January–February 2019

The Look of Love: Swoon-Worthy Jewels for the Wedding Day (and Beyond)

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Swoon-Worthy Jewels for the Wedding Day (and Beyond)

Go beyond the engagement ring with bracelet stacks, layered chains, mix-and-match earrings, and right-hand bling—jewels she’ll wear long after the big day. Photography by Mikael Schulz Stylist Nina Sterghiou    Jewelry editor Rima Suqi Treehopper stud in 18k yellow gold with 0.03 ct. t.w. diamond, $380, Treehopper stud in 10k yellow gold with royal blue…

Perfect Proposals: How Jewelers Are Helping Clients Pop the Question

“Will you marry me?” It may be the most iconic question of all time—and unquestionably so for jewelers, who tend to supply the key accessory. Sometimes, the engagement ring purchase calls for conspiring with clients, a bit of pixie dust and creativity to make the moment extra magical, jumping through hoops to ensure the ring…

Smart Stones: Our Rock-Star Ode to Colored Gems

Make a big noise with these cutting-edge gemstone styles. You might say they’re fit for a queen. Photography by Joel Stans Prop stylist Emily Mullin Jewelry editor Rima Suqi Purple Gems (Clockwise from top) 14k rose gold ring with 2 ct. amethyst and 0.09 ct. t.w. diamonds, $970, Berco, 800-621-0668, bercojewelry.com; bracelet with 18.3 cts.…

150 Years, 150 Voices: Reflections on JCK, Part 1

JCK would be nowhere without the industry insiders who have helped the magazine along the way—either by making the news, reading it in our pages, or both. So we asked 150 of them to join the dialogue about how the jewelry business has changed over the decades and the role we have played in that…

Refresh Yourself: How to Give Your Brand An Extreme Makeover

Is your logo tired? Does your website look dated? Is it time to update your business with a more contemporary look and feel? Here’s our guide to reinventing your brand. Is New year, new you the ­motto you’re embracing in 2019? Reinvention can breathe new life into a brand identity, but it’s not to be…

Sands Storm: JCK Las Vegas Preps for Its Big Move Up the Strip

It’s T minus four months and counting until the JCK and Luxury shows return to their original home at the Sands. Here’s what organizers are doing to ensure a smooth transition. A funny thing happened after JCK Las Vegas completed its 2016 show at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. After five years, attendees had adapted to…

Behind JCK’s January–February 2019 Ethereal Bridal Cover Look

The Look of Love Swoon-worthy jewels for the wedding day (and beyond) Cover photography by Mikael Schulz Hair: Fernando Torrent Using R+Co/L’Atelier NYC Makeup: Misha Shahzada for Chantecaille/Forward Artists Stylist: Nina Sterghiou Manicurist: Roseann Singleton for Emilie Heathe/Art Department Model: Alana Zimmer/Women Management Sweater: TSE Crownwork Regency tiara in 18k yellow gold with 62 cts. t.w. white…

5 Things Rocking the Industry: January–February 2019

EVENTS The inaugural New York City Jewelry Week, a November citywide series of educational and art-centric events organized by veteran jewelry curators/event producers JB Jones and Bella Neyman, blanketed Manhattan and Brooklyn with seven days of nonstop happenings (120 in all): an exclusive tour of The Met’s lauded exhibition, “Jewelry: The Body Transformed”; a live…

Staff Picks, January–February 2019: Ocean Blue Earrings

What JCK magazine’s Victoria Gomelsky is loving this month “I adore earrings studded with ocean-colored gems, from stormy blue sapphires to opals that resemble a sparkling tropical sea.” —Victoria Gomelsky, JCK editor-in-chief   (Above) Vier earrings in 18k white gold with pear-shape sapphires and 1.03 cts. t.w. diamonds; $24,000; Valani Atelier; 212-702-9703; valani.com 18k gold earrings with 4.6…

From the Editor, January–February 2019: JCK at 150

And so it begins. Our long-awaited 150th-­anniversary celebration kicks off this month. And we couldn’t be more jazzed about it. Although you’ll have to wait until late September to read our ­special anniversary edition (which will take the place of our regular ­September/October issue), you’ll find nods to the major milestone in every print issue…

From the Publisher, January–February 2019: Our Anniversary Year

Count ’em: 150 years! Welcome to the first issue of our 150th-anniversary year! Introduced in 1869, JCK is one of the oldest continuously published magazines in America. (This milestone puts us in the company of such venerable publications as Harper’s Magazine and Scientific American!) This year’s magazine, website, newsletter, and social channels will celebrate the…

Why Throwin Stones Is Our Fave Instagram of the Month

Can’t get to Tucson in February? Live vicariously with Throwin Stones (@throwin.stones), an Asheville, N.C., mineral, crystal, and rough gem dealer that can make a $5 rock look like a million bucks. You don’t have to spend a fortune on fancy displays; just let the stones speak for themselves. Enticing orange-red tumbled carnelian crystals This…

World Trade: Inside the 2018 GIA Symposium

GIA’s 2018 International Gemological Symposium in early October was a who’s who of industry bigwigs (Top) Maestro Roger Nierenberg led a welcome session centered on a learning experience called “The Music Paradigm.” GIA’s Susan Jacques and Tom Moses presided over the Richard T. Liddicoat Centennial Celebration gala. GIA’s Russell Shor walks a Symposium attendee through…

Light the Lightbox: De Beers Lab-Grown Diamond Line Goes Live

After a summer of hype and speculation, Lightbox, De Beers’ lab-grown diamond line, officially debuted in September—and so far, it hasn’t shaken the industry as much as some anticipated. Initial sales were healthy, says chief marketing officer Sally Morrison, though she admits that many of the first orders may have come from ­curious industry competitors.…

Jewelry Industry & People: January–February 2019

COMINGS AND GOINGS Lisa Bridge, who was appointed president and chief operating officer of Ben Bridge Jeweler one year ago, has now been appointed the retailer’s CEO. She takes over for her father, Ed Bridge, who is retiring after heading the company since 1990. She is the fifth generation of her family to head the…

Meet Denver-Area Innovative Retailer Balefire Goods

At Colorado’s Balefire Goods, Jamie Hollier nurtures jewelers/makers with a flair for slow fashion Located just outside of Denver, in the poetically named city of Olde Town ­Arvada, Balefire Goods is a jewelry store with a mission: to connect jewelry lovers with artisan jewelers who specialize in what owner Jamie Hollier calls “slow fashion,” aka…

2019 New Year’s Resolutions: Retail Edition

What major goal do you have for your store in 2019, and how do you plan to achieve it? We’re on the board of our local boutique district, and our biggest goal is to promote local shopping in our area. We realize we absolutely have to focus on our return customers—they keep the doors open.…

Store We Adore: Crown Nine in Oakland, California

515 Ninth St., Oakland, Calif. Heavy metal takes on new meaning at Crown Nine, a tiny store in downtown Oakland that celebrates metalsmithing with big, bold, and beautiful jewelry from an eclectic bunch of independent designers.   Kate Ellen loves jewelry that makes a statement, so you won’t find much dainty or hyperfeminine jewelry inside…

Round and Round: Circular Jewelry You’ll Love

The humble circle—a symbol of the everlasting—is elevated through interlocking motifs 1 / (Above) Black-and-white Terra link bracelet in sterling silver; $1,320; Emanuela Duca; info@emanueladuca.com; emanueladuca.com 2 / Long tapered link necklace in sterling silver; $450; Ten Thousand Things; 212-352-1333; tenthousandthingsnyc.com 3 / Diamond Camille earrings in 18k Fairmined yellow gold; $12,104; Ana Khouri; 646-998-4840; anakhouri.com 4 / Neptune ring in sterling silver and…

As Seen on the Red Carpet: Black Is the New Black

The classic evening shade is anything but basic when combined with mega jewels Julianne Moore The Breakthrough Prizes are no time to go over-the-top fashion-wise—the ceremony honors scientists with multimillion-dollar awards—but Moore knows that understated doesn’t equal boring. To add color to her black Prada column gown (with a chic cocoa sequin cape), she turned…

Meet Textile Designer–Turned–Jewelry Artist Brooke Gregson

Brooke Gregson builds on her background in textiles to weave together a collection of varying dynamic colors, cuts, and finishes    In her small studio overlooking Los Angeles’ sun-swathed Venice neighborhood, jewelry designer Brooke Gregson is rhapsodizing about boulder opals. “You can actually see nature in them,” she says of the Australian stones with their…

JCK Asks…Alison Lou Designer Alison Chemla

We’re overcome with emojis talking to the New York City–based designer behind Alison Lou Who says statement jewelry has to be oversize—or overpriced? Not Alison Lou. The brand has made a name for itself, so to speak, with words, letters, and emojis, all playfully rendered in colorful enamel and solid 14k gold. “Our customers have…

Van Cleef & Arpels’ Fairy Tale–Inspired Claire De Lune Necklace

Four Brothers Grimm fairy tales inspired Van Cleef & Arpels’ latest haute joaillerie collection. The Clair de Lune necklace, a stunning feat of ornate craftsmanship, is designed to evoke the night sky in “The Golden Bird,” a story of a gardener’s pursuit of, well, a golden bird. Nicolas Bos, global president and CEO of Van…

Diamonds: Marie Mas’ Swinging Stones & More

CAN’T-MISS COLLECTION Motion Picture We’ve seen diamonds in movable settings before, but never quite like this. French jewelry atelier Marie Mas, founded by designer Marie ­Cabirou, innovated a technique in which gemstones set back-to-back rotate forward and back—like dominoes on a hinge—switching color as they flip. Her latest ­collection, Swinging Stones, builds on this idea,…

Gold: Message Jewelry, Sofia Zakia’s Frida Kahlo Homage & More

CAN’T-MISS COLLECTION Say Anything As self-purchasing women have become a potent force in the jewelry market, we’ve seen a proliferation of collections that speak to female empowerment and well-being. This season, a handful of fine jewelry brands have created styles bearing inspirational words designed to bolster the spirit. Zoë Chicco’s new Mantra collection comprises coins…

A Peek Inside the 6th Annual JCK Tucson Show

For the sixth straight year, JCK Tucson is poised to take the desert by storm From Feb. 6 to 9, the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa will host the sixth annual edition of the JCK Tucson show, now firmly established as the sole designer-led fine jewelry event to take place in Tucson during…

The Supersized JIS October Show Returned to Miami Beach

The Miami Beach Convention Center wasn’t entirely finished; small construction projects were still ongoing. But the sprawling venue, wrapping up a full renovation after incurring major damage during the 2017 hurricane season, proved an elegant backdrop to the Jewelers International Showcase October show from Oct. 19 to 22. It wasn’t just the setting—or even the…

How to Plan and Execute Smooth Instagram Takeovers

Everything you need to know about plotting a takeover that nets both you and your guest Instagrammer more likes and followers You’ve seen the enthusiastic posts on Instagram with their gleeful announcements: “We’re being taken over! By someone really interesting! Stay tuned!” Instagram takeovers—the practice of giving a feed over entirely to a person or…

Tool Time: MyKronoz ZeTime, the Zelle App & More

WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE MyKronoz ZeTime Swiss smartwatch brand MyKronoz raised upwards of $8 million through more than 40,000 backers on ­Kickstarter and other funding websites to manufacture the ­ZeTime ­hybrid smartwatch, which it claims is the world’s first smartwatch to combine a touch-screen display with mechanical watch hands. The sporty timepiece is packed with other…

Cover Stories From 150 Years of JCK: February 1878

A peek inside the then–9-year-old Jewelers’ Circular and Horological Review, a precursor to JCK Before we were “The ­Industry Authority,” we were “The ­Recognized Organ of the Trade.” We were also “a Monthly Journal devoted to the ­interests of Watchmakers, ­Jewelers, Silversmiths, Electro-plate ­Manufacturers, and those engaged in the kindred branches of art ­industry.” Catchy,…