Jewelry at the Buyers Market: Largest Section in Three Years

The Buyers Market of American Craft has assembled its largest Jewelry section in three years, tradeshow organizers have announced. Retailers who attend a Jewelry Preview at the Buyers Market on Friday, February 15, 2013, from 4-7p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, will get a first look at hundreds of new designs.

“We will have more than 300 designers and suppliers in our Jewelry section, plus another 60 jewelry makers in our glass, ceramic and mixed media sections - exclusively from U.S. and Canadian studios,” says Rebecca Mercado, show director. “Demand has surged, so for the first time in about seven years, we’ve had to create a waiting list of designers who want to show new lines to the retailers who carry Premier, fine, fashion and art jewelry. We hope this represents renewed confidence in the American economy and in the luxury marketplace.”

Among the designers showing in Philadelphia will be dozens of familiar names and new artists, and many jewelry industry award winners, including: Elizabeth Garvin of Elizabeth Garvin Fine, New York, N.Y., winner of the Palladium Prestige Award, Evening Wear, one of the 2013 AGTA Spectrum Awards. See HERE

Susan Elnora Frerichs of Susan Elnora, Minneapolis, Minn., winner of the 2012 Halstead Grant for new silver jewelry entrepreneurs, sponsored by Halstead Bead Inc. See HERE

Bree Richey, of Bree Richey Designs, Somerville, Mass., winner of the inaugural Future of Design jewelry business incubator competition in 2012. See HERE

Register for the Buyers Market today at Buyers Market show dates: February 16-18, presenting more than 750 artists including the jewelry designers, plus the February 15 Jewelry Preview. The $35 basic registration fee includes admission for up to four members of a store’s buying staff, plus access to the Jewelry Preview, all retailing seminars, fashion shows and Buyers Market events. Pre-registration for the show ends February 11.