(NEW YORK) – The 6th Annual New York City Jewelry & Watch Show at the Metropolitan Pavilion hosted over 60 distinguished domestic dealers and welcomed record-breaking attendance throughout the weekend of October 22-25. The Palm Beach Show Group is proud to announce they once again produced an incredible showcase featuring a premium exhibition of distinctive antique and estate jewelry, vintage pieces, modern collections, and fine watches, ending with high attendance and large sales despite the pandemic and travel challenges.
With extensive planning in cooperation with the City of New York’s indoor event COVID guidelines and protocols, buyers and exhibitors comfortably enjoyed the steady buying, selling, and trading on the energetic show floor.
Prior to the Show’s Friday morning opening, pre-show ticket sales had far exceeded the total ticket sales of any previous year with an overall 25% increase in show attendance. Many of the guests who attended the show noted they had made special arrangements in advance in anticipation of returning to their first live tradeshow in almost 2 years.
Dedicated retail and trade buyers lined the entrance of the Metropolitan Pavilion corridor each day prior to opening eager to purchase from exhibitors showcasing merchandise spanning multiple eras and genres. Collections represented all eras of jewelry history including highly sought-after brands such as Cartier, Tiffany & Co., David Webb, Harry Winston, Van Cleef & Arpels and Patek Philippe.
To supplement the in-person show, the Palm Beach Show Group partnered with The Jewelers Circle to offer exhibitors a virtual online presence especially benefiting the numerous international jewelers impacted by the US travel restrictions preventing them from participating in this year’s show. The Jewelers Circle allows customers the ability to enjoy a global online marketplace dedicated to providing a digital space to showcase, discover and trade jewelry.
Throughout the show’s four-day run significant sales were reported in conjunction with overwhelming positive responses from both clients and exhibitors.
When asked about their thoughts on the 2021 New York City Show, Gus Davis of Camilla Dietz Bergeron stated: “I commend the Palm Beach Show Group for producing the first antique and estate jewelry show in New York since the pandemic started. The protocols that were followed made us as exhibitors as well as our clients feel safe. The level of interest lets us know that the market for antique and estate jewelry is alive and well.”
L and Z Antiques & Estate Jewelers have been participating since the New York Show’s inception. Notable sales in luxury name-brand goods were prominent on the show floor. Janet Dunayevich raved with positive feedback commenting: “If we had 20 Cartier Love bracelets, we would of sold all of them. It was the most sought after item. We had one with an original receipt box and papers. Our customer was thrilled.”
Grace Lavarro of Jewels by Grace from Los Angeles stated: “The show was a great success for me – I had tons of booth traffic – a few have commented that we seem to be one of the busiest. Sales were brisk – both to private clients and dealers. Unusual, unique jewelry was moving quickly, with lots of bold pieces from the 70s/80s seeming to be crowd favorites.”
The Palm Beach Show Group team defied the odds by creating a long-missed opportunity to place collectors in-front of extraordinary items for a traditional in-person consumer experience. Exhibitors expressed gratitude for the opportunity to once again be in a show setting, to meet with existing and new customers – a welcome reminder of the vital importance of these events for the industry.
“It was exciting to return from our ‘COVID recess’ to the enthusiastic crowds eager to buy at the Palm Beach Show Group’ New York City Jewelry & Watch Show. We had an outstanding show!” remarked Jacqueline Smelkinson of Moylan-Smelkinson/The Spare Room.
Julia Rover of Roy Rover Antiques said: “It was very exciting to be back in New York City again and being reacquainted with previous clients and meeting new customers. We had a great show and look forward to next year!”
“The New York City Jewelry & Watch Show continues to raise the bar year after year. Despite the difficulties of COVID faced by participating exhibitors, consumers, and our team, we are reassured as we plan for 2022 Show that with perseverance, success knows no bounds. With continuous yearly growth in attendance, the 2022 show is set to be the biggest and best show yet,” said Scott Diament, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Palm Beach Show Group.
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.
The New York City Jewelry & Watch Show will return in 2022 October 27-30 at the Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street in New York City. For additional information please visit www.NYCJAWS.com.