If you’ve visited JCK Tucson and its surrounding gem shows before, you probably have a list of things you’re looking forward to at the show (February 6–9), such as visiting an exhibitor or two (or more) and catching a few don’t-miss special events. (JCK’s Fireside Chats and Gems After Dark industry celebration are back for another year, woo-hoo!) And how awesome will it be to see fellow industry members again?
In addition to what you know, there are lots of new and exciting elements to discover at JCK Tucson, including a roster of incredible jewelry designers coming to exhibit with us for the first time. This trio of designers—each bringing her own distinct perspective and a variety of superb jewels—offers the perfect preview to get you excited for the show. (Still need to register? Click here.) Here’s a closer look at their offerings.
Brooke Gregson is probably best known for her signature Astrology necklaces, sold by fashion-forward retailers such as Net-a-Porter and Twist Online. But it’s the Los Angeles–born designer’s one-of-a-kind creations that are sure to excite gemstone lovers in Tucson this year. With an assortment of colorful stones, organic aesthetics, and collection names like Talisman and Planetary, Gregson’s designs speak to the free spirit in all of us. Her pieces are made entirely in London and Los Angeles, and retailers stocking her designs—perhaps you soon?—are found internationally as well.
Top: Talisman cuff bracelet in 18k yellow gold with opal, price on request
Artemis ring in 18k yellow gold with 0.38 ct. diamond, $6,800
Sustainability and responsibly sourced materials are cornerstones of Christina Malle’s brand, with each jewel made by hand in New York City. Malle, a classically trained goldsmith, is a former human rights attorney, which seamlessly translates to her standard of jewelry design. A member of the Ethical Metalsmiths, the designer continues her efforts with industry members for mercury-free mining and uses only stones with a transparent supply chain. Oh, and the jewels? They’re pretty fabulous, too.
Necklace in 18k recycled yellow gold with baroque Tahitian pearl, $1,200
Rosette lever-back earrings in 18k recycled yellow gold with peridot, $1,150
With roots in Texas and a flair for the finer things, graduate gemologist and designer Debra Navarro knows how to make her mark. Her jewels are standouts: She puts her own spin on the much-admired organic aesthetic, and she uses ethically sourced materials in her diamond and colored gemstone jewels. In addition to an excellent array of fine jewelry, you’ll find some exceptionally cool options in the alternative bridal realm here.
Gladwell bolo bracelet in 18k recycled yellow gold with 4.3 ct. aquamarine and 0.13 ct. t.w. natural colored diamonds, $1,800
Ibra necklace in 18k recycled yellow gold with 6.55 ct. pink tourmaline and 0.3 ct. t.w. natural colored diamonds, $3,400
JCK Tucson runs February 6–9 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Ariz. For more information or to register, visit jckonline.com/tucson.