The IJO Show

In August, I attended the IJO show in Philadelphia. It was my first visit to the Independent Jewelers Organization buying show. The show seemed to me to be well attended and very active. It was not a massive show like The JCK Show ~ Las Vegas or BaselWorld. It was relatively small, with perhaps 300–400 exhibitors, a nicely edited show with a variety of vendors covering all the different product categories a jeweler wants and needs to see at a show just before the Christmas selling season. The show also made time for educational events and an entertaining final night when retailers and their suppliers got together for dining and dancing. This was an especially nice touch. Too often at shows there are too many competing events every night. The last evening of the IJO Show is designed to be fun and also to make sure everyone sticks around for the last day—a problem most other shows de
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