On the 18th of July 2018 at a press conference held at the OZO in Colombo, the Sri Lanka Gem & Jewelry Association announced the launch of the 28th edition of the FACETS International Gem & Jewelry Exhibition.
The exhibition will be held from the 30th of August to the 2nd of September at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Convention Hall (BMICH).
President Maithripala Sirisena as the chief guest and Mr. Vladyslav Yavorskyy, a renowned gemologist and the author of three popular books – ‘Terra Spinel: Terra Firma’, ‘Terra Garnet’ and ‘Terra Connoisseur’ - as the guest of honor, will be present for the inaugural ceremony. Mr. Yavorskyy’s latest book ‘Sri Lanka Gems’, will be launched in the form of a coffee table book in Sri Lanka for the first time at the inaugural ceremony.
Following its inception in 1991, FACETS has grown in scale and popularity over the years to become the premier event of Sri Lanka’s Gem & Jewelry industry. The exhibition’s purpose lies in the necessity to showcase the very best of Sri Lanka’s most precious resources, thereby boosting the sale of gemstones and jewelry among overseas markets and attracting more international dealers to the island.
Organized by the Sri Lanka Gem & Jewelry Association and sponsored by the National Gem & Jewelry Authority and the Export Development Board, the FACETS International Gem & Jewelry Exhibition will be held under the patronage of the President and the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment.
In 2016, the Premier Jewelry Pavilion and the Gem & Jewelry Mart were introduced and 2017 saw the launch of the FACETS mobile app. Amana Bank, Amana Takaful Life, Blue Ocean Apartments, Brinks and Securo Dynamics have taken on the roles of official banker, official insurer, apartment partner, clearing & freight forwarding partner and security surveillance partner respectively.
Ranging from precious stones, gold and silver jewelry and exquisite watches to semi-precious stones, colored stones and costume jewelry, the exhibition features an impressive lineup. Delegations from countries such as Nepal, Myanmar, Hong Kong, China, Russia and France, will feature at the exhibition, and many more individual buyers are expected to attend the event, thus increasing international exposure for the local industry.
A number of stalls will feature various pieces of machinery and tools used to cut and polish gemstones and craft jewelry. There will also be a number of laboratory stalls where visitors can get a look at the process of examination that a gem is subjected to. They can even test their own gems and receive a certificate proving the stones’ value and authenticity.
The previous year’s exhibition had the added presence of industry related academic institutes, which cater to the interests of young people seeking to join the industry. Special informational stalls will be set up this year as well to provide knowledge and details about opportunities to be found in the Gem & Jewelry industry of Sri Lanka.
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