JCK magazine is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year! To commemorate that milestone, we’re talking to 150 veteran jewelry professionals in 2019 for a feature series meant to distill the voices of some of the industry’s most enduring and successful professionals.
We can’t print every interview in its entirety in the magazine—so we’ve been posting full interviews here on JCKonline every Thursday.
This week we have an interview with Marie Helene Morrow, president of Puerto Rico–based jewelry retail chain Reinhold Jewelers. In response to the questions we emailed the influential retailer, she sent back this lovely letter:
From Marie Helene Reinhold:
I have been in the jewelry business all of my adult life. I love this industry and the amazing designers I have been able to work with throughout the years. Taking a day off is a bummer, so needless to say I am in our stores every day! Even on the weekends many times.
Being in the business has been a joy! There is so much talent out there that is quite mind boggling!
Going to the shows has enabled me to meet the best of the industry. I also love the jewelry magazines and read them avidly. Getting to know and become friends with amazing talents such as David Yurman, Temple St. Clair, Stephen Webster, Alex Sepkus, Monica Rich Kosann, Paul Morelli, Elena Votsi, Nak Armstrong, Bibi van der Velden and so many more has been one of the greatest treats of my life.
I remember like yesterday flying to my first show in New York and meeting David Yurman, who was also attending his first major show. What a wonderful opportunity to learn and share time with the best in the industry.
JCK has been crucial to our industry. It’s a treat to read the articles and get to know the talented artists that bring so much to our industry. I never miss a page, as I never miss the chance to share time with the designers I admire and look up to.
Top: Marie Helene Morrow (photo courtesy of Reinhold Jewelers)
Catch up on JCK’s 150th interviews:
Jenny Luker, U.S. president of Platinum Guild International
Beth Gerstein, co-CEO of Brilliant Earth
Russell Shor, GIA senior industry analyst
Walter McTeigue, cofounder of McTeigue & McClelland
Caryl Capeci, president of Hearts On Fire
Eddie LeVian, CEO of Le Vian
Peggy Jo Donahue, freelance writer and former JCK editor-in-chief
Rebecca Moskal, jewelry marketing veteran
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