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Sri Lanka promotes high-end gems & jewellery at the biggest jewellery show in London PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 11 September 2016 17:44

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A section of the show seen from above

Sri Lanka showcased a premium collection of gems and jewellery items during the 2016 edition of the International Jewellery London (IJL), the biggest jewellery show in the United Kingdom, which was held from 4th to 6th September at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London. The display took place under a national pavilion organised by the National Gem & Jewellery Authority and the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London with the aim promoting Sri Lankan gems and jewellery in the international market with special emphasis on the UK.


While the Sri Lanka pavilion was shared by Sunshine Gems & Jewellery, The Choice and McMillan Jewellers, the products displayed by them included a range of precious stones such as blue, pink, yellow & star sapphires and rubies, an array of semi-precious stones like chrysoberyl, cat's eye, aquamarine  and garnets and a selected collection of fine jewellery.

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Jewellery makers looking for Sri Lankan gems

Participated by over 500 companies from nearly 40 countries around the world, the IJL ranks one of the prominent international shows for gems and jewellery products, which brings together a large number of major brands, jewellery designers, leading suppliers and prospective buyers.

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High Commissioner Amari Wijewardene opening the Sri Lanka Pavilion

This is the third consecutive year Sri Lanka participated in this exhibition under a national pavilion.  The recognition Sri Lanka has gained as a major supplier of precious stones has been a huge “plus factor” in attracting many international jewellery makers to the Sri Lanka stand. Although the British jewellery market is heavily dominated by diamonds, the designers have gradually begun to pay an increasing attention to colour stones in their creations. This shift would, no doubt, pave the way for colour stone suppliers like Sri Lanka to become an important partner in the overall value chain of the British jewellery industry over the coming years.

Sri Lankan exhibitors visit Birmingham and Hatton Garden Jewellery Quarters

Following their participation in the IJL, the Sri Lankan exhibitors visited Birmingham and Hatton Garden, the two areas where most of the British jewellers have set up their manufacturing operations. In addition to the exhibitors, who  shared the national pavilion, two representatives from San Gems also joined the tour, which was organised by the High Commission of Sri Lanka in London in order to provide an opportunity for the visiting exhibitors and the relevant officials of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority to have a better understanding of the latest trends in the jewellery market, different technologies used by the industry and the prospects available for the Sri Lankan gem & jewellery industry to foster mutually beneficial linkages with the British jewellery makers and related institutions.

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