IIJS Celebrates 25 Years

An expanded version of the India International Jewellery Show 2008 is set to begin Thursday and will run through Monday at the NSE Complex, Goregaon East in Mumbai. 

India’s Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, organizers of the annual event, said more than 19,000 persons have pre-registered for the 25th edition of the show and that more than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend. They will be able to sample the products of 790 exhibitors within 1,600 booths.

To accommodate overseas and domestic exhibitors who have not been able to participate in the past, a new jewelry hall has been added this year. Because of this, IIJS 2008 was able to accommodate a record seven country pavilions, including those from Italy, Belgium, Thailand, Japan, Dubai, Turkey, and Israel. Delegations from Hungary, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Israel, and Iran will be visiting the show.

“Innovation” is the theme of IIJS 2008. The goal is to promote creative thinking in jewelry production and business management. Among the educational offerings that are in line with the theme, is the Spectrum Seminar series, which will cover three areas: modern retailing practices, innovation in business, and the luxury market. The idea is to expose jewelry retailers to modern concepts and to bring about transformation by presenting new developments.

“Since its debut in 1985, IIJS is recognized as a trend setter event that is successful in addressing the business and the networking needs of the trade fraternity globally,” Sanjay Kothari, GJEPC chairman, said during a recent press conference in Mumbai promoting the show. “It has grown to become a brand in itself on the lines of Basel and Las Vegas shows. IIJS provides an opportunity to view the best India has to offer”.

Kothari added that “India’s gem and jewelry exports reached $20 billion for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. “IIJS is a major contributor towards this growth,” he said. “IIJS today attracts not only India’s biggest players but has built an international stature with huge interest from overseas exhibitors and visitors.”

Navin Jashnani, convener IIJS, added, “Today, IIJS is not only the most important date in the calendar for Indian jewelry industry; it is also the catalyst for its transformation into a modern and forward looking sector. Ever since IIJS became a ‘trade-only’ event ten years ago, it has been the platform for encouraging efficient purchase and inventory models and brought jewelers from around the country to network and collaborate for better business growth and profits.”

In addition to business, the show will host fashion shows, social events. The Solitaire Awards and Fashion Shows will recognize the creativity and the craftsmanship of jewelry designers.

The Traditional Pavilion at IIJS set up by GJEPC in collaboration with the National Institute of Design, on the crafting techniques of traditional Indian jewelry. The theme is “Wedding Jewellery of India,” and the jewelry is designed to capture the breadth of jewelry used in Indian weddings in the country’s different regions and communities.