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JCK Show Posts Record Attendance A record number of retail buyers attended the eighth annual JCK International Jewelry Show at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas June 2-9. The 19,124 buyers represented a 9% gain over 1998’s attendance. They came from 10,653 stores—30% more than last year—and from all 50 states and 75 countries. Also smashing records was the two-day, 49-seminar pre-show education program, which drew more than 700 attendees. New this year was an American Gem Society “education track” focusing on business and marketing issues. Show traffic was strong, especially during the first three days. Most exhibitors reported strong sales, retailer optimism, and satisfaction with the number of new contacts. Some—such as the Hong Kong delegation, which reported a 25% gain in new business—said it was their best JCK Show yet. However, many retailers and vendors compla

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