Exhibitor numbers up 4 percent at INHORGENTA MUNICH
MUNICH, Germany, February 18, 2018 – Exhibitor numbers were up 4 percent this year and visitor turnout was high at the February 16-19 edition of INHORGENTA MUNICH, one of Europe’s largest jewellery and watch shows.
Klaus Dittrich, head of Messe Munchen, which organised the show, said over 200 new exhibitors were expected at the event.
“With 1,026 exhibitors from 42 countries, we’re proud to have bested last year’s total by 4 percent,” he said.
Stephan Lindner, President of Germany’s Federal Association of Jewellers, said the outlook for German diamond jewellery demand was stable in 2018, buoyed by a stronger euro against the U.S. dollar.
A stronger euro makes dollar-denominated diamonds more affordable to German jewellers and manufacturers.
Jewellery and watches sales in Germany were estimated to be up 0.5 percent year-on-year to 4.7 billion euros in 2017, Lindner said.
INHORGENTA MUNICH offered a comprehensive seminar programme in which the digital transformation of the jewellery and watch business was a key theme.
Diamond industry expert Ya’akov Almor gave a well-attended talk about how rising global demand for synthetic diamonds had helped pave the way for the launch of a generic diamond jewellery promotion campaign, led by the miner-backed Diamond Producers Association (DPA).
INHORGENTA MUNICH showcased a variety of jewellery and watches, including innovative designs by up-and-coming jewellery designers in Hall C2, such as Brighton-based Cara Tonkin and London-based Isabella Liu.
Retailers from around the world, including a large contingent from Europe, visited the show to shop for the latest designs.
In the luxury jewellery hall B1, one of the busiest booths was Amsterdam-based Insignety, which is seeing strong demand for its diamond jewellery configuration software, offering retail customers a choice of white, yellow and rose gold, and platinum, bands with mined and made diamonds.