Sri Lanka stages international gem show to entice buyers

June 25, 2008 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s international gem and jewellery trade show ‘Facets Sri Lanka’, a key annual event that helps increase the island’s gem exports, is to be held in September this year, its organizers said. A new feature at this year’s show will be competitions to recognize the best gem cutter, best jewellery designer and the best booth.

The trade show helped increase industry exports to 471 million dollars in 2007, from 364 million in 2005, Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association said in a statement.

The exhibition will be held during 6-9 September for the 18th consecutive year at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo.

“Facets Sri Lanka exhibition is the most important industry event which attracts numerous buyers and sellers from across the globe,” Chanaka Ellawala, chairman Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association says.

The exhibition is organized by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association and National Gem and Jewellery Authority.

Facets Sri Lanka will include 150 stalls displaying products from local and international as well as new entrants to the industry.

“We are making a conscious effort this year to give an opportunity for new entrants