RAPAPORT... U.S. Antique Shows reported a 5 percent year on year increase for attendance at its sixth annual New York Antique Jewelry & Watch Show, which took place July 20 to 23 at The Metropolitan Pavilion. The New York show attracted more than 100 dealers who showcased their latest antique and estate jewelry and watch trends.
''This year's increased attendance marks the sixth consecutive year to see a rise in visitors to the show,'' said Andrea Canady, the fair's director. ''It's undeniable, based on attendance numbers, that this show remains an important event, which brings the New York elite, celebrities and antique trendsetters into one venue for the weekend to experience some of the most impressive antique jewelry and watch collections in the world.''
The organizers described good demand for bold gold jewelry, large statement pieces, emeralds, rubies and sapphires. Featured pieces this year included cameos, tennis bracelets, rings, decorative necklaces and brooches.
Gus Davis, of Camilla Dietz Bergeron Ltd., said, ''Our top sellers included signed pieces from notable brands including Tiffany, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Cartier. We've been with this show since its inception and we're proud to expose our signature styles to antique enthusiasts old and new.''
Ronald Kawitzky, of D.K. Bressler & Company, added, ''Antique jewelry is back in style with interest at an all-time high from U.S., European and Asian buyers. Antique jewelry is finally being appreciated in the general jewelry market. Buyers are now open to adding these fabulous antique and estate pieces to their jewelry inventory and personal collections.''