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Las Vegas Gem and
The Las Vegas gem and jewelry trade
shows are maturing into a significant event on the jewelry calendar.
Each year the shows improve in
presentation, vendor representation, and visitor experience.
This annual Las Vegas event is actually
a cluster of seven shows spread over five days.
AGTA GemFair at the JCK Show
The Bead Renaissance
Gem & Lapidary Dealers
Gem & Lapidary Wholesalers
International Gem and Jewelry Shows
The JCK Show
Las Vegas Antique Jewelry &
The AGTA GemFair is held in
conjunction with the JCK Show at the Sands Expo and Convention Center.
This is a slightly smaller version of the Tucson AGTA GemFair.
AGTA (American Gem Trade Association)
members exhibit loose colored stones at this show.
The show is held in a separate (huge)
room at the Center in order to make it a delivery show... meaning you are
able to pay for and take delivery of gems on the spot.
The Bead Renaissance show is
held at the Palace Station Hotel & Casino. As you would expect, this
show caters to those who hand make bead jewelry.
The Gem & Lapidary Dealers
Association (GLDA) show is held at the Mirage Casino-Hotel. GLDA shows
are traditionally delivery shows with a mix of colored stones, diamonds,
and finished jewelry.
The Las Vegas GLDA show is a little
different. In addition to the traditional vendor mix, a large contingent
of exhibitors from both Thailand and Hong Kong exhibit here.
Both groups tend to feature finished
jewelry. Thai exhibitors feature colored gem jewelry, while Hong
Kong vendors feature high-end diamond jewelry.
The Gem & Lapidary
Wholesalers show was held at the Stardust Resort and Casino this year.
In the past this show was at the Tropicana.
This is a delivery show with a unique
mix of vendors representing many facets of the gem and jewelry industry.
The International Gem and Jewelry
Shows event is held at the Cashman Center in Las Vegas. This is also a
delivery show with vendors selling gems, jewelry, and related supplies.
Where the other shows are restricted to
members of the trade, this one is open to the public.
The JCK Show is the crown
jewel of the Las Vegas shows. It's also huge!
It takes three days to see and work the
entire show, so most visitors plan out a strategy and only work sections
of the show.
The JCK show is for retail jewelers.
The vendors (jewelry manufacturers and suppliers) are looking for show
visitors to open an account with them and place an order for later
The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry &
Watch Show takes place at the Rio Suite Hotel
This delivery show
specializes in estate jewelry, collectible watches, and old gems such as
mine cut diamonds, antique cushion cut colored stones and similar fine
In past years we've stayed at the
Mirage because it's convenient. It's the home of the GLDA show and the
Sands Center is within strolling distance.
But not this year... or future years!
This year we stayed at the Stardust, and we really enjoyed it. The
Stardust is more like the Las Vegas you see in old Elvis and Sinatra
You have to take a cab to some of the
shows and related events, but it's worth it. The hotel was relaxing and
not at all crowded, and their buffet is tasty and convenient.
We found a product at the GLDA show
that we've been looking for several years now.
That product is a very high quality
The photo shows globes with mother of
pearl oceans. They're also available with deep blue lapis oceans.
Either way these globes are just
We've looked at a lot of them and never
found a line with quality workmanship and reasonable pricing... until now.
Most gem show vendors want $600 to
$1000 wholesale for a large desk or floor-stand globe and $300 for the
You can find cheaper, but the quality
of the workmanship shows that it's cheap.
We've found the importer where these
dealers seem to be buying the high quality gemstone inlaid globes. Now we
can offer these beautiful globes in several sizes at very good (low)
Next month we'll have all the details
but prices will be about half of what's considered wholesale at the shows.
Like I've been telling you, the direct importers have the best prices.
(Of course you know The Dorado Company
is a direct importer of loose colored stones.)
Other than the industry news you've been reading
above, there's an interesting story in the current Colored
Stone about the new Tanzanian ruby material shown at the last Tucson
The jewelry industry introduced a new promotion
theme at the Vegas shows.
On the other hand will promote gemstone and
diamond rings for the right hand. You should be able to cash in with more
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