Huge influx of buyers at facets - proof of Lanka's treasure trove
A record number of over 400 foreign buyer secured gemstones at Sri
Lanka's FACETS 2006 international gem and jewellery show, which
concluded in September, in contrast to 150 overseas buyers at most, who
visited a single FACETS show in the past.
Sri Lanka gems and jewellery
This confirms the turn of popularity Sri Lanka is beginning to enjoy
as the best source of coloured gemstones in the world, and as a trading
hub in the region, Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Authority (SLGJA)
treasurer, Akram Mansoor said. In contrast, the Bangkok Coloured
Gemstone Show, which is Sri Lanka's archrival for precious stone
exhibitions in the region, took place immediately after the FACETS show,
and again proved to be a failure, according to the local trade who
visited the show.
The 16th successive FACETS show, themed, `Gemstones direct from the
source...' perhaps had proved its point that Sri Lanka is the world's
richest treasure trove of coloured precious stones, harbouring over 75
of 200 known mineral varieties. In contrast, Bangkok is known to be
displaying differed stones and Beryllium treated stones.
The better known Sri Lankan coloured precious stones are, Sapphires,
Rubies, Alexandrites, Cats-eyes, Padaradscha, Amethysts, Topaz, Zicons,
Tourmaline, Garnets and Moonstones.
FACETS '06 was held for the second time at the BMICH Exhibition
Centre, Colombo, and buyers present came from all the European Union
member nations, Turkey, USA, Israel, the Middle East, India, Singapore,
myanmar, Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia, besides, comprising most of
the best known buyers from around the globe, Mansoor said. FACETS '06
included foreign exhibitors from Singapore, Dubai, Thailand, India, Hong
Kong and Myanmar.
A record number of 800 local buyers had also made purchases,
strengthening the FACETS customer base. The quantum and value of sales
effected this year has yet to be computed by the National Gem and
Jewellery Authority (NGJA).
Meanwhile, the tentative date for FACETS 2007 is 31 August to 3
The NGJA will facilitate a Sri Lanka pavilion at the China
international Gold Jewellery and Gem Fair, to take place at the Shanghai
Exhibition Centre, Shanghai, China from 1 to 5 November. Leading local
exporters of gems and jewellery will take part.
The SLGJA has nominated Akram Mansoor and M. S. M. Fozli to promote
local gemstones during the show. Mansoor contended that SLGJA which has
over the years promoted the FACETS show aggressively, all over the
world, will begin promoting FACETS 2007, from 1 November this year.
Sri Lanka will also take part in the Jaipur Coloured Precious Stones
Show, to be held in Raj Mahal Palace, in Jaipur India, from 22 to 24
December this year.
Sri Lanka had taken part in the Indian Gem and Jewellery Show, in
Mumbai during the past two years. However, next year, the dates on which
the Mumbai show will be held, coincides with the dates of FACETS 2007
and SLGJA has decided that its members will not take part in the Mumbai
Show Mansoor said.