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Ten Facts About the 2021-2022 Bridal Catalog

Stuller is excited to release Bridal 2021-2022 — an all-in-one resource for helping each couple start the next chapter of their love story. Within its pages, you can find everything from engagement rings to wedding bands covering styles from classic to contemporary. Our hope is that this 792-page catalog is a jeweler’s go-to source for bridal products. 



Rescheduled Dreams Are Coming True 

At the beginning of 2021, we proclaimed this year to be Stuller’s Year of the Wedding™. We did this in preparation for the increase in activity we knew the wedding industry would be experiencing this year. With couples finally getting the chance to say “I do” after a year of the unexpected, Stuller stands proud to be your bridal business partner. 

We look forward to helping you grow your business and helping couples have their rescheduled dreams come true using the contents of Bridal 2021-2022

Catalog Highlights 

With so many exciting things coming your way in this new catalog, we wanted to give you insider information on what to expect. Here are ten facts about Bridal 2021-2022 to keep in mind when using your catalog.

  1. This is the first bridal catalog to be released since 2018. It features a reduced page count, enhanced education materials, and updated visual imagery. 
  1. More than 800 NEW series are featured, making up 34% of the catalog. 
  1. Bridal 2021-2022 offers a wide selection of on-trend, diamond-accented engagement rings. See pages 321-524. 
  1. Look for 3C badges throughout this catalog to identify items that can be easily and quickly customized with their flexible designs. 
  1. Modern Brilliance® includes semi-set engagement rings and fully set eternity and anniversary bands set exclusively with lab-grown diamonds. These on-trend styles feature exceptional quality at a value consumers will appreciate. See pages 553 and 662. 
  1. ever&ever® is a complete bridal program featuring high-quality, customizable prototype rings — each a flexible 3C design. Learn more on page 88. 
  1. Keep an eye out for this popular trend! Celtic-inspired designs are increasing in popularity in bridal design. These can be found on pages 51, 370-371, 686, 733, 735, 745, and 751. 
  1. For the groom, Stuller offers a variety of classic wedding bands with many personalized options. See pages 710-730. 
  1. DID YOU KNOW? This is the first catalog to feature tantalum, which is durable, strong, crack resistant, and the only contemporary metal with the ability to add a custom finish. See page 763. 
  1. Fun Fact: According to a survey from The Knot, the average amount spent on an engagement ring in the United States is $5,500.

You can view digital PDFs from the catalog at Stuller.com/BridalCatalog

Send Us Your Selfie 

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To celebrate the launch of Bridal 2021-2022, we are giving away a $1,000 Stuller account credit for use on any of our bridal products. The prize will be awarded to a randomly chosen customer who has posted a selfie of themselves with their bridal catalog on Facebook or Instagram and has an account in good standing. We will announce the winner on August 2, 2021 in Stuller’s Instagram stories (@stullerinc). 

To enter: 

  1. Take a selfie or group selfie with your copy of Bridal 2021-2022
  1. From July 16 to July 30, submit your entry by posting the photo to Facebook or Instagram using #YearOfTheWedding or by sending the picture to contest@stuller.com

Click here to view the official contest rules.

Happy Selling!




Growing Up #StullerStrong

2020. It was a year with many challenges for all of us, to be sure. To name a few: COVID-19, quarantines, multiple hurricanes, ruined or postponed celebrations, a chaotic election, and the cherry on top? A cyber-attack. Looking back at it all, it is surreal. How could so much happen in one year? When you focus on the list of challenges we have faced, it’s almost overwhelming.

50 Years of Stuller

Something else happened this year, though. Stuller celebrated 50 years of incorporation. We had planned many little ways to celebrate with our teams, with our customers, and with our local community. Most of them were cancelled. You would think that this would really take the wind out of our sails because 50 years only comes around once. However, I actually think the alignment was “kismet.” Stay with me here.

This year I have truly learned what it means to be #StullerStrong. But it wasn’t COVID-19 that taught me, or the cyber-attack, or the multitude of other challenges that we faced. It was my teammates, our customers, and my family that truly taught me what it means to be #StullerStong.

To Our Employees: Thank You

The earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, when Stuller was forced to close are a blur, bleed into each other and my memory. I distinctly remember the moment I had to call my team in and let them know we were closing. Seldom seen tears threatened to fall. I felt helpless as their leader. I couldn’t answer any of their questions. I couldn’t tell them it was going to be okay because, at the time, I wasn’t sure. All I knew was that our leaders were working tirelessly and that we had never given up before– so why would we start now? My team, in that moment and ever since, showed up and went beyond any expectation I ever could have had. They reminded me in those moments, why we do what we do. It’s all about serving our customers.

Months into the pandemic, the company had adapted. Safety measures were in place from masks to hand sanitizer and social distance. We had learned how to thrive in our new normal. Then, during the busiest shopping weekend of the year, another event would bring Stuller to a stand-still: a cyber-attack.

That week, I broke down in tears sitting in my car. 2020 had finally broken me. After all we had overcome in 2020, this would be a challenge during a time when our customers need and rely on us the most. Admittedly, I had a true moment of hopelessness. But when I walked into the building the next morning, there was no doom and gloom, no “poor me.” In fact, people were moving faster than ever: hand-writing addresses on shipping labels, posting notes of encouragement to each other, taking orders from cell-phones, searching the building for extra head-sets for the call-center, delivering sugary treats for needed energy, passionately challenging the impossible and strategizing the insurmountable, smiling hello and drinking their 4th coffee of the morning after working past midnight in IT. Instantly, I knew I had been silly for doubting us for even a second. Because we do not give up at Stuller. We know what is important and we fight for it. At the end of the day, there are no job titles or departments at Stuller. There’s just, “How can I help you get that done? How can I get this engagement ring out for its promise date?” As the song goes, “the house don’t fall when the bones are good.” I have learned more about leadership, commitment, and strength in the past year than I have in the past 10. 

To Our Customers: Thank You

While facing many of the same challenges we did here at Stuller, you continued to partner with us. Despite facing your own difficulties, you granted us patience and understanding as we tried to overcome our challenges. You reminded us why we do what we do with your personal stories of perseverance. You made us laugh with jokes about dum-dums and broken candy-canes (we’re working on it!). You granted us grace in our toughest moments. Most importantly, you continued to put your trust in us, whether it has been for one year or fifty. For this, I will forever be grateful. I am incredibly hopeful and excited about our one-of-a-kind industry’s future. As jewelers, we turn precious metals, diamonds, and gemstones into beautiful pieces that will go on to symbolize love, commitment, and family. It’s a tale as old and dependable as time. People have been celebrating special moments in their lives with jewelry for centuries and will continue to do so in the future through your artistry, professionalism, and partnership. 

To My Dad: Thank You

I’ve seen you lead this company with passion and strength for years. Over the years, you have taught me so much about what it means to be a good person. You have instilled values in me that allow me to be proud of the woman I am at 30 years old. But today, I can also see you through a very different lens. Not just as the leader of our Stuller family, but of THE Stuller family – a family that can’t really be quantified – our employees and their families, our Lafayette community, our customers and their businesses, our industry peers. Tough decisions with no easy answer have had to be made. Watching you do it with calmness, compassion, hope, determination, and as always, a passion and deeply rooted love to the company, our employees, our industry, and our local community is something incredibly special. Proud. I’m so proud. And even though you hate being in the spotlight, here’s one more congratulations on Stuller’s 50th year. Stuller grew up from tackle boxes full of findings and sales calls in a Winnebago and today, we’re still rooted in the same heart, vision, and tenacity. That’s because of you. Special shout out to my Mom, who has spent many hours this holiday season working the sorter belt late into the night with us.

I don’t know what 2021 has in store and it really doesn’t matter. Whatever it is – I’m prepared. Why? Because I’m #StullerStrong. And it’s because of you.




Prepare Now for New Year’s Eve Engagements

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Is there anyone who isn’t filled with child-like wonder by fireworks — those soaring evanescent sparkles? They splash gloriously across the night sky in a fading frenzy to dazzle and delight us, leaving us to wish we could somehow hold onto them. No worries. 

There’s another kind of fireworks — one that keeps its sparkle for a lifetime and far beyond. And this display starts when men come looking for that last-minute engagement ring for a New Year’s Eve proposal. As luck would have it, this is the perfect way to start 2021 — Stuller’s Year of the Wedding.

At the stroke of midnight, he wants to present her with a fiery engagement ring, and he’s not sure where to start. Fortunately, you have ever&ever®, and you’ve thought ahead and have half a dozen unset or semi-set designs in your case. Look through the ever&ever®collection on Stuller.com and order in-stock styles that would meet various tastes. 

We recommend you order today because these designs are selling fast.

And we have a dazzling array of diamonds in our vaults, which can be at your business tomorrow. You and your customer discuss his fiancée-to-be, seeking a better understanding of looks she will love. Has she mentioned any designs she likes? Is she classic, sophisticated, or on-trend? What color jewelry does she wear? Then you get to work looking at designs he’ll want to consider.

Take Her Breath Away

He’ll take her breath away with either of these spectacular styles: the on-trend 8 x 6 mm oval halo-style design (124470) and this vintage-inspired scattered halo-style (124282) with beaded scalloped details.

She’s Got the Look

Does she prefer a sleek, sophisticated look? Dazzle her with this pear diamond design (123823) in 14K rose. If her style is bold, this dramatic princess style (123962) with a baguette halowill bring tears to her eyes.

Shimmering Romance

Is she romantic? He can sweep her off her feet with this stunning emerald design accented with beading, diamonds, and sculptural elements (123240). Or choose the timeless three-stone design with scroll details (124157).


Content by Alex Stuller

Words by Elizabeth Raffel




On-Trend Bridal Pieces for Spring 2020

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Engagement season is upon us, and with that comes couples looking to find their dream rings.  Our bridal team has researched to determine the trends we believe will be the most inspirational and impactful this year.  Browse the intriguing designs below to guide your customers through this exciting time, and create your best Bridal season yet.

Here are five of our top 2020 bridal engagement ring trends.

Simplicity

 

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Timeless never goes out of fashion.  For this trend, the center stone is the star, but for an added twist, offer accent stones, milgrain edges, and other details to enhance the piece.  Plus, with such a simple yet unique ring, pairing a simple band will only add to the overall look.

 March Bridal 2020 Trends Yellow Halo Engagement  March Bridal 2020 Trends Milgrain Comfort Fit Half Round Band  March Bridal 2020 Trends Solitaire Claw Prong Engagement
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Vivid Color

 

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Gemstones in bridal have been around for a while now, and show no signs of stopping.  From vibrant to subtle, adding color allows customers to have a ring that is unique through every detail.  Offer gemstones and colored diamonds in a variety of metal colors for a one-of-a-kind piece your customers will love.

 March Bridal 2020 Trends Emerald Engagement Ring  March Bridal 2020 Emerald Diamond Contour Band  March Bridal 2020 Trends Satin Finish Band
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Nostalgic Allure

 

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Vintage jewelry definitely has its place in our more modern world.  The jewelry world has drawn inspiration from Art Deco and Victorian looks to create modern styles from the trends of the past.  Offer sculptural galleries and accent stones to elevate the look.  For an added touch, offer rose-cut center stones to make an even more alluring piece for your customer’s big day.

 March Bridal 2020 Trends Rose Emerald Engagement Ring March Bridal 2020 Trends Rose Cut Engagement and Band  March Bridal 2020 Trends White Diamond Baguette Eternity Band
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The Art of Detail

 

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Customers want a style that’s uniquely theirs.  Whether through the engagement ring or wedding band, unique details and designs are exactly what they’re looking for.  Offer asymmetrical styles, and specially finished bands to uniquely reflect the wearer.

March Bridal 2020 Trends Pear Rose Diamond Semi-Set Engagement Ring  March Bridal 2020 Trends Yellow Emerald Engagement Ring March Bridal 2020 Trends Mens Celtic Inspired Wedding Band
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Lab-Grown Diamonds and Modern Brilliance™

 

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Interest in lab-grown diamonds is growing with each bridal season.  To meet the demand, Stuller’s lab-grown jewelry selection has expanded through Modern Brilliance.  The pieces in the line are semi-set exclusively with lab-grown diamonds.  This offers an ideal option for customers wanting lab-grown diamonds but wants to select their center stone.

For a complete look at our Modern Brilliance offering, click here.

 

 March Bridal 2020 Trends Semi Set 3 Stone Engagement Ring March Bridal 2020 Yellow Anniversary Band March Bridal 2020 Trends Rose Diamond Contour Band
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Shop all of the trends in Stuller’s March 2020 Bridal & Bands Lookbook

How do these Spring 2020 designs fare in your area? Let us know in the comments below.




Get Ready for 2020 March Bridal Madness

Are you excited about our 8th annual March Bridal Madness jewelry contest?

 The rules are simple:

  1. “Like” Stuller on Facebook.
  2. Email an image or render of your custom engagement ring or wedding band design to stuller@stuller.com.
  3. The pictures with the most Facebook fan votes move on to final judging.

The winner receives a Stuller account credit valued at $1,000, and their design will be featured on all of Stuller’s social avenues. We will begin accepting submissions on Sunday, March 1 until March 15.

See official March Bridal Madness rules here


Meet Katelynne Eslick: The Reigning March Bridal Madness Champion

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Katelynne is the owner and operator of Sugar Plum Jewelry Co. in Glendive, Montana. She’s a third-generation jeweler — her grandfather was a watchmaker and later opened her family’s jewelry store; her father has been in the business for 40+ years.

Fun Fact: Sugarplum is what Katelynne has been called by mother her entire life. So when it came time to name her store, she went with Sugar Plum Jewelry, which she says reflects her as well as her craft.

 

Katelynne’s Submission Inspiration

“Because this was a remount using the stones my clients had available, I had to find an interesting way to use asymmetry to make something aesthetically pleasing. I designed this with a white gold band and rose gold settings for the main diamonds. The stones have just a bit of warm color to them, so the rose gold really complements them while setting them apart from the rest of the ring. The bezel settings are functional because of my customer’s lifestyle and the type of work she does,” she explains.

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“The wedding bands were designed to hug the main ring, and I also really loved the symbolism of ‘Now, Tomorrow, Forever’ that we achieved by making double wedding bands.

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“In my free time, I love spending time with my kids! My husband and I have three children: a 13-year-old boy and twin 11-year-old girls. My daughters have taken some interest in jewelry making, so I get to spend a little time with them at work too! My husband and I also play in a rock-and-roll band called Mighty Big Jim and the Tall Boys. My nickname in the band is Princess Kate!”

 


Check out more from our 2019 March Bridal Madness winner, or see all of the contest entries from last year on our Facebook. Which design is your favorite?




5 Rising Bridal Jewelry Trends for 2020

Our experts spent lots of time scouting what bridal jewelry trends were to come in the new year, and now they’ve returned with great news: 2020 bodes well for fashion!

Here’s a look at some of the top bridal jewelry trends we expect to see rising exponentially in the coming year. Stay on top of the demand by incorporating some of these engagement ring and wedding band styles into your cases today.

Explore the top 2020 engagement ring trends here

Bridal Trend 1: Floral Flair

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Fashion trends show a boom in floral motifs and design elements reminiscent of the natural world. If your customer wants a more modern style, check out these pieces, which are perfect for those who love sculptural engagement rings, vintage-inspired styles, and intricate engravings and beading.

Bridal Trend 2: Custom Style

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Our flexible 3C designs are a great way to start with one piece and have your customer make it their own. Let your customer design and redesign their ring, taking one piece and creating multiple looks until the design is exactly as it should be: perfect.

Bridal Trend 3: Timeless Twists

2020 Bridal Trends Timeless Twists

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The classics will always have a place in your case, but some customers look for a modern spin on traditional pieces. This is especially true for men’s wedding bands, where contemporary twists — special finishes, two-tone metals, diamond accent stones, and more — give the groom a way to showcase his personality while still keeping it classic.

Bridal Trend 4: Perfect Pairings

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His and hers, laughter and tears, cake and champagne — your customers’ big day is all about sweet pairings that add up to one beautiful love story. Double the beauty of their engagement ring by pairing it with a contour band or enhancement guard.

Bridal Trend 5: Stack it Up

2020 Bridal Trends Stack It Up

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Who says your customer needs only one band? Stackable looks are here to stay, so show them eternity and anniversary bands to create a unique stack for each bride, mixing metals, styles, and stone shapes to create their perfect stack.


Which one of these top 2020 engagement ring trends do you foresee being a top seller in your store? Let us know in the comments below!




Explore These 6 Gemstone Selections for Colorful Engagement Rings

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As more couples select gemstone centers, they reflect the current trend to individualize their rings. Choices can be based on the bride’s or groom’s birthstone, her favorite colored gemstone, or a gemstone that holds particular meaning. Offer these popular gemstones as alternatives to the traditional diamond engagement ring.

 

Here are our top gemstone selections for colorful engagement rings.

Ruby Gemstone Engagement Rings

For thousands of years, royalty and the wealthy have coveted Ruby. Its mesmerizing hue inspires passion, love, courage, and devotion which makes it ideal. What better choice for a bride?

Alternate Gemstones:

Bridal with Pink Tourmaline Gemstones

Pink Tourmaline is believed to enhance awareness, love, and compassion — all valuable qualities for marriage and life.

Alternate Gemstones:

Aquamarine Bridal Gemstone Center Stones

Named for the waters of Antiquity, Aquamarine exerts a powerful allure. Like a clear sky on a summer day, its pale blue hue promotes calm, enhances spirituality, and stimulates mental clarity. This gem appeals to many couples.

Alternate Gemstones:

Morganite Gemstone Bridal Center Stones

This gorgeous pale pink to peachy pink beryl attracts many brides-to-be. In smaller sizes, morganite is delicate and feminine. In larger sizes, it has a richly hued, sophistication. It stimulates calm, brings wisdom, and adds purpose to our lives.

Alternate Gemstones:

Blue Sapphire Gemstone Engagement Rings

Sapphire’s breathtaking blues have captured our imagination and inspired designs. Ancient lore tells us that blue sapphire inspires faithfulness, fidelity, inner peace, wisdom, and insight — all of which make it a bridal favorite.

Alternate Gemstones:

Emerald Gemstone Engagement Center Stones

The name Emerald comes from the Sanskrit word, marakata, meaning “the green of growing.” This gorgeous gem symbolizes vitality, honesty, and fidelity making it the perfect choice for marriage.

Alternate Gemstones:

 

Don’t Forget About Gemstone Care

Remind your customers to be gentle with gemstones. Avoid exposure to heat, contact with chemicals, and exposure to harsh blows. To clean, gently scrub with a soft toothbrush and a solution of mild dish soap and warm water. You can use an ultrasonic cleaner for Ruby and Sapphire.


How do you feel about these gemstone selections for colorful engagement rings? Let us know in the comments below!




Here are the Top 2019 Bridal Engagement Ring Trends

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At this time of year, engagements and weddings swirl around us as couples decide to make their deepest commitment. What better time to introduce our newest designs so you can offer customers exciting new options that emphasize current trends? Browse the intriguing textures and finishes featured below. Are you ready to discover a fresh new world of choices? We think you’ll love them.

Shop Stuller’s June Bridal & Bands Lookbook

 

Here are five of our top 2019 bridal engagement ring trends.

Fancy-Shaped Diamond Engagement Rings

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Today’s bridal customer may seek fancy-shaped stones in their engagement ring. We’ve seen a spike in marquise, Asscher, and pear-shaped diamonds, just to name a few. Baguettes are having their moment, too. Play with the possibilities by incorporating Fancy-Shaped Stuller Diamonds™ into your bridal lineup.

Gemstone Center Stone Engagement Rings

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Gemstone center stones have been on our radar for quite some time now. And there’s no end in sight. It’s been one of the most significant 2019 bridal engagement ring trends. From rubies to pink tourmaline, morganite to aquamarine, gemstone center stones exude individualistic flair. Don’t forget to educate your clients on how to properly care for their gemstones.

 

Sculptural Elements in Engagements

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Jewelry is an art form. So, it’s no wonder that these worlds have collided, merging old-world sculptural elements into contemporary engagement designs. If Michaelangelo were alive today, he’d surely endorse these milgrain accents and free-forming organic shapes.

 

Bridal with Asymmetrical Styling

2019 Bridal Engagement Ring Trends Asymmetrical Styling

For a left-of-center approach (literally), offer asymmetrical styling in your bridal designs. This unique aesthetic makes for a fresh and very personal reflection of its wearer.

 

Contour and Stackable Bands

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Stackables and engagement rings fit together flawlessly to create cool, customized bridal stacks. Plus, contour bands are awesome add-ons, giving versatility to any bridal design. Make sure to mention these bands early on in the shopping process. This way, your bride-to-be will remember these little additions long after her wedding day is done.

 


There you have it— our top 2019 bridal engagement ring trends. How do these designs fare in your area? Let us know in the comments below.




The Countdown to JCK Las Vegas Begins!

In 11 days (and counting), the industry’s premier U.S. trade show event – JCK Las Vegas – kicks off. The show promises rising trends, current styles, and the newest tools and technology. Once again this year, Stuller will be housed in one 2,800 square feet area in Booths B60046 and B62046. Our experts will share merchandising tips, new products, demos of the latest tools and equipment, and so much more!


Don’t miss Stuller President Danny Clark and Events Manager Alex Graham’s presentation at JCK Talks!

 

What: Business Planning

When: Sunday, June 4, from 2:00-2:45 pm

Where: Tradewinds A/B, Pool Level of Mandalay Bay


 

 

Also, check out live demonstrations happening every thirty minutes at Stuller Booth B60046:JCK Las Vegas product demo schedule



 

We caught up with Andrea Riso from Talisman Collection in El Dorado Hills, California. She shared her JCK excitement with us and exactly what she’ll be looking for this year in Las Vegas!


Why do you attend JCK Las Vegas?

Talisman Collection attends JCK and Luxury at JCK every year to engage with new designers and vendors and to reconnect with our existing suppliers. We love to see the latest in design, precious metal trends, color stone trends, diamond jewelry, and the forecast for style, color, and profile in international vendors’ gems and diamonds. We love to kibbitz with our diamond dealers.

Typically, we make a beeline for Downeast Trading and then head over to the Technology area. We see what’s new and decide what we can’t live without in our ever-changing technology resources. We love to see the smiling faces of Katie Dominesey & Isabel Cajulis. And we go all fangirl gaga when we meet Victoria Gomelsky each year, snooping around to see what she’s enjoying at the show. All in all, we come to reinvigorate the existing, the new, and the unexpected, to take in all that JCK has to offer.

 

What’s on your shopping list?

  • 3D Printers
  • New designs by up-and-coming designers
  • Unique designs from specialty jewelers
  • Diamonds & Gemstones

…and more.  The list is endless!

 

What are you most excited to see/learn about?

Did we mention new technologies? We want to learn all about holograms, see the highest resolution in 3D printing, and experience a world of beautiful designs we have the honor of seeing at JCK. It’s such a thrill for us. It never gets old.

 

What is your favorite part of the JCK Las Vegas experience?

It’s a tie! Meeting and connecting unexpectedly with new sources is a great thrill. Also, meeting someone in person whom we’ve only spoken to on the phone and cementing our business relationship is a great experience. Reconnecting with our existing vendors and seeing what new inspiration and creation they’re showing is the greatest thrill of all.


What are you most looking forward to this year at JCK Las Vegas? Let us know in the comments below. We can’t wait to see you there!




Meet Meghan Proctor – Battle of the Benches® Contestant

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Meghan Proctor has been in the jewelry industry for nearly 28 years, yet she’s only 35. A second-generation jeweler, she grew up in the family store working in sales and perfecting her skills on the bench. “I try to draw inspiration from literally anything I come across, like toys for example. I’ve made several pieces involving video games, toys, and different organic materials. I strive to design with no limitations, and so far, I love it!” Meghan says. Such creativity has led to her current position, a Bench Jeweler and Custom Designer at Mucklow’s Fine Jewelry in Peachtree City, Georgia.

“I started learning the tricks of the trade from my father. I watched and absorbed all I could as he cut waxes, cast and finished custom pieces.” Meghan’s father is Navajo and learned his craft on the reservation. So growing up around jewelry provided the opportunity to begin her career creating jewelry the Navajo way. After opening his store, she was there nearly every day after school. “Once I learned customization, I moved to the bench, to learn basic repairs. I worked my way through stone setting, fabrication, completing a custom job from start to finish and finally CAD design.”

Meghan admits to the difficulty of narrowing down her specialties. “Working for my father, I had to stretch my abilities to work in many areas. This allowed me to master all aspects of the job,” she remembers. “If I must narrow it down, my forté involves thinking outside the box, whether it’s a different way to repair something or a creative approach to custom design.” However, her favorite part of the job is a no-brainer. Admiring a finished piece of jewelry remains most enjoyable. Some repairs can be just as fulfilling. They give her the opportunity to use her hands and bring it all together.

Custom design remains central to Meghan becoming a monumental part of the industry. “It’s amazing, to begin with an idea, develop it, and create something precious that no one else has. With so many different personalities in the world, I find it exciting and rewarding to individualize a piece of jewelry. Each design captures an aspect of its owner,” she reflects.

Ray Stevenson and his wife, wearing Meghan Proctor’s custom design on the red carpet

Her most treasured memories come from sitting with her father, watching and learning from him. He worked several jobs to support the family, so this opened the opportunity to spend precious time bonding over jewelry making. Another high point of her career was seeing one of her pieces on the red carpet. “The actor Ray Stevenson visited the store I worked for at the time and everywhere he films, he has something made for his wife. I adored working with him and seeing the result on the red carpet was thrilling,” she gushes.

Outside of work, her interests and hobbies include musical theater, where she helps build sets, working hands-on to express her ingenuity. She also enjoys comic book collecting, music and amassing vinyl records. “I’m highly ambitious and driven and hope to make a positive impact in the industry. I’m extremely excited to be a part of this Battle of the Benches competition. I have no awards or recognitions YET, but I plan to change that very soon!”

Just a glimpse of Meghan Proctor’s custom work


The Battle of the Benches® competition ramps up in only a few days. Catch up on all of the contestants here. Who do you think will take home the gold?