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Las Vegas Added Va-Va-Voom to This Reporter’s Jewelry Bucket List


JCK Las Vegas is the stuff of jewelry dreams: Aisle upon aisle of precious gemstones in every color, cases filled with gorgeous gold chains, displays dripping with dazzling diamond earrings, and anything else you’ve ever imagined inside your personal jewelry box come to life within the Venetian’s halls.

Just down the street, the Couture show adds edgy elegance with its selection of designers, each bringing fresh ideas and unexpected gemstones to the mix.

To honor the spectacular pieces I saw during JCK and Couture 2024, I’m offering a look at a few of my top highlights among them. The idea for this “jewelry bucket list” came from Lauren McCawley, president of luxury public relations firm Carbon West, who was at JCK representing fashion jewelry brand LaFonn.

McCawley tells me she keeps a running list of jewelry she loves that she plans to one day buy for herself or offer as gift ideas if somebody wants to pick up a piece for her. Some of the jewels on her list are everyday items to accent an outfit; others are one-of-a-kind works of art that McCawley knows she may never own but enjoys looking at from time to time.

With that kind of aspirational buying in mind, here is my JCK and Couture Jewelry Bucket List. What made finding these jewelry pieces I loved even more enjoyable was discussing the designs with the creators, media people, and, in some instances, manufacturers. I’m already looking forward to what I’ll see in 2025.


Guzema space ring
The Guzema Space collection is a new favorite, and this Sphere ring ($4,330) in white gold grabbed attention for its rounded shape and perfect sizing for a cocktail ring. 


Buccellati earrings
Buccellati’s famous Hawaii collection takes on a must-have vibe with these mixed-metal earrings ($5,000) in rose, white, and yellow gold. 


Assael Jasper earring
What look like little beads on these Assael tassel earrings (price on request) are natural seed pearls, which create a movement and elegance beneath the half-moons made of organic Willow Creek jasper from Idaho. 


Kloto Lava necklace
Designer Senem Gençoğlu created the Lava collection in honor of volcanos, and its pieces, like this Lava necklace ($2,950) are a wonder, showing off the mixed-metal trend that was all over JCK Vegas and Couture.


Pomellato Nudo ring prasiolite
Pomellato’s toi et moi ring ($7,550) combines a mossy-green prasiolite in Classic size with the silhouette of the Nudo Petit covered in a diamond pavé.

S.T. Dupont

Necklace Lighter Gold
A tiny jet-flame lighter hangs on an adjustable chain in S.T. Dupont’s necklace ($395), available in gold, palladium, or black lacquer.

Top: Marco Bicego’s Petali collection, his ode to spring, includes this statement necklace ($58,300) designed to represent golden flowers blowing in the wind. (Photos courtesy of brands)

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Karen Dybis

By: Karen Dybis

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