The 44th edition of the Istanbul International Jewelry, Watch & Equipment Fair (Istanbul Jewelry Show-March edition) is anticipated to draw quality buyers who are looking to replenish their inventories in preparation for their peak demand periods. Scheduled for March 16 to 19 at the CNR Expo (Istanbul Fair Center), the four-day show offers a number of attractions, including a Mineral & Fossil section.
Organised by UBM Rotaforte, IJS-March is one of the must-attend events on the jewellery trade show calendar. Last year’s March edition occupied 60,000 square metres of gross exhibition space, drew 21,000 buyers from 110 countries and featured more than 1,250 exhibitors from 27 countries, the event organiser said.
IJS-March serves as a unique networking event and opens up business opportunities to jewellery professionals from Eastern Europe, Russia, North Africa, CIS countries and the Middle East, UBM Rotaforte added.
The fair features major jewellery brands and manufacturers specialising in diamond, plain gold, pearl and silver jewellery; loose diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearls; jewellery mountings; display and packaging products; and machinery, tools and equipment.
Commenting on the show, Chakroun Achraf of Tunisia-based Jewelry Chakroun said, “The Istanbul Jewelry Show has always been a well-organised and successful exhibition. We’ve had the good opportunity of meeting with new companies to place an order. We will attend the next show, too.”
Yunus Korkan, sales manager at Kayagold, described the fair’s March 2016 edition as “very good” for the company. “We liaised with new clients from Europe and China. We are very happy with this year’s edition,” Korkan said in an earlier interview.
“Turkish designs are popular in Hong Kong and China while Arabian customers prefer pieces with more elaborate designs. The electroforming technique is popular among Arabs, Europeans and Italians,” he continued.
The top foreign buyers during the 2016 March edition were from Iran, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Greece, Israel, Tunisia, Ukraine, Germany, India, Syria, Macedonia, Jordan, Bulgaria, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates.
Sermin Cengiz, managing director of UBM Rotaforte, underscored the significance of IJS, noting that Turkey’s jewellery manufacturing sector is eyeing $5 billion worth of exports by 2018 and $12 billion by 2023.