If you’re in the jewelry, gemstone, or fashion industry, you have probably been to a jewelry show or trade show in your lifetime. There are many jewelry shows hosted throughout the world, some independently run, some sponsored by major jewelers, and some hosted by associations like Jewelers of America. At these shows, you can purchase loose diamonds and gemstones like tanzanite, opal, ruby, or sapphire; you can peruse the latest trends in the jewelry industry; and you can network with suppliers, distributors, jewelers, and customers.
So which are the best jewelry shows in the world? This is a list of my top picks.
SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show
Happening this year: August 6-8, 2016
Location: Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, GA
The Atlanta Jewelry Show has been working with jewelers from the southeast region of the United States for over 60 years, and if you’re an American and don’t have the funds for international travel, this is a great in-country option. With over 500 booths on display, jewelers, distributors, and customers can meet and mingle in a comfortable environment. This is a favorite jewelry show for independents to come and meet with their local sales representatives and talk shop, stock, and what’s next.
Trendset Munich Trade Fair
Happening this year: July 9-11, 2016
Location: Messe Munchen in Munich, Germany
The Trendset Munich Trade Fair is a 3-day trade show for jewelry and watches held in Germany. The event showcases the newest and best in watch fashion and gems & jewelry products, gifts and handcrafts, and items relevant to the Lifestyle & Fashion industries. Trendset is a professional trade fair (not for consumers) that hosts 35,000 visitors each year – including major corporations and chains – who use the fair as an information-gathering session for early ordering and trends prediction.
JA New York Summer Show
Happening this year: July 26-28, 2016
Location: Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, NY
The JA New York Summer Show occurs for 3 days and is an electric mix of the season’s best buying opportunities—an easy-to-work marketplace that brings the entire industry together for three focused days of trend spotting, treasure hunting, and business-building interaction in the jewelry capital of the world. The show features the collections of renowned international dealers, which attracts tens of thousands of private collectors, museum curators, investors, and interior designers.
The event showcases the latest market trends and prevailing scopes for business development. Qualified buyers regularly attend the show in large numbers, with representatives from leading department stores and jewelry outlets also present. Members of Jewelers of America are already pre-registered for this show, and it’s the perfect opportunity to travel to New York and mix business with pleasure!
Happening this year: March 23-30, 2017
Location: Basel, Switzerland
BaselWorld is the most important trade show in the international watch & jewelry industry, and is organized each spring in the city of Basel, Switzerland. BaselWorld is an 8-day event that showcases the biggest players in the jewelry and watch-making industries, and allows retailers to meet and mingle with professionals in the business and network with international players in the jewelry, fashion, and watch-making worlds to increase sales and their worldwide reach.
India International Jewellery Show
Happening this year: August 4-8, 2016
Location: Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai, India
The India International Jewellery Show is a 5-day event hosted by The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council at the Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) in Mumbai, India. This show is internationally renowned for being a prestigious fashion & jewelry show that provides the finest range of jewels designed by well-known personalities. BCEC is also where exhibitors explore and strategize for the coming season. As one of the most visited jewelry shows in the world, the BCEC showcases only the best and most exclusive range of jewelry items.
Dubai International Jewellery Week
Happening this year: December 7-10, 2016
Since 1995, the region’s largest showcase of jewelry, gold & precious metals, diamonds and colored stones. One of the most glamourous social events on the Dubai calendar. Dubai International Jewellery Week is the Middle East’s leading exhibition for jewelry and precious timepieces. It provides the perfect platform for global and regional manufacturers to meet buyers from the Gulf, North Africa, India and beyond. Based in Dubai celebrated City of Gold Watch & Jewellery Dubai reflects one of the world’s most dynamic and responsive markets for luxury goods.
JCK Las Vegas
Happening next year: June 5-8, 2017
Location: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV
JCK Las Vegas is a 4-day event held at one of the premier resort and casinos in Las Vegas. JCK Las Vegas is one of the leading jewelry events in North America open to all jewelry professionals. Each year, the latest awe-inspiring domestic and international designers and most sought-after trends are showcased in a secure and inspiring environment. The event showcases new products and designs, and also allows professionals and industry experts to attend discussions, networking events, and presentations on market trends, upcoming predictions of consumer wants and desires, and the latest in jewelry and jeweler technology. Everything you want to view and learn about gems, jewelry and natural stones is on display in one of the most vibrant U.S. locales.
HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show
Happening next year: March 2-6, 2017
Location: The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wan Chai, China
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show is a 5-day event held in Wan Chai, China. This is Asia’s largest spring jewelry show that offers loose diamonds, pearls, and gemstones from 3,000+ exhibitors in the gems, jewelry, gifts & fashion industries. The event is known for its displays of fine jewelry, jade, silver, antique & vintage collections, and expansive collections of loose gemstones, including tanzanite, sapphire, rubies, and diamonds.