By  on March 20, 2006

NEW YORK — JCK Events has turned its focus to high-volume retailers with the JCK NYC Invitational, which launched here this month.

The booth-format trade show at the New York Hilton invited companies such as Zales, J.C. Penney, Costco, Sears and Wal-Mart to browse the more than 300 vendors, from diamond cutters to gold companies and jewelry makers.

Prevalent trends were tricolor gold jewelry in combinations of white, yellow and rose gold; hoop earrings with diamond-cut details; baroque and cultured pearls in pastel colors, and gold and diamond circular pendants.

"We were looking [for items] across the board," said Marilyn Olympio, senior director of merchandising for Ross-Simons, a Cranston, R.I., firm. "There was a big reinforcement on earrings, in updated chandelier styles and Indian-inspired silhouettes, but we're still very focused on yellow gold. It highlights any color. It's a classic."

Terry Ghirozi, senior buyer for gold at Penney's, noted that last year's rose gold trend is over and it's back to yellow gold now.

"Tricolor gold jewelry incorporates the pink, but that's no longer the focus," she said.

Gadi Cohen, general manager of Universal Pacific Diamonds & Jewelry, a division of the Pluczenik Group, a Diamond Trading Co. site holder, said the show was a successful one for diamonds.

"There has been a trend in marquise cuts," he said, "but round stones are still key. Overall, people want big stones."

The show is expected to be held annually in March.

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