Desert Dreaming: A JCK Tucson 2019 Preview

Much of the country is currently experiencing a dreaded polar vortex (to those waking up to record low temperatures, stay safe and hang in there!), so it makes sense to be yearning for a trip to the desert. Even when it’s chilly, there’s something about its arid climate and beautiful scenery that warms you from the inside out. So it’s pretty convenient for many of you reading this that JCK Tucson is happening very soon.

From February 6–9, at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, some of my very favorite jewelry designers and brands will be bringing their best jewels and gemstones to the show floor, which just happens to be located in a place much warmer than where I am now.

925Suneera opal cuff bracelet
Agnes cuff bracelet in black rhodium–plated sterling silver and 14k yellow gold with Australian boulder opal, $3,495; 925Suneera
A2 yellow amber ring
Ring in yellow gold with yellow amber, tsavorite, and diamonds, price on request; A2 Jewellery
Christina Malle teardrop earrings
Teardrop earrings in 18k recycled yellow gold with diamonds, $1,850; Christina Malle
Jewelyrie Amaryllis earrings
Amaryllis earrings in 14k yellow gold with blue and pink sapphire and diamonds, $2,495; Jewelyrie by Huan Wang
John Atencio Pinnacle bracelet
Pinnacle bracelet in 14k white gold with 9 mm trillion chrome diopside and 0.44 ct. t.w. diamonds, $6,550; John Atencio
Margisa Flower ring
Flower ring in 18k yellow gold and sterling silver with 2.45 ct. turquoise and 0.15 ct. t.w. rubies, $1,680; Margisa

Imagine a morning hike through the desert, a day spent discovering impressive designs and rare rocks, and an evening under the stars. I must be a glutton for punishment, as I myself won’t be heading to Tucson, so I am apparently either setting a scene that’s helping you to anticipate your arrival or driving you mad with longing (I sympathize!).

Adel Chefridi carved aquamarine pendant
Carved pendant in 18k yellow gold with aquamarine, sapphire beads, and diamonds, $7,800; Adel Chefridi
Alex Sepkus zircon ring
Ring in 18k rose gold with 9.29 ct. zircon and diamonds, price on request; Alex Šepkus
Anatoli blue topaz necklace
Necklace in sterling silver and rose gold vermeil with blue topaz, $250; Anatoli
Dana Bronfman Dark Night coin earrings
Dark Night coin earrings in 18k yellow gold and black rhodium–plated sterling silver with black, white, and gray rose-cut diamonds, $2,925; Dana Bronfman
Debra Navarro Esther orange tourmaline pendant
Esther pendant in 18k recycled yellow gold with 11 ct. orange tourmaline and 0.25 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,750; Debra Navarro
Dorian and Rose aquamarine ring
Ring in yellow gold with aquamarine, price on request; Dorian & Rose
K Mita Lagos earrings
Lagos earrings in 14k yellow and white gold with 37.2 cts. t.w. amazonite, 0.1 ct. t.w. blue sapphires, and 0.09 ct. t.w. green garnets, $1,960; K.Mita
Kaali Designs Acacia earrings
Acacia earrings in 14k white gold with sapphires, $1,375; Kaali Designs
So Young Park azurite brooch
Brooch in oxidized silver and 22k and 24k gold with azurite and powder coating, price on request; So Young Park

The good news is that JCK Tucson and its surrounding gem shows are just a finger’s swipe away (the climate isn’t, but iPhones are only so advanced these days). I’m excited to see what the big finds are this year as my colleagues and industry friends readily share their discoveries. For now, enjoy this sizzling preview of JCK Tucson—these are some of my favorite pieces sent in from the sparkling list of talented jewelers that will be on hand at the show this year.

Belle Brooke Empress ring
Empress ring in sterling silver and 18k yellow gold with black jade cabochon and 0.1 ct. t.w. diamonds, $2,750; Belle Brooke Designs
Brooke Gregson flower ring
Petal ring in 18k yellow gold with Boulder and Ethiopian opals and diamonds, $11,550; Brooke Gregson
Enji Studio Fabia earrings
Fabia earrings in 14k recycled rose gold with fair-trade ruby slices and Montana sapphires, $1,985; Enji Studio
Eva Stone opal and diamond ring
Ring in sterling silver with opal and raw diamond, price on request; Eva Stone
L Klein aquamarine Bubbles necklace
Bubbles necklace in 18k yellow gold with aquamarine, price on request; L. Klein
The Rock Hound Molten Muzo earrings
Molten Muzo earrings in 18k yellow gold with 16.22 cts. t.w. Muzo emeralds, £4,900 ($6,400); The Rock Hound

For more information on the upcoming show, visit

Top: Dancing Emeralds earrings in 18k yellow gold with 8.33 cts. t.w. irregular checkerboard-cut emerald slices, 1.82 cts. t.w. moonstone, and 0.12 ct. t.w. diamonds, $3,905; Alishan

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