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More than 50 delegates from China for FACETS show


FACETS 2012, Sri Lanka’s only International Gem and Jewellery Show, expected to be held on September 5-8 at the BMICH is scheduled to receive its biggest delegation of over 50 gem and jewellery dealers from different provinces China alone.”China has been a loyal visitor to the exhibition, since we signed a Memorandum of Understanding five years ago with the China Gem traders Association,” said Juzar Adamaly, Chairman of FACETS 2012 in a media statement.

FACETS 2012 is being held for the 22nd successful consecutive year and is a driving force for the increases of export of gems and jewellery.Though all 154 booths for the 4-day event has been sold out, the FACETS secretariat continues to receive inquires from foreign dealers and merchants to visit and exhibit.”We have already received 300 foreign online registrations, and with regards to queries for exhibiting we’ve declined them with much regret since we’ve sold-out the Facets Sri Lanka 2012 show,” he said.

The exhibition is organized by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association and sponsored by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority and the Sri Lanka Export Development Board (EDB). According to the EDB, the exhibition is expected to garner interest, buyers and sellers with the target of achieving US$1 billion by 2015.

Last year the exhibition had 8000 visitors, out of which 2000 were foreigners. “India does not have gem stones at least not in the quality that which we offer. They specifically look for yellow Sapphires for Astrological purposes and Hessonite Garnets,” Mr Adamaly said.

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