From the Publisher: March–April 2017

Welcome to the new JCK!

We truly hope you love the updated look and feel of JCK as much as we do!

As I mentioned last month, we began an internal conversation about the future of the magazine and website in June. Our goals were twofold: rethink our business to make more sense in today’s media landscape and, ­simultaneously, reassess our products to keep our best-in-class position in the marketplace. No easy task, as I’m sure you can imagine.

Our new publishing partner, Headline ­Studio, worked with us to accomplish both these goals. The issue in your hands is the product of this new partnership.

It’s an honor to have been a part of these changes to one of the oldest magazines in the country (1869!) and an institution in our ­industry. And I’m honored to work for a ­parent company willing to invest in its product. It’s a great compliment to the jewelry business that Reed Exhibitions recognizes the importance and appropriateness of creating a magazine worthy of one of the world’s most design- and beauty-focused trades!

Big congratulations to Peter Yates, creative director of the new JCK. His years of experience at Condé Nast and Hearst show through in this simple, elegant, and dynamic new ­design. Congrats also to editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and her editorial team, who made the change—of partners, systems, photographers, and more—look as easy as simply producing another issue. (They do get the fun new perk of working on the 31st floor of New York City’s One World Trade Center in the Condé Nast headquarters!)

Finally, a quick travel update: It was such a pleasure traveling to Italy to attend the VicenzaOro show. The fair was as stunning as ever, and it was great to see the world’s manufacturers so intent on marketing to the United States. And of course, who wouldn’t enjoy a week in the Arizona desert to attend JCK Tucson, AGTA GemFair, the tent shows, and Centurion? Next up is Baselworld, and I hope to see you in Switzerland!

Pictured top: The scenic JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, home to the JCK Tucson show

(Smelzer photograph by Nicholas A. Prakas; Grooming: Claudia Andreatta/Halley Resources; Starr Pass: Courtesy Marriott)

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