Real Gems: The People of JCK Las Vegas

Well, JCK Las Vegas was, as ever, a whirlwind. I was there and back in a flash, my head left swimming with sparkling, colorful jewels. Oh, the jewels. I admittedly focused on rather large, show-stopping pieces this year (I didn’t even shop!), so the memories are of insane diamonds and sapphires, opals and tourmaline. But let’s talk about the people: After all, isn’t it the people behind the brands, creations, and words, that make it all worthwhile? Though we go to discover the jewelry, gemstones, new technology, and more, I think it’s those who stand behind all of those things that keep us coming back. I regret not taking enough photos of all of those people this year, but I do have a few to share. I hope that you made as many new, wonderful memories as I did to hold you over until next year!


Yours truly enjoying delicious cake (and laughs) with JCK‘s amazing editor-in-chief, Victoria Gomelsky (Photo courtesy Emili Vesilind)

The Kirk Kara family celebrates 10 years of JCK Jewelers’ Choice Award-winning designs. (Photo by the author)

Omi Privé‘s Niveet Nagpal and Adam Graham, rocking some sweet man brooches. (Photo by the author)

Trying on earrings from her new Vince & Prince collection with designer Dallas Prince. (Photo by the author)

The annual #VegasGems dinner with some new, beautiful faces. Clockwise from center right: JCK managing editor Melissa Bernardo; yours truly; jewelry designer Katrina Kelly; Diamonds in the Library‘s Becky Stone and husband, Devin Stone; jewelry designer Judi Powers; Piece of Karat Cake‘s Caylee Kozack; writer Peggy Jo Donahue; jewelry designer Shamila Jiwa; Communiqué‘s Rebecca Moskal and Christine Purdue (Photo courtesy Shamila Jiwa)

Pictured at top: Yours truly with industry legend Bill Furman and JCK managing editor Melissa Bernardo

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