JCK Orlando Show Trends; Industry Fund Grants Announced


February 5, 2003

JCK Orlando Show Trends; Industry Fund Grants Announced

There were fewer buyers than in previous years but they were serious, said exhibitors at the JCK Show in Orlando, FL, held Feb. 2-4. Exhibitors said they were pleased that the retailers who attended needed inventory and weren't just there to check out trends.

Styles at the show mirrored those seen at JA New York (JA Show Trends), and several showed increased heat in Orlando, including geometric shapes and large pendants using a variety of semiprecious gems or metal-intensive motifs. Pendants dangle on silk or rubber cords or attach to strands of complementary or contrasting beads. Exotic and ancient gemstones, such as carnelian, jade, jasper and onyx were popular choices for pendants and were often carved.

Anniversary band innovations and a plethora of large dazzling non-bridal rings suggest manufacturers are already in the mood for Diamond Trading Co.'s right hand-ring campaign, which DTC says is coming later this year.

In colored gemstones, the pastels looked freshest – especially pinks, blues and yellows, often in dainty briolette multiples. Turquoise and coral were a little less prevalent than in New York City.

Silver dominated, often featuring karat-gold accents, to help jewelers sell affordable but well-made jewelry during economically stressed times. Many exhibitors touted rhodium plating on their silver, which discourages tarnish and promotes sales.

The JCK Show was held for the last time in Orlando. Show management announced next year's JCK show - Phoenix will be in Phoenix, AZ, Feb. 6-8, 2004, at the Phoenix Civic Plaza. Though the 2004 dates overlap the AGTA GemFair in Tucson, AZ, shows for 2005 and beyond will occur just ahead of the AGTA show, JCK show management said.

The JCK Show and JCK magazine announced the recipients of the 2003 JCK Industry Fund grants. They include:
• American Gem Society Laboratory, $40,000 for cut grade research.
• American Gem Society, $50,000 for its Conclave education program.
• Jewelers' Security Alliance, $70,000 for its Jewelry Crime Training Institute.
• Jewelers' Vigilance Committee, $50,000 for its undercarating project (to address undercarating with a "C").
• Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America, $70,000 for its Industrial Safety Initiative, Phase II.
• EGL USA, $50,000 for HPHT diamond treatment research.
• Jewelers' Education Foundation, $20,000 for computer equipment for speaker programs.
• Gemological Institute of America, $50,000 for HPHT diamond treatment research.

JCK's Industry Fund Committee – including representatives from the jewelry manufacturing and retailing sectors, JCK magazine and the JCK Shows – is responsible for reviewing all grant applications and choosing appropriate recipients.

by Peggy Jo Donahue



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