For the second time, I went to Istanbul for Istanbul Jewelry show. 53rd edition of this important fair in the region took place from 16 to 19 March at Istanbul Expo Center. From being part of panel discussion to take over of Instagram, let’s see my visit at this tradeshow in details.
Recognized as one of the most prominent jewelry trade events in the global trade, Istanbul Jewelry show is organized by Informa Market and held under the sponsorship of Elmas. This edition brought together the players of global jewelry industry at Istanbul Expo Center. The largest ever-held Istanbul Jewelry Show hosted around 32.000 visitors from 149 countries. This leading event of the region welcomed more 1500 exhibitors from Turkey and international brands on 60 000 m2 exhibition space during four days. The number of international visitors increased by 17% at Istanbul Jewelry Show of March 2023 comparing to last year. “International Buyer Delegation Program” was held by Jewellery Exporters’ Association of Türkiye and Informa Markets with a view to raising exports, discovering new markets for exportation, and maintaining the existing market share of vendors. The number of international visitors increased by 17% at Istanbul Jewelry Show of March 2023.
One of important event during IJS was “Art for Jewellery: Inspiration Hub”. This project is led by the jewelry consultant Aylin Gozen and the fonder of Lion Diamond, Oznur Yakin with the support of Jewellery Exporter’s Association and Istanbul Jewelry Show. The event’s goal is to explore and widen the impact of art and artistic works on the jewellery business. This duo of inspired women’s prepared mesmerizing visual feast with digital art installation "Jewel's Time Warp", inspiring artworks and panels with special guests. This time I was invited to take part of panel talk about “Digitalisation of jewellery industry” on the first day moderated by David Brough with Prerna Makharia, Renu Choudhary and Milka Karaağaçlı. The visitors could also assist to the panels about trends, art and culture.
I spend the quality time at Designer Club when I spotted the new talents. This special area is joint project of Jewellery Exporters' Association and Istanbul Jewelry Show. The contemporary jewelers showcased their new creations with very artistic vision and the craftsman’s proudly presented their skills like gems cutting or gouache painting. If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I took over of account of the IJS and I featured three artists from Designer Club.
So let’s take a close look of my jewelry discoveries from this edition of IJS.
Tekin Seyrekoğlu Jewelry is family brand found by Tekin Seyrekkoglu in 1963 and specialized in gold and diamonds jewelry. This leading company in Turkey has always been a pioneer in the sector with its innovations. The founder is surrounded by two daughters who participate in development of company. The Candle Latern collection with necklaces, rings and earrings set in gold and colorful enamel caught my eye.
Kurtulan Jewelery, which started its design and production journey in 1993, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Cultural and post-modern style by blending old and new, the jewels by Kurtulan promote the made in Turkey around the world. Colored gemstones mixing with rich texture of gold and touch of diamonds, all pieces are created with high quality workmanship.
Uzman Jewellery was founded in 1975 in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and has been run by the same family for three-generations. Utilizing a mixture of traditional jewellery craft, casting methods and cutting-edge technology, the jewels by Uzman are very trendy. Stackable bracelets in bright colors of enamel and with touch of diamonds for extra sparkle are perfect for every wrist.
Bars Jewellery keeps the heritage alive through the jewellery collection. It’s all about stories, traditions and passion. They create authentic and unique artworks, to be passed on through generations. I love the last collection made with antique Italian mosaic. These old pieces found at the antique shops are reused into new design and set in 24k yellow gold with engraved gems. All jewels like necklace, pendant or ring are handmade by talented craftsmen’s in Turkey.
Since 1980 Franco Fontana become a well-known fine jewelry brand with innovative, artistic and quality designs. Franco Fontana Jewelries are inspired from both the Renaissance traditions and new fashion trends. Jewelries are produced by the combination of unique craftsmanship and latest technology. Franco Fontana, with its head office in Italy, follows up new trends and production technologies and creates a special collection each year. Italian jewelry masters produce these special collections with creative design.
Next edition of Istanbul Jewelry Show will take place from 5 to 8 October at Istanbul Expo Center.