The Show of Shows

When industry leaders approached JCK’s former publisher Charles Bond about creating a new show in Las Vegas, we on the editorial staff were a bit bemused. Las Vegas? But there’s no jewelry industry there! At the time, New York was the center of all things jewelry in the United States. There’s no jewelry industry in Basel, either, replied then-editor George Holmes. And right he was—even in its first year, the show surpassed its goal of 500 exhibitors and filled the entire Sands Expo Center, which in 1992 had only one level of exhibition space. Fast-forward 16 years. The JCK Show has grown to mammoth proportions and spawned a number of satellite shows hoping to cash in on the influx of buyers descending upon Las Vegas. The American Gem Society now calls Las Vegas home, and, with the development of the World Jewelry Center, Sin City may soon be a jewelry destination 365 days a y
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