Supplier News: Week of Feb. 1

IIJS and IGJME kick off in conjunction this week, AGS partners with GemFind

9th Annual IIJS to Kick Off This Week

The ninth edition of the Signature India International Jewelry Show (IIJS) will begin this week, running Feb. 5–8, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India. The show will feature more than 580 exhibitors with a focus on fine jewelry that includes diamonds, gemstones, gold, and couture styles. Visitors from more than 375 Indian cities and around 55 countries are expected to attend. The show also coincides with the third annual India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME), which runs for the same dates and in the same venue.

“Taking the convenience of our retailers and manufacturers into consideration, we have organized both shows at the same venue at the same time,” said Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) chairman Praveenshankar Pandya in a press release. “The Signature show caters to the sourcing needs of India’s leading jewelry retailers and provides them a platform to view future styles and trends and replenish their inventory, while IGJME showcases the latest product innovation and technological advancements to boost the quality and quantity of production requirements.”

Visitor preregistration for 2016 has already shown an increase of 10 percent over 2015, with an expected 15,000-plus trade visitors including the top 2,000 retailers in the country. Overseas visitor registration has also seen an increase of roughly 20 percent.

In conjunction with the Signature show is the India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo, which provides an opportunity for retailers to interact with roughly 140 leading suppliers of machinery, tools, components, packaging accessories, and allied products from all over the globe. For the first time, IGJME will introduce an Italian pavilion with 26 exhibitors, in addition to its other overseas exhibitors from Turkey, the United States, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, China, and Israel.

For more information on the show, visit


AGS Announces Partnership With GemFind

The American Gem Society (AGS) is partnering with Web technology specialist GemFind to offer its members special pricing on GemFind‘s Web technology services, including websites, social media marketing, Web apps, and more. This was created for AGS to help its members enhance their businesses by providing the tools needed to succeed—particularly with the increase in online marketing and technology.

“The American Gem Society is always seeking ways we can help our members enhance our businesses,” said CEO Ruth Batson in a press release. “A functional, well-laid-out website is crucial to the health of jewelry retailers and suppliers, and we wanted to provide a solution for those members wishing to enhance their online presence. The Internet and online marketing are rapidly evolving, so it’s important to partner with a company that understands technology as well as the jewelry industry. We felt GemFind was a great strategic partner.”

GemFind is currently managing hundreds of websites using its state-of-the-art Web apps, including DiamondLink, RingBuilder, StudBuilder, and PendantBuilder. GemFind also connects retailers to vendors through JewelCloud, its proprietary technology that allows retailers to showcase its vendors’ product data, reducing the time it takes to manage the contests on their websites in real time. “Our mission has always been to advance the jewelry industry to the next level with the latest technology and marketing solutions,” said GemFind CEO Alex Fetanat in a press release. “We are thrilled to be partnering with AGS to achieve this goal.”

To learn more or to become a member of the American Gem Society, visit

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