The coronavirus crisis has begun affecting events planned for May and June — with the future of Las Vegas’ jewelry week now unclear.
Early June is a pivotal time for jewelry commerce, with some of the world’s biggest brands participating in trade shows that often comprise a huge chunk of their annual business.
On Tuesday evening, the JCK show sent an e-mail saying that it has been postponed to an unspecified date. The show, a commercial offshoot of the jewelry trade magazine JCK, had been scheduled from June 2 to 5.
“We are grateful to our customers for all of their support and constructive input during this challenging period. JCK is privileged to be one of your most anticipated jewelry buying experiences of the year, and we look forward to bringing the industry together again and creating a memorable event later in the year when it is safe to do so,” said an e-mail regarding the event’s postponement.
The higher-end Couture show, which hosts the most elite end of luxury jewelers, sent a memo to participants Tuesday saying that organizers are currently assessing the situation but have not yet made changes to its schedule. The show is meant to be held from June 1 to June 5.
“We are evaluating all of our possibilities, having conversations with as many of our designer, brand and retail partners as possible…to determine all of our available options,” said an e-mail to exhibitors. “Whatever decision we make will be done with your well-being as well as the vitality of this industry, in mind.”
If Couture is postponed as well, it is unclear if the show will try to match its dates with JCK’s updated schedule. Both events face the difficult situation of vying for prime expo center space in Las Vegas, where postponed trade shows from any number of industries are now flooding the fall calendar.