NEW YORK -- The growing need for faster turnaround should bode well for next month's trade show of the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America in Providence, R.I.
Jewelry designers and manufacturers say that in fashion jewelry, as in many other fashion categories, stores are buying closer than ever to the season and demanding quick delivery.
Thus, vendors are relying more and more on the types of suppliers who primarily show in Providence, as opposed to buying from the smaller specialized importers, whose deliveries could take months. Those who show at the MJSA are often importers who might also be wholesalers, or component makers who do most of their manufacturing in the Providence area.
The Providence edition of the MJSA show, which focuses on costume jewelry, is slated for May 1-3 at the new Rhode Island Convention Center. The New York edition, which took place last month, concentrates more on fine jewelry.
Although needs change from season to season depending on fashion trends, many jewelry resources said that they often look to the MJSA show primarily for its metals, from decorative brass findings to functional parts such as earring backs and closures and the more basic chain.
The trend to the heavier-weight castings, as opposed to stampings, should also be more evident at the show, as more stamping firms move into castings production. Jewelry makers have turned to the casting because of the heft and more substantial look it gives to their pieces.
According to the MJSA, the show will feature over 300 suppliers of findings, machinery, supplies and packaging materials.
Among those who will be at the show is Celia Landman, who designs costume and sterling silver jewelry collections that carry her name. "Although the show is often geared more toward the big-volume factories and companies, I am still able to find things in Providence that are more reasonably priced than in New York," Landman said.
She'll be looking for new finishes, good chain and findings and casting contacts, in addition to production equipment.
The types of goods she'd like to see more of in Providence, however, include good glass and wood beads, and interesting semiprecious materials that are more trend-oriented.
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