Martin Rapaport, Chairman of the Rapaport Group, USA will inaugurate the show on January 18. He is a well-known figure in the diamond industry, best known for establishing the Rapaport Diamond Price List -- the primary source of diamond price and market information for the diamond trade.
K Shivram, Vice President, World Gold Council said: "We at WGC strongly believe that if design upgradation and choice of latest quality hand and machine made products has to reach the far corners of the state, then the jewellers need to be given an opportunity to see what is currently available with the manufacturers."
"In this regard, SIJS 2008 provides an excellent opportunity for the jewellery trade to see for themselves the latest product designs on offer and latest jewellery machinery as well, thus enabling businesses to be built better," K Shivram added.
Sumesh Wadhera, Convenor, SIJS 2008 said, "SIJS 2008 is the ideal platform for a B2B interaction for manufacturers and wholesalers with a wide spectrum of the South India jewellery retail trade. The show will be instrumental in bringing a wide variety of designs, from various parts of India, to the South Indian region."
Over 150 exhibitors will be participating in SIJS 2008. These participants are from Mumbai, Jaipur, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Thrissur, Junagadh, Rajkot, Delhi and Kolkata.
Nearly 10,000 trade visitors of the jewellery retail trade from across South India are expected to attend the show.
A wide variety of product categories will be exhibited at the event. These include gold and diamond jewellery, colour stone jewellery, silver jewellery, loose stones, machinery and allied products.
The show provides an excellent opportunity to make new business connections, tie-ups, trade partnerships and most importantly make face-to-face contacts with the right people.
It is also a unique platform to promote and showcase latest designs, products and services that can cater to the growing needs of the retail jewellery sector.
It is pertinent to note that jewellery design preferences change every 100 km in a multi-hued society like India. Hence providing accessibility to a variety of designs through platforms like SIJS 2008 is very essential.
SIJS 2008 will also be a platform to showcase new technologies and processes to the jewellery trade, enabling it to scale up efficiency and productivity.
The show is conveniently timed to tap the market before the wedding season and the auspicious Akshaya Tritiya. Moreover, the timing of the show is scheduled in such a way that it does not clash with other jewellery trade events in India.
With regards to the selection of Bangalore, there are many factors in addition to its central location to the South India.
The silicon city of India is an ideal location for the exhibition because of its cosmopolitan culture and consuming and purchasing power.
Ranked as 'Asia's Fastest Growing City', Bangalore is one of the top three retail destinations in India.
Most importantly, it is well connected and has proximity to all major towns across South India, which ensures right flow of visitors from far and near.
Product categories exhibited at SIJS 2008 are gold and diamond jewellery, colourstone jewellery, loose stones, silver jewellery, machinery and allied products.
Some of the special events at the event will be educational trade seminars, launch of the "TRUST MARK" programme by All India Gem and Jewellery Trade Federation and judging of the final winners of 'AAKAAR' jewellery design competition.