Attendance Up at JA Summer Show

Attendance at the summer Jewelers of America show in New York increased 3% over 2000 figures, according to show officials. Despite the sluggish economy, 12,922 buyers, 1,750 trade and media guests, and more than 1,800 jewelry wholesalers attended the show. Among the 15 international pavilions, Israeli suppliers were back and Polish suppliers had a presence for the first time. Opinions among exhibitors about the overall strength of the show were mixed. "We're running about the same as last year," said Banice Bazar, CEO, Imperial-Deltah Pearls, Providence, R.I. Pearl dealer Avi Raz, Los Angeles, Calif., called show sales "okay" but noted that "we're doing a lot of in-house orders." Honora's president, Joel Schechter, noticed a 20% increase in sales of Tahitian pearl jewelry among first-time buyers because prices have dropped so much. Traffic among watch suppliers was brisk, especially
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