Meet Me at One of Three JCK Las Vegas Seminars on Friday, May 30

Like many in industry, I’m getting ready for the Las Vegas shows! My schedule largely consists of walking the aisles at JCK LUXURY, JCK Las Vegas, and Couture, to see as much new jewelry as I can in order to share it with readers and make intelligent forecasts. I book appointments with vendors, in addition to attending parties and press events, and would love to have enough time to have coffee or cocktails with everyone I know in industry or through social media. Sadly, the realities of life (there are just 24 hours in a day!) prevent this from happening, so instead, here’s what I propose: Meet me at a seminar. I’m giving three on Friday, May 30, and I can linger at the end of each to chat. The following is my seminar schedule for JCK Las Vegas. I hope to see many of you there.


Time: 8 a.m.–9:15 a.m.

Title: The Art of Design, The Power of Focus, The Magic of Success #200

Description: A panel discussion about platinum given by yours truly, jewelry designer Maeve Gilles and Day’s Jewelers’ Kathy Corey, and moderated by Kevin Reilly, Platinum Guild International’s director of business development.

Location: Tradewinds D

Why attend: Platinum is the most rare metal and shouldn’t be relegated only to the bridal jewelry case. Come hear how and why retailers can better embrace platinum opportunities in store and what jewelry makers offer fashion-forward varieties.

Track: Diamonds and Bridal Jewelry


Time: 11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.

Title: Pearls and Fashion #102

Description: A review of modern pearl jewelry (complete with live goods and creative display ideas) including a summary of the benefits and opportunities that pearl jewelry offers retailers. This seminar will be copresented by Kathy Grenier, marketing director for the Cultured Pearl Association of America and at Imperial Pearl in East Providence, R.I.

Location: Tradewinds B

Why attend: Kathy and I are big-time pearl jewelry lovers with an unrivaled passion for the product. Let us help you source the most interesting and uncommon pearl designs for your store and merchandise these styles effectively with flair.

Track: Gemstones and Pearls (AGTA)


Time: 1 p.m.–2:15 p.m.

Title: Top Bridal Designs You’ll Find on the Show Floor #203

Description: A look at specific bridal companies on the show floor and some of their unique offerings.

Location: Tradewinds D

Why attend: Trade shows are huge and filled with thousands of vendors, making another pair of eyes and a different jewelry perspective an invaluable resource for product sourcing. I’ll share my favorite bridal lines with you and tell you where to find them.

Track: Diamonds and Bridal Jewelry

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