14 Jewels I’ll Miss at JCK Las Vegas 2018

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!

Az Pearls opal pendant

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

Ela Rae bangle stack

Bangle stack in sterling silver and 14k rose and yellow gold with champagne diamonds, prices on request; Ela Rae

Just Jules turquoise earrings

Earrings in 14k yellow gold with 40.2 cts. t.w. turquoise and 0.22 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,740; Just Jules

Denny Wong opal pendant

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

Dorian and Rose amethyst ring

Ring in 18k yellow gold with 12.56 ct. royal purple amethyst and 0.65 ct. t.w. diamonds, price on request; Dorian & Rose

Eva Stone black diamond ring

Ring in sterling silver with black diamonds, €300; Eva Stone

K Mita Shoreline choker

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

M Spalten opal bean necklace

Bean necklace in 18k yellow gold with 8.89 ct. opal and 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,048; M. Spalten

Margisa Marrakesh opal ring

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

Nostalzia Knot earrings

Knot earrings in yellow gold with 7.8 cts. t.w. mother-of-pearl and diamonds, $1,500; Nostalzia

The Rock Hound HotRocks pendant

HotRocks Wand pendant in recycled silver and nano ceramic, £535; The Rock Hound

Toby Pomeroy amethyst earrings

Comet ear-hugger earrings in 14k EcoGold with fair-trade amethyst, $525; Toby Pomeroy

Omi Prive sapphire ring

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

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