Subtle trends, flat attendance mark both Orlando and New York shows

The simultaneous scheduling of the three major American spring jewelry trade shows resulted in flat or slightly diminished attendance levels at all three. At the same time, fears of a faltering economy and a dreary holiday 2000 selling season meant designers and manufacturers were hesitant to introduce radically new jewelry designs, staying instead with proven ideas and merely changing gemstone accents or adding surface treatments to provide a touch of freshness.Attendance figures for the JCK Orlando and Jewelers of America shows, both held Feb. 4-6, were absolutely flat from last year, according to Simone Lipton of the JCK Orlando Show and Drew Lawsky of the JA New York Show. The JCK Orlando show drew 3,764 buyers, many of whom represented major chain stores, with all 50 states represented in the buyer attendance figures, says Lipton. The show hosted 1,047 exhibitors, 821 of which were

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