Facets show begins today
GEM SHOW: The 16th International Gem and Jewellery Show -
Facets Sri Lanka 2006 with over 150 stalls will showcase a wide array of
gemstones and elegant jewellery produced both locally and abroad will be
held from September 6 to 9 2006 at the BMICH, which is the largest
convention and exhibition centre. There will be many foreign
participants among the stallholders and many international buyers are
expected to visit this glamorous national event.
A walk along the isles of the two exhibition halls will prove to be a
truly unforgettable experience. In Hall A, buyers could discover a
glittering array of the most beautiful and colourful gemstones from
'cornflower blue' sapphires to star rubies that show off with their
'sharp rays', to honey coloured Cats Eyes with their 'milk and honey'
effects to Alexandrites that change distinctly from 'Raspberry red to
A wide range of calibrated gemstones cut to the highest levels of
precision using modern machinery and cutting edge lapidary technology to
facet the stones to bring out their brilliance and lustre will be on
display for visitors to feast their eyes on. Some of these calibrated
gems are destined to be set into the finest Swiss watches.
Sri Lanka has been renounced, since ancient times for its exquisite
jewellery that has adorned Kings and Queens locally as well as overseas.
The jewellery section of the exhibition will be in Hall B where
buyers will be dazzled by exquisite craftsmanship and stunning designs.
Hall B is a must seen area for those who would like a state of the
finest in jewellery "Made in Sri Lanka".
Therefore, the Jewellery Section of the exhibition is a must visit
area for those who would like a taste of the finest Sri Lanka Jewellery
crafted by the most skilled craftsmen in the Island.
The Organisers are also planning to have competitions and present
awards for the Best Booth, Best Gem Cutter, Best Jewellery Designer and
several other surprise events at the Show.
Adding to the international flavour of this trade show, Facets 2006
will include foreign exhibitors from Singapore, Dubai, Thailand, India,
Hong Kong and Myanmar. In addition to the numerous new and regular
buyers from overseas, the organisers are making special arrangements to
welcome trade delegations from Thailand and India.
For this year's show, the organisers have planned to allot a booth
each to the Gemmologists' Association of Sri Lanka and the Gem and
Jewellery Institute to showcase their educational activities, and the
Lapidary Segment of the SLGJA to display innovative gemstone cuts and
In addition the Gem Miners' Association will be afforded an
opportunity to display their rough gemstones.
Three booths have been allocated at a discounted rate to be given out
to small and medium Scale Enterprises (SME), that were affected by the
The principal sponsor of FACETS 2006 will be the National Gem and
Jewellery Authority. The Sri Lanka Export Development Board, with a
wealth of experience and expertise in trade show management will assist
the Facets Secretariat.
SriLankan Airlines will function as the official airline for the
show. Their flights from major destinations will bring in visitors to
the show on a special package that is now on offer.
The Organisers acknowledge and appreciate the vital encouragement and
support given by the various government departments, particularly the
Sri Lanka Customs, Department of Exchange Control and the Department of
Fiscal Policy, as well by the local and foreign exhibitors and buyers,
who have all contributed to the growth of this exhibition over the