The JCK show returns to the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Feb. 2–7
The international jewelry industry is set to heat up the Arizona desert this winter. Now in its second year, JCK Tucson will welcome a new one-day signature preshow event on Feb. 1, LUXURY one2one, which matches elite retailers with industry solution providers.
The hosted buyer summit, built on the concept of speed networking, connects 25 solution providers with 50 prequalified domestic and international retailers just before doors open for JCK Tucson. Retailers will attend 11 meetings and networking gatherings—prearranged to meet the needs of their business.
“The one-day format creates a dynamic experience unlike any other jewelry industry event,” says Yancy Weinrich, group vice president of JCK Events. “It focuses on solving business challenges and fulfilling needs in a highly personalized and curated environment.” At press time, Coronet Diamonds, Dabakarov, Designs by HC, First Image Design Corp., iZi Creations, and Unrounds were among the suppliers committed to participating in LUXURY one2one.
At the JCK Tucson show, look for more than 140 exhibitors offering a range of bridal, fashion, and more. Eighty-five percent of the 3,400 expected buyers hail from North America, including reps from major retailers such as Ben Bridge, Tiffany & Co., and Sterling Jewelers; the international attendees will be flying in from China, Australia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Japan, France, and Israel, among other nations.
This year’s show will host a strong sampling of innovative German designers, in particular, in the Starr Pass’ San Luis ballroom. Standouts include Atelier Zobel, which uses sterling, gold, and gemstones to create chunky statement designs; Maria Rzewuska, specializing in fine and costume pieces that harness European aesthetics (think blunt strips of metal curved to create feminine forms); and Hamburg-based Hilde Leiss, who marries industrial aesthetics with the inherent delicacy of pavé gemstones.