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Sri Lanka the Sapphire Capital of the World sparkles at the Jewellery Shanghai Show 10 – 13 May 2013
 

  

A record number of exhibitors and visitors at the Jewellery Shanghai Show 2013 held from 10- 13 May 2013, at the Shanghai World Exhibition & Convention Center, propelled the event to unprecedented success with both exhibitors and buyers reporting an increase in confirmed orders during the four day Fair.  The Shanghai Fair is the biggest exhibition in an international jewellery bonanza in eastern China. Encouraging results were recorded at the 2013 edition of the Fair, with 75,000 buyers from 48 countries and regions attending, while domestic buyers came from 24 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities. The 2013 edition was the largest in the Show’s history and set records in terms of visitors, exhibitors and exhibition space. Continuing last year’s success, the this year edition attracted over 2,000 exhibitors from the USA, Italy, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey including Sri Lanka to feature their exclusive products.

A vast variety of magnificent jewellery products of excellent craftsmanship showcased at the four-day event, included glistening gold jewellery, fashionable platinum and silver jewellery, prestigious pearl, diamond, Jade and gemset jewellery, fine diamonds and fine quality gems. Packaging and display materials and related products and services were also displayed, making it a highly professional sourcing platform for the jewellery industry.

The “Sri Lanka Pavilion” at ‘Jewellery Shanghai Show 2013’ was organized by the National Gem & Jewellery Authority (NGJA) with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) and with the assistance of Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing for the fifth consecutive year. The “National Pavilion” which displayed a glittering array of Gems and Jewellery from Sri Lanka presented by thirty members of the Trade, attracted buyers from China and other leading consuming countries. The members of the “National Pavilion” were successful in securing orders for gems and fine quality jewellery and establishing its position as the leading producer of fine quality Blue Sapphires to the global market. In addition to “NGJA” official, Mr. Juzar Adamaly, Chairman – Facets Sri Lanka 2013 participated in the National Pavilion, promoting ‘FACETS Sri Lanka’ – the Sri Lanka International Gem & Jewellery Show and important buyers to the fair accepted the invitation extended to visit “Facets Sri Lanka 2013” in September 2013.

Minister of Land and Environment Resources, Mr. Fenming Sun - Secretary General to the Gem and Jewellery Traders Association of China (GAC), H.E. Ranjith Uyangoda – Ambassador for Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing, Mrs. Hasanthi Dissanayake, Consul General of Sri Lanka Consulate in Shanghai, Mr. Janaka Udaya Kumara Director General of NGJA and Mrs. Shirani Ariyaratne Commercial Counsellor of Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing joined to ceremonial opening of the Sri Lanka Pavilion and inspired the participants, and congratulated ‘NGJA” & “SLGJA” for continuing with the ‘National Pavilion’ concept. Export of Jewellery from Sri Lanka to China has recorded a increase in 2012 in comparison with the corresponding figure in 2011. However, National Gem and Jewellery Authority have identified the market requirements and wish to create a strong platform for fine quality coloured gems and gem studded Jewellery in China. 




Highlights of the assumption of duties by Mr. Amitha Gamage
as the Chairman & CEO of N.G.J.A on 17th  April  2013






Highlights of the assumption of duties by Mr. R.M Janaka  Udaya Kumara  as the Director General of N.G.J.A on 14th March 2013


   

  



Sri Lanka Participation at ITB 2013 – Travel and Tourism Fair in Germany




As per the request made by Mr.Prasad Galhena, Chairman & CEO of NGJA, Mr. Ahsan Refai, Managing Director of M/s Zam Gems (Pvt) Ltd, a leading Jewellery Manufacturer and Exporter in Sri Lanka has offered a jewellery piece – Cat’s Eye Moonstone Pendent with Ruby Cluster made in 18k yellow gold for the raffle draw to be held at the Sri Lanka Pavilion at the ITB 2013 – Travel and Tourism Fair in Germany. The weight of the Cat’s Eye Moonstone is 9.59 carat and Rubies weighing 1.09 cts. Mr. K.L.D. Dayasagara, Senior Manager (Personnel & Admin) of NGJA handedover the pendent to be awarded to the Raffle Draw winner  to Mr. Rumy Jauffer, Managing Director of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.






Local Gem and Jewellery Industry Gets Boosts from SLT Rainbow Pages Press Launched held on 15th January 2013 at Galle Face Hotel Grand Ballroom Hall



   

   


Highlights of the Seethawaka Abimana 2013 held from 09th -12th January 2013 at the Siripiyarathana Central College , Padukka

   


 
 



Highlights of the “Sri Lanka Pavilion” at the China International  Jewellery Fair  held from 12th to 16th December 2012


     
      
                                                                         

Chinese buyers mesmerized by the splendor of Sri Lankan Sapphires


Mr. Prasad Galhena, Chairman / C.E.O. of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority (NGJA) stated that the NGJA with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Consulate in Shanghai has organized the ‘ Sri Lanka Pavilion’ at the China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair for its seventh consecutive year at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center. The Sri Lanka Pavilion consists of twenty (20) Sri Lankan Gem and Jewllery Trading Companies.

The China International Gold Jewellery and Gem Fair is a premier event dedicated to the booming jewellery market in China. This event hosts jewellery makers from different parts of the country allowing them to display a variety of exquisite pieces in gold and precious gems. It seeks to promote the jewellery making trade in the country, highlighting the economic progress that has come to define Chinese domination of the world economy in the last decade. Boosted by rapid growth in the retail market and in the overall economy in recent years, shanghai is one of the wealthiest cities in China, one where there is high demand for luxuary goods, fine jewellery in particular. Shanghai, therefore has become the gateway for overseas enterprises to enter the vast China Market. Therefore Shanghai as the Commercial City of China has amazing consumption market and trading environment for Gems and Jewellery.

A vast variety of magnificent jewellery products of excellent craftsmanship showcased at the four day event included glistering gold jewellery, fashionable platinum and silver jewellery, prestigious pearl, diamond, jade and gemset jewellery, fine diamonds and fine quality gems. Packaging and display materials and related products and services were also displayed, making it a highly professional platform for the jewellery industry.
The Exhibition was ceremonially started on 9th November 2012 with the participation of Mr.W.H.M. Nimal Bandara, Director General of NGJA and Mrs. Hasanthi Dissanayake, Consul General of Sri Lanka Consulate in Shanghai. Mrs. Hasanthi Dissanayake the Consul General of Sri Lanka Consulate in Shanghai stated in her speech the Sri Lanka Consulate in Shanghai, National Gem and Jewellery Authority and Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association intend to work closely with the Gem & Jewellery Traders Association of China to build up strong Platform for the Gem and Jewellery trading community in Sri Lanka. She further stated that the close relationship which the government build up with the Chinese government help them to increase business activities in China. The NGJA with the assistance of Consulate has embarked on an intense campaign to promote Sri Lanka 'Coloured Gem Stones' in the fast expanding Chinese market.

The four-day event, organized by UBM China Ltd, the China Gold Association, and the Shanghai STEO Exhibition Co Ltd, features a good mix of participants from around the Globe. Continuing last year’s success, this year event attracted over 410 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions and attracted 8,493 visitors in total including Sri Lanka,  Afghanistan, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Nepal, New Zealand, Poland, South Africa, Thailand, USA, as well as Hong Kong and Taiwan regions with in a space of 17,000 sq.m. to feature their exclusive products.
Mr. W.H.M. Nimal Bandara, Director General of NGJA emphasized that the ‘National Pavilion’ which displayed a glittering array of Gems and Jewellery from Sri Lanka presented by twenty members of the trade attracted buyers from China and other leading consuming countries. The members of the “National Pavilion” were successful in securing orders for fine quality gems calibrated sapphires and fine jewellery and establishing its position as the leading producer of fine quality Blue Sapphire to the global market.
Mr. Bandara and Mrs. Dissanayake visited the ‘Sri Lanka Pavilion’ and inspired the participants, and congratulated ‘NGJA’ for continuing National Pavilion concept.

Mr. Galhena further stated that the NGJA considers facilitation of Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Trading Community for participation in international Trade Fairs through out the world as its major promotional activity. Due to the importance of Chinese market NGJA has scheduled to organize Sri Lanka Pavilion in another leading international gem and jewellery exhibition in China - Beijing during the month of December.
Mr. Prasad Galhena added that the National Gem and Jewellery Authority have identified the market requirements and created a strong platform for fine quality gems and gem studded jewellery of Sri Lanka in China.


            





Press Release

JEWELS Sri Lanka 2012 – INTERNATIONAL GEM, MINERAL AND JEWELLERY FAIR


JEWELS Sri Lanka 2012, International Gem, Mineral and Jewellery Fair, is scheduled to be held on 7th, 8th and 9th December 2012 at the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall. The Fair will be organized by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority in collaboration with the Gemmologists Association under the guidance of the Ministry of Environment.

Hon. Anura Priyadarshana Yapa, Minister of Environment, states that this international trade exhibition is organized with a view to showcasing local small and medium scale gem and jewellery manufacturers to the international market and making Sri Lanka the international gem and jewellery hub.  The Minister also says that the Fair is expected to uplift the small and medium scale gem and jewellery dealer community under the guidance of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, according to the Mahinda Chinatana Vision for the Future.

Mr. Prasad Galhena, Chairman of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority says that the Authority is tasked with promoting, developing and regulating gem and jewellery industry in terms of section 14 of the Gem and Jewellery Authority Act No. 50 of 1993. JEWELS Sri Lanka 2012 will boost the local and foreign demand in these sectors under the guidance of His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse and the Minister of Environment.  The Chairman further states that he will work towards achieving these objectives by holding exhibitions and trade fairs locally and overseas and by providing incentives for it.  Mainly two local exhibitions are conducted in Sri Lanka and Facets Sri Lanka is one of them. It is organized by the Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Traders Association, and the National Gem and Jewellery Authority has been sponsoring the event from its inception.

Mr. Galhena points out that nevertheless JEWELS Sri Lanka 2012 International Fair is organized for the second time by the initiative of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority with full financial assistance with a view to providing exposure of international trade fairs to those engaged in the local small and medium scale gem and jewellery sector.

The sale of trade stalls has already begun and the stalls can be reserved from the JEWELS Sri Lanka 2012 Secretariat located at the National  Gem and Jewellery Authority premises. Already leading local and foreign gem and jewellery dealers have reserved trade stalls in this exhibition. Mr. Nimal Bandara, Director General of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority, states that over 250 foreign buyers from many countries including the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, California, Russia, Singapore and China have expressed their interest to attend the event.  He further says that a special move has been put in place in order to secure the attendance of many buyers from some European countries that had not transacted with Sri Lanka before.

This fair is conducted in three halls of the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall complex.  The Authority has decided to allot 100 stalls in Hall A to large scale gem and jewellery dealers, 30 stalls in Hall B for education programmes aimed at expanding knowledge on jewellery sector and assisting  freshers to the field, and 70 stalls in Hall C free of charge to hitherto unfocused small and medium scale entrepreneurs full of talent yet having economic difficulties, who have been identified to represent all provinces in the island.

The JEWELS Sri Lanka 2010 was held with all its glory and splendor and the National Gem and Jewellery Authority expects that the event this December will draw crowds exceeding the previous fair by more than 50,000 attendees from the general public and that it intends to give a valuable gem with the entry ticket as a memento for each attendee.

Mr. Prasad Galhena, Chairman of the National Gem and Jewellery Authority, further stated that 2011 was the golden year of gem and jewellery exports and the first half of this year has seen exports worth 297 million US Dollars, achieving an increase of 35% over 2011. As such, Mr. Galhena predicts that Sri Lanka’s gem and jewellery exports will see a record growth with year 2016 hitting the 1000 million US dollar mark in annual exports.
Special arrangements have been made to ensure the security of the attendees and the Gem and Jewellery Authority intends provide insurance cover for their tickets for the first time.  Children coming in school uniforms will be admitted free of charge and a special programme is underway to raise the schoolchildren’s awareness on the gem and jewellery sector.

Both local and foreign media personnel have been invited to provide media cover for the event. The main sponsorship for the fair will be provided by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board  and it will be co-sponsored by the Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, the People’s Bank, the Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation, Fedex Express, Sri Lankan Airline, the Tourism Board, the Mount Lavinia Grand Hotel, Printcare, Ranpath etc.

Government institutions such as Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Industry and Commerce and the Board of Investment will make their contributions for the event.

The Gemologists Association of Sri Lanka also plays a pivotal role in promoting the gemological sector.  Enhancing the knowledge on gems, introducing the experts in the fields of gem cutting and jewellery designing, highlighting talent and creating a surge of interest in the field by triggering competition through a series of contests including photographic competitions, and thereby promoting the gem and jewellery sector are expected through the exhibiting of gems found in Sri Lanka.  The exhibition will also be promoting the Diploma in Gemmology, which regularizes education in the field.
A special fashion show will be the highlight on the first night of the Fair while the next two days will feature a special study tour on gem and jewellery industry organized for foreign buyers.


Highlights of “National Gem & Jewellery Authority Pavilion"  at the Facets 22nd  Sri Lanka International Gem & Jewellery Show from 5th to 8th September 2012.
 

   

   

 

 

Visit of His Royal Highness king Mswati iii and Queen Inkhosikati Make Mahlangu  of Swaziland to Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Exchange, World Trade Center on 15th August 2012 at the invitation of National Gem and Jewellery Authority 

    

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

    



Employees of National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) who have completed 20 years of satisfactory service and presented with a gold sovereign and a certificate, pose for a photograph with Chairman & CEO Mr.Prasad Galhena at a ceremony held on 23rd July 2012 at the ‘NGJA’ Auditorium.



From left to right
Mrs. Priyanka Pushpa Kumari, Mrs. Ruwani Jayasekera, Mrs Ariyaratne Menike, Chairman & C.E.O , Mrs. H.A.Mala Mangalika, Mrs.K.D.Pathmarani, Mr.K.H.Subasena

 

       
       





Chairman & C.E.O National Gem and Jewellery Authority Mr.Prasad Galhena Meeting H.E. the Ambassador  

Mr.Wu - Jianghao, for Peoples Republic of China in Sri Lanka; on 18th July 2012 at the Chinese Embassy.

 



Highlights of the “Sri Lanka Pavilion” at the Singapore International Jewellery Show  held from 12th to 15th July 2012

   

 

 

Gem & Jewellery Exports shine in the 1st half of 2012
By Ajith Perera – Deputy Director General
National Gem & Jewellery Authority


The Gem Diamond and Jewellery export sector has recorded an overall growth of 40per cent in U.S. Dollar terms as at end June 2012, earning a revenue of USD.64.17 Million in comparison with the corresponding figure of USD.45.78 Million in 2011. A detailed breakup is given below.

 2011(Jan-June)  

(USD. Million)

2012 (Jan – June)

(USD. Million )

Variance

Gems

45.78

64.17

40%

 Service

Cutting Sector

0.80

  1.28

  61%

Jewellery

 8.94

 12.44

 39%

 Diamonds

 163.71

  220.66

  35%

 Others

 0.77

 8.45

 

 220.00

  307.00

  39.5%

The most significant growth is recorded by Jewellery Exports, where the benefit of total value addition is gained and the service cutting and Diamond manufacturing industries where Sri Lanka has proved the presence of a highly skilled workforce of Lapidarists and Diamond cutters. U.S.A., Thailand, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Italy, France, India, Malaysia, Singapore, China, Canada and Germany are among the top export destinations for Sri Lankan gems and Jewellery.
Today we are promoting our products in world class Trade Fairs and Exhibitions held in many countries such as the U.S.A., Japan, Hong Kong, Switzerland, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, China, India and France.

In order to showcase Sri Lanka’s unique gem and Jewellery product offering to the world, by paving a way to exports for local entrepreneurs, by building strong local and international trade linkages at every level of the industry, the National Gem and Jewellery Authority has come forward to be the principal sponsor of Facets Sri Lanka – 2012 to beheld from 5th to 8th September and the organizer of “Jewels Sri Lanka – 2012” scheduled to be held from 7th to 9th December 2012.

 


A Boost to the Gem & Jewellery Industry

Prasad Galhena, Chairman & C.E.O of National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA)  hails the directive issued by His Excellency the President, Mahinda Rajapakse, to Sri Lanka Customs aiming at further liberalizing the clearance of gems at the Bandaranayake International Airport.

According to this newly introduced scheme; inbound passengers would be allowed to clear rough or cut & polished gemstones; brought  in by them on payment of a Service Fee of USD 200/- to Sri Lanka Customs at the Air Port it self.  This proactive directive would undoubtedly benefit the gem and jewellery sector by enabling the stakeholders to procure gem material from other producing countries at competitive rates and bring them to Sri Lanka for value addition and re-export.

The strengths and opportunities position Sri Lanka well to pursue further development of the gem and jewellery industry and make feasible the vision of (NGJA) of creating Sri Lanka in to a Centre for coloured gemstones.  This initiative would enable buyers to procure all varieties of gems not found in Sri Lanka. 





Highlights of the “National Gem and Jewellery Authority Pavilion” organized at the” Sobha” Environmental Exhibition on 03rd & 04th June 2012  at Royal Junior School Grounds.
 
   



A boost for the gem and jewellery import & export activities


Deshabandu M.Macky Hashim, Chairman Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) commends Dr.Neville Goonawardena, Director General of Customs and Prasad Galhena Chairman & CEO of National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) for the proactive decisions taken to facilitate the Gem and Jewellery Importers and Exporters.  At a meeting arranged by ‘NGJA’ at the request of the ‘SLGJA’; convened by the Sri Lanka Customs on 31st May 2012 the following decisions were taken.

(a)    To have a specially designated Customs office to process gem and jewellery import consignments at the Arrival area of the Bandaranaike International Airport.
(b)    To implement a speedy process of handing over the gem and jewellery import parcels after Customs formalities placed in a secured pouch to the importer, to bring them within   
          03 working days to Customs Unit at ‘NGJA’ Colombo Office for inspection & release.
(c)    To  allow the above clearance procedure to those dealers who obtain foreign exchange as per 2012 Budget Proposals to procure gems from other producing countries.

The  country’s gem and jewellery industry will receive a shot in the arm by these decisions, which would substantially slash the time taken to clear import parcels; with   the resultant advantages to industry stake holders who operate on time constraints.  The major outcome of these decisions will be to increase the global competitiveness of our gem and jewellery industry with a resultant increase in foreign exchange earnings and the generation of new job opportunities.

Gem, Diamond & Jewellery  Exports at a glance

Year

Export Value  USD Mn.

Year on year variance

2009

392.43

 

2010

400.55

2.07 %

2011

520.12

29.85 %

2012 up to April

183.05

 







Highlights of the “Sri Lanka Pavilion” at the Jewellery Shanghai Show  held from 10th to 13th May 2012

 
       

       
 






Opening of the Sales Outlet – offering tools, equipment & appliances used in the Gem & Jewellery industry ;
 at the NGJA- Matara Regional Office on Thursday 3rd May 2012.

  






Chinese buyers mesmerized by the splendor of Sri Lankan Sapphires

Mr. Prasad Galhena, Chairman / C.E.O. of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority (NGJA) stated that the NGJA with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association (SLGJA) and the assistance of the Commercial Section of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing and the Sri Lanka consulate in Shanghai has organized the ‘ Sri Lanka Pavilion’ at the Jewellery Shanghai Show held from 10-13 May 2012 for the fourth consecutive year. The Sri Lanka Pavilion consisted of Thirty Four Sri Lankan Gem and Jewllery Trading Companies.
 
According to Mr.Galhena, the Sri Lanka Pavilion was ceremonially opened on 10th May 2012 by His Excellency Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda, the Ambassador for Sri Lanka in Beijing. The Ambassador stated in his speech that the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing, National Gem and Jewellery Authority and Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association intend to work closely with the Gem & Jewellery Traders Association of China to build up a strong Platform for the Gem and Jewellery trading community in Sri Lanka. He further stated that the close relationship which the Sri Lankan government has built up with the Chinese government helped them to increase business activities in China.

Mr.Galhena further stated that, China and Sri Lanka enjoy a strong and friendly relationship based on cultural and traditional values for years.  This relationship has evolved in to a significant economic and commercial partnership; under the guidance of our President, His Excellency Mahinda Rajapakse, who has introduced new policy initiatives and meaningful fiscal measures which have largely contributed to the healthy growth of the gem and jewellery industry in Sri Lanka.

He added that, Gem Exports to China have recorded  a significant growth during the past few years as shown below.  The initiatives, the National Gem and Jewellery Authority   took with the active participation of Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association to focus on the huge market potential in China, have paid rich dividends.  As a result, more  than one hundred and twenty five Sri Lankan gem & Jewellery companies have ventured successfully  in to the Chinese market in the year 2011.

Gem Exports to China

Year

Year on Year variance

on value terms

2010

191%

2011

178%


The exhibition was organized by the Gem and Jewellery Traders Association of China with the collaboration of National Gem and Jewellery Technology Administrative Center. Continuing last year’s success, this year’s event attracted over 400 exhibitors from over 20 countries and regions including Sri Lanka,  Thailand, Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan with in a space of 23,000 sq.m. to feature their exclusive products.

Boosted by rapid growth in the retail market and in the overall economy in recent years, Shanghai is one of the wealthiest cities in China, one where there is high demand for luxuary goods, fine jewellery in particular. Shanghai, therefore has become the gateway for overseas enterprises to enter the vast China Market., while local enterprises can access the international market via Shanghai. Therefore Shanghai as the Commercial City of China has an amazing consumption market and trading environment for Gems and Jewellery.

A wide variety of magnificent jewellery products of excellent craftsmanship showcased at the four day event included gold jewellery, fashionable platinum and silver jewellery, prestigious pearl, diamond, jade and gemset jewellery, fine diamonds and fine quality gems. Packaging and display materials and related products and services were also displayed, making it a highly professional platform for the jewellery industry.

Mr. Galhena further stated that the NGJA considers facilitation of Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Trading Community for participation in international Trade Fairs throughout the world as its major promotional activity. Due to the importance of Chinese market, NGJA is scheduled to organize “Sri Lanka Pavilion” in two other leading international gem and jewellery exhibitions in China during the second half of 2012.

Mr. Galhena further emphasized that the ‘National Pavilion’ which displayed a glittering array of Gems and Jewellery from Sri Lanka presented by   members of the trade attracted buyers from China and other leading consuming countries. The members of the”National Pavilion” were successful in securing orders for fine quality gems, calibrated sapphires and fine jewellery and establishing its position as the leading producer of fine quality Blue Sapphires to the global market.

His Excellency Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda, the ambassador for Sri Lanka in Beijing visited the ‘Sri Lanka Pavilion’ and inspired the participants, and congradulated ‘NGJA’ for continuing the National Pavilion concept. The assistance given by Mrs Shirani Ariyaratne, Commercial Counselor in Beiging and Mrs. Hasanthi Dissanayake, Consul General in Shanghai helped in no small measure for the success of the ‘Sri Lanka Pavilion’  

Mr. Galhena added that the National Gem and Jewellery Authority have identified the market requirements and wish to create a strong platform for fine quality gems and gem studded jewellery of Sri Lanka in China.   






Distribution of tools, equipment and appliances used in the Jewellery Manufacturing Industry to Associations representing the ‘SME’ Sector at the 'NGJA' Auditorium on 11th April 2012 by Chairman & CEO of 'NGJA'

Being yet another facility offered by the National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) towards the development of the jewellery industry in Sri Lanka; a distribution of above items to three Associations in Gampaha District representing jewellery manufacturers has been organized on Wednesday the 11th April 2012 at the ‘NGJA’ Auditorium.

The following are the beneficiaries  of this programme.

(a)    Attanagalla Craft Development Society with 66 members.
(b)     Gorakadeniya  Jewellery Manufacturers’ Association with 61 members.
(c)    Samastha Lanka Jewellery Manufacturers’ Association with 80 members.

‘NGJA’ believers that, the above modern tools, equipment and appliances would enable the ‘SME’ jewellery manufacturers to produce jewellery items of high quality acceptable in both local and overseas markets alike.

The ‘NGJA’ intends to extend the above tool distribution to Associations based in Central, Southern, Nothern and Eastern provinces as well .
Adding another dimension to its services, Authority is finalizing arrangements to offer display and sales facilities to market the jewellery items produced by ‘SME’ manufacturers; at  a well appointed Show Room & a sales outlet located at Level -5 of World Trade Centre.  All jewellery items offered for sale at this outlet will be ‘Hallmarked’ guaranteeing the purity of the precious metal. ‘NGJA’ is of the firm belief that the above outlet would be a “Window of Opportunity” for SME’ Sector.

The Gem, Diamond and jewellery sector has recorded an overall growth of 58% percent as at end March 2012, earning a revenue of Rs.18.37 billion in comparison with the corresponding figure of Rs. 11.61 billion in 2011. 

Jewellery exports have shown a 33 percent growth earning an income of Rs.630 million as against the figure of Rs.472 million in 2011.
The strengths and opportunities position Sri Lanka well to pursue further development of the gem and jewellery industry and make feasible the long term objective of creating Sri Lanka in to the trading hub of Asia with a wide variety of gemstones, latest designs and worldwide trusted customers.

 

    

 

 

 


Visit of the delegation from gem & Jewellery Association of Singapore

to Factory of Nisol Diamonds (Pvt) Ltd on 29.03.2012

       


 

 


Highlights of the  Meeting between Chairman – N.G.J.A  and Members of the

Gem & Jewellery Association  of Singapore on 29th March 2012.

     

 

 


Sri Lankan Gems receive a boost in the German Market.


     

Visitors to the ‘Sri Lanka Pavilion” trying their luck to win the Blue Sapphire at the Raffle Draw

The winner of the Raffle Draw receives the price – a fine quality Blue Sapphire from Sri Lanka.


Highlights of the presentation organized on 15th March 2010 by the “NGJA”

 

Topic - "Light up with Information Technology"

Resource Person " Mr.Sajith Weerakoon, C.E.O, GlomeTec Pvt. Ltd. 

 

Meeting held with Mr.Zhongjian Chen, Chairman of the Board, Shanghai Zhongneng, Enterprise Development (GROUP) CO.LTD. Shanghai, China, and Mr.Jiang Hongzhou, Council Member  of China Association for International Friendly contact , Beijing, China  with Chairman & CEO of NGJA on 14th March 2012.

 



Images of the Meeting with H.E.Dr.Samuel K.Mbambo High Commissioner

of the Republic of Namibia for India & Sri Lanka and Chairman & C.E.O NGJA – held on 13th March 2012

 


Namibia

  • In Namibia, diamonds account for more than 45% of the country’s export revenue, 7% of the government revenue and approximately 10% of the country’s GDP
  • Namibia produces approximately US$0.9 billion worth of diamonds a year
  • Namdeb, a Namibia diamond mining company, invests approximately N$2 million [US$296,386] in corporate social development projects annually
  • Namdeb is the largest corporate responsibility contributor to the socio-economic development of Namibia
  • The Namibian diamond industry employs 3,200 people
  • The diamond mining industry is the largest single employer in Namibia after the government


It was transpired at the meeting that, apart from diamonds; Namibia produces gem varieties such as tourmaline, agate and garnet.  The representative of the Sri Lankan Ministry of External Affairs mentioned that, they intend to lead a Trade Delegation to Namibia in the near future and those members from the Gem and Jewellery sector those who wish to participate may contact Ajith Perera, Deputy Director General, on Tele No. 2324695 or e.mail him to gemautho@sltnet.lk.


Some of the Blue Sapphire crystals found in Kataragama gem deposits

An extract from the e.mail sent to 'NGJA' by Mr. Vincent Pardieu Supervisor, Field Gemology - GIA Laboratory, Bangkok is shown below.

"Here is a selection of photographs taken during the GIA (Gemological Institute of America) expedition that took place in Sri Lanka between Feb 28th and March 09th 2012 with the support of the NGJA (National Gem and Jewelry Authority). During that expedition GIA field gemologists visited the new sapphire mining sites near Kataragama. A complete report on that expedition and on the new sapphires from Kataragama is under completion and will be published soon in collaboration between GIA and the NGJA"

A highly transparent "icy" blue sapphire crystal from Kataragama, the rough gem is about 40 carats.

Photo: Mr. V. Pardieu / GIA Laboratory Bangkok

A young girl from Kataragama present a small sapphire crystal found on the road construction site.

Photo: Mr. V. Pardieu / GIA Laboratory Bangkok

A Large sapphire crystal (more than 500 carats) from Kataragama examined in a cosy restaurant in Colombo.

Photo: Mr. V. Pardieu / GIA Laboratory Bangkok

Mr. Ranga, the Kataragama farmer at the origin of the discovery of the Karatagama sapphires, with a 40 carats sapphire crystal from Kararagama.

Photo: Mr. V. Pardieu / GIA Laboratory Bangkok

Mr. W.H.M. Nimal Bandara, Director General of the NGJA, at the morning meeting organized by the NGJA with the sapphire miners at the mining site near Kataragama on March 08th 2012.

Photo: Mr. V. Pardieu / GIA Laboratory Bangkok

 

Gem and Jewellery sector continues it’s growth momentum

The Gem, Diamond and jewellery sector has secured an over all growth of 46% as at end February 2012 earning a revenue of  Rs.10,851 Mn in comparison with the corresponding figure of Rs.7449 Mn in 2011.

Export of fine gemstones brought in a revenue of Rs.2379 Mn recording a 43% growth while jewellery exports generated revenue of Rs.463 Mn boasting an impressive 48% growth.

The service cutting industry showed signs of recovery by recoding a Rs.46 Mn income with a 40% growth.

The feed back we are getting from those traders who are exhibiting at the BASELWORLD-2012; which is considered as the most prestigious event in Europe; is very encouraging. The European buyers are showing a keen interest on fine quality blue sapphires of large sizes.

In its export market promotion programme this year the National Gem and Jewellery Authority. (NGJA) intends to organize “Sri Lankan Pavilions” in the following International Gem & Jewellery events.

1.    Jewellery Shanghai Show                                                         10-13 May
2.    Hyderabad Jewellery, Perl and Gem Fair                               22-24 June
3.    Singapore International Jewellery Show                                 12-  15 July
4.    Hongkong International Jewellery Show                                  19-25 September
5.    Malaysia International Jewelex                                                  October
6.    China International Jewellery Show (Beijing)                          1-5 November
7.    China International Gold, Jewellery and Gem Fair (Shanghai) December 


Images of the meeting held on 29th February 2012 between Chairman & CEO of ‘NGJA’ and  Mr.Vincent Pardieu, Supervisor, Field Gemmology, Gemmological Institute of America Laboratory, Thailand during his visit to Sri Lanka to conduct gemological research on the new Blue Sapphire deposit in Kataragama.


The National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) earns a record income from the Gem Land Auction held in Kataragama, Thammannawa (Seenukkuwa) area on 24th February 2012


 

  1. Ownership of the mineral rights of the country is vested in the Government of Sri Lanka and National Gem and Jewellery Authority has been designated as the sole Authority responsible for the issue of licenses to carry on the gem industry whether it is carried on in or over any state or private land.
  1. The National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) established by Act.No.50 of 1993, is mandated with the development, regulation and promotion of the gem Industry and the jewellery industry in Sri Lanka.
  1. While the top soil was removed from a land in Seenukkuwa belonging to Forest Conservation Department in the Thammannawa village near Kataragama for the Kataragama Lunugamwehera road development project under the “Maga Naguma Programme”; a gem deposit was discovered and thousands of people rushed into the area to remove the gem bearing soil, which necessitated the intervention of officials from National Gem and Jewellery Authority, Forest Conservation Department, assisted by the Police, inorder to minimize the environmental damages and disruptions caused to day to day life of general public. A course of action to be carried out was finalized by the above teams of officials under the guidance of Hon.Anura Priyadarshena Yapa, Minister of Environment and the Secretary to the Ministry.
  1. Subsequently the above land was surveyed and demarcated in to 49 blocks with an extent of 10 - 15 perches per block and the above blocks were auctioned on Friday the 24th February 2012 at 10.00 a.m. at the Pradeesheeya Sabah Auditorium - Kataragama. The “NGJA” was successful in earning a record income of Rs.271 Million from the above auction and block No.13 fetched the highest amount of Rs.22.0 Mn. followed by block No.s 6 & 7 which fetched Rs.20.00 Mn. each.32 Blocks recorded an income of Rs.1 to 5 Mn. and 10 blocks earned a revenue of Rs.5 to 10 Mn, while 07 blocks earned an income over Rs.10.00 Mn. It is pertinent to note that, the lowest bid recorded was Rs.1.00 Mn. which was an ample testimony to the great confidence the leading members of the gem mining community had placed in this treasure trove of a land.
  1. The majority of gems found in this land which was auctioned, belong to corundum family and consist of well defined crystals of blue sapphire, having a deep blue body colour. It was the opinion of the Gemmologists of National Gem and Jewellery Authority that most of the above blue sapphires could be cut and polished without subjecting them for heat treatment. Further, the above gem deposit is believed to be a primary deposit in pegmatite rock. “NGJA” intends to carry out a scientific research on the neighboring land and obtain data on the availability of gem deposits therein.
  1. The NGJA, with the firm belief that, the benefits of this treasure which mother nature has bestowed up on the people of this area, should be divided among them in an equitable manner, has decided to allocate 03 blocks of land to 03 groups of people from the same area, certified by the Divisional Secretary. These three groups are expected to carry out the gemming under the supervision of the “NGJA” as a mining project. Gems found through these projects shall be sold by tender and the proceeds after deducting all the expenses will be divided on 30/70 basis between “NGJA” and the members of the group respectively.

It is pertinent to note that the demand for Blue Sapphires from Sri Lanka in the global market is on the increase. We hope that the gems found in the Thammanna area would be a boost to our Blue Sapphire exports with the resultant benefit to the National Economy.

Highlights of the NGJA display site at the Deyata Kirula Exhibition held from 4-10 February 2012

   

     



Sri Lankan Sapphires to soar in 2012

The Gem, Diamond and Jewellery sector has recorded an overall growth of 29.11% percent in 2011, earning a revenue of USD 547.24 Mn. in comparison with the corresponding figure of USD 423.85 Mn. in 2010. The following charts shows the growth in each sector,

Year

Gems

Jewellery

Diamond

Tourist Sales

Total

2010

68.44

15.82

316.2

23.39

423.85

2011

91.70

19.00

407.50

29.04

547.24

 National Gem and Jewellery Authority (NGJA) attributed the industry’s strong performance to the dynamism, flexibility and determination of the Stake holders of the gem and jewellery industry and proactive business friendly policies of the government.

Thailand has become the top buyer of Sri Lankan Gems with an import value of USD 20.81 Mn. Narrowly exceeding the USA, which recorded USD 20.31 Mn. worth of gems imports from Sri Lanka. Hong Kong, Switzerland and Italy ranked 3rd , 4th & 5th recording import values of USD 19.43 Mn., 7.78 Mn. & 2.5 Mn. respectively.

Top 10 Export destination countries for Sri Lankan Gems

Country

Export Value in USD Mn.

Variance %

 

2010

2011

1.       Thailand

14.25

20.81

46

2.       USA

17.73

20.31

14.5

3.       Hong Kong

11.61

19.43

67

4.       Switzerland

5.22

7.78

48

5.       Italy

0.54

2.50

361

6.       India

2.23

2.33

4

7.       Singapore

1.43

2.20

53

8.       Indonesia

1.53

1.88

22

9.       France

2.08

1.85

-11

10.   Malaysia

1.32

1.83

38

 (Source – Statistics Division – NGJA)

Blue Sapphire boasted the pride of place by heading the variety list as always, proving yet again that Sri Lanka is the principal source for fine quality natural Blue Sapphires. In the year 2011 Sri Lanka was successful in exporting 330,318 carts of Blue sapphire to the value of USD 53.20 Mn.

Thailand and USA showing almost the same import values of Blue Sapphires; from Sri Lanka had Hong Kong, Switzerland & France trailing behind them as shown below.

 Export of Blue sapphires – 2011

Country

Export Value (USD Mn.)

% of total Blue Sapphire export value

1.       Thailand

14.50

27%

2.       USA

14.09

26%

3.       Hong Kong

13.65

26%

4.       Switzerland

4.14

8%

5.       France

1.20

2%

 (Source – Statistics Division – NGJA)       

It was unanimously agreed that “the Coloured gemstone industry must leverage on their products’ uniqueness, rarity and intrinsic value, and develop a more focused long term business strategy to remain competitive in the luxuary goods market”, by the trade members attending the mines to market conference held in Jaipur, India in November 2011.

The strengths and opportunities position Sri Lanka well to pursue further development of the gem and jewellery industry and make feasible the long term objective of creating Sri Lanka in to the Green & Ethical Trading hub of Asia with a wide variety of gemstones, latest designs and worldwide trusted customers.


Highlights of the 32nd episode of the Lecture Series Organized by NGJA for the benefit of the members of the Trade

 

Topic - "Gemstones found in Afghanistan"
Date - Friday 20th January 2012
Resource Person - Mr. Vincent Pardieu - Field Gemologist - G.I.A. Laboratory, Bangkok


Presentation of stamps of gems, including a stamp of Sri Lankan Blue Sapphire by Ms.Heike Faller of Germany to Mr.Prasad Galhena, Chairman & CEO of NGJA on 17th January 2012

The Sri Lankan Blue Sapphire has been depicted in the latest issue of a Stamp in Germany. The Stamp depicting the Sri Lankan Sapphire was launched on the occasion of the birthday of German President Christian Wuff.



      



Highlights of the assumption of duties by Mr. Prasad Galhene as the Chairman & CEO of N.G.J.A on 5th January 2012




 




  Presentation of “Gold Awards” to members of the staff completing 20 Years of exemplary service by Gen.  Rohan De S. Daluwatte, Chairman & C.E.O. of National Gem & Jewellery Authority on 13th December 2011 at the National Gem & Jewellery Authority Conference Room

Award Recipients

1)     Mr. R.M. Mahinda Bandara
2)    Mr. K.D.N.S. Karunarathna
3)    Mr. R.M. Thilakarathna
4)    Mr. P.W.P.J. Karunarathna
5)    Mr. R.M. Senevirathna
6)    Mr. K.D. Wijepala
  
                                                                                                                                            


Business matching session organized by the N.G.J.A. on 12th December 2011 at the Board Room between Ms. Sandy Liu, General Manager, TANIX, Shenzhen, China and five ‘SME’ jewellery manufacturing companies.
Participating Companies
1)    Ru Silver Jewellery
2)    ORIX Gems and Jewellery
3)    Silver Strings
4)    Brilliance Gem & Jewellery
5)    Mermaid Jewellers








Highlights of China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem fair held from 2 - 5 December 2011 in Shanghai


 
 



Highlights of the meeting held with Companies engaged in gem & jewellery sales for foreign currency; on 8th December 2011 at the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management, organized by Police Tourist Division, National Gem & Jewellery Authority & Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.







Highlights of China International Jewellery Show held from 23-27 November 2011 in Beijing


   

 


Chinese buyers captivated by the splendor of Ceylon Sapphires

General Rohan Daluwatte, Chairman / C.E.O. of the National Gem & Jewellery Authority (NGJA) stated that the NGJA with the collaboration of Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association and with the assistance of the Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing has organized the ‘ Sri Lanka Pavilion’ at the China International Jewellery Show held from 23 – 27 November 2011 for the third consecutive year. Setting a record, the Sri Lanka Pavilion showcased the products of forty six (46) Sri Lankan Gem and Jewllery Companies.

The National Pavilion was ceremonially opened on 23rd November 2011 by H.E. Mr. Ranjith Uyangoda, Ambassador for Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing,  with the participation of Commercial Councilor of Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing, General Manager & Exhibition Manager of the Gem and Jewellery Association of China.

The Sri Lanka Gem and Jewellery Association had arranged a Special Promotional campaign on “Ceylon Sapphire” – The Royal Gem Stone and the Sri Lanka Pavilion was designed to highlight the splendor of the Royal Wedding ring worn by Lady Kate Middleton in April 2011, which was mounted with an exquisite Blue Sapphire from Sri Lanka.

The exhibition was organized by the Gem and Jewellery Traders Association of China with the collaboration of National Gem and Jewellery Technology Administrative Center. Continuing last year’s success, the recently concluded event attracted over 1100 exhibitors from over 20 countries and regions including Sri Lanka, Thailand, Korea, Switzerland, and Taiwan within a space of 23,000 sq.m. to feature their exclusive products.

Boosted by rapid growth in the retail market and in the overall economy in recent years, Beijing is the administrative city of China, where there is high demand for luxuary goods and fine jewellery in particular. A vast variety of magnificent jewellery products of excellent craftsmanship showcased at the five day event included glistering gold jewellery, fashionable platinum and silver jewellery, prestigious pearl, diamond, jade and gemset jewellery, fine diamonds and fine quality gems. Packaging and display materials and related products and services were also displayed, making it a highly professional platform for the jewellery industry.

General Daluwatte further stated that the NGJA considers facilitation of Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Trading Community for participation in international Trade Fairs held through out the world, as its major promotional activity. Due to the importance of Chinese market soon after the event in Beijing, NGJA organized a Sri Lanka Pavilion in China International Gold, Jewellery and Gem Fair held in Shanghai ( 2 – 5 December 2011) for the 6th consecutive year with the participation of twenty Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Traders. The Sri Lanka Pavilion was ceremonially opened on 2nd December 2011 with the participation Ms. Hasanthi Dissanayake, Consul General of Sri Lanka Consulate in Shanghai and participants of Sri Lanka Pavilion. Furthermore the NGJA is scheduled to organize Sri Lanka Pavilion in three leading international gem and jewellery exhibitions in China during the year 2012 by emphasizing Sri Lanka as the leading producer of high quality Sapphires to the world. 

General Daluwatte further emphasized that the ‘National Pavilion’ which displayed a glittering array of Gems and Jewellery from Sri Lanka presented by forty six members of the trade attracted buyers from China and other leading consuming countries. The members of the “National Pavilion” were successful in securing orders for fine quality gems, calibrated sapphires and fine jewellery and firmly establishing its position as the leading producer of fine quality Blue Sapphires to the global market.

General Daluwatte added that the National Gem and Jewellery Authority have identified the market requirements and wish to create a strong platform for fine quality gems and gem studded jewellery of Sri Lanka in China.   


             


Opening of the Gem Testing & Certification Laboratory at the Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Exchange – Level – 4 - Booth 33/1, World Trade Centre on 1st  December 2011 by
General Rohan Daluwatte, Chairman & CEO of National Gem & Jewellery Authority.

Services Provided

•    Free Gem Testing Service for Foreigners.
•    Gem Testing Memo Specifying the variety of the gemstone.
•    Detailed Certificate
•    Information on services provided by the National Gem & Jewellery Authority.

  

  

    
  

 

Highlights of the Gem Auction held on 1st November 2011 at the "NGJA" Auditorium, Ratnapura.








National Gem and Jewellery Authority congratulate the following Award recipients on their achievement.

1). Best Exporter of Gems - 2010
* Gold Award - Ellawala Exporters (Pvt) Ltd
* Silver Award - Priyantha Gems
* Bronze Award - Mushan International

2). Best Exporter of Gem Studded Jewellery - 2010
* Gold Award - Wellawatta Nithyakalyani Jewellery
* Silver Award - AMS International (Pvt) Ltd
* Bronze Award - Atankara SKR (pvt) Ltd

3). Best Service Cutting Company - 2010
* Gold Award - Radiant Gems International Ltd.
* Silver Award - Herbert Stephen Lanka (Pvt) Ltd
* Bronze Award - Mr. V.H.S Wasantha

4). Best Green and Ethical Gem Miner (Mechanized) - 2010
* Gold Award - Mr. Channa Samarawickrama (Rathnapura)
* Silver Award - Mr. K.P.Yasapala (Colombo)
* Bronze Award - Mr. M.W.Chaminda Thushara (Naula)

5). Best Traditional Gem Miner - 2010
* Gold Award - Mr. Harry Donald Weerasekara (Rathnapura)
* Silver Award - Mrs. M.G.D. WiJenayake (Mathara)
* Bronze Award - Mr.Nalin Muditha Kumara (Opanayaka)

6). Best Diamond Reexporter - 2010
* Gold Award - Lank  Diamond Polishing Ltd (Former Blue Diamond Ltd)
* Silver Award - Diamond Cutters Ltd
* Bronze Award - Brooky Diamond (pvt) Ltd

7). Best Exporter of Diamond Studded Jewellery - 2010
* Gold Award - Blue Diamond Jewellery World Wide Ltd
* Silver Award - Alankara SKR (Pvt) Ltd
* Bronze Award - Zam Gems (pvt) Ltd

8). Best Compliance in Hallmarking - 2010
* Gold Award - Raja Jewellers (Pvt) Ltd
* Silver Award - Devi Jewellers (Pvt) Ltd
* Bronze Award - The Silver Smith (pvt) Ltd

9). Best Regional Manager
* Gold Award - Mr. Wimalarathna Muthugala
* Silver Award - Mr. S.D.J. Lionel
* Bronze Award - Mr. D.T. Kulananda

10). Best Enforcement Officer
* Gold Award - Mr. M.P.S. Gunasinghe
* Silver Award - Mr. N.A.D.Pemsiri
* Bronze Award - Mr .H.P. Karunathilake

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All the award winners with the chief guest.

    

Highlights of the Gem & Jewellery Exhibition and Sale held at Ratnapura on 1st & 2nd November 2011 to commemorate the 40th Anniversary of NGJA

  

 

Highlights of the Pirith ceremony and Alms giving held in Colombo NGJA office to mark the 40th Anniversary.

  
 


Turkish Buyers mesmerized by the splendor of Sri Lankan Sapphires

General Rohan Daluwatta Chairman/ CEO of National Gem and Jewellery Authority stated that the NGJA with the assistance of Turkish Consulate in Sri Lanka organized the ‘Sri Lanka Pavilion’ at the 33rd edition of the Istanbul Jewellery Show held from 13 – 16 October 2011 for the first time. According to the organizers record number of exhibitors and visitors at the event propelled the event to unprecedented success with both exhibitors and buyers reporting an increase in confirmed orders during the four day fair.

Boosted by rapid growth in the retail market and in the overall economy in recent years, Istanbul is one of the wealthiest cities in Turkey, one where there is a high demand for luxury goods, fine jewellery in particular. Istanbul as the commercial city of the Turkey has gained a special recognition as a perfect venue for international traders to develop key contacts and promote their products and brands to Turkish Market. The Choice of Istanbul as the venue for the show reflects not only its reputation as a cosmopolitan city and a fashion trendsetter but also its strategic proximity to major population centers. Istanbul therefore has become the gateway for overseas enterprises to enter the vast Turkish Market, while local enterprises can access the international market via Istanbul. Therefore Istanbul as the commercial city of Turkey has a amazing consumption market and trading environment for Gems and Jewellery.

The economy of Turkey is highly developed, with USD 92.170 billion worth of Foreign reserves as at March 2011 and recoded a GDP of USD 1.116 Trillion in 2010 boosting a 8.2% GDP growth in 2010.According to current statistics, Turkey has made the list for the top five countries in the world for Jewellery manufacturing. It has the capacity to produce 400 tons of gold and 200 tons of silver in to Jewellery annually. Many industry observers consider Turkey as a close competitor to Italy today. The precious metals and Jewellery industry is one of the biggest manufacturing sectors in Turkey today. It employs about 250,000 people and is dominated by 50 major companies.

Since its launch, the Istanbul Jewellery Show has established itself as one of the must attend events in the Euro-Asian region. The 2011 edition has set new records in terms of size, number of exhibiting countries and number of exhibitors, affirming the industry’s confidence in the Show as a high-quality trade event in the region. Continuing last year’s success, this year event attracted 300 exhibitors from 24 countries namely Australia, Rusian Federation, Canada, China, France, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Poland, Thailand, the United States, Lebanon, Belgium, UK, Switzerland, Canada, Lithuania, Spain, Denmark & Sri Lanka featuring their exclusive products.

A vast variety of magnificent jewellery products of excellent craftsmanship showcased at the four day event included glistering gold jewellery, fashionable platinum and silver jewellery, prestigious pearl, diamond, Jade and gem set jewellery, fine diamonds and fine quality gems. Packaging and display materials and related products and services were also displayed making it a highly professional sourcing platform for the jewellery industry.


General Daluwatta further stated that the National Gem and Jewellery Authority as the government institute established by an Act of Parliament to develop, regulate and promote the gem and jewellery industry in Sri Lanka , considers facilitation of Sri Lankan Gem and Jewellery Trading Communityfor participation in international trade fairs throughout the world as one of its main functions. Sri Lankan Exhibitors were succeful in securing orders for fine quality gems, calibrated sapphires and establishing its position as the leading producer of fine quality Blue Sapphires to the World.

General Daluwatta elaborated that the NGJA have identified the market requirements and wish to establish a market for fine quality gems and gem studded jewellery in Turkey.

He added that, in its expanded promotional programme ‘NGJA’ intends to organize ‘Sri Lanka Pavilions’ at leading gem and jewellery events in Hong Kong, Russia Federation,, Turkey, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, China and a selected show in the Middle East in the year 2012.

   



Highlights of the Visit of H.E. Mr. Truong Tan Sang, President of the Vietnam to Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Exchange on 15th October 2011. 

 
 






Highlights of the “Sri Lanka Pavilion” at the Istanbul Jewellery Show held from 13th to 16th October 2011



Exhibitors List
1.    Blue Duke International
2.    Furqan Ali & Sons
3.    Regal Gems (PVT) LTD
4.    Saf’s  Classique Gems (PVT) LTD
5.    Shakira’s Gem and Jewellery
6.    The Memories

     

   



    

 


     

                                        
                                                        

    

                     


 

 



 

     





  




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