SOURCE: JCK Events

June 06, 2007 16:51 ET

The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas Showcases the Latest Trends in Jewelry

The Week-Long International Event Closes After Much Buzz and Excitement

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - June 6, 2007) - Over 21,000 jewelry retailers from 72 countries exited The 16th Annual JCK Show ~ Las Vegas 2007 with new products, new trends and new ideas to bring back to their retail stores. Over the last five days, the retailers had the chance to meet with 3,400 manufacturers and suppliers from over 20 countries that offered everything from diamonds, gems and watches to equipment technology and packaging -- all of the key products needed for a successful retail business.

"From the high-end manufacturers to the first time designer, the buzz was that the JCK Show ~ Las Vegas was a great event," said Dave Bonaparte, Group Vice President of JCK Events. "We continue to reconfigure the floor to make it easier for buyers to find what they are looking for, and are thrilled that so many of our exhibitors and attendees were able to connect, do business and make this one of the most successful jewelry events of the year."

"We had appointments with retailers non-stop for the entire JCK Show; it was truly a terrific event," said Gadi Cohen, General Manager of Universal Pacific, an affiliate of Pluczenik. "We were showcasing our Escada line and picked up a lot of new retail business during the Show."

"This was the best Show I have done in 16 years. I've been offered space at other Las Vegas events, but I'm sticking with JCK and LUXURY -- I'm not interested in participating in any other events," said Saro Marukian, President of Siera Jewelry Inc. "We created three new designs using princess diamonds that we showcased and they were very well received by the retailers."

First time Design Center exhibitor Kelim Jewelry Design was thrilled with the reaction from the retailers: "We secured 40 new customers at this event, which far exceeded our expectations. We loved being in the Design Center and can't wait for the 2008 event."

Jim Krichner, Vice President of Krichner who showcased the Mother & Child brand in the Plumb Club, said, "This was a very good show for us, in fact one of the best. The Mother & Child category is growing and we had a chance to meet with high-end retailers who are now carrying more 'push presents.'"

A&Z Pearls' President Avi Raz credited the success he had at the show to pre-planning. "We sent out our brand new catalog to 7,500 stores and I can honestly say this was the best Show we had in our entire 27 years in business. My advice to other exhibitors is to go the extra mile pre-show; it pays off when you get to the Show."

Phyllis Bergman from Mercury Ring Corporation said, "LUXURY and JCK combined exceeded all of my expectations."

Major retailers from around the world attended the show looking for the latest in gems, watches, diamonds, and fine jewelry. Seen walking the floor were executives from Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Fortunoff, Blue Nile, Amazon.com, Home Shopping Network, JC Penney, KMART, Kohl's, Macy's East, Macy's West, TJ Maxx, Costco, Dillards, Disney and many others. In addition, independent retailers including Birks & Mayors; Finley Fine Jewelry, Fred Leighton, Fred Meyer, Hannoush Jewelers, Helzberg Diamonds, Verace St John Designer Jewelry; Lily & Co.; Reinhold; Bernie Robbins; Don Muller Gallery; Deja & Co.; French Designer Jeweler; XAN Jewelry and thousands of others walked the floor.

The conference program and networking events at the JCK Show were a huge draw with thousands of retailers attending sessions and events. On Monday afternoon Martin Rapaport hosted the Rapaport Breakfast, which featured a discussion about Fair Trade and included a speaker from South Africa. "Being at the JCK is the single biggest thing to happen in South Africa's development sector, empowering emerging black jewelers. It is the culmination of nine years of intensive skills development and training. Rapaport's marketing initiative unlocks the most critical success factor: route-to-market," said Demos Takoulas, CEO and founder of Vukani-Ubuntu (www.vukani.org), South Africa's oldest jewelry development project.

The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas floor, which was spread across two buildings for the first time, was buzzing with activity and celebrity sightings, including Mary Hart from Entertainment Tonight; Comedian J. Anthony Brown for watch company Jasuka; R&B Singer Leah DeVon and Model Rachel Hunter for Zalemark; Model Kathy Ireland for House of Taylor; NFL Star Jamal Anderson for Invicta; Actress Tara Reid; "Desperate Housewives" Actor Josh Henderson; "Spider-Man" Actress Mageina Tovah; Boxer Winky Wright and NBA Star Michael Bibby for D.Atlantis and Singer Tony Braxton, Model Adrianne Curry and Boxing Champion Floyd Mayweather for Giantto and VonDutch Watch. All of these celebrities attended the Show to help support various manufacturers who were launching new lines.

For the first time The JCK Show featured 400 exhibiting companies at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Cadeaux, the Luxury Gift Collection, which made its debut at the JCK Show, was well received by hundreds of jewelers. In fact, pocketbook designer Debbie Brooks commented, "We are thrilled with the response from the jewelers who see a terrific synergy for many of the luxury gift items in their retail stores." The new pavilion was home to 40 exhibitors from around the world featuring products from home accessories to tableware.

The 17th Annual JCK Show ~ Las Vegas and the 6th Annual Swiss Watch by JCK will run Friday, May 30 through Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at the Sands Expo Center/Venetian Hotel Resort Casino and the Las Vegas Convention Center. In 2008, the 9th Annual LUXURY by JCK and the 2nd Annual PREMIERE will take place Tuesday, May 27 - Thursday May 29, 2008 at the Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas.

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The series of JCK Events in Las Vegas are produced by JCK, the leading producer of trade events in the fine jewelry industry. The JCK Events are designed to serve the worldwide jewelry industry by offering the most comprehensive and complete buying and selling opportunities on a business-to-business basis. Other upcoming events include JCK New Delhi to be held July 7-10, 2007 at the Pragati Maidan Exhibition Centre in New Delhi, India and Jewellery World Expo to be held August 12-14, 2007 in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. For more information on any of JCK Events, please visit us at www.jckshows.com or simply call 1-800-257-3626.

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