The 26th annual FACETS Gem & Jewelry Show began yesterday at the BMICH. President Maithripala Sirisena attended the inauguration ceremony as chief guest, along with several Members of Parliament, representatives of the diplomatic corps, members of the National Gem and Jewelry Authority and the Export Development Board as well as buyers and other special invitees.
Among the invitees were many buyer delegates from all over the world, all of whom expressed their admiration of the range of features and the versatility of the exhibition.
The President visited many stalls within the Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Hall. He was especially impressed with the Premier Jewelry Pavilion and the Gem & Jewelry Mart. The main goal of the Premier Jewelry Pavilion was the targeting of premium high-profile local and international clientele while the Gem and Jewelry Mart serves the purpose of focusing the spotlight on small and medium jewelry enterprises.
All collections at the exhibition display Sri Lanka’s vast variety of magnificent gemstones, the workmanship of the highly-skilled local artisans and unique and trendsetting international designs.
The show also features specialised exhibits by gem dealers, lapidarists, exporters, wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers as well as machinery, equipment, tools, laboratory and certification services and educational and training services
Over 200 local and foreign exhibitors are showcasing their wares at the exhibition, which will continue until 4 September.
This year’s edition of FACETS offers something for everyone with items available at reasonable prices to suit any budget, while also providing those present with an opportunity to admire an exceptional display of Sri Lanka’s topmost resource.