The Supersized JIS October Show Returned to Miami Beach

The Miami Beach Convention Center wasn’t entirely finished; small construction projects were still ongoing. But the sprawling venue, wrapping up a full renovation after incurring major damage during the 2017 hurricane season, proved an elegant backdrop to the Jewelers International Showcase October show from Oct. 19 to 22. It wasn’t just the setting—or even the intoxicating new-carpet smell!—that made the fair feel decidedly elevated. The debut of JIS’ partnership with the Centurion South Beach show brought in nearly 100 high-end brands new to JIS. That also made the show larger: There were 30 percent more vendors in 2018 than in 2017, according to organizer Reed Exhibitions. Then again, everything about the 103,000-square-foot show felt vaguely supersized. The Italian pavilion was 50 percent larger, and the Sterling Silver and Affordable Fashion categories splintered into tw

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