JCK Magazine

Just for JCK Pro subscribers. Led by JCK’s award-winning editorial team, these exclusive articles go in depth on the issues most pressing to jewelry professionals: the global shifts affecting the luxury market, retail trends, design, sourcing, and more. Updated monthly.

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For Your Listening Pleasure

We highlight 13 jewelry podcasts worth a download. (We couldn’t resist including our own!)

By Rob Bates | December 7, 2022

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The AI Revolution Comes To Diamond Grading

More and more labs are using artificial intelligence and automated grading to evaluate diamonds. Some think that will change the industry.

By Rob Bates | November 22, 2022

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How to Avoid Becoming the Victim of a Cybercrime

Phishing, hacking, and scamming is on the rise everywhere—and the jewelry industry is no exception.

By Martha C. White | November 2, 2022

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A Jeweler’s Guide to Navigating the Inflationary Holiday Season

When the price of everything from gas to groceries has increased dramatically, there’s plenty to be anxious about. But the industry isn’t in full panic mode—yet.

By Amy Elliott | October 19, 2022

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In the Company of Women

Mentorship, scholarship, and training opportunities for women and nonbinary creators in the jewelry industry have never been more abundant than they are now.

By Karen Dybis | October 6, 2022

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Practice Makes Perfect

Why a retail jeweler might offer an internship—and how it can create a productive experience for both students and store.

By Daniel P. Smith | September 15, 2022

There’s No Substitute For Experiences

Offering in-store shoppers convenience and novelty are key for jewelers committed to beating the online competition.

By Karen Dybis | September 1, 2022

The 2022 Retail Economic Outlook

The economy is at an inflection point. Here’s how jewelers are preparing.

By Martha C. White | August 11, 2022

22 New Enamel Jewels To Brighten Your 2022

You couldn’t turn the corner at the Las Vegas shows without seeing something enamel. Not that we’re complaining!

By Melissa Rose Bernardo | July 13, 2022

How to Develop a Sustainability Report (and Why You Should)

Are you sourcing your gold and gems responsibly? Prove it. By implementing strategies that support the three pillars of sustainability, businesses are responding to demands from socially conscious employees, investors, and customers for greater corporate responsibility and accountability when it comes to such issues.

By Martha C. White | July 6, 2022

The Real Costs of Breaking Into the Jewelry Industry

Newbie designers should expect to spend at least $37,000 in their first year—and that’s the bare minimum.

By Emili Vesilind | June 22, 2022

What Retailers Want: The JCK Las Vegas 2022 Edition

Salt and pepper diamonds, Montana sapphires, and yellow gold fashion jewels are among the items topping retailer shopping lists ahead of jewelry market week in June.

By Amy Elliott | May 18, 2022

After J. Lo, Will Modern Brides Go for the Green?

JCK talks to retailers and designers about the most buzzed-about colored diamond engagement ring in years—and the effect it could have on the wedding jewelry market.

By Brittany Siminitz | April 28, 2022

Everything You Wanted to Know About Jewelry NFTs and the Metaverse

JCK explores what the world of digital assets means for the jewelry industry.

By Martha C. White | April 5, 2022

School of TikTok: What Jewelers Can Learn From the Video-Sharing App

Come for the funny dance moves, stay for the branding boost! Contrary to what you might think, it’s not just nimble teenagers who can draw a following on TikTok.

By Martha C. White | March 9, 2022

How To Attract, Retain, and Work in Harmony With Gen Z

The jewelry industry is a uniquely multigenerational entity, with boomers, Gen Xers, and millennials coexisting—even flourishing—in spite of their differences. But now that Gen Z has arrived on the scene, things are about to get…interesting.

By Amy Elliott | February 23, 2022

10 Reasons 2021 Was a Fantastic Year for Jewelry

At the start of the pandemic, many of us wondered how the jewelry industry would survive. Still, we had no idea how much it would thrive.

By Rob Bates | February 15, 2022

How To Prevent a Smash-and-Grab Attack

While jewelry stores have long been targeted by criminals, more organized and brazen thieves are forcing retailers to find new and creative ways to minimize risk and safeguard their operations.

By Daniel P. Smith | January 25, 2022

22 Bold Predictions for the Jewelry and Watch Industry in 2022

Our forecasters cover the gamut of prophecies for the new year, spanning topics as diverse as green washing, the metaverse, 3D printing, and crime.

By Victoria Gomelsky | December 29, 2021

3 Things Every Jeweler Can Do To Support The Circular Economy

Reduce, reuse, recycle…and resell and refine: Since consumption has reached an all-time high, environmental consciousness has never been more crucial. Here’s how to be a responsible retailer.

By Danielle Keller Aviram | December 28, 2021

2022 Trend Forecast: Must-Stock Colors, Gems, And Categories

If you’re not already up on these trends, you’re officially late to the party. But like your favorite guests, they’re sticking around for a bit (well into 2022, in fact). So get up, stand up, and stock up!

By Amy Elliott | December 21, 2021

How to Navigate the Ever-Evolving Landscape of Digital Advertising

Is digital advertising a business-saving tactic or a curse (or both)? JCK investigates.

By Rob Bates | December 8, 2021

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Jewelry: Where We Are and Where We Need To Go

JCK asked a cohort of BIPOC and LGBTQIA jewelers and advocates to assess the jewelry industry’s efforts at fostering a more inclusive culture within the trade.

By Amy Elliott | November 29, 2021

30 of the Best Jewelry Reads of 2021

Need some entertainment while you’re waiting out a three-hour flight delay? Itching for an escape from your bickering in-laws? Click through this list of thought-provoking, fun, and just plain bizarre stories.

By Rob Bates | November 22, 2021

Experts Predict a Happy (and Prosperous) Holiday

Consumers have money to spend, and they’re ready to shop. Good news for jewelers, right? We asked the experts what this means for the holiday season…and beyond.

By Karen Dybis | November 15, 2021

Jewelers Poised for a Prosperous, Possibly Supply-Starved, Holiday Season

The holiday shopping rush may just be beginning, but jewelers have been preparing for it for the better part of 2021.

By Martha C. White | November 8, 2021

How to Get a One-Star Review

Here’s how (not) to treat your customers: We looked at the issues that really irk jewelry store shoppers and do the most damage to your retail reputation. Use them as a cautionary tale!

By Daniel P. Smith | October 15, 2021

Risk-Taking Retailers Bet Big on Brick-and-Mortar Mid-Pandemic

How three jewelers opened new spaces when stores everywhere were closing—temporarily and permanently.

By Daniel P. Smith | September 25, 2021

The Great Post-Pandemic Recruitment Race

How jewelers are managing the tightest labor market in years. Plus: tips on finding and hiring (and keeping!) the best people for your business.

By Martha C. White | August 21, 2021

Created Energy: How Stores Are Working Lab-Grown Diamonds Into Their Inventory Mix

Retail experts and jewelers lay out the best strategies for selling lab-grown and mined diamonds together.

By Martha C. White | June 16, 2021

18 Tips to Raise Your Instagram Game

Take your ’Gram from good to great with retail-focused advice from these digitally savvy jewelers and marketers. Instagram is firmly entrenched among the world’s most important social media platforms—with immense potential for small businesses like jewelry retailers.

By Daniel P. Smith | May 19, 2021

Colored Stones And Color Trends: Your 2021 Guide

Here are the stones and hues your customers will be craving this spring, summer, and fall: deep green emeralds, cool teal sapphires, juicy peach, and Pantone’s Illuminating yellow and Ultimate Gray.

By Melissa Bernardo | April 28, 2021

Wedding Jewelry: Your Post-Pandemic Retail Checklist

In jewelry’s bridal category, as with virtually all consumer goods, the road to recovery in 2021 is digital. That much we know. But beyond that, what does a retailer aspiring to sell engagement and wedding rings to the soon-to-be-wed need to know about doing business in the 2020s?

By Amy Elliott | March 30, 2021

For Designers, Imitation Is Not the Sincerest Form of Flattery

Copyright infringement in the jewelry industry appears to be on the rise, thanks to numerous factors, including Instagram. The platform has allowed copycats to thrive, while also being the source of their undoing. JCK explores the intersection of design, imitation, and cancel culture.

By Emili Vesilind | March 15, 2021

During Pandemic, Jewelers Have Merged the Virtual With the Physical

When most of the country went into lockdown, jewelers faced a choice: They could either give up their business, or they could pivot and try to roll with some very sharp punches.

By Rob Bates | February 19, 2021

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What Retailers Need to Know About Paycheck Protection Loans (and Forgiveness)

With the help of Jonel Hein, deputy district director of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) South Florida District Office, JCK found answers to some key PPP-related questions.

By Daniel P. Smith | February 08, 2021

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