Press Release - 11/9/2018

JCK Announces New Developments for Tucson Show; 
Reveals Exciting Roster of Designers and Events

NORWALK, CT (November 8, 2018) —JCK announces new developments for JCK Tucson 2019, adding an exciting lineup of prestigious designers, educators, networking opportunities and more. Nestled in the mountains of Arizona, the show will take place at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa from Wednesday, February 6 to Saturday, February 9, 2019.

"JCK Tucson is like no other gem and jewelry show," says Katie Dominesey, Event Vice President, JCK Tucson. "With its breathtaking location in Tucson, superior caliber of exhibitors, unparalleled offerings for education and innovative partnerships with industry organizations and new special events, JCK Tucson 2019 promises to be the best edition yet for all those that attend."


Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) Pavilion
JCK Tucson and the Women's Jewelry Association have joined forces to establish the inaugural WJA Pavilion at JCK Tucson 2019. This new destination will leverage the power of WJA's design community, offering up-and-coming designers a chance to showcase their product to and connect with Tucson's audience of high-quality retailers looking to restock after the holidays.

The WJA Pavilion is an exclusive space for WJA designers, offering access to the wide range of benefits that JCK Tucson provides — connection to high quality retailers and exposure to the greater JCK social media audience (64k+) through pre-show promotions. To qualify, designers must be WJA members who are new exhibitors to JCK Tucson/JCK Events. To learn more about WJA membership, please visit

"We are thrilled to be taking our partnership with JCK to the next level," says WJA Executive Director, Bernadette Mack. "JCK Tucson is an intimate, design-focused show. We see this pavilion as a natural and exciting avenue to maximize benefits for our designer members in a setting that will offer a truly robust experience."

American Gem Society (AGS) Board Meeting
JCK Tucson has forged another exciting partnership with the American Gem Society. Holding their annual board meeting at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa, AGS adds to the caliber of those in attendance with a powerhouse of leading retailers and brands attending their meeting. In addition to their new presence during the show, AGS will also be featured in one of JCK Tucson's inspiring Fireside Chats (date to be determined), and the American Gem Society Young Title Holders are a key partner in the annual Gems After Dark event.


JCK Tucson has already confirmed an impressive and diverse lineup of quality designers, including Aaron Henry Designs, Alex Sepkus, Dana Bronfman, Kaali Designs, John Atencio and Tresor. For the full roster, visit


JCK Tucson never fails to offer attendees a rich schedule of events, featuring experiential activations, educational talks and networking gatherings. Some highlights for 2019 include:

Roger Dery Gem Cutting
February 7 and 8, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
World-renowned Gem-Cutter Roger Dery will perform live gem cutting sessions. Stones include a 16.10 carat Rhodolite Garnet and an 11.44 carat Aquamarine, both sourced in Malawi.

Gems After Dark
February 7, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In partnership with Gen-Next Jewelers, Women's Jewelry Association and American Gem Society Young Title Holders, JCK Tucson presents the 3rd Annual Gems After Dark Celebration, where the industry unites under the Tucson sky for an evening of games, networking, cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.

JCK Tucson Design Challenge
The JCK Tucson Design Challenge is designed to highlight and honor designers who think out-of-the-box and take pride in materials and craftsmanship. Most importantly, the esteemed competition is intended to commend those who break the normal boundaries of jewelry design. London Jewelers of New York (multiple locations) has recently signed on as retail partner for this year's challenge.

Additionally, JCK Tucson offers a daily schedule of JCK Talks, Fireside Chats, In-Store Experiences and, of course, happy hours! Attendees are also encouraged to soak in the full beauty and spirituality of their surroundings with morning hikes and the daily Mitakuye Oyasin Morning Ritual, an opportunity to make their intentions known to the universe through the traditional burning of sage.

Hotel Info: 
Visit to book rooms at the stunning JW Marriott Starr Pass. *To take advantage of JCK Tucson's room block, attendees must be registered and approved.

The show is a short distance from downtown Tucson, with complimentary shuttle service running regularly. Shuttle schedules will be announced in 2019.

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For registration qualifications, visit

About JCK:
JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing, or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK Magazine — the leading industry publication in print & online - JCK offers a suite of tools and events to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. For more information on JCK Events, visit

About JCK Tucson:
Taking place amidst Tucson Gem Weeks, JCK Tucson is the jewelry industry's intimate winter oasis for buying and networking in a relaxing yet productive environment. Ideal for the retailer who covets design and/or creates custom jewelry, JCK Tucson is a curated destination of finished jewelry and loose gemstones, technology, and services from the finest designers and suppliers with the utmost integrity.