Sydney Shines Bright – Jewellery Industry Fair Thrives

And just like that, the Jewellery Industry Fair in Sydney has come to a close. All the hype, nervousness, and excitement of all exhibitors, speakers,…

And just like that, the Jewellery Industry Fair in Sydney has come to a close. All the hype, nervousness, and excitement of all exhibitors, speakers, and attendees has paid off, with this edition of the Fair surpassing the JIF Melbourne visits record from earlier this year. The JIF Sydney is a standout event, evidenced by the record-breaking 1028 visits to Carriageworks. 

Following three incredibly successful days, it is abundantly clear the Jewellery Industry Fair transcends the mere label of a typical trade fair. It has firmly established itself as a prestigious platform, celebrated not only for facilitating lucrative business transactions but also for encouraging a dynamic ecosystem where education, community, and unwavering support seamlessly intertwine.

Attendees at this extraordinary event don’t simply display their creations—they submerge themselves in an immersive cultural platform. Here, like-minded individuals come together to unlock depths of knowledge, forming profound connections and accessing indispensable support to propel their businesses to new heights. 

Did you like the Carriageworks venue? Jewellery Industry Fair, Jewellery Industry Network 2023

A change of scenery has garnered sincere appreciation from numerous attendees, who commend the JIF for its bold step into uncharted territory. As Peter Katsoolis, owner of Peter Katsoolis Jewellery, says, “The casual atmosphere [was] reminiscent of the past where people strolled around saying hi and catching up.” This addition has breathed new life into the industry by rekindling the warm and welcoming ambience of yesteryear, a sentiment shared by many.

One of the JIF’s characteristics is the warm welcome extended to all attendees. The organisers are renowned for their hospitality, creating an atmosphere where every participant feels like a valued community member. The sense of belonging and camaraderie fostered at the JIF is unparalleled, making it a truly special experience for newcomers and seasoned professionals.

Another standout characteristic of the JIF is its unapologetic celebration of Australian excellence in the jewellery industry. The event shines the spotlight on the nation’s exceptional talent and craftsmanship, with the prestigious Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA) Australasian Jewellery Awards taking the stage at the event’s soirée. This emphasis on recognising local talent showcases the strength and creativity within the Australian jewellery landscape and JIF’s ethos.

Managing director of the Jewellery Industry Network, Laura Moore says, “The Jewellery Industry Fair champions the Australian industry in every facet, and at our heart, we strive to not only celebrate its immense talent but encourage growth, collaboration and advancement by bringing together industry leaders not just from Australia, but from all over the world.”

When asked about the best parts of the Fair, Cassandra Aldridge from Pebble Jewellery says, “The information and the community feel… How everyone was supportive and welcoming.” The feeling in the atmosphere was undoubtedly felt by many. “It was a really good, friendly atmosphere that was trade-focused and felt welcoming. It was so nice to put faces to familiar names, from suppliers, reps and other industry peers. A lot of new connections and friendships have been made and I look forward to the next time we all get to catch up,” says Andrew Mitchell, a director of Martin Rogers Jewellers.

While the JIF is undoubtedly a national gem, its international recognition is equally impressive. The event attracts speakers from around the world, underscoring its global importance. The commitment to bringing international perspectives to the Australian jewellery community highlights the significance of making the long journey to Sydney to be part of this prestigious gathering.

Business management lead at Hill & Co. and speaker at the JIF, Andrea Lucille Pooler says, “​​It has been absolutely amazing… [JIN] and the team should be proud as [it] has been an incredible event and I was honoured and thrilled to present and share my insights. I’ve enjoyed every second!”

Founder of The Futurist and speaker at the JIF, Paola De Luca says, “Thank you for having me together with other amazing professionals and specialists. The experience [with the] Jewellery Industry Network has been amazing. [I am] looking forward to [seeing] you again in Australia.” This positivity has been heard through the industry grapevine, with people like Gaetano Cavalieri, CIBJO president saying, “It sounds like it was yet another fantastic event… I’ve heard some great things.”

Hillary Christiansen, the executive sales manager of Calleija Jewellery, highlights her favourite aspect of the Fair, stating, “Attending the discussion with Paola De Luca was truly captivating and thought-provoking. I’m still in the process of digesting all the valuable insights that can be implemented to enhance our brand.”

Jewellery design artist and JAA Award winner Alister Yiap shared his positive experience, “I’ve had a great time meeting so many fellow makers, jewellers, and suppliers at the Jewellery Industry Fair and absorbed so much information from the workshops and talks.”

The allure of having all the sought-after professionals and key industry players gathered in a single space is an undeniable reason to attend. Lawrence Aldridge says, “Being able to visit and network with jewellery-specific [businesses] in one place. We would never be able to visit all their head offices. Meeting industry contacts in person is definitely worth the time and effort.”

One of the most significant strengths of the JIF is its ability to unite the industry. Representatives from leading industry associations such as the Jewellers Association of Australia (JAA), Gemmological Association of Australia (GAA), National Council of Jewellery Valuers (NCJV), Gold and Silversmiths Guild of Australia (GSGA), Diamond Guild of Australia (DG), Jewellers and Watchmakers of New Zealand (JWNZ), and the Opals Association of Australia (OAA) all converge under one roof. This united front fostered productive conversations, broke down competitive boundaries, and strengthened the bonds that tie the jewellery community together.

Did you purchase from any suppliers at the Jewellery Industry Fair? Jewellery Industry Fair, Jewellery Industry Network 2023

The JIF’s focus on the industry meant a lot to attendees. “[I am] so glad I attended the [Jewellery Industry Fair]. [It was] very industry-based, [had] brilliant workshops and presentations—a lot learned! We need to focus on keeping our trade alive and up to date,” says Lisa Robertson, the managing director of Kadina Jewellers. 

In addition to its educational and community-building aspects, the JIF understands the practical needs of its attendees. The event goes above and beyond to cater to these needs, offering services like a creche for busy parents, professional headshots, relaxing hand massages, and even an oyster butler. These thoughtful touches elevate the overall experience, ensuring visitors leave with lasting memories and valuable connections.

What are your main reasons for attending the Fair? Jewellery Industry Fair, Jewellery Industry Network 2023

All the offerings at the event were undeniably coveted and abundant. Nicole Winkler, owner of Nicole Winkler Couture Jewellery, captures the sentiment. “Such a great event with so much to see and do—just wish I was able to get to more things! [JIN] are creating a wonderful sense of community, and I’ve made more genuine connections this year than I have in years,” she says.

Catherine Pevy-Trewartha, the founder of My Jewellery Shop, praised the Fair’s atmosphere, stating, “The energy of the fair was so positive, and it was great to see everyone so happy… Congratulations to Laura and the JIF team for a fantastic fair. It was great to meet with some of my key suppliers in preparation for Christmas and to see the collaboration of our industry associations. The international speakers were excellent with many take-home actionable points. Kickstarting the weekend with the Women in Jewellery (WIJ) breakfast was perfect to inspire us all and create new friendships.”

Richard Morgan, director of Keda Konsulting, expressed his enthusiasm for the event, saying, “Another fantastic, unmatched event. JIN are the only people in Australia that look after the retailer and the supplier. This is critical for our industry, and these guys know how to do it, so everyone benefits.”

The Jewellery Industry Fair in Sydney is not just an event—it’s an experience. With its record-breaking visits, commitment to education and community, a celebration of Australian excellence, warm hospitality, international recognition, industry unity, and attention to attendee needs, the JIF shines as a promising platform for the jewellery industry. It embodies the spirit of elevating the industry by lifting each other, promoting shared values, and strengthening the bonds that tie the jewellery community together. Whether you’re a seasoned jeweller or a newcomer to the industry, the JIF is an event you don’t want to miss. 

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