This year’s edition of Sri Lanka’s leading international gem and jewellery show, Facets, is expected to make waves in the gemstone world. Scheduled for August 31 to September 3 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Centre in Colombo, the 27th edition of Facets will showcase the best of Sri Lanka’s topmost resource, according to the event organiser, the Sri Lanka Gem & Jewelry Association (SLGJA).
Facets promises to have something for every budget, from precious gemstones and jewellery to branded watches and trendy accessories. Over the years, Facets has captured the interest of experts and gemstone enthusiasts worldwide, and this year, the event is set to host an impressive number of international exhibitors featuring merchandise from all over the world, SLGJA said.
Last year saw the introduction of the Premier Jewelry Pavilion and the Gem and Jewelry Mart. These features have been added to enhance the depth and breadth of the show’s product offerings, and ensure that small- and medium-sized jewellery enterprises have a fair share of the spotlight. Given the success of these sections, the organising committee is introducing a Premier Gem Pavilion, which will display Sri Lanka’s fine gems.
The exhibition also features lapidarist stalls, gem labs and booths displaying machinery, equipment and tools. Industry-related academic institutions, which cater to youngsters who are interested in the gemmological field and about the opportunities available in the industry, will also be represented at the show.
Held under the patronage of President Maithripala Sirisena who will inaugurate the event, the exhibition is organised by SLGJA in partnership with the government’s National Gem and Jewelry Authority and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board. SLGJA is a private sector organisation representing the interests of all industry sub-sectors in Sri Lanka, from mining and manufacturing to wholesaling and retailing.
According to the association, the country’s international gem and jewellery show has played a key role in promoting Sri Lanka’s gemstone and jewellery exports, building strong local and international trade linkages at every level of the industry, and fortifying its position as a regional coloured gemstone trading hub.