Positive Outlook Pervades JCK Show

Optimism—albeit tempered with caution—was the predominant feeling among buyers and exhibitors at The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas, held May 31 through June 4 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center there. Most, though not all, exhibitors reported a strong show and solid orders.Although some exhibitors said traffic seemed lighter than last year, the final tally of retail and wholesale buyers was 19,753, a 4.5% increase over last year's figure. More than 2,700 jewelry and gem suppliers exhibited.After several tough seasons, last Christmas's demand for jewelry gave the industry a much-needed boost. Show organizers report major retailer presence was strong. Buyers attended from QVC, Home Shopping Network, Shop NBC, Spiegel Inc., Kay Jewelers, Whitehall Jewelers, Helzberg Diamonds, Sears Roebuck & Co., Piercing Pagoda, Crescent Jewelers, Finlay Fine Jewelers, Reed's Jewelers, Shop at Home, Fr

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