Self-Love Is Trying On This Jewelry at JCK Las Vegas 2019

I’m just about ready to board a plane to Nevada, for my seventh visit to JCK Las Vegas (after taking last year off). Already, the polish on my once-yearly manicured hands has chipped, and my cuticles are unruly and sporting hangnails. (I really am the worst with nail maintenance.)

Nomination Fairytale Composable bracelets
Composable collection Fairytale Animals bracelet in sterling silver with enamel and CZ, pieces sold separately; Nomination
Gamma Creations aquamarine ring
Ring in white gold with fancy-cut aquamarine, square emeralds, and round diamonds, price on request; Gamma Creations
Joel Price drop earrings
Earrings with carved jade, opal, sapphires, and diamonds, price on request; Joel Price Opals

It’s sort of crazy to think about how easily one can obsess over nails, but it’s because I know they’ll be photographed—only by proximity to my fingers, which will be decked out, however momentarily, in amazing, colorful gemstones and high-carat diamond rings. (For some incredible manicure ideas, see Amy Elliott’s roundup of enviable nail art, here). I wouldn’t think much of it, except for that one time some lady scoffed at my hands, saying that I needed a manicure—when I had, in fact, already had one—rude! Oh, and my hands were dressed in over 60 carats of Rahaminov’s diamonds. I mean, how picky can people be? (As many with thousands more followers than I on Instagram can attest, the answer is very picky. And mean.)

Hasbani snake bracelets
Snake bracelets in yellow and rose gold with emerald, ruby, and diamonds, prices on request; Hasbani
Artistry, Ltd. multicolor gemstone ring
Ring in 14k white gold with multicolor gemstones and 0.21 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,690; Artistry, Ltd.

Alas, nail critics will not be giving me any awards this year, though my digits are peppily dressed in a rainbow assortment of polishes. An under-the-weather toddler saw to it that heaping amounts of soap and Purell have worn them through, but I’ll wash them until they’re polished no more if that means I don’t catch her cold (I’ll probably catch it, anyway).

Belle Etoile Delano earrings
Delano earrings in sterling silver and enamel with CZ, $225; Belle Étoile

It’s a good thing I’ll have a planet’s worth of jewelry at my fingertips (and other places jewelry is worn) to serve as a distraction from a slightly tarnished mani, a dry desert–induced coif, and other beauty problems that won’t be making me the most qualified jewelry model on the show floor. I’ll be trying on and enjoying myself anyway, with my sights set on some of the most wonderful, color-kissed pieces that I can find.

When JCK Las Vegas 2019 has passed, I’ll be left with a collection of amazing photographs, as I have been every other year, and I’ll forget all about how my nails chipped or my hair frizzed or how I accidentally got lipstick on my teeth. The moral of this story is that jewelry makes people feel beautiful, which is one of its many superpowers (it can also send a message, mark an occasion, and make history). Doing something that makes you feel good is a core principle of self-love, and I’ll be seeking the styles that ooze all the good vibes—and sharing them—during my time at the show.

Ferrari Firenze Maya ring
Maya collection ring in 18k yellow gold with 3.9 cts. t.w. pink and yellow sapphires and 1.24 cts. t.w. diamonds, $7,683; Ferrari Firenze
Alex A multicolor pendant
Pendant in 18k white gold with 5.93 ct. rubellite, 1.51 ct. blue topaz, and 0.61 ct. t.w. diamonds, $7,800; Alex A
Jorge Revilla Sails earrings
Sails collection earrings in sterling silver, ruthenium, and gold plate with blue topaz and white sapphires, price on request; Jorge Revilla

These are the pieces on my list of must-see-and-photograph. There will undoubtedly be others to discover, and I’m so excited to do just that. See you in Vegas!

Top: Dazzle necklace in 18k yellow gold with 143.78 cts. t.w. multicolor sapphires and 1.79 cts. t.w. diamonds, $22,500; Trésor

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