Today’s Vegas Jewelry Week prep interview features Hannah of Diamondoodles, jewelry friend and creative genius. You may not know that I first met Hannah back when she was attending GIA in Carlsbad–I was there taking my 20 stone exam and she reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in speaking to a small group of students about what I do. We kept in touch to say the least (as I’m covered in sparkly stickers and pins by Diamondoodles) and it has been great to see her Diamondoodles evolve. If you want to see what I mean, check out this ancient feature I did of Hannah when she first started doodling with gems.
How many times have you attended Vegas jewelry week?
This will be my third year in Vegas for jewelry week.
Biggest tip for Vegas jewelry week you’d give your rookie self on the eve of your first time going to Vegas?
My trade show advice is: ALWAYS wear comfortable shoes. People tend to dress more formally at the Vegas jewelry shows, so there can be a temptation to put on stylish heels. I am telling you, it’s never worth it! I spend what feels like 32 hours each day on my feet in Vegas, so I would rather keep my feet happy than worry about sartorial critics.
Name five things you ALWAYS bring to Vegas Jewelry Week.
1. Big ol’ tote bag
2. External battery charger
Pro Tip: If you want the charger to actually make your life easier, recharge it every night. Otherwise, it’s just another piece of junk in your bag after day one.
3. Concealer – I don’t sleep a lot.
4Extra Lighting – Trade show lighting is notoriously difficult for photography, so I have taken to bringing my own extra lights to get crispy gemstone photos and make the jewelry pop.
Benjamin Guttery @ThirdCoastGems – I’ve literally never been to jewelry week without him <3
BONUS: During all my travels I carry a snack in my purse to ward off hanger.
One big difference from last year to this year?
I will be taking over the @AGTA_Gems social media during the AGTA show at Jewelry week this year.
Don’t worry folks, I will still be posting goodies from the Couture Show and AGTA on my @Diamondoodles account.
Favorite things about Vegas Jewelry Week.
The jewelry industry really embraces the work/play lifestyle. In Vegas that lifestyle gets exaggerated 10 fold. I’m exhausted after Jewelry Week, but it’s a blissful exhaustion from all the productivity and fun that I had.
Biggest pet peeve about Vegas Jewelry Week.
I never get to go to the pool!
Weirdest thing to happen to you during Vegas Jewelry Week in the past.
Isn’t there a quote about this… “What Hannah does in Vegas, stays in Vegas”
WANT MORE? Check out my coverage from last year
You can follow Hannah –> @Diamondoodles