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JA SHOW: GOOD DESPITE SHOW-SLOWING SNOW Optimism and good business in the wake of good Christmas sales warmed the JA International Jewelry Show despite the Northeast's first major snowstorm of 1995. The snow kept many buyers away the opening day of the show, held Feb. 4-7 in the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, N.Y. But the halls were crowded the second day, before traffic dropped for the final days. An attendance figure was unavailable at press time, but producer Blenheim Jewelry Shows Inc. estimates it was close to 1994's figure of 13,986. Exhibitors totaled 1,300. Some exhibitors were disappointed with traffic. But retailers who did attend were ready to restock after a busy Christmas or to make plans to buy later in the spring, said exhibitors. "We didn't write a lot of orders, but the ones we wrote were big," said Stephen Dann of Kabana, Albuquerque, N.M. Silvio Hida
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