The 10th edition of “Signature IIJS” (India International Jewelry Show), one of India’s most successful Jewelry industry events, that provides a perfect platform for the country’s leading manufacturers and retailers to facilitate an exchange of market insights and knowledge, focusing on the product alone, such as new styles and collections, current market prices, latest trends and demand in jewelry designs etc. is scheduled to take place from February 6 to 9, 2017, at Bombay Exhibition Centre, Goregaon. The event sponsored by the Ministry of Commerce & Industry and organized by the Gem & Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) of India, was previously scheduled for February 3 to 6, 2017, but was postponed by a few days, as the Government has advanced its plans for the presentation of the annual budget.

Entrance leading to the Bombay Exhibition Center
Entrance leading to the Bombay Exhibition Center

The 4th edition of IGJME (India Gem & Jewelry Machinery Expo) also organized by GJEPC will be held in conjunction with Signature IIJS 2017, on the same dates and at the same venue. All booths of the IGJME will be located in Hall No. 1 of the BEC with separate entry and exit from Signature IIJS. The IGJME is Asia’s largest Gem and Jewelry technology expo, presenting the latest state-of-the-art machines, required by the massive Gem and Jewelry industry of India, that will give a boost to the manufacturing business both in terms of quantity and quality.

The postponement of the twin shows organized by GJEPC from February 3 to 6, 2017 to February 6 to 9, 2017, has led to a clash with another important international event also taking place in Mumbai at the same time from February 5 to 8, 2017. This is the biennial President’s Meeting of the World Federation of Diamond Bourses (WFDB) and the International Diamond Manufacturers Association (IDMA), an event organized by WFDB and IDMA in association with GJEPC, which is also co-hosting a comprehensive and in-depth Diamond Financing Seminar and Roundtable, with a broad range of industry stakeholders, as well as banking and finance experts from across the world taking part. Hence, it appears that the twin shows, “Signature IIJS”and IGJME organized by GJEPC and the biennial President’s Meeting of the WFDB and IDMA for which organizational support is given also by GJEPC, are going to take place parallelly at the same time.

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The visitors’ timings for the “Signature IIJS” show will be 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm on the first day, February 6, 2017; 10.00 am to 8.00 pm on February 7th and 8th, 2017 and 10.00 am to 6.00 pm on the last day, February 9, 2017. The exhibitors’ timings will be 6.00 am to 9.00 pm on the first day, February 6, 2017 and 8.00 am to 9.00 pm on the remaining days February 7th, 8th and 9th 2017.

One of the Halls of the Bombay Exhibition Center
One of the Halls of the Bombay Exhibition Center

The closing date for phase 1 of visitor registration has been extended up to January 31, 2017 as a concession to visitors, affected by the recent demonetization exercise. The second phase of visitor registration has been withdrawn. The charges for registration fees as per Phase III will be applicable from 1st February 2017.

Commenting on the holding of the 10th edition of “Signature IIJS,” coinciding with GJEPC’s 50th Anniversary, Chairman, GJEPC, Mr. Praveenshankar Pandya said, “In the 50th anniversary year of the Council, Signature IIJS, which is India’s top-of-the-line jewelry show, completes a decade of showcasing the best jewelry collections crafted by over 500 of the country’s leading manufacturers. Signature IIJS demonstrates that India’s jewelry manufacturing strengths are now established as a reliable and competitive source for retailers & consumers from across the world. The global trade bases their buying cycles around these dates to replenish their inventories and get insights/perspective on future styles, forecasts and trend spotting.” He added, “IGJME, one of the leading gem and jewelry technology fairs, showcases the latest product innovation and technological advancements to boost the quality and quantity of production requirements. IGJME, over the years, has emerged as one of the most technologically advanced show of the global industry.”

Hall 1 of BEC, Venue of 4th Edition of IGJME
Hall 1 of BEC, Venue of 4th Edition of IGJME

“Signature IIJS” features dedicated sections for diamonds, colored gemstones, gold, studded jewelry etc. However, the main highlight of the show will be the “Signature Club,” which will showcase the most exquisite couture jewelry by the leading manufacturers of the Country. More than 550 exhibitors manning over 1,000 stalls are expected to draw more than 13,000 visitors from over 455 cities and towns in India and over 55 countries. Significantly around 9,000 visitors from over 55 countries are already pre-registered for the annual event.

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The GJEPC has been organizing heavy road-show promotions and campaigns amongst retailers, all over India, as a run up to the show, to inspire a positive response to the show, and a record visitor turnout. An extensive tele-calling of pre-registered visitors has also been conducted to confirm their participation and their response has been overwhelming. Countries, whose buyer delegations have confirmed their participation are the UK, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Oman, Lebanon, China, Hong Kong, Uzbekistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. Among the side shows to be held during the first two days of the show are Technology & Educative Seminars.

Apart from facilitating exchanges of market insights and knowledge, “Signature IIJS” also provides networking opportunities for business. In this connection an exclusive “By Invitation Only” Networking Evening has been organised for exhibitors and buyers to further explore business opportunities and strengthen existing business ties.

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