Article by: INSTORE staff, November 14, 2017
The third annual New York Jewelry & Watch Show produced by the Palm Beach Show Group featured an increase in exhibitors, attendance and all-around excitement. The antique jewelry and timepiece show returned to the New York Metropolitan Pavilion Oct. 27-30. Expanding to include over 80 international dealers, the event reported overall record attendance of 5,000 guests.
“We were thrilled to introduce a bigger and better-than-ever New York City Jewelry & Watch Show this year. We welcomed new dealers, modified the floor plan and felt a palpable buzz and enthusiasm of shoppers over the course of four action-packed days,” said Andrea Canady, show director. “The show floor was filled with serious retail and dealer buyers and many of the clientele were new, first time attendees to the show.”
Cases filled with extraordinary and rare pieces, from museum-worthy necklace sets and Art Nouveau French tiaras to pristine timepieces and signed jewelry from elegant global brands such as Harry Winston, Cartier, Tiffany & Co. and Rolex were on display at the show, which was open to both the trade and the public.
This year, exhibitors noticed a popular buying trend that included Van Cleef & Arpels, Buccellati and Georg Jensen as must-have pieces for buyers.
Gus Davis of Camilla Dietz Bergeron found that buyers were also specifically looking for signed jewelry at the New York Jewelry and Watch Show. Some of the Marquee items they sold included a pair of gold and diamond earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels, a suite of coral jewelry by Buccellati, and an Oscar Heyman Diamond Bracelet.
“As always, this show brings in buyers both domestic and internationally who rely on the Palm Beach Show Group from brining in top dealers from around the world,” said Davis, who credits this year’s success to the Palm Beach Show Group.
Many of the show’s dealers also commented on the turnout this year.
“The show’s been a big success and we’ve sold some big things and had some important jewelers coming through,” said Anup Jogani of Jogani Beverly Hills. “We like being in New York City!”
“I think the show is really well attended, it has really good energy, and we’re really impressed with the turnout,” said Debra Wilson of Vendome Inc. “We’ll definitely be back next year.
Alon Ruschin of Vivid Diamonds said, “The show’s been fantastic this year. We’ve seen a lot of private clients this year. The traffic’s been really good. So we’re enjoying it and having lots of fun.”
With continuous yearly growth in attendance, exhibitors and sales, the 2018 show is set to be the biggest show yet. The fourth annual New York Jewelry & Watch Show will return to the Metropolitan Pavilion Oct. 26-29, 2018.
Owned and produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the New York City Jewelry & Watch Show is designed to meet the needs of jewelers and collectors alike. With a commitment to create an environment to foster these relationships, the Palm Beach Show Group also sees New York City as an important world-class market where prominent jewelers are exposed to a high-end buying public in addition to the trade industry audience.
Originally published in INSTORE on November 14, 2017