Tower of Bauble: Editor’s Letter, July–August 2015

As a 15-year veteran of JCK Las Vegas, I’ve come to love the cacophony of foreign voices that greets me when I join the streams of people flowing toward the Mandalay Bay Convention Center every morning during jewelry market week. It’s chaotic and crowded, but the multicultural scene represents everything I love about the trade.The Italians saunter by in sharp suits and designer heels, icons of effortless style. The Indians and the Israelis always seem to be rushing somewhere, their pockets probably full of diamonds. Let’s not forget the Russians, whose accents and icy blue eyes remind me of my family.We tried our best to capture this global community of JCKers in “Hot Shots,” a collection of street-style images from the show conceived by photo editor Leah Rudolfo, and shot by Beverly Poppe. Thanks to social media journalist Logan Sachon and senior editor Emili Vesilind for

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