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New and Returning Exhibitors to Embark on Successful Year of Trading with Jewellery & Watch 2019

28 Jan 2019

Jewellery & Watch will make a confident return to the NEC, Birmingham on February 3, welcoming new brands and returning exhibitors for five days of buying, networking and seminar content.

Businesses hailing from 15 countries will present their collections and services across six show sectors: Bridal & Fine Jewellery, Silver & Semi Precious Jewellery, Jewellery Designers, Costume & Fashion, Watches and Retail Services & Solutions.

For exhibitors joining Jewellery & Watch for the first time in 2019, the show offers convenient access to the UK market at a strategic time of year.

Andrew Loizou, owner of new exhibitor, The Gold Shop Kent, says: “We have grown significantly, and we are looking to take our business to the next level by exhibiting at our first international trade event. At Jewellery & Watch 2019 we will launch our new range of fine jewellery and we really look forward to hearing the trade’s feedback. We are hoping to meet independent retailers, buying groups and business owners who are searching for new, UK-based partners with access to exciting new ranges for their stores.”

Similarly looking forward to Jewellery & Watch is Željko Križek, director of Croatian jewellery manufacturer and debut exhibitor, Zlatarska radiona Križek, which has been trading for more than 80-years. He comments: “The United Kingdom is a strong market, but it also attracts many international buyers. I believe Jewellery & Watch is a great place to work and present our products. We are hoping to meet big chain stores, as all factories do, as well as wholesalers and independent retailers.”

Caitlin Victoria Jewellery Lavish Collection Designs - Earrings and Rings - Prices start from RRP £40.00  (3)

For emerging designer-brand, Caitlin Victoria Jewellery, Jewellery & Watch offers business benefits as well as networking opportunities for its owner and director, Caitlin Gregory-Thomas. “I’m looking forward to meeting other designers and makers in the market, as well as buyers and potential customers,” she says. “I chose to exhibit at Jewellery & Watch as it’s such a well-known event. People come from all over to see new work and find what they’re looking for. There isn’t really a better place to go in the hope of gaining custom.”

Further new exhibitors joining Jewellery & Watch in 2019 are watch specialist Mode9 UK, designer Eliza Bautista, diamond screening and instruments provider, IIDGR, Pierre Cardin Stationery, and sterling silver brands Tianguis Jackson and Thomas P Cochran.

Many returning Jewellery & Watch exhibitors will be celebrating special anniversaries and milestones at this year’s show. Silver designer jewellery brand, Lucy Quartermaine, will launch its new ‘brand vision’ with a champagne reception, while Unique & Co. will celebrate 20-consecutive years of exhibiting.

Lucy Quartermaine Drop Armour Ring RRP £95 - New SS19

Unique & Co. Founder and director, Daniel Ozel, says: “The number of consecutive years we’ve exhibited is testament to how important the show is to us and this year is no exception. With trading difficult for many retailers, it is important to us that we continue to support a show that we believe offers a great platform for both retailers and suppliers to do business together.”

With trading difficult for many retailers, it is important to us that we continue to support a show that we believe offers a great platform for both retailers and suppliers to do business together.

Daniel Ozel, Founder and Director at Unique & Co

Ozel continues: “Jewellery & Watch provides our business the opportunity to meet with a wide range of retail buyers, particularly from fashion focused and gifting stores. The timing of the show works well to launch new collections for the year. We have over 200 new products launching for SS19 across our women’s silver and leather, men’s and gold and jewellery & Watch is, for us, the perfect place to do this.”

Unique and Co

Also nearing its 20-year anniversary of exhibiting at Jewellery & Watch is London-based fine jewellery manufacturer and wholesaler, LM Jewellery. Director Linda Lousky, explains: “Our customer base is spread over the entire UK and Ireland so being able to see our range in such a central location as Birmingham guarantees us a successful exhibition year after year.”

The variety of buyers visiting Jewellery & Watch and neighbouring show, Spring Fair ensure a successful show for exhibitors with more innovative and creative design concepts. “This will be our third year exhibiting at Jewellery & Watch and it is definitely our favourite and most successful trade show,” explains Julie Fountain, owner and designer of Beach Art Glass.

Similarly, Wayne Hutchings of Cornish jewellery brand St Justin, says: “We are really looking forward to Jewellery & Watch – it is the biggest show we attend each year. It is important for us to exhibit as we get the chance to catch up with our current customers, meet new customers and prospects and it is also where we launch the first of our new ranges for 2019.” 

For many repeat exhibitors, Jewellery & Watch is the ideal location to reveal new collections that will shape the year ahead. Nicky Sargent, marketing and ecommerce development manager at Midhaven, says: “We launch more new Tribal Steel and silver products at Jewellery & Watch than at any other time of year - introducing quirky seasonal lines and looking ahead to supplying ranges for future collections. Jewellery & Watch has always generated more new volume accounts for Midhaven than any other show. It falls at the start of the buying year and gives our smaller buyers a chance to refresh their stock, whilst volume buyers gain time to sell through and adapt their new ranges for autumn/winter.”

Being central and so widely accessible, Jewellery & Watch is always a great place for us to meet overseas buyers who do not attend other shows within the UK.

Nicky Sargent, Marketing and Ecommerce Development Manager at Midhaven

Visitors to Jewellery & Watch can also meet a range of service and solutions providers, including packaging, technology and digital specialists. Among those is tools and equipment provider, H S Walsh & Sons. Sales manager Darrel Wilson says: “At HS Walsh, we only choose to exhibit at what we regard to be the best events around, and for us, Jewellery & Watch certainly fits the bill. It's a great opportunity to meet new people within our industry, along with catching up with existing customers from all over the UK and abroad, therefore giving us the perfect platform to demonstrate our latest specialist tools and equipment.”

This year’s show will also welcome the International Institute for Diamond Grading and Research (IIDGR) – a De Beers Group Company. De Beers Group Institute of Diamonds president Jonathan Kendall says: “In keeping with our longstanding commitment to form meaningful commercial relationships with the UK jewellery industry, Jewellery & Watch 2019 presents De Beers Group with an ideal platform to engage across all sectors.”

To support this, the De Beers Group will host a seminar in The Studio on February 5, offering insights into synthetic diamond composition detection techniques and the importance of full disclosure in today’s fast-moving jewellery market.

In 2018, Jewellery & Watch secured 14,000 visitors, while its sister show, Spring Fair, welcomed more than 56,000 professionals across 14 diverse show sectors.

Visitors are encouraged to plan their visit to Jewellery & Watch 2019 by searching the online Exhibitor List and Seminar Programme, which includes The Studio, The Main Stage and the Retail Skills Theatre.  

Jewellery & Watch will take place from February 3-7, 2019 at the NEC, Birmingham.

To secure your free ticket or to find out more, please visit: jewelleryandwatchbirmingham.com