30 Years, 30 Things To Know About JCK

The JCK show marks its pearl anniversary this month at The Venetian Expo. Celebrate with us!

by Melissa Rose Bernardo & Victoria Gomelsky

JCK Phillip Gavriel gemstone letter pendants
Sterling silver and gemstone initial necklaces on 18-inch chains (stone composition varies with each letter), $200 each; Phillip Gavriel

1. A bit of trivia: The first JCK show wasn’t even called JCK; it was Jewelry ’92. More than 6,000 buyers attended the fair at the Sands Expo and Convention Center. For comparison: The 2019 fair hosted 13,803.

Anye Designs moissanite rose gold ring
Anastasia ring with 3.6 ct. radiant-cut center moissanite, 1.1 cts. t.w. marquise-cut moissanites, and 0.25 ct. t.w. round diamonds in 14k rose gold, $2,400; Anye Designs

2. The show floor opens every day, Wednesday, June 8–Monday, June 13, at 9:30 a.m., and closes daily at 6 p.m.—except on the final day, Monday, when it closes at 4 p.m.

Evanueva citrine coral earrings
Citrine, coral, and cognac diamond earrings in 18k yellow gold, price on request; Evanueva

3. The second-floor Design Collective should be your first stop if you’re looking for truly unique pieces. Mokume gane wedding bands and Damascus steel combs? Chris Ploof has you covered. Sexy mixed metal jewels with spikes, snakes, and skulls galore? Alp Sagnak is your guy.

Picchiotti emerald diamond ring
Xpandable cocktail ring in 18k white gold with 4.08 cts. t.w. octagonal-cut Zambian emeralds and 0.62 ct. t.w. round diamonds, $59,450; Picchiotti

4. JCK might not open until Friday, June 10, but JCK Talks—sponsored by GIA—kicks off Thursday, June 9, with a day of panels in the level 1 ballrooms.

Royal Chain heart gemstone necklace
14k yellow gold and gemstone inlay necklace, $950; Royal Chain

5. The JCK Talks fun continues June 10–12 on the Showcase Stage, starting at 11 a.m., covering topics in six tracks: market and consumer trends, responsibility, sales, style and design trends, marketing, and relevance. Each day features a session from each track.

Le Vian Couture sunny yellow diamond earrings
The Blaine platinum and 18k Honey Gold earrings with 8.9 cts. t.w. radiant-cut Sunny Yellow Diamonds and 3.18 cts. t.w. marquise-shape Vanilla Diamonds, $84,400; Le Vian Couture

6. In 2018, JCK gave lab-grown diamonds its own pavilion; not surprisingly, the section has gotten bigger every year. You’ll find a plethora of loose stones from exhibitors including GoGreen, plus finished jewelry from brands such as Fenix Diamonds and Smiling Rocks.

Laura Gallon premiere danse bracelet
Premiere Danse bracelet in 18k yellow gold with 2.22 cts. t.w. diamonds, $12,180; Laura Gallon

7. Want a closer look at this year’s Jewelers’ Choice Award winners? Pop by the second-floor JCA Lounge to see the pieces in person.

Sofragem yellow pink sapphire peridot amethyst ring
Ring with yellow sapphires, pink sapphires, peridot, amethysts, and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $12,500; Sofragem

8. Plumb Club has exhibited at JCK Las Vegas since 1994. On Saturday, June 11, drop by its pavilion from 5:30 to 7 p.m. to toast the show’s 30th birthday. After all, no celebration is complete without Champagne and light entertainment (and cocktails, wine, cheese, and cake!).

Royal Chain silver heart CZ necklace
High-polished sterling silver heart necklace with CZ, $140; Royal Chain

9. Speaking of celebration: Showgoers will enjoy daily moments of appreciation with treats on the show floor each day. Any chance of bringing back 2019’s DIY doughnut bar?

Royal Chain omega diamond rose white gold necklaces
14k rose, white, and yellow gold Omega necklaces with 0.08 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,690 each; Royal Chain

10. Tucked behind the Currents neighborhood, at the back of the main aisle of level 2, you’ll find the brand-new Innovation Hub, a one-stop shop where showgoers can find inventive solutions to their most pressing business challenges.

Laura Gallon ange diamond mother of pearl necklace
Ange necklace in 18k yellow gold with 1.87 cts. t.w. diamonds and mother-of-pearl, $6,050; Laura Gallon

11. Need some motivation for your morning workout? Make it a Jewelers for Children fundraiser. Run, walk, or even do yoga at The Venetian Thursday, June 9, at JFC’s annual Rings of Strength. (jewelersforchildren.org)

Nigaam 18k gold diamond bracelets
Bracelets in 18k gold with 7.5 cts. t.w. rose-cut and full-cut diamonds, $15,995 each; Nigaam

12. Dust off your high heels and tuxedos. Diamonds Do Good returns with its evening soirée in the Palazzo Ballroom Thursday night, when it will recognize the five recipients of the inaugural 2022 Sustainable Development Goal Awards. (diamondsdogood.com)

13. The Plumb Club is hosting invited guests at the Katy Perry Play concert Friday, June 10. Now, who in PC wants to take some JCK editors along? (Only kidding!)

Hamilton richard rodgers marquee14. Anyone who attended JCK Las Vegas during the 2010s remembers the raucous “JCK Rocks the Beach” concerts at Mandalay Bay by A-listers such as Bruno Mars and Maroon 5. Now, “JCK Rocks” returns to The Venetian, Saturday, June 11, with an evening cocktail fete followed by Hamilton–Remix, starring Miguel Cervantes (Broadway’s resident A. Ham) and more Hamilton cast members and alums. Don’t throw away your shot!

15. Saturday night is going to be packed! The Indian Diamond & Colorstone Association is bringing back its gala to The Venetian’s Murano Ballroom. Among the honorees: the fifth-generation family-run Ben Bridge Jeweler, which has been named the group’s Retailer of the Year. (idcany.org)

16. At 8 a.m. Sunday, June 12, in the Palazzo Ballroom, the always-anticipated Rapaport Breakfast is sure to draw a crowd eager to hear industry sage Martin Rapaport expound on everything from inflation to sanctions on Russian diamonds.

EF collection sari diamond bracelet
Sari bracelet in 14k rose gold and diamond, $2,350; EF Collection

17. Also on Sunday: JFC’s Facets of Hope in the Palazzo Ballroom, honoring Richline Group’s Dave Meleski and Rogers Enterprises’ Craig Stern. But the real draw is the heartrending stories about JFC’s great work. (Bring tissues.)

Yoko London pink freshwater pearl diamond earrings
18k white gold earrings with 3 mm–3.5 mm freshwater pearls and diamonds, $1,900; Yoko London

18. It wouldn’t be Vegas without the Le Vian Red Carpet Revue—featuring a 2023 trend forecast and fashion show—now in its 23rd edition. In 2021, Le Vian focused on heart-shape designs, colorful stones such as rainbow sapphires, and stacking styles. Alas, we’ll have to wait until Sunday to see what Le Vian is loving this year.

Picchiotti Xpandable turquoise ceramic diamond ring
Xpandable ring in 18k white and yellow gold with diamonds and turquoise ceramic, $41,075; Picchiotti

19. Overseas flights are still a major pain, so thank goodness so many international exhibitors come to Vegas. Travel to Hong Kong, Spain, and Germany all in the same day; they each have their own neighborhoods. Then jet over to the first-floor Passport pavilion, where you’ll find companies from countries as far afield as Thailand (your go-to for spectacular silver) and Turkey (high-karat gold specialists).   

Palmiero bubbly green tourmaline diamond earrings
Bubbly collection earrings with white diamonds and green tourmaline drops in white gold, price on request; Palmiero

20. From apatite to zircon, virtually all the world’s gem varieties will be on display in the expanded Gems neighborhood, which opens Thursday, June 9, one day before the rest of the JCK show. With exhibitors from the American Gem Trade Association and the International Colored Gemstone Association, it’s on level 2, next to Plumb Club and behind Luxury. Whether you’re looking for bread-and-butter goods (blue sapphires, anyone?) or esoteric gems (like the single-source stone grandidierite), think of Gems as a distilled-to-its-essence version of Tucson without the saguaros.

Lauren K pearl turquoise ruby earrings
Joyce earrings with rubies, Sleeping Beauty turquoise, freshwater pearls, and diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $4,350; Lauren K

21. Looking to add some affordable giftables to your stock? The Shoppe by JCK is an all-new pavilion, on the second floor, for gifts and accessories including leather goods, eyewear, handbags, stationery, skin care/beauty products, and home decor.

JCK 2021 Show Dailies22. Don’t forget to pick up a JCK Show Daily! On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, JCK publishes an on-site edition containing live-from-the-floor reporting, event schedules, and show maps.

23. Have you downloaded the JCK app? Visit the App Store or Google Play. Trust us: It’s the best way to navigate the show floor.

24. Luxury returns to its home on level 2 in the same format buyers have come to expect: a main show floor plus ballrooms, with Luxury lunch served across those spaces. Open by invitation only Wednesday and Thursday, the show opens to all JCK show attendees June 10–13.

25. Missed VicenzaOro in March? Non c’è problema! Nestled next to Plumb Club on the second floor is Bella Italia, where you’ll find more 18k gold than you could imagine and brands such as Palmiero and Picchiotti.

Palmiero gingko emerald diamond enamel necklace
Ginkgo collection necklace with white diamonds, oval emerald, and enamel in white gold, price on request; Palmiero

26. If you haven’t signed up for JCK Pro—a members-only pass to market insights, expert content, and connection opportunities—be sure to add JCK Pro to your cart when you register for JCK 2022, or subscribe at jckonline.com/pro with code “SHOWPRO22.” You’ll receive a discounted rate that gets you on-site Pro perks including access to an exclusive lounge and a dedicated registration line (skip the crowds on opening day!).

Just Jules fancy shape mixed cut diamond necklace
14k white gold necklace with white fancy-shape diamonds, $6,030; Just Jules

27. When you need a moment to relax or socialize (or simply rest your tired dogs), look for a lounge—the Jewelers’ Choice Awards Lounge, and Design Collective and Gems lounges—on level 2. And enjoy complimentary afternoon snack and cocktail service in the revamped Luxury Lounge.

Bapalal Keshavlal tanzanite and diamond ring
Ring with diamonds and tanzanite in 18k white gold, $13,000; Bapalal Keshavlal

28. Essentials & Tech isn’t all 3D printers and CAD software: You can find super-accessible tools such as Picup Media’s GemLoupe and a $169 smartphone clip-on lens to take your jewelry pics up a few notches. (Excuse us while we order one…)

Anamaria Cammilli velaa royale 18k white ice gold diamond necklace
Velaa Royale pendant in 18k White Ice Gold with 0.7 ct. diamond, price on request; Annamaria Cammilli

29. As of press time, masks are recommended, but not required, for JCK show participants. Watch lasvegas.jckonline.com for updates to the latest CDC guidelines.

Giovanni Ferraris Gioielli sapphire diamond titanium earrings
Earrings with 43.17 cts. t.w. sapphires and 3.39 cts. t.w. diamonds in titanium, price on request; Giovanni Ferraris Gioielli

30. A JCK Keynote will take place on Friday morning. Among the previous keynote speakers: swimsuit model–turned–jewelry designer Kathy Ireland and Botswana President Mokgweetsi Masisi. This year’s speaker: self-described marketing maven Swan Sit.

Top: Fringe necklace with 9.23 cts. t.w. green tourmaline and 0.2 ct. t.w. diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $6,595; Lauren K

(Hamilton marquee: Bruce Glikas)

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