pink sapphire, and 0.08 ct. tanzanite, $1,300; Denny Wong
Ring in 18k yellow gold with 12.56 ct. royal purple amethyst and 0.65 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Dorian & Rose
Ring in sterling silver with black diamonds, €300; Eva Stone
Shoreline choker in 18k yellow gold, 14k white and green gold, and sterling silver, with 0.37 ct. t.w. white sapphires and 0.0975 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,820; K.Mita Design
Bean necklace in 18k yellow gold with 8.89 ct. opal and 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,048; M. Spalten
Marrakesh ring in 18k white and yellow gold with 7.11 ct. black opal and 0.35 ct. t.w. blue and yellow diamonds, $4,550; Margisa
Knot earrings in yellow gold with 7.8 cts. t.w. mother-of-pearl and diamonds, $1,500; Nostalzia
HotRocks Wand pendant in recycled silver and nano ceramic, £535; The Rock Hound
Comet ear-hugger earrings in 14k EcoGold with fair-trade amethyst, $525; Toby Pomeroy
Ring in platinum with 6.73 ct. cushion-cut sapphire center, 1.94 cts. t.w. cushion-cut sapphire sides, 1.24 cts. t.w. round sapphires, and 0.86 ct. t.w. diamonds, $100,000; Omi Privé
Top: Talon pendant in yellow gold with natural boulder opal, $6,395; Lauren K