(PRESS RELEASE) NORWALK, CT – The JCK Show and Luxury by JCK have successfully brought the jewelry industry together with the largest and most comprehensive jewelry shows since the pandemic began. The shows brought a return to prosperous business and healthy optimism, with order writing, product launches and trend discovery the main focal points for most attendees. Covering 20 different neighborhoods, more than 1,200 exhibitors and more than 10,000 qualified buyers gathered, wearing government-mandated face coverings, at The Venetian Expo for the JCK Show from August 27-30, with GEMS opening one day earlier on August 26, and Luxury open by invitation from August 24-26. Educational seminars, product and trend discovery, networking and special events have added unique value that can only be found at JCK and comes from live in-person shows.
“Coming back to The Venetian with our incredible community of jewelers has been an incredibly special experience. says Sarin Bachmann, Group Vice President, RX Jewelry Group. “The showfloor buzzed with energy as vendors and retailers rekindled a shared passion for jewelry. Some of our exhibitors noted that it was their largest show by orders in the history of their attendance at any show, and we believe this is an indication of a strong holiday and retail season ahead. also signaled a shift towards optimism in both the jewelry industry and its consumers with bold colors, heart patterns and bold structural elements like chain links among the favorites seen on the showfloor.
Key design trends showcased at the show included a range of vibrant colors, meaningful patterns and functional jewelry designed for today’s more casual lifestyles. Cheerful colors reflected a post-lockdown celebratory vibe, especially vibrant blue gems like turquoise and opal, yellow in fancy yellow diamonds, sapphires and citrine, and rainbow-colored themes .
Emotionally evocative jewelry was also abundant, including heart, zodiac, tarot, and initial designs, all perfect for the accessory personalization trend.
Beads continue to enjoy the limelight, carried by the fashion shows.
Convertible jewelry and/or jewelry without clasp to align with the more casual nature of modern lifestyles and the continued popularity of activewear.
Necklaces are returning, both declaration and overlay options.
While ‘Zoom-worthy’ earrings strong hold, in terms of new and unique features seen on the showfloor, chains and fringes inspired by paperclips on earrings and necklaces were favorites of editors and stylists walking the runway.
The machinery and technology section of the show enjoyed strong attendance, indicating the industry’s continued commitment to innovation.
Exhibitors reported strong sales, noting shoppers were eager to stock up for the upcoming holidays with genuine optimism.
“We had an amazing show, our best, and even more proposals to finalize,” said luxury exhibitor Niveet Nagpal, president of Omi Privé.
“The excitement was palpable, and it was absolutely one of our best shows in years! Retailers and sellers rallied together to prepare for what many anticipate will be one of the hottest holiday seasons in the world. busier to come,” said Midas Chain VP of Marketing and Design, JCK Exhibitor May Samuel.
Retailers expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to view jewelry safely in person. “I’m very happy to have participated,” said Olivia Cornell, president of Cornell’s Jewelers. “I’ve had a hard time buying jewelry virtually. Discovering new suppliers and reconnecting with my existing partners has been extremely valuable. Seeing trends and people in person has also been greatly appreciated!”
“There is an energy and invigoration that happens at JCK that truly cannot be replicated. We have such a fun and productive experience every year at JCK and Luxury, and this year more than ever! We are so grateful to reconnect with the best and the brightest in the jewelry industry to discover all the new designs, trends and of course, celebrate in person with our partners and friends,” said Alexis Padis, President of Padis Jewelry.
“JCK has proven once again that the show is the destination that brings together the most comprehensive and diverse segments of the jewelry industry and the premier destination for order writing, inspiration, education, networking and celebration! We look forward to providing our partners with more value and opportunities to stay connected both in person and digitally throughout the year,” says Bachmann.
Special events provided educational and networking opportunities with highlights at JCK including:
- JCK Keynote – an invigorating panel discussion on the past 18 months and its impact on the retail industry, consumer spending, diversity & inclusion and brand loyalty with executives from Pandora, National Retail Federation, the Black in Jewelry Coalition, Jewelers of America and eBay, along with RX Jewelry Group, Group Vice President Sarin Bachmann.
- JCK Talks – daily educational program for jewelry professionals exploring the trends, tools and insights needed to succeed in today’s jewelry retail climate.
- Live Podcast Zone – live podcasts recorded from The Living Room Podcasts featuring top podcasters and industry brands such as Rapaport, Joy Joya, JCK Magazine and more.
- JCK Bootcamps – intensive half-day courses led by experts on social media and succession planning.
- The Future Lab – a content creation zone, powered by The Smithee Group, provided attendees with practical tips and advice on formulating future success in social media, marketing, content and technology.
- The Plumb Club Pavilion returned with a coalition of responsible, top-notch vendors and offered free snacks and drinks at the Plumb Club Cafe; TPC-365 and The Jewelers Resource Center, an interactive business tool and meeting platform; details of consumer statistics revealed in TPC’s 2021 Industry & Market Insights research study; and exhibitors who are all committed to corporate and consumer responsibility through their membership of the Responsible Jewelery Council.
- The Vian Annual Red Carpet Revue – an invitation-only event and charity fundraiser with red carpet arrivals followed by a trend forecast for the 2022 presentation, fashion show and over half a million collected for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The Review revealed 2022 trends that were seen throughout the showroom, including yellow diamonds, heart-shaped jewelry and platinum as the top metal.
- Jewelers For Children 21st Annual Facets of Hope Gala – honored Virginia “Gina” C. Drosos of Signet Jewelers and Mercedes Abramo of Cartier and included a silent auction to benefit the Jewelers For Children mission.
- JCK Design Awards – were voted on by editors and presented in the New & Noteworthy, Bright & Bold, Zoom Worthy and Diamonds Do Good categories.
Luxury event highlights included:
- Luxury Keynote – “The Cartiers: Overcoming Adversity” was sponsored by the Natural Diamond Council and featured Francesca Cartier Brickell, great-great-grandniece of Louis Cartier, discussing his best-selling book, The Cartiers: the untold story of the family behind the jewelry empire. The presentation included stories about Cartier Brickell’s ancestors and how they achieved their dream of turning a small Parisian store into one of the world’s leading jewelry companies, and how they overcame continual adversity to keep the dream alive. .
- Luxury Keynote – presented by De Beers Group Executive Vice President Stephen Lussier and Chief Brand Officer David Prager, “The Power of Purpose-Led Brands” provided an engaging presentation on how De Beers views purpose-driven brands. which are clearly purpose-driven as a tremendous opportunity, rather than a risk, for the diamond industry, and what De Beers is doing to transform its own brand to connect differently with consumers.
- Luxury Lounge sponsored by Bentley Jewelery – a Bentley car worth over $360,000 was available for retailers to view and learn about the unique and classic craftsmanship up close on the show floor luxury.
- Luxury Café – art installation with photo opp moments and coloring area created by Kicks by Sammy including morning coffee and afternoon bar and original DJ tunes spinning all day .
what will happen
Over the past year, JCK has evolved its brand to serve its community both in-person and year-round through existing and newly launched online platforms. The jewelry community can now engage year-round with JCK for industry insights, trends, product orders, and meetings with top suppliers. Until next time from JCK:
- Following the success of the show, JCK offers post-show days at JewellersSource.com, September 9-10. Visit the online marketplace to discover showfloor trends from JCK and Luxury, browse and research jewelry products online, and schedule virtual meetings with vendors you may have missed at the show. Exclusive promotions will be offered during Deal Days.
- For anyone who missed the education at JCK, some of the show’s best JCK Talks sessions and all Keynote addresses will be available in the coming weeks via JCK Pro, JCK’s annual subscription to information and experiences. exclusives that only JCK can provide. Subscribe today to JCKonline.com/pro.
Save the date 2022
JCK announced the dates for the 2022 event onsite, returning to its typical summer schedule and celebrating the 30th anniversary of the JCK show. JCK Show will be held at The Venetian Expo, Las Vegas from Friday, June 10 through Monday, June 13, 2022, with luxury invitation-only days June 8-9. Stay up to date on 2022 trade show announcements at lasvegas.jckonline.com or by following @JCKEvents on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.
This special anniversary year will feature many special events, including the opportunity to attend the invitation-only Plumb Club Gala on June 10, featuring Katy Perry in her new “Play” concert. Please contact a Plumb Club member for more information.
“We look forward to JCK 2022, when we join our entire industry in celebrating the 30th anniversary of The JCK Show. In addition to our gala event featuring the one and only Katy Perry, the Plumb Club is planning to return to all regular programming at our pavilion,” said Victor Weinman, president of the Plumb Club Pavilion.