Trade Shows


The Great Lakes Jewelry Show, formerly called the Chicago Jewelry Show, will be held Aug. 19-21 at Chicago’s Navy Pier. The Illinois Jewelers Association, show sponsor, expects more than 200 display booths.

A seminar program will feature a discussion of “Clarity-Enhanced Diamonds” by Ron Yehuda of Yehuda Diamond Corp., New York, N.Y.; “FutureCast: A Look at Current Trends in the Jewelry Industry and What They Indicate for the Industry’s Future” by Rob Bates, a senior associate editor of National Jeweler magazine; and a panel discussion on the direction of the diamond industry. Also planned are fashion shows, live music during the show and a roof-top reception.

Illinois Jewelers Association/Great Lakes Jewelry Show, 1235 S. Eighth St., Springfield, Ill. 62703-9943; (800) 539-3545, fax (217) 744-9602.


The San Francisco International Gift Fair will be held Aug. 5-9 at the Giftcenter & Jewelrymart. Preshow visits to businesses in the Giftcenter & Jewelrymart will be held Aug. 3-4. Buyers will be eligible for prizes based on the amount of orders placed during their preshow visits.

A seminar program scheduled as part of the fair will cover such topics as “Ya Gotta Spend Money to Make Money: Profiting from Special Events,” “Catch Customers’ Christmas Cash: Marketing Your Store for Increased Holiday Sales,” “Trend Today, Gone Tomorrow: A Retailer’s Guide to What’s Hot and What’s Not,” “In Print for Profit: A Retail Advertising Primer” and “Cause and Effect: Cause-Related Corporate Gifts.” Tickets for each seminar are $10 and include continental breakfast, light lunch or afternoon tea.

Preshow workshops Aug. 3-4 include beginning and intermediate classes on visual merchandising. Workshop tickets are $25 each.

Giftcenter & Jewelrymart, 888 Brannan St., Suite 609, San Francisco, Cal. 94103; (415) 861-7733, fax (415) 431-2710.


The 20th annual ACC Craft Fair San Francisco will be held Aug. 9-13 in the Fort Mason Center. The fair will feature 300 exhibitors and will be open to wholesale buyers only from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 10. (The fair is open to the public Aug. 11-13.) Social activities include a cocktail reception Aug. 9.

American Craft Enterprises, 21 S. Eltings Corner Rd., Highland, N.Y. 12528; (800) 836-3470 or (914) 883-6100, fax (914) 883-6130.


Organizers have announced the exhibitors to be featured in several special sections of the L.A. Jewelry Show, scheduled for Aug. 19-21 in the Los Angeles Convention Center.

The Designers Marketplace will showcase the work of Art of Gold by Gabriele Baldazzi, Aurion International, Bagley & Hotchkiss/Dimensions, Ugo Celi Fine Jewelry, Concept 1/Sakamoto, Cornelis Hollander, David R. Freeland Jr. Designs, Jose Hess Inc., Hidalgo Corp., Jewels by Angelo, K&K Jewelry, Karel Designs, Jay H. Lavin Ltd., Leddel International, M&H Creative Designs, Marinelli, Mastoloni Pearls, Moda Italia Inc., Monet Carlo Designs, Nancy B & Co., Princess Tanya Inc., Progressive Gem Designs, Rosso & Russ, Andrew Sarosi, Dave Schnieder Fine Jewelry, Sinja Schmuck, Soho Gold Merchants, Trillion Diamond and Unigem International.

The Platinum Pavilion will feature Benchmark, Platinum Jewelers, Samuel Jewelers Inc., Varna Jewelers, Winc Creations and the Platinum Guild International USA.

Exhibiting in the Time Zone will be Anne Klein/Armitron, Belair Watch, Citizen Watch Co., de Beer Watchbands, Esquire Watch Co., Hadley-Roma, Heather Classics, Hirsch USA Inc., L.A. Remak’s International, Life Watches, Noblia Timepieces, North American Watch Co., Pulsar, Roma Design, Seiko Time Corp., Southwest Jewel, Time Delay Corp., Wittnauer and ZNX-Timerica.

The Jewelers Computer Showcase will feature BIS Computer Solution, Compulink, HTSI/Haggard Technical Services, JewelWorks/Mac, Kleban Group, Logic Mate, Polygon Network and Transaction Solutions.

Also during the show, Jewelers of America will offer the Certified Store Manager exam beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 20. Jewelers who pass the 2 1/2-hour test and have completed at least one year as a store manager, assistant store manager or owner/manager within the past five years will receive the Certified Store Manager designation. The test measures six areas of store management expertise: business ethics, merchandising, personnel, sales management, security and store operations.

For more information on the show, see JCK, June 1995, page 324.

L.A. Jewelry Show, California Jewelers Association, 911 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1740, Los Angeles, Cal. 90017-3446; (800) 523-SHOW or (213) 623-5722, fax (213) 623-5742.


More than 3,750 visitors and 200 exhibiting companies attended Expo Providence 1995, a trade show and education program geared primarily to costume jewelry manufacturers. The event was presented by the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America Inc. April 9-11 in Providence, R.I.

One highlight of the event was the debut of the Metal Findings Manufacturers Pavilion, sponsored by MJSA and the Metal Findings Manufacturers Association. The pavilion featured 11 exhibiting companies, many of them first-timers at Expo Providence.

Exhibitors reported energetic business, says MJSA, even though attendance was down about 5% from last year’s show. “Those who were there were more serious buyers, so we feel we had an excellent show,” says Helen Duckworth, vice president of international sales for Gold International Machinery Inc., Pawtucket, R.I.

The education program comprised 25 workshops and drew more than 1,000 attendees.


The fifth annual Dallas Fine Jewelry Show by MIDAS will be held Sept. 16-18 at Market Hall in Dallas, Tex.

One highlight of the show weekend will be “An Evening With the Phantom,” featuring music from the award-winning Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera 6-9 p.m. Sept. 17. Tickets will be available at no charge at the “Phantom” booth at the show.

The show is within walking distance of four quality hotels. For special travel and hotel rates, call DMC Travel at (800) 634-2630 and mention the show.

Dallas Fine Jewelry Show by MIDAS, P.O. Box 535083, Grand Prairie, Tex. 75053-5083; (214) 660-3831, fax (214) 647-1800.


The Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Jewelers Association will present a trade show Aug. 19-20 in the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Md.

Organizers plan to have 50 booths open 2-8 p.m. Aug. 19 and 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Aug. 20.

Special events will include the association’s annual meeting and a “RAVE” party Aug. 19 and a seminar Aug. 20. Larry Sanders of Pasadena Jewelers in Pasadena is show chairman.

Maryland-Delaware-District of Columbia Jewelers Association, 171 Conduit St., Annapolis, Md. 21401; (410) 269-1440.


TPS Visual Communications will operate a jewelry photographic studio at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City during the summer JA International Jewelry Show, scheduled for July 22-25.

Retailers who are interested in a piece of jewelry may arrange for a photograph to take home so they don’t have to make a buying decision at the show. The studio will be in Room 4A03/04.

TPS Visual Communications, 138 Liberty Ave., Mineola, N.Y. 11501; (516) 739-5919.


MIOR, a new gold and jewelry show, will debut Sept. 15-18 in Bologna, Italy. The show, along with the SMART Expo featuring gifts and tableware, is organized by Massimo Martini, founder of the MACEF fair in Milan. MIOR will feature an exhibit on the history of gold production and a coral design competition for manufacturers, craftspeople and pupils of art schools in the Naples area. Societ per L’Organizzazione La Gestione E La Promozione Di Fiere, Via Caracciolo 77, 20155 Milan, Italy; (39-2) 3360-0639, fax (39-2) 3310-0094.

The new TEFAF Basel fine arts fair will be held Sept. 16-24 in Basel, Switzerland. The fair is organized by the European Fine Art Foundation, which also organizes the prestigious Maastricht Fair in the Netherlands. The fair will feature about 120 exhibitors of paintings and other works of art, including antique jewelry. The jewelry section will feature jewelry, watches and objets d’art ranging from turn of the century to contemporary works. Sue Bond Public Relations, Five-A Bramber Rd., London W14 9PA, United Kingdom; (44-171) 381-1324 in England, fax (44-171) 610-1890.

The 16th edition of the Bangkok Gems, Jewelry, Watch & Clock Fair will be held Sept. 5-9 in the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Thailand. This will be the first year the show includes watch and clock exhibits. The fair will showcase local and international exhibitors of diamonds, colored stones, pearls, gold and silver jewelry in classic and avant garde designs. The show is organized by the Bangkok Department of Export Promotion, the Thai Gem & Jewelry Traders Association, the Jewellers Association of Thailand and the Thai Diamond Manufacturers Association. Thai Trade Office, Five World Trade Center, Suite 3443, New York, N.Y. 10048; (212) 466-1777, fax (212) 524-0972.

Intergem, the Trade Fair for Gemstones and Gemstone Jewelry, will be held Sept. 22-25 in Idar-Oberstein, Germany. Organizers expect about 130 exhibitors and nearly 3,500 buyers. Intergem Fairs, P.O. Box 122720, D-55719 Idar-Oberstein, Germany; (49-6781) 4 10 15, fax (49-6781) 4 24 18.

The fall edition of the International Frankfurt Fair will be held Aug. 26-30 in Frankfurt, Germany. More than 4,700 exhibitors from 70 countries are expected to participate in the multitrade show. The Gifts section will feature about 470 exhibitors of jewelry, timepieces, handicrafts, paper products and perfume. Frankfurt Trade Fairs, Ludwig, Erhard-Anlage 1, 60327 Frankfurt am Main, Germany; (49-69) 7575-6364, fax (49-69) 7575-6757.

The Australian Jewellery Fair will be held Sept. 3-6 in the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Center in Darling Harbour. The show is organized by Expertise Events Pty. Ltd., Level 2, 39 East Esplanade, Manly, New South Wales 2095, Australia; (61-2) 977-0888, fax (61-2) 977-0336.

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