Trade Shows


The Columbus Jewelry Show will be held Aug. 25-27 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, Columbus, Ohio.

An educational program on Aug. 25 will feature the following presentations: “Gemological Association of America Workshop,” 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; “A Day With Diamonds,” presented by GIA and sponsored by the Diamond Promotion Service, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; “The Israeli Diamond Connection,” moderated by the Israel Diamond Institute, 10 a.m. to noon; “Computer Applications for Jewelry Store Management,” moderated by Lynn Underwood of San Diego, Cal., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; “Introduction to Insurance Documentation by the Retail Jeweler,” presented by the American Society of Appraisers in cooperation with the Appraisal Task Force of the Jewelers Vigilance Committee, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; “Managing for Profit and Increased Cash Flow in the ’90s,” presented by GIA Advanced Retail Management Systems, 1-3 p.m.; “Are You Covered?” presented by Jewelers Mutual Insurance Co., 1-4:45 p.m.; and “Clarity-Enhanced Diamonds,” presented by Ron Yehuda of Yehuda Diamond Corp., New York City, 2-4 p.m.

William E. Boyajian, president of GIA, will be the keynote speaker at a symposium the following day. Sales trainer Shane Decker will present “Winners Never Quit” at a breakfast seminar on the final day.

Also scheduled during the show are the seventh annual Mid-America Golf Outing and an exhibitor/buyer cocktail reception, both on Aug. 25, and Jewelers Night Out with entertainment by the Van Dells Aug. 26.

A silent auction will raise money to benefit the Ohio Jewelers Association’s GEMPAC political action committee. In addition, the association will announce the winners in its first jewelry design contest.

Ohio Jewelers Association, 50 W. Broad St., Columbus, Ohio 43215; (800) OJA-MAJS or (614) 221-7833, fax (614) 221-7020.


Retailers can do last-minute Christmas ordering and get a jump on spring holidays during the L.A. Mart Fall Gift, Decorative Accessories and Furniture Market, scheduled for Sept. 17-19.

Buyers will see thousands of lines in more than 300 showrooms, including general giftware, tabletops and decorative accessories. The show is open only to trade buyers.

For discounted airfare and hotel information, call Group Travel at (800) 821-0339 or (805) 287-1787. For show information, contact L.A. Mart, 1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, Cal. 90007; (800) LAMART4, fax (213) 746-1215.


Business was strong at the Asian International Gift Fair, held May 2-5 in Singapore. The fair, which was held in conjunction with the Asian International Stationery Fair and the Asian International Handicraft Fair, attracted 17,946 buyers from 46 countries. Next year’s show is scheduled for April 23-26 in the Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd., 11 Manchester Square, London, W1M 5AB, United Kingdom; (44-171) 486-1951, fax (44-171) 413-8230.

The 16th Hong Kong Jewelry and Watch Fair will be held Sept. 17-21 in the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Center. The show will feature more than 1,300 exhibitors of jewelry, loose stones, watches, objets d’art, antiques, machinery and equipment. Special events will include seminars on jewelry design and gemstone technology, a jewelry design competition and social activities. Tour packages that include travel to Victoria Peak, Stanley Village (discounted designer labels), Aberdeen (fishing village) and Kowloon (shopping mecca) are available. The show is sponsored by Headway Trade Fairs, whose U.S. agent is Natalie Rokusek & Associates, P.O. Box 27460, San Francisco, Cal. 94127; (800) 484-9851 or (415) 333-6054, fax (415) 334-7926.

The International Autumn Fair will be held Sept. 10-13 in the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, England. The fair will include tabletops, china, glass, collectibles, costume jewelry, general giftware and stationery. Trade Promotion Services, Exhibition House, Warren Lane, London, SE18 6BW, United Kingdom; (44-181) 855-9201, fax (44-181) 316-5719.

International Jewellery London will be held Sept. 3-6 at Earls Court Two, London, England. More than 350 exhibitors will display fine jewelry, loose stones, timepieces, giftware, packaging, displays, tools and services. Reed Exhibitions, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 06851; (203) 840-5308, fax (203) 840-9308.

International Jewellery Singapore will be held Aug. 24-27 in Suntec City, Singapore. Organizers expect 35,000 buyers to attend the fair, which has the endorsement of the Singapore Trade Development Board, the Diamond Exchange of Singapore and the Singapore Jewellers Association. A highlight will be the display of three of the world’s rarest stones, a collection known as Red Diamonds and valued at $20 million. Reed Exhibitions, 383 Main Ave., Norwalk, Conn. 06851; (203) 840-5308, fax (203) 840-9308.

The International Jewelry and Watch Fair of Valencia will be held Oct. 19-23 in Valencia, Spain. Avda. De Las Ferias S/N, Apartado 476, 46080 Valencia, Spain; (34-96) 386-1165, fax (34-96) 363-6111.

The dates for the Japan Jewellery Fair have been changed to Sept. 20-22. The show, to be held in the Pacifico Yokohama in Yokohama, was originally scheduled to begin two days later. American and European jewelers should contact Messe & Kongress, Rotebuehlstr 83-85, D-70178 Stuttgart, Germany; (49-711) 619-460, fax (49-711) 618-079.

Jewellery Taipei will be held Nov. 11-14 in the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. The exhibition of fine jewelry, gold, gems and watches will be hosted by the Taipei Jewelers’ Association and supported by the Gemological Institute of America in Taipei. Organizers expect 130 exhibit booths and more than 2,700 buyers. Overseas Exhibition Services Ltd., 11 Manchester Square, London, W1M 5AB, United Kingdom; (44-141) 486-1951, fax (44-171) 413-8230.

The Shanghai International Watch and Jewellery Fair is scheduled for Nov. 30 to Dec. 3 in Shanghai, China. The show, to be held in the Shanghai Centre, is open to the public and is expected to attract 62,000 buyers, including 9,000 trade buyers. The show is organized by Promo Services Ltd., 1601 Far East Finance Centre, 16 Harcourt Rd., Hong Kong; (852) 2529-1519, fax (852) 2529-1534.

Jewellery Arabia ’95 will be held Oct. 26-29 in the Bahrain International Exhibition Centre, Manama, Bahrain. The World Gold Council will sponsor the show and a concurrent education program. The show will feature more than 200 exhibitors of precious metal and precious stone jewelry, silverware, watches, coral and jade, parts and components, packaging, tools and machinery. National pavilions are planned for exhibitors from Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Kallman Associates, 20 Harrison Ave., Waldwick, N.J. 07463-1709; (201) 652-7070, fax (201) 652-3898.

Mideast Jewelex will be held Oct. 11-14 in the Royal Abjar Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The show is sponsored by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the Dubai Commerce and Tourism Promotion Board and organized by Hong Kong (Asia) Exhibition Co. Ltd., No. 3, 7/F, Kin Tak Fung Commercial Building, 467-473 Hennessy Rd., Wanchai, Hong Kong; (852) 2591-9823, fax (852) 2573-3311.

Arab Jewellery ’95 will be held Oct. 17-20 in the Emirates Exhibitions Center, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The show will feature fine jewelry, loose stones and equipment. The 1994 edition of the show attracted more than 6,000 buyers who spent about $10 million, according to organizers. Emirates Exhibitions Center, P.O. Box 43697, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; (971-2) 795-444, fax (971-2) 795-136.

Organizers have announced revised dates for the third Mideast Watch & Jewellery Fair. The fair will be held Oct. 3-7, two weeks earlier than originally scheduled, in Sharjah. The organizer is the Expo Center Sharjah, P.O. Box 3222, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates; (971-6) 391-888, fax (971-6) 392-888.

The second annual International Jewellery & Watch Fair will be held Nov. 9-12 in the Putra World Trade Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The show is sponsored by the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Watch Dealers’ Association and the Penang Gold and Silver Merchants Association and organized by Forum Exposition and Hong Kong (Asia) Exhibition Co. Ltd., No. 3, 7/F, Kin Tak Fung Commercial Building, 467-473 Hennessy Rd., Wanchai, Hong Kong; (852) 2591-9823, fax (852) 2573-3311.

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