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Monday, June 16, 2014

2014 Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show Largest Opening in 18 Year History

The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show 
Achieves Largest Show Opening in 18 Year History

Yafa Signed Jewels always has a world class assortment 
The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show recently reported a 25 percent increase in opening day attendance, 11 percent cumulatively, at the May 29-June 1 event. Held at the Paris Hotel & Casino during Las Vegas’ Jewelry Week, the four day tradeshow featured the largest selection of antique jewelry and watches from nearly 400 dealers. The event is hosted by U.S. Antique Shows, the world’s leading producer of indoor antique shows.

“The improvements made to this year’s show was largely based on feedback we received from our exhibitors,” says Dan Darby, Emerald Expositions vice president and U.S. Antique Shows general manager. “The redesign of the show floor, attendee badging system and thoroughly vetting attendees who can access the show proved successful. We received an overwhelming amount of positive remarks from both dealers and attendees who felt that the new show floor design was easier to navigate and shop. As a result of these incredibly successful changes, we had more than 90 percent of dealers renew their booths for 2015.”

Maurice Moradof, owner of Yafa Signed Jewels, has participated in U.S. Antique Shows events for 25 years. “This year, in Las Vegas, we sold many significant pieces to interested buyers. The Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show continues to improve year after year demonstrating that the antique jewelry market is very strong.”
Another highlight this year was J.A.B.W.C.J. LTD London’s 1658 antique silk on wood jewelry box, the oldest item on the 2014 show floor. Acquired from a private family in Italy, there are only two known jewelry boxes dated from this period in the United Kingdom.
This piece from Rod Billings was the oldest piece in the show.
In its 18th year, the Las Vegas Antique Jewelry & Watch Show has consistently hosted not only incredible merchandise from all eras of jewelry history, but also industry recognized dealers who attract clientele from across the globe. The increased attendance was a standout feature at this year’s show as many dealers commented on the strong buying power that was ongoing each day of the show.
“We haven’t stopped the whole time and sold everything from one carat to 3.5 carat diamonds!” exclaims owner of National Estate Jewelers Barry Blank.
National Estate Jewelers has been family owned and operated for four generations and Blank has always actively participated in U.S. Antique Shows events. “We’ve worked with U.S. Antique Shows for more than 29 years. The Las Vegas show has been an excellent opportunity for us to showcase our pieces and we have a great location on the show floor.”
Charterhouse & Sons Vice President John Greiner has also had great success this year in Las Vegas. “It has been very busy for us and there has been lots of trading, selling and buying. U.S. Antique Shows always produces reputable shows and attracts established dealers and serious buyers to each of their events. It makes it very easy for us to conduct sales and develop new client relationships.”
U.S. Antique Shows now produces nine shows nationally. The next show scheduled is the New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, July 25-28, 2014at the Metropolitan Pavilion.

About U.S. Antique Shows
U.S. Antique Shows, the world’s largest producer of indoor antique shows, focuses on presenting a wide range of antiques as well as antique, vintage and estate jewelry and watches to 50,000 consumers annually. The company is the only producer that serves the unique needs of the antique and antique jewelry industry supporting sales in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Miami Beach and New York. Their shows host internationally recognized dealers promoting the purchase of rare and unusual historic merchandise to antiques collectors, novice enthusiasts, socialites and celebrities. U.S. Antique Shows draws more than 3,000 dealers from 22 countries worldwide exhibiting their signature collections in 400,000 net square feet across nine shows.

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Sunday, June 15, 2014

#GIA - Gems & Gemology Celebrates 80th Anniversary Issue with Spring 2014


Gems & Gemology Explores China’s Multifaceted Gem Industry
Spring 2014 issue celebrates the journal’s 80th anniversary

“Harmony,” a brooch designed by Wallace Chan
 of Hong Kong, epitomizes the bold innovation
fueling China’s dramatic growth. Titanium and white
gold, the piece includes pink and blue sapphires, colorless
and orange diamonds, rubies, red spinels, citrine, and opal.
Courtesy Wallace Chan.Photo by Robert Weldon; © GIA.
The Spring 2014 issue of GIA’s award-winning quarterly journal Gems & Gemology (G&G) takes readers behind the scenes of China’s gem and jewelry industry and, for the first time in the publication’s history, offers a Mandarin translation of the article. The issue also presents a study of near-colorless synthetic diamonds grown by the AOTC Group in the Netherlands; a field report on spinels in Mogok, Myanmar; a look at the interior of a baroque South Sea cultured pearl from Indonesia; and much more. The issue is available in print, and online with exclusive video content.

As demand for gems and jewelry surges in China, impacting global consumption patterns, G&G’s cover story examines the multi-layered industry there. The article by Chinese authors Zhili Qiu, Mu Li and Qingyuan Yu, and G&G’s Tao Hsu and Andrew Lucas, introduces a series that will explore specific aspects of the country’s burgeoning industry. The series will cover diamond and colored stone cutting, jewelry manufacturing, design and retail jewelry, as well as uniquely Chinese industry sectors such as jade. A Mandarin translation of this article accompanies the online version of the Spring 2014 issue.

Hong Kong–based businesses have helped turn the Guangdong
 province into a major global manufacturing center. This jewelry
 factory uses modern manufacturing techniques such as wax models
and casting. Courtesy of Chow Tai Fook. Photo by Eric Welch;
 © GIA.
A study of 52 colorless to light-colored synthetic diamonds grown by the AOTC Group, a leading producer of near-colorless high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) diamonds, illustrates recent strides in technology and quality. In a field report titled “Hunting for ‘Jedi’ Spinels in Mogok,” GIA field gemologist Vincent Pardieu documents his decade-long quest for bright “neon” red spinel in Myanmar’s fabled “Valley of Rubies.” In the issue’s fourth and final article, high-resolution computerized microtomography is used to study the interior of an unusually large baroque South Sea cultured pearl from Indonesia.

G&G marks its 80th anniversary in 2014. Since the first issue was published in 1934, G&G has been recognized as one of the leading academic journals in its field. In 2013, it was made available in its entirety online, at no cost. The print version of the award-winning quarterly journal is still available for purchase. 

More in-depth coverage from G&G, including hundreds of additional photos and exclusive video footage, are available on GIA’s website at  

About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Cut, Clarity and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit


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