Antwerp Diamond Sector and Easyfairs join forces on CARAT+ 2018 show
March 2018 - Easyfairs, the organiser of CARAT+, ‘the World’s Premier Diamond Event’, has announced a main partnership with the Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses (FDBD) and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) for the upcoming edition of May 6-8, 2018.
Under the agreement, Easyfairs and the Antwerp diamond sector will combine their efforts to continue to build an ambitious vision for the future of the international diamond business.
The organisation of CARAT+ in the Antwerp Expo Halls, with large spaces and logistical facilities, meets the demands of exhibitors and visitors alike, and anchors the show in Antwerp, the World’s Diamond Capital.
“We are pleased an agreement has been reached in order to bundle our efforts with CARAT+, the new Antwerp diamond and jewellery show,” says Mr Philippe Barsamian, President of the FBDB.
“This partnership will create a new synergy and will ultimately benefit the entire Antwerp diamond industry and especially our Members.
The dynamism and the diversity of our diamantaires will be highlighted in this new international framework.”
“This partnership allows us to associate the Antwerp Diamond Sector and its organisations to an already successful CARAT+ trade-show concept,” says Dirk Oosterlinck, Managing Director, Easyfairs.
“With our partners, we believe we are even better placed to expand the CARAT+ claim as ‘The World’s Premier Diamond Event’ and to continually develop it into the most relevant meeting, networking and sales event for the international diamond business.”
CARAT+ has ambitions to become the reference in diamonds; offering an annual meeting place for buying, networking and debating the future of the diamond industry.
Launched in 2017, the event attracted more than 3,000 visitors and 130 exhibitors in its first year alone.
Partners and sponsors that have joined CARAT+ for the 2018 edition include Main Partners Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and the Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses (FBDB); plus Dutch bank ABN AMRO; motor company, Bentley; security expert Brinks; Brussels Airlines; insurance broker Driesassur; the world’s foremost authority in gemology, GIA (Gemological Institute of America); champagne house Laurent-Perrier; Porsche Center Antwerp, and industry media specialist Rapaport.
CARAT+ takes place on 6, 7 & 8 May 2018 at Antwerp Expo in Antwerp, Belgium. For more information, please visit www.caratplusantwerp.com
IIJS Signature trade show sees high turnout, strong export signalsBy David Brough
MUMBAI, February 11, 2018 – Visitor turnout was high at the IIJS Signature show in Mumbai, signalling strong exports by India’s gem and jewelry sector in the coming year.
The positive mood was reflected by a record pre-registered attendance of 11,000 visitors to the show, India’s first major trade event of the year, which runs from February 9-12.
Pramod Agrawal, newly elected Chairman of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), said he expected double digit growth in gem and jewelry exports in dollar terms year-on-year in 2018.
He told reporters the high quality of Indian manufacturing and a recovery in key markets, including the United States and Europe, would drive export growth.
He said the GJEPC would step up promotional efforts in other markets that had lagged in recent years, including CIS countries, Africa and Latin America.
Agrawal called for the government to cancel a doubling of the import duty on polished diamonds to 5 percent, announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on February 1.
“We have asked the government to roll back the increase of the import duty,” he told a news conference after the opening ceremony.
Agrawal has said that the duty increase would hamper “India’s chances of becoming an international diamond trading hub” as it “doesn’t provide India a level playing field vis-à-vis other peers such as Belgium, Dubai and Israel.”
He welcomed a decision in late January to cut the Goods and Services Tax (GST) for diamonds to 0.25 percent from 3 percent, saying it would encourage the trade in diamonds in the domestic market.
Majestic opulence was a key design theme at IIJS Signature, featuring bold designs in 22-carat gold with color gemstones and diamonds.
Birdhichand Ghanshyamdas Jewellers from Jaipur presented a graceful, multi-layered necklace from its Adaa collection, inspired by royal women in India, adorned in floral motifs set with emeralds, diamonds and rubies.
The collection by K.P. Sanghvi revealed a modern edge, showcasing rings in three shades of German alloyed rose, white and yellow gold, fitted with diamonds using the latest machine technology.
Jewellery & Watch: Welcome to The Atelier - an all-new immersive trends showcase
Birmingham, England, January 26, 2018 - Exclusively launching at Jewellery & Watch (and Spring Fair) 2018, The Atelier is the event’s brand new interactive feature installation that literally frames the future by revealing the jewellery, watch, gift and home trends happening now through to 2020, and has been designed to inspire and inform buying decisions.
Discover original concepts and bestseller product recommendations as they are unveiled through compelling big-screen videos, and as visitors walk through stunning gallery-inspired visually merchandised room sets filled with inspirational content, insight, products and imagery.
Jewellery & Watch has worked with industry experts Pinterest, global trend forecasters, WGSN, One Click Retail and Coloro to curate an exciting experience aimed to help visitors in their own businesses:
- Learn more about what’s selling right now, with the very latest hot lists from Amazon and Pinterest - perfect for short orders and marketing
- Explore diversification options for your product offering
- Choose the perfect products for next season and beyond
- Pick up display techniques you might not have thought of – strong visual merchandising will draw more customers into your shop
- Gain unique and exclusive insight into future trends from WGSN and Coloro
WHERE CAN I FIND THE ATELIER?
Explore The Atelier at Jewellery & Watch with this area focusing on jewellery and watch insights, products and covering trends from 2018 to 2019 in two unique displays.
Head to Hall 20 to learn about home and gift trends through four explorative room settings, each focused on different insight and time frames, from current trends through to 2020.
Strong attendance as VICENZAORO kicks off trade fair seasonby David Brough
VICENZA, Italy, January 24, 2018 - Turnout was high at the January edition of VICENZAORO, the first major international trade show of 2018, with digital culture dictating jewellery design trends for the new year.Rising production and consumption of gold jewellery signalled a favourable outlook for the sector, said Lorenzo Cagnoni, President of organiser Italian Exhibition Group (IEG), in an opening address on January 19.“VICENZAORO January opens in a highly positive context, both in terms of confirmations coming in of a recovery in demand for gold and of the significant results that our group is proving to obtain at this and at the other 60 shows in our company's portfolio,” he said.The VICENZAORO show, which ran until January 24, is a conduit for exports of Italian gold and silver jewellery to leading markets such as the United Arab Emirates and the United States. Halls were packed as retailers from around the world came to stock the latest designs in their jewellery shops.VICENZAORO January had more than 4,500 exhibitors, 35 percent of which were from outside Italy, and estimated visitors at more than 96,000 from 130 countries.
The January edition was completely sold out to exhibitors by December.
Digital culture is dictating jewellery design trends for 2018-19, influenced by gender neutrality, Millennials' insistence upon high ethical standards, the desire to combine technology with emotion, and growing purchases by men, analysts, jewellers and editors said.“I haven't attended VICENZAORO since 2015, so this was a welcome return to the show following greater attention to the ambiance, layout and brands featured,” said Kathryn Bishop, jewellery writer and Co-Founder of the Women’s Jewellery Network.“Among the trends that stood out this year was the playful application of colour beyond gemstones, be it through nano-ceramic plating as seen at Noor Fares, enamelling or even hand-painted creations, exemplified by Bea Bongiasca and Amlé respectively.”She added, “Among fashion jewellery, the notion of identity reigned, highlighting the trends depicted in Paola de Luca's TRENDVISION presentation at the show.“For example, signet rings were referenced in collections by numerous unisex brands, while the tongue-in-cheek cameos by I Bello featured emojis and swear words as bold expressions. Elsewhere, accessibility was informing fine jewellery.“At Nanis, new additions to the Dancing in the Rain collection focused heavily on multi-wear designs and transformational jewels.”Another trend was driven by consumers embracing "emotional technology" -- state-of-the-art designs with a feeling of emotional engagement and warmth.
The next edition of VICENZAORO will take place in Vicenza from September 22-26, 2018.