JCK LAS VEGAS CLOSES, SENDS INDUSTRY HOME ENERGIZED AND ENTHUSED
Strong Attendance & Robust Interest in Bridal, Colored Stones
JCK Las Vegas 2013 came to a close Monday, June 3rd, marking the end of Las Vegas Jewelry Week. The Show was largely attended, with representation from over 40 countries, between exhibitors, attending retailers and press. Product, of course, was the star of the show with all in attendance remarking on the quality and range of designs shown. As such, sales were strong and the overall vibe was one of enthusiasm end excitement for the jewelry industry and the months ahead.
JCK Las Vegas is North America’s leading jewelry show. Now in its 22nd year, the show took place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino and featured collections from 2,500 jewelry industry exhibitors.
Known for its extensive range and diversity of offerings, JCK is comprised of specific sections: fine jewelry fills the halls of LUXURY, Elite Enclave, Plumb Club, and Prestige Promenade, luxury timepieces can be viewed (with appointments only) at Swiss Watch, the Design Center boasts innovative, artisan-quality jewelry and the main JCK show floor is home to Watches at JCK, the VICENZAORO Italian Pavilion, Hong Kong, and India. The product, combined with a bustling itinerary of networking events, education seminars and entertainment, including a high-octane Maroon 5 performance, made the show an unforgettable, must-attend event.
With so many categories and brands available to see in one place, product trends, themes and buying patterns were easy to spot. The top trending areas were bridal (particularly twists on classic designs and custom offerings), colored stones and fashion jewelry, such as charms and thin, stackable rings. Snake and other animal motifs, as well as coin jewelry, were highly visible on the show floor. Vibrant greens, which have been trending all year, showed no signs of slowing down and were one half the subject JCK’s successful “Green or Black & White” Twitter contest.
Show attendees covered much ground thanks to JCK’s mobile app, which included a g.p.s. navigational system and a QR scanner. The QR scanner, which scans the badges of all exhibitors seen and sends a post-show report, made buyers feel comfortable moving quickly from appointment to appointment, knowing it was all being digitally catalogued for them. Also contributing to the massive ground covered, JCK’s “Meet & Greet” sweepstakes, which encouraged attendees to venture to outer areas of the exhibition space in order to drop off their sweepstakes ballots. Strong sales may have been helped by the over 500 “Show Specials” which were made available to buyers by many exhibitors.
Events focused on fashion and industry trends were also well-attended. On Saturday, The Knot, sponsor of the Show’s Bridal Lounge, threw an Engagement Party celebrating the category and filled with exclusive tips for the industry, while on Sunday, Le Vian’s® annual Fashion Show, with proceeds benefitting Jewelers for Children, showcased the hottest trends for 2014.
With so much to see and experience, feedback poured in throughout the week:
“We’ve been coming to the Show since its inception and this was one of the most successful years,“ remarked Ronald Leitzel of Mount Jewelers in Camp Hill, PA. “We accomplished a lot and enjoyed the networking with other retailers, sharing ideas and recommendations for new and interesting collections.”
“We have had a great show and been busy with appointments the entire time. Customers are confident, excited and buying again. We feel blessed to be here,” said Amir and Tamara Goldfiner of Rahaminov Diamonds.
“JCK is one of the highlights of my year to preview stunning jewelry and discover the newest trends,” said Jennie Ma, Fashion Editor at The Knot.
“JCK Rocks the Beach, featuring Maroon 5, was incredible, and I’m honored that Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company could be a part of the festivities,” shared Darwin Copeman, President and CEO, Jewelers Mutual Insurance. “We’re celebrating our Centennial Anniversary and it was fun to share the milestone in such an upbeat environment with so many of our jewelry industry partners and members.”
JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK, the leading industry magazine in print & online, JCK offers a suite of tools, events, and information to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. Mark your calendars as JCK Events presents its portfolio of upcoming buying opportunities:
–LUXURY Privé New York: July 29 – 31, 2013 – New York, The Pierre Hotel, Fifth Avenue
–LUXURY Privé Panama: August 26 – 28, 2013 – Panama City, Panama, Westin Playa Bonita
–JCK Tucson: February 3 – 8, 2014 – Tucson, JW Marriot Starr Pass Resort
—LUXURY and Elite Enclave: May 27 – 29, 2014, by invitation only, and then continues as the events
open their doors to all JCK retailers May 30- June 2, 2014 – Four Seasons, THEhotel, Mandalay Bay
—Swiss Watch: May 30 – June 2, 2014 – Mandalay Bay, THEhotel, Four Seasons and Mandarin Oriental
—JCK Las Vegas: May 30 – June 2, 2014 – Las Vegas, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino