May 15, 2007 10:18 ET

The Jewelry Industry's Leading Retailers and Brands Prepare to Gather at the JCK Show - Las Vegas

NORWALK, CT -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 15, 2007 -- Reed (NYSE: RUK) -- Amazon, Costco, Fred Meyer Jewelers, Friedman's, Helzberg Diamonds, HSN, JCPenney, Jewelry Television, Macy's East, Macy's West, Mervyn's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, QVC, Samuels Jewelers, ShopNBC, Sterling, Ultra Diamonds, Wal-Mart, and Zale Corp as well as the industries best high-end independent retailers including Bailey Banks & Biddle, Ben Bridge, Borsheim's, Diamond Cellar, London Jewelers, Lux Bond & Green, Tivol, Tourneau, and Traditional Jewelers are just some of the leading jewelry retailers eagerly awaiting to walk the aisles of the upcoming JCK Show ~ Las Vegas. The 16th annual gathering, the largest of its kind in North America will take place June 1-5, 2007 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center/Venetian Hotel Resort Casino and the Las Vegas Convention Center.

With over 20,000 retailers from around the world registered to attend this annual event, the jewelry industries most renowned brands, designers and manufacturers have also solidified JCK as their Las Vegas Show venue for conducting business in 2007. Some of these impressive brands include A. Link/Quinteset, Beaudry, Cassis, Daniel K, Favero, Fope, Giorgio Visconti SpA, Hellmuth Simply Good, House of Taylor, Julius Klein Group, Lazare Kaplan International, Simon G. Jewelry, Inc., Spark Creations, Inc, Victor Mayer GMBH & Co., and many more.

"The JCK Las Vegas show is an exciting opportunity to review our fall strategy and ensure we have the best the market offers," commented Beryl Raff, Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager, Fine Jewelry Division, JCPenney. "I have been attending the JCK Las Vegas show since its inception and have always found it to be educational and productive!"

"Our Las Vegas event has become the most important industry event in North America, offering the largest selection of fine jewelry from around the world with over 3,400 exhibiting companies and providing direct access to the most important market in the world with the largest buying power, the United States," said Dave Bonaparte, Group Vice President, JCK Events. "In addition, we are thrilled to be able to offer the most comprehensive educational event in the industry featuring over 40 sessions including world class keynote speakers as well as exclusive events from Diamond Promotion Service, Rappaport, and the GIA. There are also the industries best networking events such as the Jewelers for Children annual fundraising dinner, The JCK Welcome reception, and many other private functions."

An exclusive feature of JCK is Swiss Watch by JCK that will be held in The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino in Las Vegas. Swiss Watch by JCK is a collection of the worlds most illustrious and legendary Swiss watch brands including Baume & Mercier, Bulgari, Christian Dior, Chopard, Corum, Dunhill, Ebel, Gucci, Harry Winston, Hermes, Hublot, IWC, Maurice Lacroix, Mont Blanc, Piaget, Swatch Group USA, Tag Heuer, Ulysse Nardin and Zenith. The industry's elite retailers are invited to this unique opportunity to build business relationships in a private and exclusive setting - by appointment only.

The JCK Las Vegas events kick off with The 8th Annual LUXURY by JCK/PREMIERE which will take place from Monday, May 28 - Thursday, May 31, 2007 at The Venetian Resort Hotel Casino. LUXURY by JCK/PREMIERE are invitation-only events offering an exclusive collection of the finest jewelry brands from the world's most renowned designers and manufacturers. A selection of the jewelry industry's most elite retail jewelers are invited to attend this event.

With the addition of the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) to the JCK Show, several new features have been added including a new pavilion called Cadeaux featuring high-end giftware, from tableware to men's gift to costume jewelry. There will also be the debut of six new international pavilions including Singapore, Taiwan, Lebanon, Peru, Argentina and Malaysia. As well as the addition of the Artisans Pavilion highlighting new creative talent featuring an array of jewelry designs. There will be free lunch provided to the buyers at the LVCC each day, along with wine and cheese receptions on the show floor in the afternoons as well with a car giveaway and door prizes.

The JCK Show will kick off at the LVCC on Friday, June 1st at 7:45 am with a keynote breakfast presentation by Suzanne Somers. Shane Decker, a renowned jewelry consultant, will give the 2nd day keynote discussing "Are They Really Just Looking" on Saturday, June 2nd at 12 noon. In addition to the keynote's, there will be an Executive Roundtable Discussion with Matt Runci, President of Jewelers of America, featuring a panel consisting of Beryl Raff, JCPenney; John Green, Lux Bond & Green; Terry Burman, Sterling; and Ofer Azrielant,; Pete Engel, President, Fred Meyer Jewelers; Esther Fortunoff, Executive Vice President Merchandising, Fortunoff all taking place at the LVCC. For more information on any of JCK Events, please visit us at or simply call 1-800-257-3626.


The JCK Show - Las Vegas is produced by JCK, the leading producer of trade events in the fine jewelry industry. The series of 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. In addition to The JCK Show - Las Vegas, other upcoming JCK Events include LUXURY by JCK/PREMIERE (by invitation-only) to be held at The Venetian Hotel Resort Casino, Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31; Swiss Watch by JCK to be held at the Venetian Hotel Resort Casino from Friday, June 1 through Tuesday, June 5, 2007; 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 the JCK Events, visit or simply call 1-800-257-3626.

AGL and GCAL are the Official Gemstone and Diamond Laboratories of the International Colored Gemstone Association for North America and the 2007 JCK Show - Las Vegas.

GCAL services include: "Zero Tolerance" 4C's Consumer Diamond Grading Guarantee, 5 Star & Ideal Cut Certificates, Source Veritas™ Passport, The Gemfacts Mini-CD and Gemprint™. ( AGL provides colored gemstone certification including origin of the stone, color and clarity grading, with enhancement disclosures via Fast Track and Prestige programs (

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