I attended my first JCK Las Vegas jewelry show two weekends ago and I explained my reason why here. Although, I was only able to stay for 2 1/2 days, it was an eventful and fun 2 1/2 days!
My best friend and I arrived on Friday afternoon and we immediately began to walk through the exhibition hall starting with the Design Center. The Design Center consisted of a curated selection of one-of-a-kind designs from established and up-and-coming designers. We then worked our way to the Bridge section, which exhibitors displayed on-trend costume/bridge designs are reasonable price points.
We also got to view some unique designs in the Hong Kong jewelry market section of the show floor before it was time to attend our first series of JCK Talks.
I found the JCK Talks really interesting and it was nice to be able to discuss topics that impact jewelry designers, manufacturers and customers. I think its a unique perspective to have when you are a jewelry design and a millennial consumer at the same time.
Our next day started off with visiting the booths of other reaming exhibitors on the Bayside Level 1, such as the Diamond Plaza, Pearl Plaza, and all the Luxury exhibitors on the Shoreline Level 2. It was a bit overwhelming but the JCK app and map kept us abreast of everything going on. We did still get lost a few times!
The highlight of my trip was getting to meet other millennials who are creating and sharing their talents in the jewelry industry. It was nice to see other young women showcasing their art in relation to jewelry. I met Angie Crabtree , who is an artist from California that paints the close up details of diamonds and Hannah Becker, who uses gemstones to create art the cutest illustrations.
Hannah, also known as @DiamondDoodles on Instagram uses loose diamonds and gemstones to create fun and quirky illustrations.
Angie, known as @AngieCrabtree on Instagram paints detailed diamond facets enlarged 1000+ times.
She uses oils and reflective glazing techniques on canvases ranging 24 to 64 inches tall and they are gorgeous! Her fascination with diamonds evolved from an interest in pop culture and luxury.
There were so many talented emerging and established jewelry designers that I met as well. I truly believe in life and business, building relationships is everything.
At the show, it was refreshing to meet other designers who are working through the same battles and problems, while trying to grow their brand. It’s a bit comforting to know you aren’t along in your journey as an entrepreneur. My conversations with other designers and manufacturers also reminded me that regardless of the challenges that you face in business, just keep going. Perseverance is key!
Overall, I enjoyed my first trip to JCK Las Vegas and meeting some of the most amazing and talented people in the industry. I honestly didn’t set any expectations on this trip because I didn’t know what to expect, nor did I want to be disappointed. I do plan to go next year and hopefully I will be able to stay for the entire 4 days. We will see!