The Dallas Fine Jewelry Show by M.I.D.A.S., held Sept. 20-22, at Dallas (Texas) Market Hall, implemented what it calls “unparalleled show security.” Retailers and exhibitors were required to show their ID (driver’s license or passport) with their DFJS badge each time prior to entering the show floor. Show management said it felt this requirement was a means of “true security” for the show.
They also said it is the first time an industry trade show required such security measures.
“The Dallas Fine Jewelry Show by M.I.D.A.S. has always been a safe venue with only armed, uniformed off duty Dallas Police Officers. DFJS went one step further to increase security on the show floor,” said show management in a statement.
The GIA Gemfest Texas, held Sept. 20, sponsored by the Lone Star GIA Alumni had 258 people attend seminars. Twenty-eight persons took advantage of the GIA Laboratory the following day. Proceeds from a silent auction went toward the Lone Star GIA Alumni for scholarship and educational programs. The Southwest Womens Jewelry Association hosted its annual membership drive and luncheon on Sunday and second annual design competition.
M.I.D.A.S. announced it will host two shows in 2004 – one located at Market Hall, The Dallas Jewelry Show and the at Gaylord Opryland – Grapevine, Texas. Both shows will be held September 11-13, 2004.