“The articles on this page are reproduced with kind permission from the National Gem and Jewellery Authority of Sri Lanka”
“An event not to be missed”
One of the worlds most reputed sources for fabulous coloured gemstones,Sri Lanka will showcase her rare and beautiful sapphires together with a host of other gemstone varieties and magnificent jewellery at the facets Sri Lanka 2007 international gem and jewellery show 30th August to 2nd September 2007.
Held annually in Colombo since 1991,FACETS Sri Lanka 2007,17th International Gem and Jewellery Show will have hundreds of local and foreign exhibitors showing their fabulous products and thousands of influential trade visitors from around the world picking up the best deals available in the industry.FACETS Sri Lanka 2007 promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
Giving the FACETS Sri Lanka show an international flavor are the miners, manufacturers and wholesalers from around the globe including those from major source countries such as Madagascar,Burma,Brazil and Australia who regular exhibit their stunning products at the show.
Visitors to FACETS Sri Lanka can expect to find a fantastic array of coloured gemstones on sale ranging from cornflower blue sapphires, padparadschas, star sapphires, rubies, alexandrites, cats eye chrysoberyls, aquamarines, tourmalines, topazes, spinels, zircons and moonstones to name just a few of the gemstone varieties that will be on offer at the show.
Visitors can also look forward to feast of fine jewellery manufacture to the highest standards ranging from 18k white or yellow gold jewellery set with sapphire and diamonds in the latest designs to traditional 22k gold jewellery and trend setting silver jewellery.
We look forward to welcoming you to FACETS Sri Lanka 2007,at the BMICH Exhibition and Convention Centre.
Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association
28,Haig road,Colombo 04,Sri Lanka.
Tel:+94 11 2597226/2597470
E-mail: facets@ facets srilanka. com
Website: www. facets srilanka. com
Success of FACETS 2007
“From Gem Talk December 2007-Reproduced with permission from NGJA”
By David Hills,Chief Administrative Officer,Sri Lanka gem and jewellery association
Heralding in September this year and as always was Sri Lanka’s prestigious gem and jewellery show “FACETS Sri Lanka 2007” which took place from the 31st of August to 2nd of September at the Exhibition centre of the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH).This years visitors was no second to any of the other 16 previous shows.In fact it had a remarkable 20% increase in visitors than last year.
Of the seven thousand five hundred visitors this year there was slightly over seven hundred foreign visitors and buyers. It was an achievement the organization was proud of .Yet another noteworthy feature was the increase number of Sri Lankan visitors who took time to come and left the BMICH pleased as “punch” with the satisfaction that even they were able to purchase something small and within the reach of their budgets.
The BMICH exhibition centre has housed FACETS Sri Lanka for the past three years, this year there were over 150 participants which housed around 35 foreign companies.
This year too competitions were held for the best gem cutters and also the best constructed booth at the show.
The results were as follows:Messrs Ceyital Jewels of the Sifani group was adjudged the best booth withA.M.A. Careems a close runner up.
The best Creative gem cutter award went to Mr W. A Karunadasa and the best standard cutter to Mr V.S. Rohana Siriwardena.
This years chief guest at the opening ceremony was Hon Dr Sarath Amunugama and the other three distinguished guests of honour were Hon.Prof G.L. Peiris, the Hon Mano Wijeratne and Mr Edward W.Boehm the Vice President of International Coloured Stone Association of USA(ICA).
Dr Amunugama in his address spoke of the industry as one with true potential and the natural advantage for centuries and he saw potential for it to turn out to be a billion dollar industry.He said presently we earn half a billion dollars from the gem and jewellery industry of which half of it comes from the diamond cutting industry.
Prof G.L.Peiris stressed the need for value addition and state of the art scientific technology ,calibration and valuation to support the industry in order to make our products no second to the best available worldwide.
Mr Edward Boehm delivered a most informative address supported with a power point presentation,on how we should set about acheiving those levels of international excellence in the field of gems and jewellery.
By popular demand the show time had to be extended on all four days which gives food for thought for a bigger and better FACETS Sri Lanka 2008,which is scheduled to take place from the 6th through 9th of September 2008,at the at the same location but surely for longer hours each day!
News in brief
Singapore International Jewellery Show 2007
3rd international Jewellery, Accessories Exhibition
To be held from 23rd to 26th of August 2007
Sri Lanka-Land of Gems
The Singapore International Jewellery Show is proud to have Sri Lanka as their country partner.Also known as “Treasure Island”.Sri Lanka will divulge how their treasures sparkles as they exhibit their precious stones and beautifully handcrafted jewellery during the event.
Situated next to the Central Business District,Suntec Singapore is at the heart of a self contained ,totally integrated events infrastructure,and only 20 minutes from Changi International Airport,where most Asian capital cities are within a six hour radius flying time.
Focus Sri Lanka 2007 Expo and Cultural Show
Held on 28th and 29th of May 2007 at the California Market Center-Los Angeles,California where Gem and Jewellery sector was coordinated by NGJA.
Visitors admiring gems and jewellery on display
Visitors admiring merchandise on display
Overseas Programmes to Participate in the year 2007
The National Gem and Jewellery Authority has(NGJA) has finalised arrangements to organize “Sri Lanka Pavilion” at the following International Shows:
1)Singapore International Jewellery Show 23rdrd – 26th August 2007
2)Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair- 18th – 22nd September 2007
3)Hong Kong Jewellery and Watch Fair- 25th – 29th September 2007
4)13th Malaysia International Jewelex- 4th – 7th October 2007
5)China International Gold,Jewellery and Gem Fair-Shanghai- 29th November – 2nd December
“NGJA” Publications available free of charge
a) Exporters Handbook ( In Sinhala and English)
b)Colour Poster Titled “Gem Stones found in Sri Lanka” in Sinhala,Tamil and English).
d)Booklet titled “Trade Fair and Exibition Guide 2007”
e)Gem Export Analysis 2005
f)Contact details of lapidarists in Sr Lanka
“NGJA” Publications available for sale
a)Gem and Gem Deposits of Sri Lanka by Herbert Gunaratne and C B Dissanayake.
b)Gem industry of Sri Lanka by Prof P G R DharmaratneYou are welcome to discuss this post/related topics with Dr Shihaan and other experts from around the world in our FORUMS (forums.internetstones.com)