Fifteen Years and Going Strong: A History of The JCK Show Launch

In 1991, shortly after Jewelers of America announced the sale of its semiannual JA International Jewelry Show to the Blenheim Group, a group of manufacturers and retailers approached Charles Bond, then-publisher of JCK magazine, about the idea of starting a new jewelry trade show. At the time, the idea of launching a major jewelry show was practically unthinkable. The long-established JA Show was the big show in the United States, and New York, where it was held, was the center of the universe as far as many jewelers were concerned. But some in the industry were uncomfortable with the sale of the JA Show, and wanted a show that was still wholly owned by an organization within the jewelry industry. There were, however, few companies or associations in the industry who had the resources to handle such an undertaking. But JCK did. Although corporately owned by Chilton Co., a subsidiary of

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