No need to pack your evening dresses and fancy suits for this year’s LUXURY show. The organizers want you to think of the seven-day show, which opens at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas on Friday, June 2 (three days later than usual to account for the Jewish holiday Shavuot), as a luxurious, business-oriented, and distinctly daytime affair.
“We heard there were so many distractions in Vegas at night and that evening events weren’t as important,” says Sarin Bachmann, industry vice president for LUXURY & Swiss Watch events at Reed Jewelry Group. “We’ll do some happy hours after the show closes and Late Night Lounges, and we’ll free up that evening dinner time frame for folks to do what they want.”
On Friday and Saturday, happy hour will kick off at 6 p.m. at Libertine Social, while the Late Night Lounge will go from 10 to midnight at Eye Candy (both are located in Mandalay Bay). During the day, however, is when you’ll find the most action. With more than 230 high-end exhibitors—including newcomers Shay and Judith Ripka and returning brands such as Omi Privé, Erica Courtney, Michael M, and Nanis—the show is poised to deliver on the promise conveyed in its name.
Take Niveet Nagpal’s word for it. The president and head designer of Omi Privé is bringing sizable rubies and Lightning Ridge opals to LUXURY. “We’re focusing on what’s beautiful and what’s rare,” he says.
Top: Duet ring with 6.32 ct. pear-shape sapphire, 0.62 ct. t.w. diamonds, and 0.61 ct. t.w. sapphires in 18k white gold with black rhodium; $44,000; Omi Privé; 877-664-4367; omiprive.com