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Reviewing Las Vegas: JCK

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With only two days in Las Vegas last week, I hustled and bustled across the Vegas strip under the beaming sun to soak every ounce of jewelry I could.  On the second day, I squeezed both the JCK and Couture jewelry shows in one fell swoop.

Earlier this week I covered some of the trends at Couture, a portion of which will be featured in the next issue of INDESIGN magazine as  part of a collaborative discussion with other notable jewelry bloggers (Danielle of Gem Gossip, Monica of iDazzle, Beth Bernstein of B-Jeweled and Robyn of The Daily Jewel and Celebrity Jewel).

Couture Discussion

From L to R: Danielle of Gem Gossip, Monica of iDazzle, Beth Bernstein of B-Jeweled, myself of Jewels du Jour and Robyn of The Daily Jewel and Celebrity Jewel
Photo courtesy of Gem Gossip

The vast world of jewelry over at JCK in the Mandalay Bay’s massive convention complex made Couture’s show of 337 exhibitors seem rather intimate.  Navigating through the sprawling casino with its flickering lights did little to prepare me for the onslaught of bling from the seemingly endless maze of jewelry booths and boutiques of JCK Las Vegas.  To maximize the limited time I had to spend there, I scheduled three meetings with the jewelry exhibitors I was most interested in seeing:  Oscar Heyman, A. Link and Gumuchian.

First up was Oscar Heyman‘s booth, where I met with Tom Heyman.  Known for high quality stones and timeless jewelry designs, the third-generation family owned jewelry house has been making jewelry in America since 1912.  While I stood gazing at the sparkling jewels in the cases, Tom pulled from his pocket the most extraordinary diamond I have ever seen with my own eyes:  a 43-carat internally flawless yellow diamond.

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A 43-carat internally flawless yellow diamond at Oscar Heyman.

A 43-carat internally flawless yellow diamond at Oscar Heyman.

 

Following on trend with opals, Tom showed me the handful of opal jewels on display, all of which were superb.

Oscar Heyman Opals

Oscar Heyman Platinum Lightning Ridge opal, emerald bead & diamond necklace

Oscar Heyman Platinum Lightning Ridge opal, emerald bead & diamond necklace

Oscar Heyman Gold, platinum, opal and diamond brooch

Oscar Heyman Gold, platinum, opal and diamond brooch

Oscar Heyman platinum, opal and diamond earrings

Oscar Heyman platinum, opal and diamond earrings

Oscar Heyman gold, platinum, fancy yellow diamond, diamond and opal bracelet

Oscar Heyman gold, platinum, fancy yellow diamond, diamond and opal bracelet

Another opal bracelet from Oscar Heyman

Another opal bracelet from Oscar Heyman

 

The following ring featuring a stunning fire opal that flickered with yellow, red and deep orange under the light, exacting the credence to its name.  Unfortunately, this effect is difficult to capture on camera.

Oscar Heyman gold, platinum, yellow diamond, diamond and fire opal ring

Oscar Heyman gold, platinum, yellow diamond, diamond and fire opal ring

The following necklace was once owned by the Queen of Thailand.  When Oscar Heyman reacquired the piece, they decided to create a suite by making a matching pair of earrings and a ring.

Oscar Heyman Necklace

Oscar Heyman Multicolored Gemstone and Diamond Necklace

Oscar Heyman Multicolored Gemstone and Diamond Necklace

A few other jewels I got to try on and see at Oscar Heyman:

An invisibly-set ruby and diamond bracelet by Oscar Heyman

An invisibly-set ruby and diamond bracelet by Oscar Heyman

A pair of invisibly-set ruby and diamond tulip earrings by Oscar Heyman

A pair of invisibly-set ruby and diamond tulip earrings by Oscar Heyman

A bracelet in the works!  Still being finalized in its wax model

A bracelet in the works! Still being finalized in its wax model

With one meeting successfully complete, I wandered around toward A. Link‘s booth, getting lost a few times along the way.  Known more for their classic jewelry designs with diamonds, A. Link’s rep, Raele, showed me some of their newer, more playful pieces.

A.Link

A.Link

A.Link

Last but not least, I arrived at Gumuchian‘s booth where I was greeted by Jodi.  Already familiar with a few of their lines carried by Betteridge, I was thrilled to see more of what this all-female driven jewelry firm had in store!  My favorite is the Gallop Collection!

Gumuchian Gallop Necklace

Gumuchian Gallop Necklace

Gumuchian Gallop Ring

Gumuchian Gallop Ring

Gumuchian 18k Gold & Diamond "Gallop" Wrap Ring

Gumuchian 18k Gold & Diamond “Gallop” Wrap Ring – Photo courtesy of Betteridge

Gumuchian 18k Gold "Gallop" Bracelet with Diamond

Gumuchian 18k Gold “Gallop” Bracelet with Diamond – Photo courtesy of Betteridge

Gumuchian 18k White Gold & Diamond "Gallop" Earstuds

Gumuchian 18k White Gold & Diamond “Gallop” Earstuds – Photo courtesy of Betteridge

Gumuchian Carousel Ring

Gumuchian Carousel Ring

Gumuchian 18k White Gold & Pavé Diamond "Carousel" Ring

Gumuchian 18k White Gold & Pavé Diamond “Carousel” Ring – Photo courtesy of Betteridge

 

Gumuchian's newest collection, Bowlero

Gumuchian’s newest collection, Bowlero

Gumuchian Ring Cycle

Photo courtesy of Gumuchian

Gumuchian Nutmeg

Photo courtesy of Gumuchian

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