20 Years of the JCK Show: An Oral History

The inside story on America’s largest jewelry show, as told by the people who were there from the beginning.It seems astonishing now, but at one time the idea of JCK magazine starting a trade show was considered a Vegas-size gamble. For decades, the Jewelers of America show—held then, as now, in July/August at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center—reigned as the premiere U.S. show. But in July 1991, JA sold the show to the Blenheim Group, whose business was trade shows and not jewelry. The $36 million deal was portrayed as a great coup for Blenheim (which was later acquired by Miller Freeman). The industry, ­however, wasn’t so sure. The staff of JCK, then part of Chilton, which was owned by Capital Cities/ABC, sensed an opportunity.  Charles Bond, former publisher, JCK: “People had a lot of issues with the old JA show. They thought Blenheim didn’t know any

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