Posts Tagged ‘2011’

Mid America Show Coming Up

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

For many of you this will prove a very convenient, inexpensive and fun show to attend. Downtown Columbus, Ohio, the show is conveniently located close to many fun and happening destination spots. The Short North, where the convention center is located, is full of great restaurants, night life, galleries and boutique shopping. The venue itself, The Battelle Grand Ballroom, is a beautiful, modern hall, a feast for your visual senses. There is a great mix of exhibitors to satisfy all your show buying needs with Saturday and Sunday hours, allowing store owners and buyers to attend and be back in time for the work week.

Mid America Jewelry Show
Greater Columbus Convention Center
Battelle Grand Ballroom
August 20-21, 2011
Booth # 208

We have a great selection of gems in a variety of sellable and popular shapes and shades of color, covering all price points to offer to your ever increasing fashion savvy customers.

Make sure to come by our booth and see what we can offer you then and throughout the year. As the calls walk into your store, be sure to turn them into sales, knowing who to call for quality and value.

Also feel free to use our Online Gem Search resource on our webpage, where you can quickly and easily find out and request, information on stones in our inventory. Check it out today!

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JCK Review

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

By now you might have read the updates on the June JCK Las Vegas show in a variety of publications and come to know that it proved to be a strong show with a good turnout of buyers, ready to do business. The change of venue for the show was something everyone had to deal with, and I found many buyers a little frustrated trying to figure out where everything was. Almost like walking into a new grocery store and trying to figure out the new layout, finding the most efficient route to all the items on your shopping list. Mandalay Bay was trying to help with this process and all show people in charge were making notes on what needed to be improved and changed for next year. I have a feeling that by next show, buyers will feel more familiar with the floor plans, and despite this new location being a little isolated on The Strip, will not be complaining further.

We actually got many remarks from buyers that the AGTA Pavilions by far were the easiest to walk through and locate exhibitors in at the whole show.

We saw a larger turnout of overseas wholesale buyers, taking advantage of the still lower prices on old stock US dealers still had in their booths.

Because of the large range of gemstones we carry, it’s hard to decide what we sold the most of, but the trend was more of our larger finer quality pieces, and hard to find gem quality smaller sizes. Sapphires, Rubies, Alexandrites, Tourmalines, Spinels, Aquamarines, Zircons, and Peridots were all on the invoices we wrote at the show.

Due to the present ongoing increase of price in the world gem markets, every time we sold a fine quality gem, we knew that replacing it will probably cost us more than what we just sold it for. But as long time dealers who have gone through many similar cycles before, and we know that there will always be value in owning the finest gems, when buying.

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Tucson Update 2011

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Besides being one of the coldest Tucsons to date, the AGTA Show itself was upbeat and energetic. Buyers had more of a spring in their step this year and actively seeking to add fresh goods to their inventory. Most everyone was feeling the atmosphere of business becoming more normalized and in the upswing mode. I heard repeated comments from buyers about not being as in touch with current prices since they had really not bought much in a couple of years. Finer better gems were still in the highest demand but well cut bright unusual gems in lower price points were also seen as a good price point item allowing for higher profit margins. In general I found buyers more open to buying special, beautiful gems as opposed to just trying to find specific sized gems that fit certain mountings. As usual stores who had invested in offering the unique and unusual custom pieces were satisfied and working hard on improving their range of offerings, allowing them to keep ahead of the curve.

It had started to warm up the day the show was ending with many buyers and exhibitors returning to much ice and snow, wishing they could have stayed on to enjoy the wonderful desert sun.

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