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Jeweller - April Issue 2018


10 YEARS AGO WHAT WAS MAKING NEWS 10 YEARS AGO? A SNAPSHOT OF THE INDUSTRY EVENTS THAT MADE NEWS HEADLINES IN THE APRIL 2008 ISSUE OF JEWELLER. Gift fair makes room for more The story: Reed Gift Fairs has expanded in 2008, attracting more exhibitors at both its Sydney and Melbourne shows in February. Reed Gift Fairs’ Sydney show in February welcomed an additional 677 companies while its smaller Melbourne fair saw 176 more companies than in 2007. Overall, Sydney and Melbourne had total visits of 28,645 and 8,259 respectively. Both fairs enjoyed an increase in first-time visitors. Standards Australia targets hallmarking The story: Standards Australia (SA) is preparing a set of requirements for jewellers to properly identify their pieces. According to Australia’s peak standards body, the move is an attempt to eliminate the sale of inferior goods to unwitting consumers. While most industry members were doing the right thing, SA claimed that some were not: “These new standards will give consumers an added level of confidence in the true value of the jewellery they are buying,” SA CEO John Tucker said. According a release from Reed, the results indicate that face-to-face buying remains a powerful component of gift industry purchasing. “Gift buyers increasingly value Reed Gift Fairs as an important, pre-eminent way of doing business,” Omer Soker, exhibition director of Reed Gift Fairs said. “The gift industry is large but fragmented, and we have worked hard to research with our exhibitors how to manage our fairs to be in their best interests.” AMAZON DIAMOND SALES SPARKLE The story: Diamond sales at Amazon. com increased more than 100 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2007, when compared with the same period in 2006, an announcement from the company stated. Pendants, stud earrings and createyour-own engagement rings were especially popular during the holiday season, according to the mammoth online retailer. QUEENSLAND ANNOUNCES APPRENTICE OF THE YEAR The story: Robert Soom is Queensland’s Apprentice of the Year. The young jeweller working at McKim’s Jewellery Design narrowly beat out Belinda Smith (runner-up) from LeGassick Collections. The 3rd Year Jewellery Apprentice Design Awards were presented alongside other accoladees late last year. Apprentices attend the Southbank Institute of Technology in learning blocks, during the first three years of their jewellery apprenticeship. Aussie diamonds fall in 2007 The story: The Australian Bureau of Agricultural & Resource Economics (ABARE) has reported a drop in Australian diamond production. According to a report in Rapaport, local diamond production fell 24 per cent to 6.2 million carats, while diamond exports by value declined 8 per cent to $183 million in the fourth quarter of 2007. For the full calendar year, Australia’s diamond production and export volume dropped 34.3 per cent to 19.3 million carats. Australia was the third largest producer of diamonds by volume in 2006, and seventh by value, according to Kimberley Process data. Total diamond exports fell 12.6 per cent to $684 million in the 2007 calendar year, according to the ABARE report. The country’s refined gold exports increased 21.7 per cent to $AU10.8 billion for the full calendar year, while refined gold production fell 1.2 per cent to 375 tonnes. Australia’s total mineral resources exports grew 5 per cent to $AU106.6 billion in 2007. 38 Jeweller April 2018

EVENTS JEWELLERY AND WATCH CALENDAR A GUIDE TO THE LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY AND WATCH EVENTS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN THE YEAR AHEAD. APRIL 2018 APRIL 2018 TIMES ASIA JEWELS FAIR Bengaluru, India April 6 –8 Learn more: PALAKISS TRADE AND DELIVERY JEWELLERY SHOW ITALY Vicenza, Italy April 7–9 Learn more: NATIONWIDE JEWELLERS ANTWERP TRIP Antwerp, Belgium April 8–13 JEWELERS INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE (JIS) Florida, US April 14–16 Learn more: SHOWCASE JEWELLERS INDIA TRIP India April 15– 26 MASTERCLASS Two week program with Alexandre Sidrov Sydney, NSW April 16–27 Learn more: info@jewelleryinstitute. com CHINA INTERNATIONAL GOLD, JEWELLERY & GEM FAIR Shenzhen, China April 19–22 Learn more: exhibitions. MAY 2018 GAA 71ST FEDERAL CONFERENCE AND SEMINAR Hobart, TAS May 3–6 Learn more: NATIONWIDE JEWELLERS AFRICA TRIP Africa May 3–11 INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY KOBE Kobe, Japan May 16–18 Learn more: JUNE 2018 JCK LAS VEGAS Las Vegas, US June 1–4 Learn more: HONG KONG JEWELLERY & GEM FAIR Hong Kong, China June 21–24 Learn more: JULY 2018 WINTON OPAL TRADESHOW Winton, QLD July 13–14 Learn more: LIGHTNING RIDGE OPAL AND GEM FESTIVAL Lightning Ridge, NSW July 26–29 Learn more: lightningridgeopalfestival. AUGUST 2018 AUSTRALIAN OPAL EXHIBITION Gold Coast, QLD August 2–3 Learn more: LEADING EDGE GROUP JEWELLERS MEMBER AND SUPPLIER CONFERENCE Sydney, NSW TBA SHOWCASE JEWELLERS MEMBER AND SUPPLIER CONFERENCE Hunter Valley, NSW August 20–24 NATIONWIDE JEWELLERS MEMBER EVENTS (in conjunction with International Jewellery Fair) Sydney, NSW August 25–27 INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY FAIR Sydney, NSW August 25–27 Learn more: SEPTEMBER 2018 INTERNATIONAL JEWELLERY LONDON London, UK September 2–4 Learn more: HONG KONG WATCH & CLOCK FAIR Hong Kong, China September 4–8 Learn more: hkwatchfair-en/HKTDC-Hong-Kong- Watch-and-Clock-Fair.html BIJORHCA PARIS Paris, France September 7–10 Learn more: JEWELLERS AND WATCHMAKERS OF NEW ZEALAND TRADE FAIR Auckland, New Zealand September 9–10 Learn more: NATIONWIDE JEWELLERS ANTWERP TRIP Antwerp, Belgium September 22–28 April 2018 Jeweller 39