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Stars are turning out in force for jewelry convention JCK
The richest of rubies and the best of baubles, bangles and beads. The most dizzying diamonds in the world. Million$ in jewels and the ultimate bling are under the tightest security here in Las Vegas this weekend as the giant jewelry convention JCK sparkles through Monday.
Recent economic optimism and a rise in consumer confidence have prompted global jewelry retailers to attend this year’s JCK events at The Sands Expo in The Venetian in a big way. More than 2,500 international suppliers from 22 countries have brought their most sensational goods to the Strip.
Ivanka Trump presented her 2010 Fine Jewelry Collection this year for the first time here in an exclusive Chairman Villa at the Palazzo. Ivanka’s collection rocks tradition with a modern twist on jewelry’s most desirable classics from the 1920s to the ’60s. It’s her vision of heirloom-chic jewelry that fits perfectly into the lives of today’s women. Some 65 styles complement her 100 pieces in platinum, 18k white, yellow and rose gold, featuring diamonds, onyx, black spinel, agate, pearls and rock crystals. Among the new pieces are more than 20 new styles for $550 to $8,000.
JCK includes a successful VIP Buyers Program with participation of more than 600 stores including from Russia, China and Dubai. JCK opened this morning and continues daily through Monday. Fifty retailers will be awarded for their excellence at the annual Designer Retailer Awards on Sunday.
The JCK welcome reception “JCK Rocks the Beach! At Mandalay Bay,” held tonight in conjunction with the Diamond Empowerment Fund, provides delegates with a glimpse of JCK’s 2011 venue as JCK takes over Mandalay Bay next year.
Tomorrow, Simon G. Jewelry presents its “Summer Soiree,” a star-studded music evening at The Venetian. The invitation-only event hosted by Melissa Rycroft, who is in town with husband Tye Strickland, features performances by R&B singer Robin Thicke, emerging Las Vegas country artist C.J. Goldner, Dr. Hollywood and 90210 actress Jessica Lowndes. The evening features the launch of Simon G.’s sustainable line of jewelry to benefit Global Green USA.
The guest list includes NFL legend Warren Sapp, Dancing With the Stars pro dancer Anna Trebunskaya, Kelly Bensimon of The Real Housewives of New York City, pro poker player Annie Duke, TV personalities Giuliana and Bill Rancic, actor Gilles Marini and actresses Nikki Reed, Brittny Gastineau, Finola Hughes, Emily Van Camp, Erin Lucas and Krysten Ritter.
Vegas DeLuxe will have the full photo wrap of the bling, the shining stars and the parties right here on Monday.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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