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JA New York’s 47th Street Experience to Bring the Best of “The Street” to The Javits Center

Jewelers of America and JA New York leverage partnership to better serve the industry.




(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The 2024 Spring JA New York Show will see the introduction of several pavilions, lounges and on-site activations intended to create an immersive experience that offers the best of New York City’s famed Diamond District. Highlighting the fundamentals of the fine jewelry industry, the presence and sponsorship support of industry entities such as De Beers, Rio Diamond, Premier Gem Corp, Indian Diamond and Colored Stone Association (IDCA), Diamond Dealers Club (DDC), Diamond Manufactures & Importers Association (DMIA), and Gemological Institute of America (GIA) will establish an environment that mimics the vitality and excitement of 47th Street. JA New York is also pleased to welcome the return of instrumental trade associations such as Jewelers Vigilance Committee (JVC) and Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA), as well as stalwart diamond manufacturers Diamex and Shivani Gems.

JA New York is bringing the essence of what makes New York the center of the jewelry world directly to their show floor. While JA New York showcases the latest and greatest innovations, they are also honoring the fundamentals of the industry; natural diamonds, precious stones, platinum, gold, pearls & world class craftmanship.

“We are thrilled to create an environment that celebrates the fundamentals of our industry,” explained Matthew Tratner, group show director for JA New York. “In establishing an extension of 47th Street underneath the storied roof of the Javits Center, both attendees and exhibitors of our event can meet and foster relationships with influential decision makers and industry thought leaders that can serve to bolster the strength of their businesses. We want to have that feeling here on our show floor that you get when you walk that block between Fifth and Sixth Avenue; that feeling that business is transacting all around you and you want to be a part of that.” 

In addition to the excitement that the new 47th Steet Experience will create, the timing of the Spring Show coincides with several annual events that traditionally bring together members of our industry from across the globe. Adding further value to New York Jewelry Market Week, the partnership between Jewelers of America (JA) and JA New York Shows is being enhanced by a number of programs and initiatives intended to provide relevant resources to their respective communities. While both organizations have long been aligned in their commitment to serving the needs of the fine jewelry industry, enhanced education initiatives, a commitment to attend among key, JA board members and the creation of on-site networking events will further leverage each of their unique strengths to address the evolving challenges and shifting needs of our business.

“New York City is the capital of the U.S. jewelry industry,” noted David Bonaparte, President and CEO of Jewelers of America. “Jewelers of America has always believed in the power and importance of the JA New York shows. With the alignment of our Board of Directors meeting and GEM Awards, we look forward to the March show being an even bigger destination and resource for sourcing product, education and building relationships.” 
“The Board of Directors for Jewelers of America is committed to the continued partnership with the March and October JA New York shows,” says Jewelers of America Board Chair Coleman Clark of BC Clark, who is among several JA board members who have expressed their enthusiasm about attending the JA New York Spring show, as well as future JA New York events. 

Further details about on-site programs and activations, including the complete roster of education, are being solidified and will be announced in the coming weeks.




This Third-Generation Jeweler Was Ready for Retirement. He Called Wilkerson

Retirement is never easy, especially when it means the end to a business that was founded in 1884. But for Laura and Sam Sipe, it was time to put their own needs first. They decided to close J.C. Sipe Jewelers, one of Indianapolis’ most trusted names in fine jewelry, and call Wilkerson. “Laura and I decided the conditions were right,” says Sam. Wilkerson handled every detail in their going-out-of-business sale, from marketing to manning the sales floor. “The main goal was to sell our existing inventory that’s all paid for and turn that into cash for our retirement,” says Sam. “It’s been very, very productive.” Would they recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers who want to enjoy their golden years? Absolutely! “Call Wilkerson,” says Laura. “They can help you achieve your goals so you’ll be able to move into retirement comfortably.”

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