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First U.S. Jewelry Show In 2023 Presents A Look At Fashion And Business Trends

  • March 9, 2023

There’s been plenty of forecasts during the past two years that a recession or a partial recession is inevitable. However, the economy appears to be gaining strength. Encouraging signs include the fact that inflation has moderated significantly over the past six months to 6.3 percent as of December 2022, though it remains too high. The job market has proved remarkably resilient. U.S. Labor Department data showed an increase of 517,000 jobs in January resulting in an unemployment rate of 3.4 percent, the lowest jobless level since May 1969.

Perhaps this is why there was plenty of optimism among the retailers and exhibitors at the Centurion Jewelry Show in Phoenix. The invitation-only fair for luxury retailers and manufacturers serves as the first major jewelry trade show in the U.S. in an environment that is conducive to networking and business. Some of the exhibitors at the show have widespread recognition, while others are known within the trade.

The show held January 28 – February 1 completed its 22nd year. Most of the invited exhibitors and retailers have been attending for years but there were some newcomers. Among them, 16 jewelry manufacturers from Italy under the umbrella of “The Extraordinary Italian Jewelry,” a promotional effort by the Italian Trade Agency targeting the U.S. with jewelers that have earned the “Made in Italy” merchandise mark. The project was first announced in June 2022 with Italian officials identifying the U.S. as the largest market for its jewels during the pandemic.

Among the exhibitors were contemporary high jeweler, Vhernier, hand-crafted gold manufacturer, Pippo Perez, which produces fun charms and symbol jewels in high-quality materials, and fine jewelry brand, Miseno.

Pasquale Bruni, an Italian luxury jewelry brand that

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