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All Signs Point to Vegas: Designers I’m Looking Forward to Seeing at the Shows This Week

Etho Maria black diamond ring

New York City, May 28, 2019. Tonight I’ll be flying to Sin City, armed with an appointment calendar, a Mophie, and comfortable shoes, among other items in my suitcase. I’m heading to the most important jewelry trade-only shows in North America—JCK Las Vegas, Couture, and Premier—and I’m ecstatic about seeing industry friends and over-the-moon excited at the prospect of eyeballing new collections.

In all the interviews I’ve conducted for the myriad trade publications I write for—including Rapaport, The Jewelry Book, and The Retail Jeweler—every subject was upbeat about business to be had this year. Thankfully, I’ve also nabbed a peek at some of the new collections that will debut and have a heads-up about artisans who’ll be exhibiting. The following is a summary of just a few of those I’m particularly pumped to see.

The Greek Jewelry Designers at JCK LUXURY & JCK Las Vegas

A contingent of about 15 Greek jewelry designers will be new exhibitors at JCK LUXURY and JCK Las Vegas. You may already be familiar with the crazy gorgeous work of Nikos Koulis at Couture, or recall seeing Christina Soubli’s work on this site last week. But this fresh crop of designers will offer another chance to see the kind of jewelry talent of which Greece’s artists are capable. Below is a snapshot of five you can find at the JCK shows. Click here to see the entire list of participants.

Bloody Panther Claws ring in 18k gold with enamel and 0.11 ct. diamonds, $910; email fran@benaliconsulting.com at Honor Omano (LUX30083F) for purchase

Catherine chandelier earrings in 18k white gold with 12.62 cts. t.w. multicolor sapphire drops, $8,400; email fran@benaliconsulting.com at FaCad’oro (LUX30083I) for purchase

Explosion collection ring in 14k rose gold with a red tourmaline center stone, rubies, pink sapphires, and 0.34 ct. t.w. diamonds, $4,200; email fran@benaliconsulting.com at Anomy (JCK Las Vegas 46058) for purchase

Windflowers bracelet in 18k yellow gold, $18,000; email fran@benaliconsulting.com at Samoli (LUX30083A) for purchase

Limited-edition Cherry Blossom necklace from the Kyoto collection is in 18k white and rose gold with 19.8 cts. t.w. colorless and brown diamonds and pink sapphires, $55,000; email fran@benaliconsulting.com at Maureen Maris (LUX30083H) for purchase

Keiko Mita fine jewelry

Designers at Premier

There are so many designers I’m eager to see at the new Premier show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, but I’ll just share a couple with you for the sake of efficiency. Premier is a fantastic option for talented artists who are not quite ready for Couture but want to stand out a bit more than in the massive halls of JCK. Premier is attracting some—like the two below—who haven’t exhibited at any of the Las Vegas shows in a while, so I’m thrilled to see their return.

Drop earrings in 18k yellow gold with pink sapphires, tourmalines, and colorless diamonds, $12,350; email fernfree@aol.com at Fern Freeman (Booth #2401 Premier) for purchase

Grand Chandelier earrings in sterling silver with labradorite accents, €480; Laurent Gandini (Booth #2803)

Editor’s note: I bought this pair for myself earlier this year!

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Designers at Couture

Couture is absolutely magical. It’s hallowed ground for jewelry talent and the No. 1 destination for stores that want to carry the most compelling jewelry designs on the market. The halls are filled with so much beauty and ingenuity that working the show almost feels like a sacred experience. Verklempt? You bet—Couture will do that to most of its visitors. Here are five of the most badass artists you can see at that fair.

Mosaic necklace in oxidized sterling silver with faceted lapis, $2,950; Nak Armstrong (#1101) at Twist

Fluid bracelet in 18k white gold with black rhodium, a marquise-shape black onyx, and 0.24 ct. t.w. colorless diamonds, $3,900; Fernando Jorge (#1203) at Quadrum Gallery

Cocktail ring in 18k rose gold with rose-cut black diamonds, $4,750; Etho Maria (#423) at Soho Gem

Earrings in 18k white gold with diamonds and translucent enamel, $4,920; Nikos Koulis (#802) at Neiman Marcus

Egg earrings in 18k white gold with 30.48 cts. t.w. blue sapphires, 2.01 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 1.07 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnet, $75,300; Arunashi (#912) at Sabbia


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