The jewelry industry's major shows are around the corner, and no doubt will provide a major barometer as to the strength of business for the rest of the year. Those preparing for this month's trade shows in Las Vegas are wasting no effort to wow retailers with distinctive and fashion-forward styles. The Las Vegas jewelry fairs — including JCK Las Vegas 2008, which runs from May 30 to June 3; Couture 2008, running from May 28 to June 2, and ancillary shows such as JCK Presents Luxury and Premiere — are the most important shows of the year for jewelry brands and retailers. There are 3,100 companies showing at JCK and 220 at JCK Presents Luxury and Premiere. Couture is slated to have 248 exhibitors.
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