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A podcast by JCK Magazine and JCKonline about industry news, trends, interviews, weird stories, and more!

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A podcast by JCK Magazine and JCKonline about industry news, trends, interviews, weird stories, and more!

    Episode 10: JCK Tucson, the Golden Globes, and Tiffany

    Episode 10: JCK Tucson, the Golden Globes, and Tiffany

    In This Episode
    In this edition of “The Jewelry District,” you’ll hear JCK editor-in-chief 

    • 25 min
    Episode 9: Best of Weird Stories 2019

    Episode 9: Best of Weird Stories 2019

    In This Episode
    In the latest installment of “The Jewelry District,” you’ll hear a compilation of our Weird Stories of the Week. You’ll hear quite a few stories from JCK’s news director, Rob Bates, about people’s consumption of jewelry—but not in the way you might think! You’ll also hear JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky tell us what her favorite Weird Story has been. 
    Show Notes
    00:30 Victoria introduces her favorite Weird Story 
    01:10 A Moo-ving Proposal
    03:55 Hard to Swallow
    07:05 Hungry for Wealth
    10:07 Tesla Trouble
    13:35 Should You Fire That Hippie?
    16:30 No Laughing Matter
    Episode Credits
    Hosts: Rob Bates and Victoria GomelskyJCK Staff: Emili VesilindEditor: Levi SharpeProducer and engineer: Natalie ChometPlugs: jckonline.com (http://jckonline.com/), @jckmagazine (https://www.instagram.com/jckmagazine/)
    Show Recap
    A Moo-ving Proposal
    Social media was abuzz with ring-shamers, animal advocates, and those looking to jump on the bandwagon with bovine-puns when a farmer from Singapore proposed to his girlfriend by placing a diamond engagement ring on a cow’s udder. 

    Hard to Swallow
    A woman dreams she swallowed her ring to protect it from a jewelry heist. On waking up, her ring was nowhere to be found. After going to urgent care, it turns out she really did swallow the ring while sleeping! Is there a happy ending to this weird story? Listen to find out!

    Hungry for Wealth
    Doctors remove a whopping 1.6 kilograms (3.5 pounds) of jewelry from a 22-year-old woman’s stomach. That jewelry totaled £53,000 ($64,310)! When the woman was suffering from abdominal pain, she decided to go to the doctor. What the Bengali doctors found was striking: 69 chains, 80 earrings, 46 coins, 8 lockets, 11 nose rings, 5 anklets, and 1 watch dial—all in her stomach! Somehow, her family didn’t expect anything, as the jewelry went missing over a length of time. 

    Tesla Trouble
    Ben Baller, the man who created a $400,000 diamond and ruby ring for Elon Musk, got locked inside of his own Tesla for 40 long minutes. While stuck, he posted video of the incident to his Instagram feed. Conflict and conspiracy theories ensued.

    Should You Fire That Hippie?
    An article that was published in 1975 with an inflammatory title is the focus of this weird story. Did the article make points that are still relevant to the industry today? How does it reflect on millennials and their attitudes?

    No Laughing Matter

    • 19 min
    Episode 8: Guest Sally Morrison

    Episode 8: Guest Sally Morrison

    In This Episode In this edition of “The Jewelry District,” you’ll hear JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky (https://www.jckonline.com/writer/victoria-gomelsky/) and news director Rob Bates (https://www.jckonline.com/writer/rob-bates/) interview Sally Morrison, the chief marketing officer of Lightbox Jewelry. The three talk about how Morrison got into the industry and her own impressions of coming up in the diamond industry. You’ll also hear her discuss how society is changing, her partnerships with designers, and about the sustainability and ethics of diamonds.
    Show Notes 01:45 Sally Morrison talks about how she got into the industry. 14:20 Rob questions Morrison on our changing society and ad campaigns that try to keep up. 18:45 Victoria asks Morrison how she teams up with designers; Rob asks her about social media. 24:00 Morrison tells us about Lightbox Jewelry. 34:39 Morrison talks sustainability and ethics in the diamond industry. 38:00 Some final thoughts from Morrison about Lightbox and what it's like to be a woman in the jewelry industry. Episode Credits Hosts: Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky Editor: Levi Sharpe Producer and engineer: Natalie Chomet Plugs: jckonline.com (http://jckonline.com), @jckmagazine (http://instagram.com/jckmagazine) Show Recap How Sally Morrison Jumped Into the Jewelry Industry Morrison had a long career in different industries in the United States before she got her start in jewelry. On getting her first job at Diamond Information Center, she relates what she learned and her first impressions of the industry. Women self-purchasing diamonds and people’s changing attitudes toward gold jewelry also pop up in the conversation. Morrison shares what ad campaigns she thinks should be emulated. Changing Times Call for Changing Measures Morrison realizes that there’s a need to keep up with cultural changes and trends. Rob and Morrison talk about early De Beers ad campaigns and their effect on the diamond industry, even years later. Morrison also enlightens us on the importance of partnering with designers. Of course, social media is always something to keep in mind in these changing times, and Morrison talks about the difficulties in navigating that terrain. Lightbox Jewelry As the chief marketing officer of Lightbox Jewelry, Morrison certainly knowns the ins and outs of the lab-grown diamond industry. Rob questions Morrison on whether Lightbox helped legitimize lab-grown diamonds—and Morrison has something to say about the word legitimacy. Morrison reflects on the commercial potential she saw in the brand and why 2017 was the right time for takeoff. Can There Be Transparency or Ethics in Sustainability? As Rob and Victoria covered in the last episode, there’s certainly a lot to discuss when it comes to jewelry sustainability and ethics. Victoria asks Morrison about responsibility in ad campaigns for sustainability and ethics promises from company to company. When asked, Morrison talks about how she sees promises of sustainability functioning for Lightbox. The episode wraps up with thoughts about Lightbox and what Morrison thinks about being a woman in the industry.

    • 41 min
    Episode 7: NYC Jewelry Week, Sustainability, and New De Beers Research

    Episode 7: NYC Jewelry Week, Sustainability, and New De Beers Research

    In This Episode
    In this edition of “The Jewelry District,” you’ll hear JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky (https://www.jckonline.com/writer/victoria-gomelsky/) and news director Rob Bates (https://www.jckonline.com/writer/rob-bates/) cover the latest news, including NYC’s Jewelry Week, and growing concerns over sustainability and how it will affect fine jewelry sales. Rob covers a talk by the Yurmans and a fascinating panel on jewelry ecommerce. The weird story of the week features a dream that comes true, but not necessarily in a good way!
    Show Notes
    00:50 Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky recap NYC’s Jewelry Week, including a talk held by David and Sybil Yurman.
    5:45 Rob talks about a panel he was on about ecommerce and jewelry sponsored by eBay.
    9:00 Victoria shares why she has been preoccupied about sustainability lately.
    16:46 Victoria ponders if there is a product out there that’s 100% sustainable.
    20:58 Rob covers the new De Beers research and what it says about our society and the jewelry industry
    25:25 Weird Story of the Week
     
    Episode Credits
    Hosts: Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky
    Editor: Levi Sharpe
    Producer & Engineer: Natalie Chomet
    Plugs: jckonline.com (jckonline.com), @jckmagazine (instagram.com/jckmagazine)
     
    Show Recap
    NYC Jewelry Week
    Rob relates some interesting tidbits that he learns at the talk held by David and Sybil Yurman during Jewelry Week. They shed light on how their life growing up in the 60s and 70s colored their business. Rob also discusses the panel he was on about ecommerce and jewelry, in which designers talked about how to establish themselves on different ecommerce platforms.
     
    The Sustainability Question: Who Passes The Test?
    In doing research for a panel she organized, Victoria meets an Instagram influencer who is a proponent of zero-waste and hasn’t bought a piece of jewelry in many years. Victoria finds it fascinating because there are not many jewelers who would meet these high standards of sustainability. She’s interested in seeing how the relationship between fine jewelry and green living evolves over time.
     
    New De Beers Research and a Rapidly Changing Society
    The research raises the question: Is the industry keeping up with larger changes in society, such as changing norms about marriage and commitment, and growing concerns over the environment. Rob talks about how proposals have changed over time, and how the bridal industry bases its business on perhaps an outdated standard in our culture.
     
    Weird Story of The Week May Be Hard to Swallow
    A woman dreams that she swallows her ring to protect it from a jewelry heist. When she wakes up, she was unable to find the ring, so she went to urgent care, where it was confirmed that she did in fact swallow it in her sleep! Listen to find out if there’s a happy ending to this tale.

    • 28 min
    Episode 6: Guest Bill Furman

    Episode 6: Guest Bill Furman

    In This Episode
    This episode of “The Jewelry District” pays tribute to JCK magazine’s 150th anniversary. JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky (https://www.jckonline.com/writer/victoria-gomelsky/) and news director Rob Bates (https://www.jckonline.com/writer/rob-bates/) talk with a panel of JCK writers about fascinating discoveries they made while combing through the vast expanse of the JCK archives. The weird story won’t be from this week—but 1975 instead! Interspersed throughout the episode, you’ll hear the voices of current and past employees as they reflect on their experiences working at this historic publication. You’ll also hear Rob and Victoria interview Bill Furman, former ad manager, who spent 46 years working at JCK. He’ll share how he got there and some amazing memories from along the way.
    Show Notes
    00:36 Victoria and Rob give an overview of the 150th anniversary issue.
    3:10 Victoria kicks off the conversation with a few notable things she learned in her research.
    8:40 Rob relates a great quote from Marty Hurwitz of MVI Marketing about his impression of JCK. He also shares the ad that former editor Peggy Jo Donahue answered when she began working at JCK.
    10:20 Rob shares a weird story from 1975, “Should You Fire That Hippy?”
    12:55 Hedda Schupack talks about her favorite story from working at JCK.
    15:50 Victoria introduces the panel of JCK writers and tees up Melissa Bernardo’s story.
    16:22 Melissa talks about the amazing covers she found when doing her research, including which eras had the oddest, ugliest, and most beautiful covers and ads.
    19:55 Melissa explains how the cover of the 150th anniversary issue was created.
    21:15 Emili Vesilind (https://www.jckonline.com/writer/emili-vesilind/) talks about what she discovered while researching the fashion retrospective she authored.
    25:35 Ettagale Blauer shares a favorite moment from working at JCK: interviewing Lazare Kaplan.
    26:22 Russell Shor talks about his history working at JCK and his journey to India for work.
    27:50 Amy Elliott (https://www.jckonline.com/writer/amy-elliott/) relates her process as she researched her piece on pearls, including what coverage JCK had on Breakfast at Tiffany’s and how it affected the popularity of pearls.
    31:20 Brittany Siminitz (https://www.jckonline.com/writer/brittany-siminitz/) gives a peek behind the scenes of her epilogue, where she talked to young people in the industry about what the top issues would be in 50 years.
    33:45 Mark Smelzer reflects on his favorite experience at JCK.
    35:55 Robert Weldon reveals the most important thing he covered while at JCK: East African gemstones. 36:09 Victoria and Rob interview Bill Furman, who worked at JCK for 46 years.

    Episode Credits
    Hosts: Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky
    JCK Staff: Melissa Bernardo, Amy Elliott, Brittany Siminitz, Emili Vesilind
    Guest: Bill Furman
    JCK Voices: Ettagale Blauer, Hedda Schupak, Russell Shor, Mark Smelzer, Robert Weldon
    Editor: Levi Sharpe
    Producer & Engineer: Natalie Chomet
    Plugs: jckonline.com, @jckmagazine

    • 53 min
    Episode Five: Guest Tiffany Stevens

    Episode Five: Guest Tiffany Stevens

    In This Episode
    In the latest installment of “The Jewelry District,” you’ll hear JCK editor-in-chief Victoria Gomelsky and news director Rob Bates recap the latest news, including a Fashion Week recap and a look at how the trade war and tariffs on China will affect the industry. Victoria and Rob also cover the new JCK print and digital plan for 2020 and share a weird story of the week.
    You’ll also hear Rob and Vic interview Tiffany Stevens of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee on how she got there, what she does, and current issues concerning the JVC.
     
    Show Notes
    00:45 Recap of Fashion Week and the jewelry trends and best jewelry so far.
    07:42 Are the 90s coming back into fashion and what does it mean for jewelry?
    09:10 Trade wars and tariffs on China, and how this affects the industry.
    15:40 Overview of JCK’s print and digital plan for 2020, including change in magazine frequency.
    17:50 JCK’s 150th Anniversary Issue—a print keepsake that will still have value.
    19:10 Weird Story: A dairy farmer in Singapore proposed by putting a ring on a cow’s udder.
    22:15 Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky interview Tiffany Stevens, President, CEO and General Counsel of JVC.
    22:30 Tiffany covers her history and beginnings at JVC and what drew her to the jewelry industry.
    24:44 Tiffany gives some background on JVC’s history, mission, and what they’re doing now.
    27:20 Tiffany talks about how lab-grown diamonds affect the JVC mediation practice.
    28:35 Rob asks Tiffany how consumers can get in touch with the JVC if they have an issue they want to bring to their attention.
    29:45 Tiffany speaks on what the State Department asks of the industry regarding sourcing.
    33:15 What you can do to show you’re compliant: filing suspicious activity reports.
    39:00 Rob asks Tiffany how effective Anti-Money Laundering laws are in flagging things.
    40:15 Tiffany speaks on the FTC guides and their aftereffects.
     
    Episode Credits
    Hosts: Rob Bates and Victoria Gomelsky
    Guest: Tiffany Stevens
    Editor: Levi Sharpe
    Producer & Engineer: Natalie Chomet
    Plugs: jckonline.com, @jckmagazine, jvclegal.org
     
    Show Recap
    Fashion Week Highlights
    Vic covers some of the best jewelry moments of the week, and some emerging trends that she has noticed. Some takeaways are a strong 60’s-70’s structural trend, especially from Marc Jacobs. These striking pieces show that fashion designers may be starting to acknowledge jewelry design and craft rather than adding jewelry as an afterthought. Ulla Johnson paired her outfits with pieces from Grainne Morton, a U.K. designer that does these sculptural earrings and necklaces with lots of dangling pieces. Another designer, Brandon Maxwell, paired denim outfits with colored stones and lots of chains. Vic has noticed chains as an emerging trend that will extend to 2020.
    Are The 90’s Making a Comeback?
    Vic and Rob notice that some 90’s styles are starting to make a comeback, and they speculate what it could mean for jewelry. Besides the Tin Cup pearl necklace, popularized by the movie it was named for, Vic can’t pinpoint any jewelry styles that were big in the 90’s, and characterizes it as a sad time for jewelry. She supposes that every time an era’s trends come back, they do so with a dash of the modern sprinkled in, which could bring some hope for jewelry trends moving forward.
    Trade Wars are Back
    15% tariffs were put on products from China beginning on September 1st. Though many products were exempt, jewelry products were not among them. Though some large manufacturers say they are not affected, others are sorting through the chaos. Rob explains that it’s not as simple as not purchasing products from China. Many small parts, boxes,

    • 45 min

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