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Guide to the 2018 International Jewellery Fair

The International Jewellery Fair is packed with informative seminars, innovative displays and priceless networking opportunities. Here is an overview of everything jewellers need to know about the show.

Insightful seminars

Expertise Events is hosting this year’s International Jewellery Festival, and organisers say the event will spotlight on style with top-tier suppliers and designer pieces from almost 200 companies.

“Our three major panel discussions are tackling head-on the biggest issues impacting retail today. With these and the on-floor sessions, we believe there is something for everyone this year – it will certainly be thought-provoking,” organiser Gary Fitz-Roy said.

Guests at the fair are sure to gain knowledge and insight from the following:

Lab grown versus natural

Saturday at 3:00pm, ALTR Created Diamonds president Amish Shah will join Gem Studies Laboratory owner Bill Sechos for an in-depth discussion about the evolution of synthetic diamond technology with questions open to the audience in Lab Grown Vs Natural – The Diamond Shift.

The panel will discuss the creation of synthetic diamonds and how they can be customised and valued. It is sure to be an informative discussion for those who are looking to add synthetics to their store.

Rent is killing my business!

Sunday at 8:30am, Phillip Chapman, the chairman of Lease1, will join Joshua Zarb, the general manager of Leading Edge Group Jewellers for a panel tackling the issue of ever-rising rental costs.

The pair will discuss how retailers can look to stay afloat during the ebbs and flows of business while ensuring the cost of premium location and real estate doesn’t drag down their income.

Zarb and Chapman will also share their forecasts of future rental trends and share advice on how to negotiate a better deal with a landlord, or strategise to break or change existing leases.

Branded versus non-branded

Editor of Better Homes and Gardens, Julia Zaetta has 38 years’ experience in publishing and has worked across print, digital, television and radio throughout her career.

In Branded Vs Non-branded – A Consumer View, Zaetta discusses the change and evolution of consumer buying habits, be it the desire for branded items, ‘unique’ products, or cost-driven purchases.

Zaetta’s insights will offer both suppliers and retailers a glimpse into consumer shifts, emerging habits or buying changes, and will provide sound advice on how to capitalise on them.

Independent retailers conference

Also hosting a number of informative on-floor sessions with guest speakers spanning across the three days, the Independent Retailers Conference covers everything from how to recycle precious scrap metals to gemstone histories:

Using social media to market your business

Sylvia Huang, Founder of The Social Potatoes. 10:30am, daily.

Using customer interactions to achieve incremental revenue increases

Nick Miller, vice-president and sales leader of Podium. 11:30am, daily.

What to do with your scrap metals

Christopher Botha, operations manager, Pallion. 12:30pm, daily.

Presented by the Gemological Association of Australia

Saturday 25 August, 1:30pm – Tony Smallwood

Sunday 26 August, 1:30pm - Detection of synthetic diamonds

Monday 27 August 1:30pm – Kathryn Wyatt

Networking opportunity

Taking into account the importance of networking, the Fair also provides guests with a Happy Hour event to socialise with industry professionals in a laid-back and entertaining atmosphere. The event kicks off at 5pm on Saturday afternoon.

Getting to the fair

1 Parking: ICC Sydney has two car park facilities located within the Exhibition Centre and ICC Sydney Theatre, comprising a total of 826 car spaces. Additionally, there is a number of secure car parks located in and around Darling Harbour, the closest located at Harbourside Car Park, 100 Murray Street, Pyrmont.

2.Ferry: Cruise into Darling Harbour on a ferry with direct services from Circular Quay, King Street Wharf or Pyrmont Bay Wharf.

3. Sydney Light Rail: The Light Rail travels right through a number of Darling Harbour stations including ICC Sydney’s stops: Convention Centre and Exhibition Centre. The Light Rail starts at Central Station in the CBD.

4. Train: A short walk from Central or Town Hall will take you directly to Darling Quarter, Tumbalong Park and Sydney Visitor Centre. Town Hall and Central Stations are a 10-minute walk from ICC Sydney.

5. Bus: ICC Sydney has its own bus stop. Bus routes 389 and 501 stop at Harris Street near Allen Street, a 10-minute walk from ICC Sydney.

6. Taxi: A taxi rank is located at the entry to the Convention Centre off Darling Drive.

The IJF will take place from Saturday 25 August to Monday 27 August.


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