August 2017 Newsletter

JIS is proud to present the August edition of Catching Up With JIS. This community newsletter is dedicated to providing you with industry news, trends, and updates on all things JIS. Don’t miss out on your chance to Catch Up!


In this edition of THE SCOOP, JIS sits down with Aneth Lusardi, owner of Grain of Sand by Aneth. Learn about Aneth’s journey through the jewelry industry and JIS.

How did you get started in the jewelry industry?

I got started 10 years ago with a friend of mine as a fun thing to do. After changing careers, I eventually got back into the jewelry industry. Making jewelry started becoming a business because everyone wanted to pay for my pieces. I eventually met Vito (Vito Miceli, JIS Sales Executive) and if it weren’t for JIS I wouldn’t have gotten the experience and visibility I’ve received. I’m noticing a lot of repeat customers who come back for my pieces and it makes me look forward to JIS Shows.

What are you looking forward to most about JIS Miami October this year?

I’m looking forward to… 1. Seeing my old clients and displaying my new collection, 2. Getting more people to know about Grain of Sand, and 3. Getting to see and reconnect with other vendors that I’ve met at previous JIS Shows.

Where do you get inspiration from for your collection?

Women have different styles and whenever I imagine a piece, I picture women wearing it and seeing what would look good on them. I am inspired by nature, colors and the world around me. I try to not follow the trends, but stay on the classy and elegant side while adding a hip twist. The feedback I get from my customers is what inspires me to keep making new things. I use the style of the Caribbean Islands as an influence—mixing wood and pearls to create my signature style.

Do you have a favorite piece in your collection?

I don’t have one. Having a favorite piece is like having a favorite child. I love all of my pieces equally. Each is different but beautiful in its own way.

What’s your favorite part about the industry?

The best thing is that as you go along, you give your piece to the customers and leave your footprint. Leaving a “print” on others is important to me. Customers become family. Being able to interact and getting to know people is my favorite part.

What is 1 thing you would recommend or tell a NEW exhibitor before they participate in their first JIS Show?

A vendor asked me if they should participate in JIS Miami October in Miami Beach, and I told them “It’s a MUST!”


“Trust JIS as an organization. They know what they’re doing because they’ve been doing it for almost 40 years.”
“Participating in JIS should be a regular part of your business plan. It must go in your budget!”
“Exhibiting at JIS is an investment in your future”
“It makes you stand out from the crowd”
“JIS has a name – being a part of JIS gives your business importance, recognition and status”
“When people hear JIS, they know it’s a good show”

Recommendations for new exhibitors, piece of knowledge to help them have a better show (question above)

Experience with Lead Retrieval

“My husband found it helpful, it’s a real convenience. If you just take a picture of their badge, you can create a huge database really easily. And it’s all there, in one spot, for after the show.”

What's NextWHAT'S NEXT

JIS is back in Miami Beach for the famous JIS Miami October Show! The largest JIS Show of the year and the 2nd largest jewelry trade show in the Western Hemisphere returns to Miami Beach after a temporary relocation to Ft. Lauderdale for January 2017 and April 2017 Shows due to a $596+ million renovation and upgrade project at the Miami Beach Convention Center. Join JIS and the rest of the jewelry industry for the first JIS Show ever to be produced in the new Miami Beach Convention Center. Just blocks from beautiful warm blue waters and white sand beaches, this is exactly where business meets pleasure.


  • NEW Day Pattern (Sunday, October 8 – Wednesday, October 11, 2017)
  • NEW Miami Beach Convention Center
  • NEW Exhibitors
  • NEW Matchmaking Booths
  • NEW Exhibitor Recommendations
  • NEW Events
  • NEW Show Experience

Now make sure you:

  1. Register
  2. Book your hotel and travel
  3. Start planning with My Show
  4. Check your Exhibitor Recommendations
  5. Get packing (don’t forget sunscreen and your favorite beach towel)

You don’t want to miss the largest JIS Show of the year!


JIS Miami October – the largest of four JIS Shows throughout the year - features countless pavilions and endless exhibitors offering the latest in trends, styles and cultural representations with some of the best show specials of the year. Perfect since its right before the holiday season and many vendors offer at-show delivery so product can be purchased right at the show (no need to worry if your orders will arrive in time for the busiest selling season of the year).

Trust us when we tell you exhibitors this year are on point with the trends and styles they’re bringing to the show. They’re exactly what your customers are going to be shopping for this holiday season and early next year. Both men’s jewelry and green gemstones are officially two of the top 5 trends. Visit exhibitors like HMY Jewelry for masculine jewelry pieces for both men and women and Livingstone Jewelry for rich green malachite. Visit the exhibitor list to search for other companies with these trends and everything else you’re looking to source. The list can be sorted by product so it’s quick, easy, and efficient to use. The exhibitor list grows each day, so check back often to see who else has been added.

You can do a lot of great planning before the show. But when get to the show and first enter the Show Floor, stop by one of the two NEW Matchmaking Booths (one at the Hall A entrance and one at the Hall B entrance). A JIS Matchmaking Concierge will be there waiting to give you a NEW list of Exhibitor Recommendations based on products you tell them you’re looking for. Want to find those green gemstones, this is your place!

The Plumb Club and the Italian Pavilion are also great places to start your shopping when you first arrive at the show – both located right in the front of Hall B, near the Show Floor Entrance. So stop by the Matchmaking Booth and then head over to these pavilions and get shopping.

Don’t forget to download the official JIS SHOW mobile app before arriving in Miami Beach. The app’s Exhibitor List provides booth locations for all exhibitors at the event. You never know when a NEW company has been added or a booth # has changed.

What's TrendingWHAT'S TRENDING

NEW for JIS Miami October 2017! We’re so excited to announce that if you register today you will immediately receive personalized Exhibitor Recommendations! These recommendations suggest October Show exhibitors that offer the same products you told us you were looking for during registration – making it even easier to plan your buying, source new vendors, and get the best investment on your show experience. You’ll continue to get unique Exhibitor Recommendations by email and in your My Show online planning account leading up to the show. Most importantly, we’ve added even more options to match you to the right exhibitors when you’re at the show! Be sure to stop by the all NEW Matchmaking Booths (located at the entrances to Hall A and Hall B). Be sure to also browse all the show details on our newly redesigned website.


First, we want to give a big THANK YOU to all our customers that participated in the 2017 JIS Exchange Show. As the premier destination and #1 source for at-show delivery, we were excited to see many new faces Shop the Trop this year for all their immediate inventory needs. The Tropicana, or the Trop, hosted us this past year and was also home to the 1st ever JIS Exchange in 2016. Just a short shuttle ride from JCK Las Vegas in Mandalay Bay, JIS Exchange saw thousands of attendees shop two floors of more than 100 exhibitors over 4 full days. The days were long and hot in Las Vegas - as they always are during Jewelry Week -but the great show specials and products available for instant purchase made all the difference. Our attendees really enjoyed the great selection and variety price point options…and we can’t forget the Merchandise Credit Sweepstakes (Congratulations to all our winners!). There was an array of fine and fashion jewelry exhibitors at high and low price points that made for an impressive event that catered to a wide variety of store needs. Our exhibitors told us they made great sales, build some really exciting new relationships, and the customer service was impeccable. It’s only August and everyone is already counting down to JIS Exchange 2018.

We’re excited to announce that JIS Exchange is scheduled to grow in 2018 and add even more exhibitors that specialize in at-show delivery to its repertoire. Mark your calendars for the 2018 edition of JIS Exchange Friday, June 1 – Monday, June 4, 2018, running the same dates once again as the famous JCK Las Vegas. And as always, your JIS Exchange attendee badge will grant you access to JCK Las Vegas. Registration is not yet live for JIS Exchange 2018 but if you’re interested in exhibiting, click here.
Hope to see you there!

Our next JIS Show is JIS Miami October (Sunday, October 8-Wednesday, October 11, 2017). Register today!

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