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JAA CEO Ian Hadassin will present the "State of the Industry" talk with Colin Pocklington and Coleby Nicholson
JAA CEO Ian Hadassin will present the "State of the Industry" talk with Colin Pocklington and Coleby Nicholson

Seven reasons to attend the show

The upcoming Sydney trade fair will provide a smorgasbord of visitor activities, including seven seminars for retailers to attend in between looking for new products.
World-renowned diamond expert Janice Mack Talcott will kick-start the seminars at 2pm on the first day of the trade fair. In an hour-long session entitled “Selling Diamonds”, Talcott will address sales techniques such as understanding the diamond buying cycle based on five customer types, the selling cycle and clienteling.

There are five seminars on Monday, August 30. The JAA will kick off the day with the first of its two seminars between 8.30am and 9am. JAA chief executive Ian Hadassin will hold a presentation entitled “State of the Industry” in collaboration with Colin Pocklington of Nationwide Jewellers and Jeweller editor Coleby Nicholson.

In a sneak preview of the report that will be published in the  December issue of Jeweller, the session will look at the size of the Australian jewellery industry, the number of shops and suppliers in the market as well as recent JAA initiatives and current trends including the rise of branded stores.

Bangkok-based gem expert Ted Themelis will kick off the GAA “express sessions” at 11.30am with a 45-minute seminar on the latest ruby and sapphire treatments.

From 12.15pm to 1pm, Dr Ahmadjan Abduriyim, the chief research scientist of the Gemmological Association of Japan, will present an update on the identification of synthetic pink diamond melee and natural pearls.

Between 1pm and 1.30pm, EMA Consultants principal Rod Reid will chair the JAA’s second seminar, entitled “Modern Award – what does it mean?” In this session, he will discuss pivotal issues affecting jewellers and their employees, including the new Modern Award and National Employment Standards.

Renowned gemmologist Ronnie Bauer of Bauer Laboratories will present a 30-minute session at 2pm on laser inscription of diamonds and other gemstones.

At 3pm, succession-planning expert Jon Kenfield, CEO of the Solutionist Group, will give the fair’s keynote speech, “Succession Planning in the Family Business”. Kenfield will discuss the difficult challenges of succession planning and hone in on key issues to ensure a smooth transition from one generation of managers to the next.

Exhibitors and retailers are invited to make use of the JAA’s new XYLO Business Lounge, a space for visitors to conduct business. Four computer terminals will provide free internet access and foreign exchange boards will be on hand so attendees can check the latest prices on gold and currency to aid stock buying.

Throughout the fair, the JAA Australian Jewellery Awards entries will be on display in the entry lounge.

Of the hundreds of entries, 154 designs made the final cut. Each piece will be displayed alongside the name of the finalist and a short description of the design.

Various jewellers are competing for accolades in 10 design categories. The exhibition will give fair visitors the opportunity to view all entry pieces prior to the winners being announced.

The highly anticipated awards presentation ceremony will be an exclusive dinner and gala ball on Monday, August 30, at Doltone House, Darling Island Wharf.  

TV presenter Natalie Barr from the morning show Sunrise will be hosting the awards ceremony and a panel of judges with more than 80 years of combined experience will preside over the event.

They include editor and publisher of Marie Claire Jackie Frank, Pandora managing director Karin Adcock and Showcase Jewellers CEO Michael Mishevski, among others.

The Awards celebrate excellence in design, craftsmanship and creativity and recognise some of the most prolific jewellery designers in the country.

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