(ATLANTA) – Building upon its reputation as a destination resource for jewelers seeking new designs and innovative retailing strategies, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will welcome a number of new offerings to its spring edition. Held February 27-29, 2016 at the Cobb Galleria Centre, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will showcase the latest works from emerging artists, the newest designs and introductions from leading brands, the latest sales and marketing tactics from top educators, new networking opportunities and more.
“Jewelers are always on the hunt for those exciting new designs and ideas that can help them stand out in their communities,” says Carol Young, executive director, Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA), producers and managers of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. “From new design discoveries to new educational offerings to festive industry gatherings, we strive to offer everything our regional retailers need – so close to home. It’s a winning formula as our attending jewelers save on travel, keep their dollars in the region, and support their local reps. And, their loyalty contributes to the show’s continued growth and ability to bring even more new resources and business growth opportunities to our entire jewelry community.”
February show highlights include:
Get Louped – visit the new pavilion on the show floor. Jewelers can visit the special pavilion on the show floor to learn more and meet vendor partners participating in The Loupe. This new buyer program from the Atlanta Jewelry Show gathers together the tools and resources jewelry industry members need to effectively navigate the ever-changing business environment and move confidently into the future. Jewelers can join The Loupe during the show and immediately enjoy discounted rates and special pricing from Loupe vendor partners on a range of services, including jewelry photography, merchant credit card processing, website design, point of sale, office supplies and much more.
GIA Diamond Grading Lab Class – Feb. 23-27. The Atlanta Jewelry Show will once again offer a GIA (Gemological Institute of America) Lab class in conjunction with the Spring Show. The GIA Diamond Grading Lab will be held Tuesday – Saturday, February 23-27. Session hours are 9 am – 5 pm each day. Bringing together a unique combination of hands-on training, one-on-one coaching and integrated multimedia presentations, the lab can be credited towards the GIA’s Graduate Gemologist and Graduate Diamonds diplomas. To register or receive more information, contact SJTA’s Judy Lince at firstname.lastname@example.org, 800-241-0399 or 404-634-3434.
New introductions. New resources. The February show will be awash in new designs, new introductions and trend resources. Easy to navigate and discover the newest designs, the show floor will welcome many new, first-time vendors, as well as returning exhibitors, showcasing top brands and classic best sellers in the Point of View: A Designer Gallery, Promenade and general booth areas.
Meet new makers – Handcrafted Studio. Offering an easy way for jewelers seeking unique, one-of-a-kind pieces to discover designs from a range of talented artisans and craftspeople, the Atlanta Jewelry Show will once again shine a special spotlight on its Handcrafted Studio exhibitors. From well-known artists to up-and-coming craftspeople, these talented makers will showcase creations in a range of styles and price points. Jewelers will be able to explore pieces in a host of categories, including rings, bracelets, necklaces, pendants and more.
Return “Engagements” headlines AJS U! Back by popular demand, the Atlanta Jewelry Show’s most popular educational session returns for the Spring Show. “Engagements: A Collaborative Retail Experience” invites audience members to engage in an idea-packed discussion with a panel of knowledgeable, experienced retailers and moderator Kathy Beall, K. Beall Associates. The program is just one of many seminars offered during the AJS U Spring series.
$5 buffet lunch @ Marketplace Café. Enjoy a delicious, hot buffet lunch – without leaving the show floor – for only $5. Buyers simply show their badge and special lunch coupon at the Marketplace Café to take advantage of this special offer.
Mixing it up at Mingle! The Atlanta Jewelry Show is always mixing it up at the popular nightly after-hours gatherings. Held each evening of the show, these festive gatherings bring buyers and exhibitors together to mix, mingle, dance and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
Complimentary Buyer Breakfast each morning sponsored by Southern Jewelry News. Gear up for a busy buying day by enjoying a light continental breakfast served in the registration concourse area.
SCAD Splendor – 2016 Student Design Competition. The Atlanta Jewelry Show will celebrate the jewelry industry’s up-and-coming artisans as the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and the SJTA co-host the 13th annual Student Design Competition Awards ceremony on Sunday, February 28. Co-sponsored by Stuller, Inc., the 2016 competition will showcase ring, brooch, earring and necklace designs by SCAD jewelry students and alumni reflecting the theme, “Splendor.” Buyers are invited to view the designs in the special display area on the show floor and vote on “Best of Show.”
Rewarding experience. Buyers can earn valuable AJS Reward points for simply placing orders for their best-sellers, required stock items, and other store necessities during the Spring Atlanta Show, and then redeem them for hotel and travel packages, electronics, personal accessories, home goods and more. At any time during the event, buyers need only bring copies of orders placed during the show to the AJS Rewards desk where the representative will deposit the corresponding Rewards points to their Rewards account. After the show, retailers can visit the program’s online catalog to see the all the items they can order.
Atlanta’s Elite Buyers Club. Retailers who have earned 15,000 AJS Reward points or more at any one of the past three shows are automatically enrolled in the Elite Buyers Club – the exclusive club of Atlanta VIP buyers. Members receive special badges signifying VIP Status; access to an exclusive registration counter just for Club Elite Members; and entry into the exclusive, member-only Club Elite Lounge. To find out if you qualify for membership, buyers should contact Fran Strauss at SJTA at 800-241-0399 or e-mail email@example.com.
The Atlanta Jewelry Show is open to the trade only. For complete details on pre-registration, admission requirements, rules and regulations, visit www.atlantajewelryshow.com, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-241-0399 or 404-634-3434.