The Jewelry District, Episode 37: JCK Show, Holiday Report, and De Beers

In This Episode
In this edition of The Jewelry District, you’ll hear JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates talk about the JCK Las Vegas and Luxury by JCK shows in August, Inauguration Day jewelry, and the De Beers Ten/Ten collection.

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Show Notes
00:30 JCK’s shows have been moved to August: What can we expect?
03:20 Pearls are having a moment and really took the spotlight in January.
06:58 Rob recaps the holiday reports.
09:44 Victoria talks about e-commerce and fun ways to shop digitally in the future.
13:56 De Beers recently released its Ten/Ten project, and Victoria dishes about her favorite rings in the collection.
17:56 Something unexpected happened in the art deco world at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.

Episode Credits
Hosts: Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky
Editor: Olivia Briley
Producer and engineer: Natalie Chomet

Show Recap

New Dates for the JCK Show
Victoria and Rob recorded this podcast during the last week of January, and they talk about how long the month felt. They also discuss the overload of webinars and online events they’ve been seeing. Because of so many things being online, Victoria and Rob are viewing the JCK Las Vegas and Luxury by JCK shows now scheduled for August as a welcome break. Victoria predicts pearls will be the strongest category at the shows.

Why Pearls?
Pearls have taken the spotlight so far in 2021. They made a big splash at the inauguration, where Vice President Kamala Harris and many others were seen sporting the opulent beauties. Harris wore a pearl necklace by W.Rosado, but she’s also been known to wear black pearls. There was even a Facebook group devoted to wearing pearls in the days before the inauguration. Rob reflects on what Barbara Bush and Nancy Pelosi did for pearls. Rob and Victoria also discuss the jewelry that Amanda Gorman was wearing, and the Rolex that Biden was wearing.

Holiday Reports
Victoria asks Rob about what he makes of the holiday reports he’s seen and what they mean for the state of the industry. There were mixed expectations, and mixed results, but overall Rob thinks the holiday season went pretty well. The season may not have been what retailers hoped for, but it was definitely promising, all things considered. They also reflect on which business practices are probably here to stay in 2021.

E-commerce in 2021
Victoria attended a virtual retail innovation conference by PSFK, a New York–based trend casting agency, and she fills us in on what she learned. One of the things Victoria took away from the conference was that retailers need to make things easier and more accessible for customers, especially at checkout. The conference hosts also spoke about how to get people just as excited to shop in stores as they are to shop online, and there are some interesting ways people have tried to replicate that experience. Rob and Victoria make the case for consumers having fewer choices when shopping versus having unlimited choice.

De Beers and Ten/Ten
De Beers worked with Blue Nile and a group of 10 designers to create its newest project, Ten/Ten. The designers were chosen to create wedding jewelry that is now being sold on Blue Nile, in a limited collection of 10 rings per designer. All the rings are priced around $4,000, and all the diamonds used were from Botswana. Victoria discusses how engagement rings are changing from something sacred to something that can be switched and upgraded (read: more money over time). Victoria also points out her favorite rings from the collection.

Paris Couture Showings
Ending the podcast, Victoria talks about the high jewelry collections from Boucheron and Chanel that were seen at Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. She specifically emphasizes a collection from Boucheron, which put an incredible spin on art deco with geometric shapes. The most interesting thing about it? Boucheron modeled the pieces on men.

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