JCK Events released the names of its annual Rising Star group in March - here is a quick reminder.
The 2014 Rising Stars are BLACKBIRD AND THE SNOW, Irthly Jewelled Adornments, KAURA JEWELS, Natalie Dissel, and Shrisha Jewels. Their impressive debut collections will be on display for the first time at a U.S. tradeshow, in the Design Center at JCK Las Vegas, held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, May 30-June 2.
The JCK Rising Star program, established in 1995, seeks out up and coming designers whose work exhibits true artisan quality, innovation, and a unique yet marketable style. The juried process includes a select panel of retailers, editors, and stylists who review each designer and provide ratings on the quality of materials used, craftsmanship, originality, and salability. Only those applicants with the highest score are invited to exhibit in the Design Center—the destination for fresh, emerging talent. Previous Rising Stars, including Heather Moore, Sarah Graham, and Alex Woo, are now widely recognized brands in the jewelry industry—a testament to the program's viability.
This year, the Rising Stars are as extraordinary as ever.
Harvinder Keila and Anjli Patel, KAURA JEWELS
In 2012, my sister(-in-law) Anjli Patel and I founded KAURA JEWELS on our shared passion for ancient Indian weaponry. We chose to enter the JCK Rising Star competition based on JCK's track record for promoting emerging jewelry designers, and because JCK provides a viable platform for establishing a jewelry business. We are honoured to have been deemed a Rising Star by JCK, and are looking forward to meeting and learning from the best in Las Vegas.
The large open cuff with rose quartz cabochon and the shield cuff links are part of the new Protection Collection and the double-headed horse pendant is part of the Balance Collection.
Natalie Dissel, Natalie Dissel Jewelry
I am truly honored and very excited to be considered a "Rising Star"— this is a tremendous new adventure and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to share my passion for rare gemstones and textured minerals. Each new jewelry design is a journey of discovery with the creation of a new fresh story. I am fascinated how gemstones and raw materials are so similar to the world's entire flora and fauna, which was once underground. A simple stone connects me to the beginning of time and the universe.
From a business perspective, JCK provides me with an amazing opportunity to access new markets, meet new people and develop my style. I love it that my work will be debuted in America.
Natalie Dissel's sculptured jewelry designs are cleverly fused to highlight the natural beauty and quality of each gemstone, complimented with the richness of 18-carat gold.
David Alvarado, Irthly Jewelled Adornments
Being a Rising Star has been a goal of mine since the inception of my business. It is the goal to have as a new designer. Every time I would go to JCK Las Vegas, I would look at the Rising Star booth because of its great location, the proximity to many events, and all the other talented groups such as AJDC (American Jewelry Design Council) interacting. Since my collection deals not only with a unique message: introducing other elements of our world that are just as precious as jewelry; but also unique organic materials seldom seen in fine jewelry, the Rising Star location and competition is the ideal means to introduce to the industry my mission and concept.
From Irthly Jewelled Adornments' latest collection
Marie-Juliette Bird, BLACKBIRD AND THE SNOW
I am thrilled to be unveiling my first complete collection for BLACKBIRD AND THE SNOW fine jewelry at the JCK ‘Rising Star' platform. To be recognized by the JCK community as a Rising Star is an honor for which I am deeply appreciative.
BLACKBIRD AND THE SNOW fine jewelry is an ode to the natural world; the pieces express a connection to the wilderness and a desire to immortalize elements – birds, insects, wings, stars, moons – that serve as the living, elemental poetry of our world. The use of recycled metal and ethically sourced stones puts this environmentally focused philosophy into action.
Neha Dani, Shrisha Jewels
I am truly delighted on being chosen one of the Rising Stars at the JCK Show. I hope my presence at this prestigious show will bring further laurels to my work and be a source of encouragement to aspiring designers.
Clare Bella, Shrisha's latest collection, features dramatic, pieces of sculpted jewelry set in different hues of diamonds with a mystic element creating sensations that captivate the beholder.
The 2014 Rising Stars full collections will be on display in the Design Center at JCK Las Vegas, May 30-June 2 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
About JCK Events
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. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:
LUXURY and Elite Enclave: May 27 - 29, 2014, by invitation only; May 30 - June 2, 2014, open to all JCK Buyers | Four Seasons, THEhotel, Mandalay Bay | Las Vegas, NV
JCK Las Vegas: May 30 - June 2, 2014 | Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino | Las Vegas, NV
Swiss Watch: May 30 - June 2, 2014 | THEhotel, Four Seasons, Mandalay Bay, Mandarin Oriental | Las Vegas, NV
LUXURY Privé New York: New Dates: July 27 - 29, 2014 | New Location: Waldorf Astoria | New York, NY
JCK Tucson: February 2 - 5, 2015 | JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort | Tucson, AZ