White Metals and Fine-Cut Diamonds Highlight JCK’s Orlando Show

This year’s JCK Orlando Show (Feb. 7-9) sparkled, and the reason wasn’t only the Florida sunshine. Glittering white metal (white gold, sterling silver, and platinum) remained the queen of jewelry, while diamonds – especially Ideal cut and branded ones – were the talk of the show and were featured in workshops on how to sell them effectively. In watches, sunburst highlights, mirror finishes, and stainless steel dominated. Attendance topped last year’s by 5%, up from around 4,100 to 4,300, according to officials. The buyers came from 48 states and 68 countries, representing 1,813 retail firms. That was up from 1,608 the year before, although some exhibitors expressed disappointment with the level of buying activity. Especially popular this year were the Design Center, with 80 innovative designers, and “Touch the Future,” which featured one-on-one sessions between jewele
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