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).
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.
Following on trend with opals, Tom showed me the handful of opal jewels on display, all of which were superb.
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.
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.
A few other jewels I got to try on and see at Oscar Heyman:
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.
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!