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Vegas Day 1

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Vegas Day 1
3 photos: Welcome to Las Vegas sign. The Wynn Hotel room suite. Welcome to Couture sign at the Wynn

Every year, a team from Fox's goes to Las Vegas in June (average high temperature: 100 degrees) to attend the Couture jewelry show. The best jewelry designers in the world all gather at the luxurious Wynn Hotel to show their newest collections. It's just like being a kid in a candy store, except all of the candy is jewelry!

elaborate floral arrangement at the Wynn Hotel

If you've never been to the Wynn, it is a beautiful hotel and such a feast for the eyes before you even see any jewelry. They are known for their elaborate floral arrangements, and this year there was a hot air balloon made entirely of flowers in the lobby!

Hot air balloon made from flowers in lobby of Wynn Hotel

The show begins at 10am, and our first appointment is always with Alex Sepkus. We have been carrying Sepkus for 25 years, and his jewelry is so timeless and unique. There are always many one of a kind pieces, and the early bird gets the worm!

Alex Sepkus sign and necklaces splayed over table.

Zoey and Chai pore over stacks and stacks of rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets until they find the pieces that are just right for us. Each of these rings contains a one of a kind gemstone.

Stacks of Alex Sepkus rings on trays

Zoey and Chai admire Alex Sepkus's famously detailed workmanship. Each piece is finished by hand under a microscope. If you look closely, you may see whimsical creatures, bicycle chains, or numbers hiding there!

Zoey and Chai examining Todd Reed Jewelry

The next stop is Todd Reed. We discovered Todd Reed at the Couture show 5 years ago and have been in love with him (and his jewelry) ever since. He has such a wonderful energy and is a pioneer in the use of raw diamonds in fine jewelry. Here is Zoey with Todd on the left and our Todd Reed rep, Jeff Hayzlett, on the right. If you look closely, Zoey is wearing her brand new necklace that she designed with Todd, featuring her children's birthstones. It was finished just in time to be hand carried by Jeff to the show!

Todd Reed, Zoey and Jeff at the Couture show in Las Vegas

It is always a treat to see the new designs that Todd has come up with. This year we saw some lovely raw diamond cabochons.

Display of Todd Reed Jewelry from Las Vegas

Getting to try on all of the jewelry is the most fun part of going to Couture. Zoey couldn't resist this stunning new Todd Reed bracelet design.

Trying on jewelry at Todd Reed

Here is a little pile of our favorites. Some of these beauties will be showing up at Fox's soon!

Cuff bracelets and rings at todd reed

Our last official stop of the day is at Mikimoto. The founder, Kokichi Mikimoto, discovered how to grow cultured pearls in 1893. Since then, Mikimoto has been revered for having the finest pearls in the world. Kokichi Mikimoto once said, "My dream is to adorn the necks of all women around the world with pearls." Today, a strand of pearls is synonymous with classic elegance that never goes out of style.

Zoey, Joy, and Chai looking at all the new Mikimoto jewelry

In the Mikimoto suite, Zoey, Chai, and Joy admire cases of stunning South Sea pearls. This suite of golden baroque pearls and diamonds was a real showstopper!

Mikimoto couture white diamond and golden pearl necklace and earrings

Zoey and Chai inspect a pearl bracelet up close. Mikimoto is known for perfection, and each pearl is matched in color, size, shape, and quality. For more rare pearls, it can take 15 years to collect enough to make a perfectly matched necklace!

inspecting a pearl bracelet up close

Perusing a tray of black pearls. See how many color variations are available, from silver to peacock!

tray of black pearls at Mikimoto

With those three appointments, the day is officially over but can we tear ourselves away yet? No! One of the most fun parts of Couture is browsing. This is how we discover new designers, or maybe a special one-off piece for the store. Here Chai admires a piece that has caught his eye.

Chai smiling and looking at new jewelry

After a long day on our feet, Vegas nightlife has no allure and a bed has never looked so good. Stay tuned for the recap of day two!

 

Internal photo of Wynn Hotel room
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