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Italian Exhibition Group and Vicenzaoro VOICE to Restart Jewelry Business Abroad With 300-Plus Participating Brands

Vicenza, Italy. Sept. 10, 2020. The three-day live trade-only jewelry fair Vicenzaoro VOICE takes place Sept. 12–14 and represents the first major live show to occur in the industry since late February. Italian Exhibition Group, which organizes Vicenzaoro and VOICE, are debuting this event in response to exhibitor outreach and a desire to resume show activities with the national and international supply chain. VOICE stands for the Vicenzaoro International Community Event and is an obvious name for the platform it offers and because the letter V symbolizes a return to growth after Italy’s seven months of lockdown.

Those supporting the fair include The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Agenzia ICE – the Italian Trade Agency, and CIBJO, the World Jewellery Confederation, among many others. Participating brands include Roberto Coin, Damiani, and more. Swiss watch producers Corumand Victorinoxas well as German brand Junghans will also be present.

VOICE will be both a summit for discussion on themes like sustainability while also serving as a showroom for more than 300 companies to display their newest offerings. Buyers both in person—from countries without restrictions on travel to Italy—and virtually visiting will enjoy talks and trends in a manner that is most comfortable to them. Online visitors can set up brand meetings in Buyer Virtual Rooms through IMOP, which is IEG’s Meeting Omnichannel Platform. Meanwhile, talks and seminars will take place live but will also be streamed on YouTube, Instagram, and Facebook.

Safety measures include a #safebusiness protocol, details of which are visible at this link. Protocols include:

  • Temperature checks on the public using thermo scanners and a sanitization route.
  • Temperature checks for catering staff as well as gloves, face masks, disposable overalls, skip-the-line payment apps, single portion lunch and coffee boxes, and a coded delivery system to the stands.
  • Touchless access into the show (with online payments permitted).
  • High standards of hygiene and sanitization such as bathrooms sanitized on a continuous cycle and frequently changed air-conditioning filters.
  • Digital and onsite management of visitor flow with a fixed number of guests permitted per aisle to guarantee social distancing and the safety of the people in the halls.
  • The mandatory wearing of face masks and mask distribution points on the show floor.
  • Sanitized shuttle transports between the airport, hotels, and expo centers, and cleaning of shared bike and electric scooters in accordance with hotels and local territories.
  • Scheduled entries according to hall capacity.
  • Multiple entrances into the show and extended trade show opening times.
  • Coat check with automatic rack and disposable individual coverings.

A strict crisis-management protocol is also in place to define on-site behavior should suspected cases arise. IEG employees and trade show staff have undergone training for the safe execution of their duties and for the benefit of others; IEG staffers will also use personal protective equipment.

Moreover, IEG is working with the Global Biorisk Advisory Council program (a division of the International Sanitary Supply Association for cleaning industries) for international sanitization efforts. This move mitigates Covid-19 risks through standard cleaning procedures, using equipment and select products, and through to the management of waste produced by the cleaning activities.

For more information, contact Michela Moneta at michela.moneta@iegexpo.it.

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Artistry, Ltd. Unveils New Jewelry & Catalog for Jewelry Retailers

Chicago, Sept. 9, 2020. Thirty-eight-year-old Artistry recently unveiled a catalog of new jewelry. The 13-page supplement includes pieces made in karat gold and sterling silver with diamonds and gemstones, including the new Honeycomb collection. Offerings allow jewelry store owners to shop the most in-demand price points and looks according to peers nationwide. Susan Klemt Williams, vice president, calls items a “perfect addition to any wardrobe.” Featured jewels hit price points that Artistry’s retailers call best-sellers. For more information, visit the Artistry website or contact Olivia Zale at olivia@artistrylimited.com.

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The Twenty-Four Karat Club of The City Of New York Cancels 2021 Annual Banquet

New York City. Sept. 8, 2020. Another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic is the Jan. 9, 2021, annual banquet organized by the Twenty-Four Karat Club of The City Of New York. This marks the third time in the affair’s 118-year history that it has been canceled.

“The Club’s board looked at a variety of options, including a scaled-back event, but it was clear that canceling it altogether was the only responsible choice,” said Jeffrey Fischer, club chairman, in a media release.

Because so many typically attend the event, the weekend of it grew to be quite special, with multiple organizations hosting meetings and celebrations around it. The Club previously canceled its event in 1918 and 1943 because of World Wars I and II. Its traditional spring and summer events were also canceled this year, and fall membership meetings will be held virtually, two more unfortunate firsts for the Club.

For more information, contact Hedda Schupak at heddaschupak@gmail.com.

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JIS Events Announce New Dates for First Show of 2021

Norwalk, Conn. Sept. 3, 2020. The 41-year-old Jewelers International Show (JIS) announced a major date change to its January 2021 Miami Beach show. The next edition will be held March 22–24, 2021, at the Miami Beach Convention Center and will reflect a combination of the size of the January event while incorporating the timing and the niche market found at its April event.

JIS March is scheduled to be one of the first major jewelry trade-only events for 2021 and is positioned to give jewelry retailers more time to restock after holiday seasons and plan for Mother’s Day inventory needs. 

“The JIS shows have always been timed based around the needs of jewelry retailers, and the move to March is reflective of those needs evolving,” says Jordan Tuchband, industry vice president, JIS Shows. “By moving the January show to March and combining it with the content from our April show, it immediately allows for a larger, more robust, and diversified event that is in a far better position to meet the needs of the modern jewelry industry.”

The focus of the event is to create the best experience for professionals to buy and sell product through top-notch health and safety protocols, personalized matchmaking services, and immediate at-show delivery. JIS is known for reaching thousands of trade-only jewelry attendees from Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as others in the U.S.

For more information, contact Tuchband with questions at jtuchband@reedexpo.com.