Atlanta Jewelry Show Celebrates 65th Anniversary At February 28 – March 2, 2015 Edition

ATLANTA – For 65 years, the Atlanta Jewelry Show has been the meeting place for the independent jewelry retailer. The February 28 – March 2, 2015 edition at the Cobb Galleria Center marks this milestone by bringing together even more of the insightful educational programs, networking opportunities, distinctive product resources and renowned Southern hospitality its buyer and member audience has come to expect and enjoy year after year.

“During its long history, the Atlanta Jewelry Show has firmly established its position as the resource retailers count on to help grow their business,” explains Carol Young, Executive Director, Southern Jewelry Travelers Association (SJTA), producers and managers of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. “We’ve never lost sight of what makes this event so important to our customers – fresh product inspiration, a generous buyer rewards program, relaxed networking events, free education and more. As we enter our 65th year, we will continue to focus on these elements and fresh new ideas — all to show our retailers how much their business is appreciated.”

Spring 2015 show highlights include:

GEMOLOGICAL INSTITUTE OF AMERICA ® (GIA®) COLORED STONE, PEARL GRADING LAB CLASSES
For the fifth year in a row, the Atlanta Jewelry Show is proud to sponsor and bring these outstanding hands-on gemology lab classes to attendees. This year, the Colored Stone Grading Lab is being offered on Wednesday, February 25 – Friday, February 27 from 9 am – 5 pm each day. As an added bonus, GIA will also offer its Pearl Grading Lab Class on Saturday, February 28 from 9 am – 5 pm. Space is extremely limited. For registration information and pricing, contact Judy Lince at SJTA at 800.241.0399 or [email protected]

HANDCRAFTED STUDIO | A SHOWCASE OF ONE-OF-A-KIND, ORIGINAL DESIGNS
The Handcrafted Studio section brings together a talented group of jewelry designers showcasing one-of-a-kind, handcrafted pieces.

INSPIRATION IN EVERY AISLE

The Spring 2015 Atlanta Jewelry Show floor’s convenient layout, cozy gathering spaces, eye-catching booth displays and special sections – including Point of View: A Designer Gallery, Promenade and general booth areas – will offer countless sources of inspiration, merchandising ideas, new designs and best-selling lines.

CELEBRATING 65 YEARS AT MINGLE!
What better way to ring in the show’s 65th year than at Mingle! The renowned friendly atmosphere everyone experiences on the Atlanta Jewelry Show floor extends to the show’s popular after-hours gatherings. During nightly Mingle events — 6-8 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 8-10 p.m. on Saturday, February 28 , and from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 1 — buyers and exhibitors can raise a glass for an anniversary toast while catching up with old friends, making new ones and relaxing after a busy show day. Look for more details coming soon on Mingle!

TOWN HALL KEYNOTE HEADLINES AJS U
The popular Atlanta Jewelry Show U educational series returns with a full line-up of innovative sales and marketing strategies for retailers. Headlining the comprehensive program, a “Town Hall” Keynote panel presentation on Sunday morning, March 1 from 9-10:30 am, will bring a number of industry leaders together to discuss some of the most important issues and trends affecting the jewelry business today. Designed as an open forum encouraging questions and comments from the audience, the program will facilitate a free flow of ideas and discussions that promises to be engaging, entertaining and inspiring.

COMPLIMENTARY BUYER BREAKFAST EACH MORNING
Buyers can gear up for a busy buying day by enjoying a light continental breakfast served in the registration concourse area.

CAFÉ CONVERSATIONS @ THE MARKETPLACE CAFÉ | $5 BUFFET LUNCH
A buyer badge and special coupon are the only things buyers need to enjoy a full, hot lunch and gather fresh new ideas and insights for their businesses. All without leaving the show floor! Simply head over to the Marketplace Café for lunch and join in the daily Café Conversations on Saturday and Sunday. During these informal lunch gatherings, retailers can share ideas — talking about what has worked and what hasn’t – on everything from in-store promotions and merchandising to customer service, sales and more.

PLACE ORDERS. EARN REWARDS.
Buyers can earn valuable AJS Reward points for simply placing orders for their best-sellers, required stock items, and other store necessities during the Spring Atlanta Show, and then redeem them for hotel and travel packages, electronics, personal accessories, home goods and more. At any time during the event, buyers need only bring copies of orders placed during the show to the AJS Rewards desk where the representative will deposit the corresponding Rewards points to their rewards account. After the show, retailers can visit the program’s online catalog to see the all the items they can order.

VIP TREATMENT | ATLANTA’S ELITE BUYERS CLUB
Retailers who have earned 15,000 AJS Reward points or more at any one of the past three shows are automatically enrolled in the Elite Buyers Club — the exclusive club of Atlanta VIP buyers. As a member, they receive special badges signifying VIP Status; access to an exclusive registration counter just for Club Elite Members; and entry into the exclusive, member-only Club Elite lounge. To find out if they qualify for membership, buyers should contact Fran Strauss at SJTA: 800.241.0399 or email: [email protected].

UNBEATABLE TRAVEL SAVINGS
SJTA has arranged for deep discounts at area hotels, which can be obtained by calling the show’s host hotels directly or via the show website. Attendees can find the list and direct links to the hotels, rates and group codes to reference for discounts at www.atlantajewelryshow.com. When calling, attendees should tell the reservations representative that they’re attending the SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show to take advantage of the special show rates.

ATLANTA JEWELRY SHOW QUICK FACTS:
WHEN: Saturday, February 28 – Monday, March 2, 2015
HOURS: 10 am – 6 pm, February 28 – March 1; 10 am – 3 pm, March 2
WHERE: Cobb Galleria Centre, Two Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339 IINFORMATION: www.atlantajewelryshow or 800.241.0399 | 404.634.3434

ABOUT SJTA
Celebrating its 65th Anniversary, the Southern Jewelry Travelers Association is the nation’s oldest association for independent jewelry representatives and the official sponsor and producer of the Atlanta Jewelry Show. For more information– visit www.atlantajewelryshow.com; email: [email protected]; phone: 1.800.241.0399 or 404.634.3434.

Author:Jewelry Business Advisor