From the Publisher, March 2020: Around the World and Back



JCK publisher Mark SmelzerSpring has sprung!

Starting this year, the magazine is evolving its suite of media products to reflect the changing times and methods of content consumption the internet has brought our way.

We’re calling it a “digital first” strategy, and it includes a robust suite of digital products as well as four spectacular print issues of JCK: March (spring), May (pre–JCK Las Vegas show), June (at-show), and September (fall).

These four issues have long been our best-read and best-supported. We will continue to turn to the amazingly talented creative team at Headline Studio (a division of Advance Publications, the media company ­responsible for legendary magazines such as Vogue and Vanity Fair) to produce the beautiful ­magazines this industry deserves.

Digitally, we continue to produce our six-days-a-week JCK News Daily newsletter, our terrific JCKonline.com website, our 39,000-followers-strong Instagram feed, and our 16,000-followers-strong Facebook page. We’re also ramping up our JCK Webinars, and we have launched a new email series called JCK Reports. Finally, if you haven’t yet subscribed to our informative podcast, The Jewelry District, find the link on our ­homepage and listen up!

While there’s been change at JCK—and, indeed, across the media landscape—our ­mission remains the same: fulfilling our role as the book of record for the U.S. jewelry industry by providing first-in-class news and content essential to the trade.

Meanwhile, as the picture above ­illustrates, my annual winter travel whirl has been in full swing—with trips to the VicenzaOro, ­Centurion, Select, AGTA, and JCK Tucson shows.

It’s always a blast to see friends and ­colleagues from around the world, and this year was no exception. And between Italy and Arizona, it’s nice work if you can get it!

Top: Vicenza’s stunning landmark Basilica Palladiana

(Smelzer photograph by Nicholas Prakas; top: Flavio Vallenari/iStock/Getty)