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ICA Congress Sees Biggest Turnout, Largest Number of Speakers and Delegates

The event gathered 370 delegates from 26 countries.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BANGKOK – The 19th International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) Congress, which took place in Bangkok from October 12-15, saw its largest ever turnout in its more than 30-year history.

The event, which gathered 370 delegates from 26 countries, including the world’s leading gemologists, miners, retailers, gem dealers and jewelry designers at the Shangri-La hotel, staged discussions about pressing issues facing the industry, such as responsible sourcing and challenges faced by artisanal and small-scale miners, as well as industrial mining.

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“We are delighted to have seen the biggest ever participation by industry experts from around the world at this year’s Congress in Bangkok,” said Prida Tiasuwan, chairman, ICA Congress 2019.

“The increasing diversity of the organization is reflected in the largest ever presence of female delegates and speakers at this year’s event.”

The event also announced plans to introduce a new membership status called “Accredited Ethical Member” via an application coinciding with membership renewal each year.

The ICA Congress, usually held every two years, enables industry experts to share their latest knowledge and insights with members of the trade, industry professionals and media.

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The ICA selected Thailand, the global hub for colored gemstones, to be the first country to host its Congress for the third time, in 1987, 2005 and now 2019. The first event was held in Idar Oberstein, Germany in May 1985.

The ICA Congress this year received sponsorship from colored gemstone businesses from Thailand, Gemfields and the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT).

“The 19th ICA Congress attracted leading speakers in the colored gemstone industry from around the world, including Sean Gilbertson, Alberto Milani, Bill Boyajian, Susan Jacques, Gaetano Cavalieri and top executives from retailers Chow Tai Fook and Lao Feng Xiang, among many others,” said Santpal Sinchawla, ICA Secretary and Chairman of the Steering Committee for the Congress.

The seminar program included panel discussions about digital marketing, featuring speakers such as Amedeo Scognamiglio, of Amedeo Jewelry, Benjamin Guttery of Third Coast Gem.

Challenges facing jewelry designers, with speakers such as Fulvio Scavia and Paula Crevoshay.

For the first time a Congress had a panel of past presidents, which 5 of the past 9 presidents, Roland Naftule, Sadaharu Fujita, Paolo Valentini, Israel Eliezri and Benjamin Hackman.

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A panel on the four major gem trading countries in Asia consisted of Santpal Sinchawla from Thailand, Pramod Kumar Agrawal from India, Altaf Iqbal from Sri Lanka and Dr. Lu Ren from China.

The event also had a panel of Young Entrepreneurs from Thailand, giving a peak into the future of the industry with Anurak Sinchawla, Billie Hughes, Maria Belmont and Veeraya Tritonan as the panelist.

A 2 hour session on Responsible Gemstone Sourcing was moderated by Jean Claude Michelou and curated by Prida Tiasuwan. The session consisted of talks by Charles Lawson, Cedric Simonet and a panel session with Stephan Reif, Rui Galophim, Warren Boyd as panelists.

ICA also formally launched its CSR initiative ‘Gems Keep Giving’ at the Congress.

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Inaugural Select Tucson Show a Success

It provided buyers the opportunity to meet with well-known fine jewelry designers and top-tier manufacturers.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Select’s inaugural Tucson Jewelry Show on February 2-3 was a big success garnering accolades from buyers and exhibitors alike. Select Tucson segued smoothly into the AGTA GemFair which opened Tuesday, February 4. It did not interfere or overlap with the main Tucson shows and provided buyers the opportunity to meet with well-known fine jewelry designers and top-tier manufacturers before the other shows for better use of their time.

The show was held at the luxurious Westin La Paloma Resort. The two-day event featured 63 renowned designers and brands including; A. Link, A&D Gem/DVANI, Aaron Henry, Abbott Jewelry Systems, Afarin, Alex Sepkus, Artistry Ltd, Asher, Ava Couture, Breuning, Charles Krypell, Color Masters, Daniella Design, David Connolly/Jabel, Debra Navarro, Dilamani, Eichhorn, Eli Jewels, Erica Courtney, Frederic Sage, Gemveto, Gem + Jewel, Gem Platinum, Gordon Company, Graymoor Lane Designs, Gumuchian, Gurhan, Hari Jewels, Heera Moti, Henderson Collection, House of Baguettes, Hulchi Belluni, Jennifer Dawes Design, John Atencio, John Varvatos, JudeFrances, Jye’s Luxury Collection, KC Designs, Kimberly Collins, Lauren K, Lika Behar, Luca Lorenzini, Makur, Mastoloni Pearls, Mazza Company, Mémoire, NEI Group, Oscar Heyman, Pe Jay Creations, Peter Storm, Picchiotti, Platinum Born, Pohl Jewelry Design, Precision Set, Royal Pearl, Style Gems, Suna, Suzy Landa, Tanya Farah, Toby Pomeroy, William Levine, With You, and Zeghani.

Tucson is a new addition to the Select series of successful fall trade shows held at the Ritz-Carlton in Dallas. Washington DC, and Mohegan Sun Resort in Connecticut. Select Jewelry Shows are smaller, intimate shows featuring approximately 60 better brands, highly regarded designers and top-tier manufacturers. For the convenience of store owners and buyers the shows are just two days, Sunday and Monday.

For more information about the upcoming fall shows contact the show manager Jordan Brockhaus-Spears at 844-285-1103 or email info@selectjewelryshow.com.

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Brosway Italia Sponsor of “The South Florida Bloggers Awards”

12 awards, 100 awards nominees, 300 expected influencers and 3000 South Florida members attended the event.

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(PRESS RELEASE) Last Sunday, Brosway, # 1 Fashion jewelry brand in Italy, was the official sponsor of the highly anticipated “The blogger awards of South Florida” award ceremony in Miami, an international event aimed at celebrating the successes of the entire US bloggers community.

12 awards, 100 awards nominees, 300 expected influencers and 3000 South Florida members attended the event in the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

A Brosway gift was present in every prize won by bloggers and in bags distributed to all participants.

The first 12 winners were honored by Brosway with a set of jewels and watches from the best-selling collections.

Repeated emotional moments followed one another throughout the day. In the afternoon, numerous speeches such as “Influencer Growth Strategy” recorded full theaters.

Brosway is always happy to support young new talents and new professional figures, such as influencers, and that’s why he decided to become part of the organization “The blogger union” as a sponsor.

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INHORGENTA MUNICH 2020: Growing Stably

Around 26,000 trade visitors from more than 80 countries attended the event in Munich from February 14 to 17.

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(PRESS RELEASE) INHORGENTA MUNICH was the international meeting place for the jewelry, timepiece and gemstone industry for four days. Around 26,000 trade visitors from more than 80 countries attended the event in Munich from February 14 to 17 and experienced a diverse range of brands, top-flight talks and a dazzling supporting program.

Klaus Dittrich, chairman and CEO of Messe München, sums up the successful trade fair as follows: “The number of exhibitors and visitors, their internationality, the mood at the fair and the feedback from participants—simply everything was right over the past four days. INHORGENTA MUNICH’s concept is compelling and we’re delighted about that.”

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Stephan Lindner, president of BVJ—Federal Association of Jewellers, Jewellery and Watch Retailers, also gave a positive verdict: “After a good 2019, a successful season and a decent start to the year, we expected a good attendance in Munich. However, the high quality of the jewelers there and the great demand doubtless came as a positive surprise to many an exhibitor. We’re very happy with how INHORGENTA MUNICH went.”

Excellent business platform for newcomers and established players

The challenging environment at present was hardly a topic and the trade fair again proved to be an ideal business platform, as confirmed by numerous exhibitors. That was especially clear in Halls A1—Timepieces and B1—Fine Jewelry: Both halls were booked out down to the last square meter and offered the many visitors a mix of established players in the industry and newcomers with innovative products. Jason Newman, country manager Germany and export director Worldwide at the Festina Group, was highly delighted to be back at INHORGENTA MUNICH: “Our expectations were fulfilled completely. Our main goal was to showcase our expanded brand portfolio in this international atmosphere. The fair’s success is reflected in the orders we obtained and the high attendance at our stand.”

The opinions were also positive in Hall B1, one example being Luisa Rosas, whose jewelry collection and stand design are strongly inspired by nature and who celebrated a successful premiere at INHORGENTA MUNICH. “During the trade fair we realized how important INHORGENTA MUNICH is in the market and how helpful it is for a new brand to be discovered,” is how David Geraldes, sales director, sums up the presence of the Portuguese newcomer.

Partner country Switzerland and TRENDFACTORY MUNICH excite visitors

Not only many stands this year were inspired by nature, but also the central section of Hall C2 “Contemporary Design & Vision.” The focus of its content and design was on sustainability and future retail. The program of presentations on these two top issues in the industry was well-attended and the top-flight speakers were delighted at the keen interest. The designer Guya Merkle spoke at TRENDFACTORY MUNICH: “Sustainability is a very important topic. It’s courageous and commendable for INHORGENTA MUNICH to take the issue up.”

Exhibitors in Hall C2 were very pleased about the many visitors and the focal topics there. One of them was jewelry designer Claudia Hoppe: “I’m delighted that Hall C2 took up the issues of sustainability and the future of retail and I think everything worked out very successfully.”

Switzerland was this year’s partner country at INHORGENTA MUNICH. There was keen interest in the Salon Suisse, the heart of Switzerland’s presence as partner country, showcased top watch brands and a supporting program on Swiss watchmaking. The Salon Suisse was opened by Markus Thür, the Consul General of Switzerland in Munich. He was thrilled by his country’s presentation: “The presence is lively, diverse, radiates a great appeal and lets us experience the Swiss world of watches with a lot of emotion.”

The exhibitors at the Salon Suisse, which included the artisans Czapek, Parmigiani and Oscillon, not only displayed top-class timepieces, but also the underlying precision technology made in Switzerland.

Dirk Boettcher, sales director at Parmigiani Fleurier, summarizes his impressions of the trade fair: “INHORGENTA MUNICH is growing steadily in importance and will continue to do so in the industry moving ahead. The Salon Suisse is a small oasis in the hustle and bustle of the fair and goes down well with our retailers.”

INHORGENTA AWARD and Jewelry Show: “The places to be”

The INHORGENTA AWARD Gala was fully sold out: Around 500 guests were there on Sunday evening to see the coveted trophy presented in eight categories. As is tradition, the focus was on the winners and their innovative designs, but the industry also used the gala evening to network intensively. There was another crowd puller that attracted no less attention: The Jewelry Show, where beautiful jewelry creations, such as by Hans D. Krieger, IsabelleFa and Gellner, inspired visitors. Claudia Hoffmann, who is a stylist and co-founder of the Fashion Council Germany and was at the Jewelry Show for model styling and also a member of the award’s jury, sums up the two events: “Quite simply, they were the places to be this weekend.”

Stefanie Mändlein, exhibition director of INHORGENTA MUNICH, is already looking ahead to the next staging of the fair: “The positive feedback from our long-standing and new exhibitors and from visitors is confirmation of our strategy of developing the trade fair platform further in close and constant dialog with our customers. We’ll be able to welcome further international top brands from the jewelry and above all the watch sector next year.”

The next INHORGENTA MUNICH will be held from February 19 to 22, 2021, at the Messe München Exhibition Center.

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