It was positive news all round at International Jewellery London this week as the industry event of the year celebrated its 60th Diamond Edition with a glittering three day show at Olympia Grand in London.
Sam Willoughby, Event Director, commented: "We are delighted with the results achieved at IJL’s 60th Diamond Edition and would like to thank everyone involved in making this year’s event such a resounding success. IJL just seems to get better and better each year. Our exhibitors have praised the great location, quality buyers and a superb environment in which to conduct business, resulting in an increase in our rebooking figures for 2016. Our Diamond Club visitors have commented on the wealth of first class exhibitors, as well as the array of innovative, industry information shared through the seminar programme and the jewellery trends brought to life on the Catwalk.”
Olympia, once again, provided an iconic setting for over 550 exhibitors across 38 countries to showcase their collections. New exhibitors and visitors all reporting a positive atmosphere with excellent networking and industry intelligence opportunities. The Diamond Jubilee celebrations included a spectacular Late Night Shopping Event on Sunday 6 September, with an additional Catwalk Show featuring a unique 'Diamond Blaze' scene, exclusively curated for the anniversary.
IJL2015 set many new records. These ranged from a record 155 new exhibitors (80% of which were in fine and designer jewellery) to positive growth in Diamond Club members. Early records show there was a 5% increase in visitors, from over 40 countries, including UAE, Germany, France, Switzerland, South America, Italy and Ireland - adding to IJL's reputation as a truly international event.
Rebooking for IJL 2016 has broken all records with brands such as Domino, Hans Krieger, Ti Sento, Storm, Sif Jakobs and Tivon already signed up for 2016.
Views from some of our exhibitors...
“We have had an excellent show and made some very good contacts with key retailers. It is a very well organised show,” Morrie Knopp, Owner, Beverly K.
“Olympia is an easy to access location with a range of exhibitors across all categories. IJL is the biggest jewellery fair exhibiting great, young talent in the design area. We have seen a good mix of clients from the UK and Ireland”. Anna Lee, Managing Director, Storm.
“IJL met our business needs well – introducing us to a wide range of buyers and press. One of our favourite parts has been the media exposure and there seemed to be a good number of the jewellery industry here at the show.” Teresa Timberlake, Director, TLKE.
“IJL meets our business needs well through brand exposure and meeting new retailers. The London venue is good and the level of customers exceptional.” David Azulay, Wholesale Director USA, Uno de 50.
“IJL meets our needs 100%! To succeed in the UK and Ireland, you have to be at the show. We welcomed many new clients and most of our existing stockists came and ordered too. IJL is a very strong industry event.” Soren Dahl, SEO, Sif Jakobs Jewellery.
“IJL is at a perfect time of the year and Olympia is a great venue. It is the best jewellery show by far- there are no similar events of its kind in the UK.” Ariel Tivon, Managing Director, Tivon Fine Jewellery.
“IJL meets our business needs perfectly. We’ve met key retailers which is great for networking too.” Dotan Meirov, COO, MID Diamonds.
“IJL provided us with a good opportunity for gaining insight into the UK market and getting feedback from local customers. Being at IJL also gave us the chance to welcome the Ambassador of Latvia and representatives from the Latvian Investment and Development Agency to our stand. The venue is beautiful - the multitude of natural light makes for a great atmosphere.” Anita Sondore, Designer and Owner, Anita Sondore.
“Without a doubt IJL is the best jewellery show in the UK. IJL brings us great business through attracting key clients, certainly encouraged by the beautiful venue.” David Maine, Co-Director, Chrysalis Jewellery.
“IJL allows us to showcase our brand on a larger scale than in-store appointments allow – it is the largest jewellery event in the UK.” Caitlin Mulford, Account Manager, Daisy London.
“As we wanted to test the UK market, IJL is the most important event with a high number of buyers and retailers, many of whom we met. Visitors can easily find what they’re looking for.” Simone Cesari, Owner, Cesari Diffusione.
“Being a KickStarter has been an amazing way to start showing at IJL. The initiative provides a great opportunity to test the market, especially as it is much more international than other UK shows.” Flora Bhattachary, Designer and Owner, Flora Bhattachary Fine Jewellery, KickStarter.
“IJL has been a fabulous showcase for my work – bringing together a diverse range of buyers and retailers in a networking environment. IJL is different from other UK events in its size and prestige. I have loved being a Bright Young Gem.” Charlotte Asherson, Designer, Bright Young Gem.
And from The Diamond Club and Visitors...
“IJL is the essential date in the diary each year to meet industry contacts, both retailers and suppliers. It is the right time of the year, the venue is compact so it’s easy to catch up with everyone and the Diamond Club is extremely supportive and helps make a busy weekend more straight forward.” Jason Rigby, Director, E S Rigby & Sons Ltd.
“IJL is total inspiring.” John Quayle, Owner, Justice British Designer Jewellery.
“IJL has been helping our industry shine brightly for 6o years. Put on our shades and let IJL and Olympia dazzle us for decades to come.” Fiona Hopper, Managing Director, Hoppers Jewellers.
“IJL 2015 is a fabulous looking show, probably the best one we’ve seen in the UK for a number of years. We especially liked the feeling of having a different show upstairs to downstairs.” Simon and Nadine, Owners, Marmalade Fine Jewellery.
Save the dates for IJL 2016
4-6 September 2016, Olympia Grand, London