TRADE FAIR COMMENTARY – Buoyant turnout at JCK Las Vegas; big lab-grown diamonds showcase

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By David Brough

LAS VEGAS – Long lines at registration on day one for JCK Las Vegas (June 2-5, 2023) augured for a buoyant turnout and order flow at America’s biggest jewellery trade event, with a substantial lab-grown diamonds showcase underlining the growing retail demand for synthetic stones.

Many people lined up for over an hour to register for the show, staged at its usual venue in the vast Venetian Hotel, with many stands packed as retailers restocked throughout the day.

JCK Las Vegas offers a huge array of the latest jewellery designs from around the world, as well as diamonds, gemstones, machinery and accessories.

TRADE FAIR COMMENTARY – Buoyant turnout at JCK Las Vegas; big lab-grown diamonds showcase

Retailers busy restocking

The lab-grown diamonds section featured the largest manufacturers from around the world, many of them from India.

TRADE FAIR COMMENTARY – Buoyant turnout at JCK Las Vegas; big lab-grown diamonds showcase

The lab grown diamonds showcase, at JCK Las Vegas

Industry sources spoke of vigorous price competition in lab-grown diamonds led by Indian manufacturers. Lab-grown diamond prices have fallen in recent times, driven by rising manufacturing output.

The natural diamond manufacturers also came out in force at JCK Las Vegas, with leading Indian polished suppliers such as Rosy Blue, Venus Jewel, and SRK occupying large, conspicuous stands.

Rosy Blue presented some exceptional yellow diamonds amongst their stock, underscoring the vibrant interest in yellows presently, while Venus Jewel showed off their innovative 3-D holographic diamonds display technology for retailers, as well as their detailed reports identifying diamond characteristics.

At the very top end of the market at JCK Las Vegas, New York-based Scarselli Diamonds presented a supremely rare and beautiful 2.32 carat emerald-cut fancy vivid blue VS diamond, with two 0.50 carat emerald-cut Argyle pink diamonds, set in a ring.

In the seminar programme, leading social media strategists, including Katerina Perez, Tracey Ellison (@thediamondsgirl) and Laura Inghirami (@donna.jewel), presented insights into new trends at a well-attended session at the Innovation hub.

TRADE FAIR COMMENTARY – Buoyant turnout at JCK Las Vegas; big lab-grown diamonds showcase

Leading social media strategists and content creators, at a discussion panel at JCK Las Vegas

COUTURE show sees extraordinary innovation

The COUTURE show, held from June 1-4, 2023, at the nearby Wynn hotel, displayed an exquisite array of new fine jewellery designs. Personal highlights included anodized titanium earrings at Maison Alix Dumas, and opulent pieces from Carrera y Carrera’s Circles of Fire collection, including the Shanghai necklace.

TRADE FAIR COMMENTARY – Buoyant turnout at JCK Las Vegas; big lab-grown diamonds showcase

Maison Alix Dumas, seen at COUTURE

COUTURE, presenting some of the world’s leading fine jewellery designer brands, takes place in an elegant and convivial setting that appeals to upscale retailers and collectors.

Leading trade press from around the world packed into JCK Las Vegas and COUTURE, due to the huge importance of the U.S. market to jewellery suppliers from Italy to India and Turkey.

On the eve of COUTURE, the international press witnessed the launch of a new Buyers Guide and digital campaign, organised by Italian state-backed agency ITA Houston, supporting Italian jewellery brands exporting to the U.S. market.

Jewellery analyst Paola De Luca, CEO of The Futurist, explained details of the Buyers Guide to invited retailers, brands and trade press at a dinner in the Wynn.

Some three dozen Italian fine jewellery brands featured amongst the exhibitors at COUTURE.

TRADE FAIR COMMENTARY – Buoyant turnout at JCK Las Vegas; big lab-grown diamonds showcase

Carrera y Carrera, seen at COUTURE