Report from Las Vegas 2008

After waiting nervously for The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas, jewelry vendors breathed a sigh of relief when the reality proved far better than the anticipation. While foot traffic was down from previous events, the retailers who came were serious about buying. Some suppliers—Lafayette, La.–based Stuller was one—reported their best show ever.It was a high-low show, with middle-market goods bearing the brunt of consumers' down mood. Companies with low-price versions of high-fashion goods said those lines performed well, and ultraluxury goods continued strong. Buyers were two and three deep fighting over and bidding up big colored diamonds. Attendees at LUXURY by JCK, the invitation-only event immediately prior to the main show, also reported fewer people but solid business.Few vendors reported a bad show in terms of business; most proclaimed their results at least satisfactory, if not outri

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