The Jewelry District, Episode 72: JCK Show Takeaways And Interviews


You’ll hear JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates share their post–JCK show takeaways and the interviews they conducted live on the JCK show floor.

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Show Notes
00:30 Rob and Victoria share their takeaways from the JCK show
09:30 Victoria interviews Jewelers Mutual Group’s chief content executive, Mark Smelzer
11:00 Victoria interviews Stuller CEO Matt Stuller
13:40 Rob interviews Craig Underwood of Underwoods Fine Jewelers
17:00 Rob interviews Feriel Zerouki of De Beers
20:18 Rob interviews Steve Coe, CEO of Lightbox Jewelry
25:40 Victoria interviews Yuliya Kusher, CEO of Meylor Global
29:26 Victoria interviews Manos Phoundoulakis of EZEC
31:23 Rob interviews Jeff Corey, former owner of Day’s Jewelers, now currently the vice president of marketing

Episode Credits
Hosts: Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky
Producer and engineer: Natalie Chomet
Plugs: jckonline.com@jckmagazine

Show Recap

JCK Show Takeaways
Victoria and Rob comment on how amazing the JCK show was this year. Rob says the mood and attendance were really strong and how the jewelry industry has been on a high the past two years. Some people even told Rob it was their best show ever. Others came to the show for the first time—a great reminder of why we have in-person shows. There was some awareness of inflation at the show. Victoria also mentions orange emerging as a hot color in jewelry.

Mark Smelzer
Victoria interviews Jewelers Mutual Group’s chief content executive, Mark Smelzer. Mark used to be the publisher of JCK, and Victoria asks what it’s like to be on the other side of the JCK show experience. Mark comments on the overall energy at the show, and that it’s great to see sales happening at every booth.

Matt Stuller
Matt Stuller, CEO of Stuller, is excited to be at the show. Victoria comments on how busy the Stuller booth is. Victoria asks about its innovations this year. Victoria loves its permanent bracelet stand. Victoria asks how business has been so far this year, and Matt says business has been very strong. Everyone is cautiously optimistic.

Craig Underwood
Rob mentions how Craig Underwood of Underwoods Fine Jewelers has just won the Robert M. Shipley Award, and Craig says they’re still on the high from receiving that award. Rob asks what they’re seeing at the show so far, and Craig says he’s loving the energy. Rob asks if Craig thinks this is going to be a great holiday, and Craig says yes—he’s cautiously optimistic.

Feriel Zerouki
Feriel Zerouki, who won the Diamonds Do Good Next Gen Award at the show, is the senior vice president of corporate affairs for De Beers. Rob asks about Feriel’s involvement with the Responsible Jewellery Council, and Feriel says despite some problems recently, there’s also been great progress. Rob asks about the JCK show, and Feriel says it’s going well.

Steve Coe
Rob asks Steve Coe, the CEO of Lightbox Jewelry, how things have progressed with Lightbox, which created shock waves in the industry when it first released its lab-grown jewelry line. Steve says 25% of their buyers are repeat customers. Rob notes how Lightbox expects to be using 100% renewable energy by the end of 2022, and Steve says it is making great progress on that. Steve says Lightbox is looking to other carat sizes and other colored diamonds besides pink and blue.

Yuliya Kusher
Victoria interviews Yuliya Kusher, CEO of Meylor Global, the Ukrainian diamond company making lab-grown diamonds. She shows Victoria the largest uncut lab-grown diamond in the world, 150 carats. Victoria asks how the war is impacting their business, but Yuliya says they can’t really predict what will happen day to day.

Manos Phoundoulakis
Victoria interviews her good friend Manos Phoundoulakis about his new company EZEC, which he started with Andrew DeMarco. EZEC stands for Easy Emergency Contact. They claim to be saving lives and streamlining health care through jewelry. Its technological advancements help first responders with an easier way for people to wear medical ID bracelets.

Jeff Corey
Jeff Corey, former head of Day’s Jewelers and now its vice president of marketing, has been to 30 JCK shows. He was at the original and has been to every show since. He says it’s exciting to be here and doing business. He’s shopping around, looking at technology, and trying to see what’s new and exciting in jewelry. Last year, Day’s Jewelers became employee-owned, so they share the profits of the company. Rob ask how business has been this year, and Jeff says it’s been excellent.

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