The Jewellery Industry Fair in Melbourne confirms its solid reputation after hosting a second successful event with over 660 guests and close to 60 exhibitors showcasing the latest and greatest of the industry, leaving attendees and industry professionals excited – and wanting more. The two-day event brought the best of Australian and New Zealand jewellery to the Port Melbourne Timber Yard for a weekend of thrilling entertainment and business opportunities.
Despite starting off with some wet weather, spirits at the Fair were not dampened. The hum of positivity and excitement spread throughout the crowd of revellers and saw the skies clear over Melbourne as the gates opened into the Timber Yard. When met with smiling faces, a goodie-filled showbag and a complimentary glass of bubbles, it is virtually impossible to not enjoy yourself and this was evident through the vibes around the venue. Attendee, Alicia Hannah Naomi says, “I honestly felt the fair greatly exceeded my expectations. It felt very organised and high end but still fun. I am really glad I attended and looked forward to next year”.
With so much to see and do, guests happily made their way around the hall. Being in a space with numerous like-minded people means the conversation never ceases. Meeting with exhibitors from all over Australia and New Zealand, shopping amongst the stalls, meeting and building relationships, the Fair proved to be a definite need-to-be place in order to network with the best in the industry. Those in attendance came, stayed, and enjoyed making their way through the event by connecting with new people in an environment that felt positive, refreshing and safe.
Amongst the hustle and bustle of the Fair, many big industry names were in attendance. The Jewellery Industry Fair connected the bridge between both Australia and New Zealand with some New Zealand based exhibitors present. The Fair also welcomed Debbie Whiting, the owner of Jewellery Time Magazine. which further cements the industry’s Trans-Tasman relations. Making the trip across the pond was clearly a necessity this year to see the massive exhibition at the Fair and, of course, to enjoy all of the amazing luxuries provided to all of those in attendance.
Pictured: Laura Moore, Jeremy Keight, Debbie Whiting.
All guests were encouraged to relax and enjoy the fun-filled weekend, which was not hard to achieve with the arrangement of delicious food trucks, mouth watering treats like the Palloys gelato cart, hand massages, and freshly shucked Blackman Bay oysters sponsored by Showcase Jewellers.
Additionally, the completely sold-out cocktail party was an obvious hit amongst the guests. Held under the sky then the shining stars on the Saturday night, guests tickled their taste buds with an assortment of delicious food, felt the rush of endorphins from the funky live music of Paul “Little Paul” Jamieson, and kept the conversation and beverages flowing well into the night. There is truly no better way to invigorate and inspire industry professionals than producing a lively experience that creates instant memories for all involved.
All the time and sensational effort put into the Melbourne Fair did not go unnoticed. Fair organisers were met with an overwhelming positive response from guests and exhibitors alike, receiving congratulations on their efforts and the excitement for what the future holds. Run by the Jewellery Industry Network, the Jewellery Industry Fair in Melbourne is the second to be held. The Network excitedly announced that they will be bringing their Fair to Sydney for the first time in August this year.
“We absolutely loved our time at the fair, it was beautifully put together. Thank you so much team for all your hard work”, Nicole Viney Jewellery says. “The cocktail party was a great time to meet and catch up with suppliers and jewellers”, Nicole adds. Retailers saw massive successes with designers like Seraga England Jewellery saying, “I managed to select all of my stones for my forthcoming collection which I’m very happy about!”. The positive responses continue to come further proving how important events like the Jewellery Industry Fair are and how appreciative those involved are.
The Jewellery Industry Fair brings together all members involved in Australia and New Zealand’s jewellery industry and it is clear the Network is dedicated to providing an excellent event built to enhance member’s businesses, build new relationships and grow together in the industry. The next edition in Sydney has a lot to live up to, but with the dedicated team of organisers on the job, the August Jewellery Industry Fair is set to be another must-see event that you will not want to miss.