To call the past week of jewelry shows in Las Vegas an incredible experience would be cliché, but so be it because they were incredible! I saw so many stunning jewels—many of which will end up on this blog and some on the pages of JCK magazine—and ran into so many industry friends (many old and a few new) that I’m feeling quite humbled by all the love. Attending the LUXURY, JCK Las Vegas, and Couture jewelry shows meant seeing many new styles destined for sales in the months ahead, attending keynote speeches, presenting seminars (three total!), helping retailers source new lines, and spending time with myriad industry friends, learning about how their businesses are faring and just catching up socially over cocktails. Here are photo highlights of my week at the shows. Have a favorite moment about the past week in Las Vegas to share? Please weigh in on the comment function.
ARA Collection micro-mosaic opal pieces
Bavna necklace in 18k gold with black spinel
Jewels from new exhibitor Bhansali at LUXURY
Fire opal ring (and gummy lips candy takeaway) from Colette
Yours truly in my new Belle Étoile bow necklace
Aquamarine ring from EFFY Collection
From left: yours truly, Britttany Siminitz of JCK Marketplace, and Jacquie De Almeida of Jewellery Business Canada having a very unhealthy dinner before the Olivia Newton-John concert at the Flamingo
Ruby and diamond bracelet from Goldstein Diamonds
Pieces from Kaura Jewels, one of JCK’s Rising Stars in the Design Center
Bracelet from MCL
Me and industry journalist Deb Yonick; folks kept mistaking Deb for me and you can see why. We could be sisters!
Geode-loving jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald and I ran into each other at the Wynn. I think of Kimberly not only as a talented artist but also as a therapist of sorts considering all of the inspiring and positive messages that she posts on Facebook.
Jewelry from Natalie Dissel, a JCK Rising Star
Diamond bracelet from Nicolis-Cola USA at the LUXURY show
Designer Nina Runsdorf in one of her necklaces
Norman Covan diamond earrings
Omi Privé jewels sold during JCK Las Vegas
New rings from Pamela Froman
Memorial space for beloved jewelry designer Robin Rotenier
New colored gemstone jewels from Frederic Sage
New necklace from Sethi Couture
New bicolor tanzanite necklace from Vivaan
New opal and diamond bracelet from Sutra Jewels
Pantone-inspired jewels from World Trade Jewelers
From left: Judy Meli (freelance designer), Danielle Barber of Suna Brothers, Jeff Prine (freelance editor), Leah Rudolfo (photo director) of JCK magazine, and yours truly celebrate the close of jewelry week 2014
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