July–August 2018

Best in Show: The Most Winning Jewels From LUXURY and JCK Las Vegas 2018

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Best in Show 2018: Winning Jewels From LUXURY & JCK Las Vegas

Among this year’s best in show jewels: a trophy-worthy array of ocean-blue gems, rainbow delights, vivid green pieces & deco artistry Photography by Stephen Lewis Jewelry editor Rima Suqi Stylist Gustavo Romero Prop stylist Elizabeth Press   Floral drop earrings with 18.83 cts. t.w. tsavorite in 18k white gold and 0.68 ct. t.w. diamonds, $13,500, Cirari, info@cirari.com,…

Planet Diamond: Jewelry That Will Rock Your World

Explore a dazzling new realm of fine jewelry, from cometlike drop earrings to Saturn-style tennis necklaces. They’re truly out of this world!   Blacked Out (Clockwise from top) Dagger studs in 18k blackened white gold with black diamonds; $4,455; Eva Fehren; 646-861-3595; evafehren.com Black diamond pavé coil ring in silver with black rhodium; $3,500; Lynn…

Screen Saviors? A Roundup of Tools to Test Your Diamonds

At a meeting on undisclosed synthetics in 2016, GIA chief ­laboratory and research officer Tom Moses lamented that people knew exactly what they wanted in a lab-grown diamond detector. “A black box,” he moaned. “For about 100 bucks. Sits on your counter.” Since then, the number of man-made diamonds being produced has only increased, as…

Best of the West: Top Trends & Topics From JCK 2018

Our favorite stones, styles, events, and exhibits from the 27th annual JCK Las Vegas   Best Royal Trend: Aquamarine Rings When we saw Meghan Markle riding off to her wedding reception wearing the late Princess Diana’s aquamarine cocktail ring, we knew we’d soon be seeing aqua rings everywhere. But it turns out jewelry designers were even…

The Ultimate How-To Guide to Digital Success

From CX to SEO, tips to boost your marketing plan, tweak your sales strategy, raise your social media game, and more We know: Between your smartphone, your tablet, and your laptop, between Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and LinkedIn, you’re feeling…a teeny bit overwhelmed. But all these devices, sites, and apps really are integral to your business.…

Behind JCK’s Doggone Great July–August 2018 Best in Show Cover

Cover photography by Stephen Lewis Stylist: Gustavo Romero/Sarah Laird Prop Stylist: Elizabeth Press/Judy Casey Hair & Makeup: Margina Dennis Manicurist: Roseann Singleton using Dior Les Vernis/Art Department Model: Ella Darr/Parts Models Animal talent (Magnolia) provided by: All Creatures Great & Small of NY White button-up blouse: Dice Kayek Best in Show A photographic salute to…

5 Things Rocking the Industry: July–August 2018

CELEBRITIES We knew this year’s Met Gala theme, “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” would inspire some over-the-top outfits (Zendaya as Joan of Arc!), but we had no idea how insanely good the jewelry would be. Apart from all the crowns and halos—worn by Cardi B, Mindy Kaling, and Blake Lively, among others—we loved…

From the Editor, July–August 2018: Get Ready for the Dog Days

It’s true, the sultry summer months are upon us. But take a good look at the playful cover of this issue—starring doe-eyed Magnolia, an Ibizan hound who earned our undying ­adoration at the shoot for the “Year of the Dog” feature—and you’ll understand I mean that phrase rather literally. After all, you’re reading our annual…

Staff Picks: 5 Subtle and Distinctive Jewels for Summer

What JCK magazine’s Rima Suqi is loving this month “I love designs that don’t scream out for attention, that require a double take to get them. But once you do, it’s like, Oh hellooooo!” —Rima Suqi, JCK jewelry editor (Above) 18k yellow gold necklace with titanium inlay, 0.01 ct. diamond, and 13.1 mm Tahitian pearl;…

From the Publisher, July–August 2018: What a Terrific JCK Show!

I’m still recovering from the six-day marathon that is JCK Las Vegas, but I’m feeling great about the week and the industry! Despite this being a challenging year for trade shows around the world, JCK was a solid success. Of course, some exhibitors did better than others (typically those with new product lines, preset appointments,…

Why @swarovskigemvisions Is Our Favorite Instagram of the Month

Need a rainy-day pick-me-up? Look no further than Swarovski Gem Visions (@swarovskigemvisions). The official Swarovski Gemstones account is a veritable cacophony of color, incorporating designer jewelry, inspirational illustrations, and, of course, loose gems in every hue imaginable. Paying tribute to the planet with a wondrous range of green gems   A mandala featuring summer’s cheeriest…

JCK and LUXURY Have One Las Hurrah at Mandalay Bay

Before moving back to the Sands in 2019, JCK Las Vegas and LUXURY celebrate one last year at Mandalay Bay (Above) JCK publisher Mark Smelzer presents the Jewelers’ Choice Award winners at the Industry Trends breakfast.   Instagram influencer Katerina Perez (@katerina_perez) snaps a sparkly ring pic.   Artist Angie Crabtree shows off her signature…

The Light Stuff: De Beers Goes Carefully Into Lab-Grown Diamonds

In a move that jolted the diamond market, De Beers—the company that invented the modern diamond industry—has released a line of lab-grown diamonds, called Lightbox Jewelry. Lightbox features white, pink, and blue stones grown by Element Six, the De Beers–owned synthetic diamond manufacturer, which up to now has grown them solely for industrial purposes. De…

3 Questions for…Retiring Richline Group CEO Dennis Ulrich

In May, Dennis Ulrich, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway–owned ­Richline Group, announced he would be retiring and would hand the reins over to Richline president Dave Meleski. Here, Ulrich talks with JCK about how he first got in touch with—and what he’s learned from—Berkshire chairman and CEO Warren Buffett.  How was your business, Bel-Oro International, acquired…

Industry & People: July–August 2018

COMINGS AND GOINGS Leslie Hindman ­Auctioneers has appointed Thomas Galbraith to be its new CEO, replacing founder Leslie ­Hindman. Galbraith ­previously served as interim CEO of Twyla, an online marketplace for art backed by Google Ventures. Marvin Ellison, who served as chairman and CEO of J.C. Penney for nearly three years, has left the company…

Innovative Retailer Mary Leipertz Is the Hostess With the Mostess

Mary Leipertz of Virginia’s Carreras Jewelers is a party-thrower extraordinaire Richmond, Va., is a small city full of residents who appreciate fine art and design—plenty have even studied the subjects extensively. Top-rated Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts is ­located in town, as is the esteemed Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Fifty-year-old jewelry boutique…

What’s the Best Advice You Ever Received About Retailing?

One of my clients said, “Make sure that the design of your store and the look of your interior is in line with the quality of your jewelry.” When I built out my new store, I really upped the bar on the design. Even though I’m pretty good with interior design on my own, I…

How DEF’s Initiatives Are Improving Lives in Mining Countries

As the world’s leading diamond corporations have adopted more ethical and humanitarian standards and practices in recent years, many have also added philanthropy and social activism to their core corporate values. The Diamond Empowerment Fund (DEF), established in 2007 by diamond industry leaders, was created to financially support trade initiatives that aid residents in mining…

Inside Nashville’s Brooke Worthington Jewelry

2182 Bandywood Drive, Nashville, Tenn. Along with her own jewels, Brooke Worthington carries a curated selection from designers such as Maria Tash, Rosedale, and Vale. “I have a personal relationship to everything—made by a sorority sister, a friend, a classmate,” says the retailer. “The store is basically a collage of people I love and women…

Electric Company: 5 Nearly Neon Jewels to Keep Your Summer Lit

Spiking summer temps call for nearly neon jewels with vivid rhodium plating, enamel accents, and gemstone pops of color (Above) Earrings with paraiba tourmalines, opals, and pink sapphires enclosed in double white sapphires in 18k rose gold; $5,640; Moritz Glik; 212-679-0948; moritzglik.com   You’re So Vine ear crawler with topaz and diamonds in 9k rose…

An All–Cate Blanchett, All-Cannes 2018 Red Carpet Extravaganza!

Jury president Cate Blanchett ruled the French film fest in a never-ending series of sensational Chopard sparklers How do we love Cate Blanchett? Let us count the ways. We could hardly keep track of all the fabulous couture she wore at Cannes, from the black lace Armani Privé at the opening ceremony (recycled from the…

JCK Asks…Designer Judi Powers

The Hudson, N.Y.–based designer works wonders in tourmaline, green gold, and beyond Did you know that Judi Powers is the Tourmaline Queen? It may not be an official title, but that’s what we call her. She’s also “crazy about” dendritic agates. And she thinks the most “misunderstood and underappreciated” gemstone out there is zircon. Another…

Magerit Pays Homage to the Goddess Gaea in a Gold Necklace

According to Greek ­mythology, the goddess Gaea (also known as Gaia) created the universe and gave birth to the gods. That explains ­Spanish jewelry atelier Magerit’s powerful ­depiction of her in this exquisite necklace. Gaea’s pose, says designer Daniel Calvo, was inspired by “the protagonists of frescoes of creation”—namely, God and Adam (and their famously…

Gold, July–August 2018: Roberto Demegio’s Pura Gold & More

CAN’T-MISS COLLECTION Pura Genius Roberto Demeglio is known for crafting elegant ceramic stretch bracelets. But for its latest collection, Pura Gold, the Italian brand has traded shiny ceramic for solid gold. The new easy-to-wear rings and bracelets feature 18k yellow, white, and rose gold components set with vertical and horizontal lines glittering with black, white,…

Colored Stones, July–August 2018: Sandy Leong x Swarovski & More

CAN’T-MISS COLLECTION Hue Again The layering of rich hues that often appears in the sky at dawn and dusk inspired the Twilight collection, a 25-piece line from Sandy Leong in tandem with Swarovski. Made in New York City using recycled 18k gold and genuine sapphires and rubies cut by Swarovski, the wearable, delicate-feeling designs, which…

If It’s Fall, It’s Time for the Hong Kong Jewelry Show!

The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair jump-starts a period of bejeweled celebrations When the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair is held Sept. 12–16 at AsiaWorld-Expo and Sept. 14–18 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition ­Centre, Manoj Butani, director of Hong Kong–based Butani Jewellery Ltd., is ­planning to “go big.” “It’s…

Tool Time, July–August 2018: The Casio WSD-F20A & More

WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE Casio WSD-F20A Looking to stock a rugged smartwatch for your adventure-loving clients? The new Casio WSD-F20A, which runs on the newly coined Wear OS by Google (formerly Android Wear), is worth considering. The latest ­addition to Casio’s PRO TREK series of outdoor watches features Casio’s rock-solid GPS software, which includes the ability…

Steps to Protect Your Store From Cyberthieves

These days, we hear about large-scale data breaches—and incidents of corporations falling short on their efforts to safeguard consumer data—all the time. Case in point: the recent revelation that Facebook allowed data firm Cambridge Analytica to scrape personal info from roughly 50 million user feeds. But are those breaches—and in the case of Facebook, gross…

Elvis Presley Is All Shook Up Over the Hamilton Ventura Wristwatch

Elvis couldn’t help falling in love with Hamilton, the watch brand that appeared in more than 450 movies When Elvis Presley burst onto the music scene with his No. 1 hit “Heartbreak Hotel” in 1956, no one would quite grasp the everlasting influence of the King on our culture. Of course, he spent as much…