Here we go again!
The 26th annual JCK Las Vegas show opens today. If you find yourself wandering the aisles overwhelmed by all the possibilities, allow me to steer you in a few specific directions.
The Showcase Stage
On the lower Bayside level, near the Design Center, you’ll find the Showcase Stage, home to a series of talks, exhibitor previews, and networking events designed to help you shop the floor. Exhibit A: This morning at 10:30 a.m., I’ll be giving a kick-off presentation where I’ll talk attendees through 2017’s key product trends (hint: think hexagons, hearts, and statement pieces). Just don’t expect much from my PowerPoint deck! Check the events schedule to see what else is coming to the stage on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The LUXURY show on the upper Shorelines level is home to some of my favorite contemporary designers, including Erica Courtney (LUX-801), Shay (LUX-900), and Tanya Farah (LUX-700). But it’s always fun to discover new designers and that’s exactly what happened to me on Saturday as I walked down an unfamiliar aisle and was struck by the graceful Art Deco–inspired styles gracing the window display at booth LUX-1033. The first-time exhibitor, a Mumbai-based company called Umrao, has three core collections: a matte gold line sprinkled with diamonds, a line of tassel pieces, and a rock crystal collection featuring Art Deco–esque designs in geometric silhouettes with stones such as onyx, emerald, and diamond. They’re utterly swoon-worthy!
Earrings in 18k gold with black onyx, 32 cts. t.w. emerald, and 4.85 cts. rose-cut diamonds, $45,000; umraojewels.com
If you have time to pop by the Rahaminov Diamonds booth (LUX-921), keep your eyes peeled for a 30.27-ct. oval-shaped diamond in the cases. It’s as big as a quail egg! And the number of likes I received (533 and counting) when I Instagrammed a pic from the show floor set a new personal record!
My post on Rahaminov’s mega-diamond at LUXURY
Augmented reality demo at Gabriel & Co.
Gabriel & Co. (Currents, S10405, S10405B) isn’t afraid to experiment with emerging technology. Last year, the brand invited showgoers to try out a virtual reality experience at its booth. This year, the company is pushing augmented reality through an app that allows you to virtually “try on” a ring and move your fingers with it in real time; you can even change the metal color and gemstones as you wish.