The pandemic makes all the things tougher, and a person of the lots of worries it has thrown at jewelry merchants is the ability to touch and come to feel a new products line prior to investing in it, irrespective of whether it’s the slide collection from one of the designers they carry or one-off parts from a title they have not nevertheless partnered with but think may well execute properly.

There are a lots of function-arounds to the dwell solution challenge, but when “new” is what a retailer requires now, the Gems Venture could possibly be the excellent alternative. Launched by two very well-established luxury branding consultants, it’s a traveling party concept that brings multi-designer exhibitions and pop-ups, as nicely as one-designer exhibits, to retailers who want to inject some everyday living into their show situations and push visitors to their doors.

A joint undertaking between Elizabeth “Beth Anne” Bonanno (aka the EAB Project) and Joel Cheatwood (aka @gems_and_tonic), the Gems Project represents some of the most coveted and recognizable names in the jewellery world—including Pamela Huizenga, Buddha Mama, Victor Velyan, and Jorge Adeler—and functions carefully with stores to develop powerful event concepts that showcase a thoughtfully curated assortment of jewels from their designer roster.

Bonanno and Cheatwood lately produced such an event with Belle Cose in Jackson Hole, Wy. While the keep has quite a few area spots, the Gems Challenge made a decision with Belle Cose proprietor Jane Carter-Getz that the multi-designer pop-up was ideally suited for the King Avenue clothing boutique.

Cheatwood was in attendance, assuring the present was merchandised in accordance to the vision formulated with Carter-Getz and her group. They went big—with 25–30 parts just about every from participating designers Bondeye, Buddha Mama, Moksh, Leigh Maxwell, and Pamela Huizenga. All jewels ended up chosen with the preferences of the Belle Cose client in intellect (i.e., several vacationers, plus calendar year-spherical repeat collectors with an eye for distinctive designs that evoke a vibe of casual, everyday luxurious).

“With Belle Cose we have an comprehending of the industry,” suggests Bonanno. “We have been delighted with our profits, and they considerably exceeded our expectations. Each individual designer from the show bought really very well, and 3 of them experienced by no means shown in the current market.” (Some of the pieces that marketed at the party are highlighted here.)

Leigh Maxwell charm
Residence Teton Mountains pendant with rose-slash diamond in 18k gold (the phrase house is engraved on the back again in 7 languages), $4,200 Leigh Maxwell
Buddha Mama enamel pave bracelets
Backlink bracelets with mixtures of hammered 20k gold, pavé diamonds, and enamel, $7,300 to $25,000 each (a gray enamel/gold bracelet marketed at the Belle Cose function) Buddha Mama

Bonanno states that two to 3 months’ direct time is excellent for staging a pop-up or a more official in-retailer exhibition to make sure solution availability and enough time for the keep and the Gems Challenge to get the job done in tandem to establish a concept, create marketing collateral, and advertise the party.

“We will usually build branded electronic invites and social media posts and assist with internet marketing copy and photography—we spouse with our stores on all aspects of our events,” states Bonanno. “We always recommend that outlets get driving the occasion with advertising, as this generally assists carry focus to what is taking place in their world on a community degree and in the end would make a big distinction in the success of any celebration.”

Moksh emerald and pearl earrings
Bombay selection earrings with woven Japanese keshi pearls, diamonds, and emeralds in 18k gold, $11,600 Moksh

The situations can be in-retailer, virtual, or occupy a specific space on a electronic storefront—or a blend of all three. The Gems Undertaking is fluent in all formats and organized to carry their product to your buyers anywhere they’re procuring.

“We exhibit up,” states Bonanno. “We show up in a significant way.”


Top rated: One-of-a-form ring with 22.77 ct. dendritic agate and .56 ct. t.w diamonds in 18k yellow gold, $12,000 Pamela Huizenga. To inquire about a possible event, get hold of [email protected] or [email protected].


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