JA New York Winter Show 2014 - Grand Dame of New York Jewelry & Design Shows Fulfills Industry-Insider Needs

By Joseph V. Kuca & Barbara Wheat Lipatapanlop

The JA New York Winter Show 2014 wrapped up in early March, and the buzz among both exhibitors and retailers was positive and full of excitement for the future. “We are extremely pleased with the show results,” enthused Drew Lawsky, Group Show Director for the JA New York Shows. “The mood was very positive and everyone was thrilled with the new look of our JA New York show. We hope this show is a springboard for continued momentum in the coming months.”

With an increased retailer attendance of 23% from last winter’s show, a variety of new retailers who were seeing the show for the first time noticed the improvements to the overall look and feel of the show floor. Many exhibitors and retailers saw the show as a successful event.

Barbara Palumbo, Director of Business Development at Gumuchian, commented on the show:

"I think it was a great opportunity to show our newer collections to those folks who don't travel to the Vegas shows without them feeling like they're overwhelmed by so many people in attendance. When people feel comfortable in an environment, they're more at ease with spending for their stores."

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Marc Knochbloch, founder and CEO at The Jewelry Stylist and vice president at Aron Knobloch Inc., was a visitor to the JA Show. His impression of the show was: “I was instantly presented with a bright, fresh and new look to the show.  White carpet, unique Harlequin mask chairs, a lounge and bright lighting provided an impressive welcome to the show.”

“Large statement pieces featuring bright, colored stones and diamonds were on display as were other new creations that always keep fashions, and the show, fresh,” commented Knochbloch.

Long a staple on the New York metropolitan area diamond, gem, jewelry and design show calendar, JA New York continues to provide a meeting place for attendees and exhibitors to do business.

18kt Yellow Gold Diamond Pave Gallop Bangle. By GumuchianThe theme among visiting retailers overall was that they spent more time than they anticipated at the show, a testament to the inviting redesigned seating areas scattered throughout the show as well as the various amenities offered throughout the show floor.

 

Additionally, this traditional three day January show is now running in a four day early March slot for the jewelry industry’s benefit.  "We chose to expand to a four day show this time due to an overlap with key international trade shows in late February and early March. We always strive to make doing business at JA New York convenient and easy, and the date-change worked best for the majority of our jewelry trade community," said Lawsky.

The JA New York Show is one of the premier international jewelry events of the calendar year bringing exhibitors and retailers from around the world together in the glamorous backdrop of New York City. The show dates back to 1906 when its predecessor, the American National Retail Jewelers of America (ANRJA) was founded. The legacy of the ANRJA show has been carried on through Jewelers of America (JA), as it celebrates 104 years of excellence and service to the jewelry industry. The JA New York Show is affiliated with Jewelers of America, the largest and most respected jewelry association in the USA.