2004 JA Summer Show Draws 13,000

Business at the 2004 Jewelers of America Summer Show (July 25-28, Javits Center, New York) was satisfactory but rarely outstanding, said many exhibitors. Some cited heavy buying at The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas in June as a reason for the slow traffic; others speculated that the JA Show has become a regional event. About 13,000—equal to 2003's turnout—viewed the wares of 1,750 domestic and foreign firms (down from 1,900 last year). Most attendees were Northeasterners, though some came from other states and as far as South America and Mexico. Retailers were "more in a research mood," noted Itchy Hershel of diamond jewelry dealer J. Kleinhaus and Sons, echoing other vendors. They were marginally upbeat, with "no real vigor or excitement, but I didn't notice any pessimism either." Spots of activity included some national pavilions, such as Hong Kong's. Business in Italy's sector, though,
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