March 2020

2020 JCK Jewelry Awards: The Winners

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2020 JCK Jewelry Awards: The Winners

See what retailers rewarded in categories such as best bridal design, fashion/bridge, statement piece, and more in the 2020 JCK Jewelry Awards. • FASHION/BRIDGE • OVER $500 24k gold and oxidized silver rectangular black tourmaline rutilated quartz earrings with emerald- and step-cut diamonds in 18k white gold bezel; $3,150; Lika Behar Collection; 201-933-7200; likabehar.com $500 & UNDER Black Jewel…

2020 JCK Jewelry Awards: Editors’ Choice Winners

JCK magazine editors Victoria Gomelsky, Melissa Rose Bernardo, Emili Vesilind, Amy Elliott, and Brittany Siminitz make their selections in the 2020 JCK Jewelry Awards Best Earring Design One-of-a-kind Geode Cascade earrings with hand-set micro-pavé diamonds in 14k rose gold; $9,998; Liven Co.; 213-293-6088; livenco.com   Pearl Jewelry 18k rose and yellow gold Ella earrings with 12.5…

2020 JCK Jewelry Awards: Influencers’ Choice Winners

Influencers Hannah Becker (@diamondoodles), Severine Ferrari (@engagement101), Benjamin Guttery (@thirdcoastgems), Danielle Miele (@gemgossip), Katerina Perez (@katerina_perez), Erica Silverglide (@gemologygeek), and Becky Stone (@diamondsinthelibrary) pick their winners in the 2020 JCK Jewelry Awards. Best Bridal Design 18k yellow and platinum ring with 0.45 ct. t.w. diamonds; $5,200 (without center stone); Atelier by Noam Carver; 514-381-1589; noamcarver.com  …

Silver Belles: Metal-Winning Jewelry to Make a Statement for Spring

Mix (metal) it up, find the hoops of your dreams, and have a blackened celebration with these new jewels Photography by Joel Stans Stylists Emily & Tony Mullin Jewelry Editor Rima Suqi (L. to r.) Enchanted Forest Twig hoops in sterling silver with 0.66 ct. t.w. diamonds, $1,200, Michael Aram, 201-758-2551, michaelaram.com; Lucia sterling silver…

What’s Happening in Vegas: Hot Spots, Cool Eats, and More

Like a bottle of fine wine, Jennifer Lopez, and those memories of sex in your 20s, Las Vegas gets better with age. Every year, it seems, Sin City adds new and over-the-top attractions designed to wow, entertain, satiate, and delight visitors who come to have their minds blown. More than 30,000 jewelry industry professionals soon…

Recession-Proof Your Business With These 5 Expert Tips

Prepare to weather any fiscal storm with these time-tested jewelry retail strategies With record low unemployment, solid real wage growth, and a booming stock market, many jewelers say they’re enjoying the most robust business environment they’ve seen in a generation. “In 2019, we had the strongest year in our history,” says Sarah Person, owner and…

Marriage Story: Ring-Related Stats From The Knot’s 2019 Jewelry Study

With 21,000 respondents, The Knot’s biennial Jewelry & Engagement Study offers a gold mine of intelligence on recently engaged couples ages 25 to 34. We cherry-picked the best ring-related findings so you don’t have to. If you haven’t been on the dating circuit in a while, one figure from wedding planning website The Knot’s 2019…

Behind JCK’s March 2020 Jewelry Award Winners Cover Look

Cover photography by Jason Kim Stylist: Daniel Edley/Walter Schupfer Hair: Nicolas Edlin using Milk Shake Hair/Art Department Makeup: Charlotte Day using Kevyn Aucoin/Art Department Manicurist: Roseann singleton using Chanel/Art Department Model: Noel Berry/IMG; Top: Dries Van Noten Blue Heaven Parlé’s tanzanite takes top honors in the JCK Jewelry Awards. Tail Feather 14k white gold necklace with 6.58 ct.…

March 2020: 5 Things Rocking the Industry

HOLIDAYS Given the slowing economy and a compressed calendar, most jewelers declared holiday 2019 a perfectly acceptable selling season, though not exactly one they popped Champagne corks over. According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, overall jewelry sales grew 1.8%, though online jewelry sales grew 8.8%. Those numbers roughly correspond with the post-holiday report from Signet, which said…

From the Editor, March 2020: Wedding Bells, Silver Belles, and More

I’m not married. But lately, I’ve had wedding rings on the brain. My partner, Jim, and I have been together since 2014, and we have a 1-year-old son. We’ve talked about getting married, but the baby and the house we bought last summer took precedence. Now that I have those big things checked off the…

Staff Picks, March 2020: Jewels in Classic Blue

What JCK magazine’s Victoria Gomelsky is loving this month “For a chic, unconventional take on Classic Blue, Pantone’s 2020 Color of the Year, pair it with yellow gold.” —Victoria Gomelsky, JCK editor-in-chief (Above) One-of-a-kind Rune bracelet with 70.33 cts. t.w. cabochon Australian opals in 24k yellow gold; $24,500; Gurhan; 646-230-1122; gurhan.com Small Mojave necklace in…

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

Spring 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…

Social Diary: Inside the 2020 Gem Awards

Jewelers of America’s annual Gem Awards were, as always, a rockin’ good time 1 / Paul Schneider of Twist, winner of the Retailer of the Year 2 / Gem-winning designer Nikos Koulis (c.) with Vogue’s Lynn Yaeger (l.) and The Adventurine’s Marion Fasel 3 / The For Future Reference squad: Randi Molofsky, Kirsty Stone, Brent…

Big Deal: LVMH Acquires Tiffany in Priciest Luxury Sector Deal Ever

On Nov. 25, LVMH and Tiffany & Co. agreed that the luxury conglomerate will purchase the famed retailer for $16.2 billion, or $135 a share, in what’s being described as the priciest deal ever in the luxury sector. The acquisition, which was approved by Tiffany shareholders on Feb. 4 but at press time still needed…

3 Questions for Serena Williams About Her New Jewelry Line

Last year, tennis pro Serena Williams introduced a new jewelry line in collaboration with Indian sightholder KP Sanghvi. Here, the four-time Olympic gold medalist talks to JCK about her vision for Serena Williams Jewelry, why the line had to include a tennis bracelet, and her favorite jewelry piece. Is there a piece from the collection…

Jewelry Industry and People: March 2020

COMPANIES Jared and e-tailer James Allen have opened their first concept store, Jared x James Allen, in Frederick, Md. Both are owned by Signet Jewelers. Blue Nile plans to open 50–100 brick-and-mortar web­rooms in the next five years, CEO Sean Kell told the Puget Sound Business Journal. A private investment group, led by mergers and…

Meet Innovative Retailer Antoine Abeddy of Date & Time

At Antoine Abeddy’s Boston-adjacent Date & Time salon, selling is a fundamentally social experience “What do I have to do to get the guy off his couch and into the car to drive to see me and buy things from me?” asks ­Antoine Abeddy, co-owner of Date & Time, a fine jewelry and watch boutique…

Wedded Blitz: Retailers on Bridal Styles They’ll Be Buying

What bridal styles will you be investing in this year, and what are your bridal clients asking for? “For 2020, engagement rings are trending toward simplicity with special simple details, often with a vintage flair. We expect solitaire rings—non-halo—to be the most sought-after, but halos are still quite popular in various shapes, from simple rounds…

Hearts On Fire, Girls Inc., and the Diamonds Do Good Jewelry Awards

Hearts On Fire’s ongoing partnership with Girls Inc. is a stellar role model for the inaugural Diamonds Do Good Jewelry Awards In 2018, executives at ­Boston-based diamond jewelry ­manufacturer Hearts On Fire decided that instead of simply describing the company as “a brand by and about women,” they needed to show it. And what better…

Store We Adore: Facets of Earth in Kingston, NY

A jewelry designer creates a home for herself and other artists she admires in Kingston’s waterfront Rondout–West Strand Historic District “I knew that I wanted to be by the water, even though this isn’t a high-foot-traffic area. The energy here is really amazing,” says Morgan Mikula, jewelry designer and owner of Facets of Earth, her…

Sunset Trip: Pink, Orange, and Yellow Jewelry to Swoon Over

Dazzling palettes of pink, orange, and yellow mimic nature’s nightly masterpiece (Top) Cirque Vertical Arrow necklace with citrine, tourmaline, garnet, and beryl in 14k yellow gold; $1,430; Jane Taylor Fine Jewelry; 413-687-3153; janetaylor.com Coral Opal Ocean ring with lab-grown opal, tourmaline, sapphires, amethyst, and diamonds in 18k rose gold vermeil; $3,550; Anabela Chan; sales@anabelachan.com; anabelachan.com Double…

Puff Love: Big Sleeves at the 2020 Golden Globes

For Cate Blanchett, Dakota Fanning, and other always-fashionable actresses, big sleeves were a big deal at the 2020 Golden Globe Awards Cate Blanchett Are they sleeves? Are they wings? Oh, who cares when the effect is so fabulous! Blanchett was completely captivating in a bejeweled buttery yellow Mary Katrantzou spring 2020 gown. And she didn’t…

JCK Asks…Jewelry Designer Pamela Love

The New York City–based designer’s new collection will be the centerpiece of piercing parties everywhere Just when you thought you had enough holes in your ears, think again. Pamela Love recently released a piercing collection, and it’s everything you’d expect: studs, hoops, and huggies featuring her signature motifs—think swords, hearts, stars and moons, fish and…

Garden Party: Hemmerle’s Botanical Drop Tsavorite Earrings

Rare tropical plants growing inside the 161-year-old Singapore Botanic Gardens inspired these elegant tsavorite earrings from Munich-based jeweler Hemmerle. “Nature and its organic sculptural forms are an endless source of inspiration for Hemmerle,” says company director Christian Hemmerle, who recently visited the world-famous garden with his father, Stefan. “We find that inspiration can come at…

Colored Stones, March 2020: Millapani, Adam Foster, and More

CAN’T-MISS COLLECTION The Painted Desert Fine jewelry brand Millapani is based in New York City, but its designs are deeply inspired by the Chilean roots of its founders, Karen Thiele and her daughters, Alexis and Tathienne Thiele. The atelier’s new Constellation collection is ­composed of 18k yellow gold pieces set with a multitude of quietly…

Gold, March 2020: Bombe Rings, Page Sargisson, and More

HOT STOCK TIP The Perfect Date Birthstones and nameplate necklaces are sweet, but a less clichéd way to celebrate a loved one (a child, a partner, etc.) is with a jewel that marks a special date. Brooklyn, N.Y.–based designer Page Sargisson has expanded her collection of 10k gold calendar pendants with the new Chakra Calendar…

The Secret to Gaining Instagram Followers? Giveaways!

Let’s be blunt: The days of relying solely on content to significantly increase your Instagram following are over. High-quality content, posted consistently, is as important as ever; without it, your following will dwindle. But Instagram is used by 1 billion people globally—basically, it’s crowded. Which means even the most mind-blowing content can wallow in obscurity…

Shape Shifters: Watch Fairs Retool in Geneva

Update: Since this issue went to press, both Watches & Wonders and Baselworld canceled the April–May editions of their shows. Watches & Wonders Geneva (the fair formerly known as SIHH) and Baselworld are changing things up in 2020 Big changes are afoot at the jewelry and watch industry’s two most important Swiss fairs. The luxury watch…

The Goods, March 2020: Talsam Wearable, Best Built Ring Engraver

WHO, WHAT, WEARABLE Talsam Pendant There are wearable devices designed to track your fitness goals and ones that alert you to texts and phone calls. Talsam—a new wearable that can be worn as a necklace or bracelet—was designed to make you feel loved. Yes, really. The pretty pendant, which comes in a variety of trendy…

Model Veruschka Poses for Vogue in a Bulgari Sautoir

Photographed by Franco Rubartelli in 1970 for Vogue, legendary model Veruschka wears a Bulgari necklace starring a 127.35 ct. heart-shape emerald When members of Bulgari’s Heritage Department acquired this sautoir at a 2018 Sotheby’s auction, they learned that the previous owner was a Geneva resident named Patricia Bemberg. To find out more about its provenance,…