Athens International Jewellery Show inaugurated by Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Elena Rapti

Significant contribution to promoting Greece and highlighting our tourism product Ends on February 26th at the Metropolitan Expo

Deputy Minister of Tourism, Ms Elena Rapti, characterised the Athens International Jewellery Show an important event for both jewellery professionals, to whom it offers an opportunity for growth and new partnerships beyond Greece’s borders, and for the broader promotion of Greece and highlighting our tourism product, during the opening of the exhibition yesterday at the Metropolitan Expo.

She also congratulated the organisers and the exhibitors, for the sophisticated design and the high quality and elegance of their creations, calling it a glamorous exhibition.

The President of the Pan-Hellenic Federation of Silver- and Goldsmiths, Jewellers and Watchmakers (POVAKO), Mr Petros Kalpakidis, characterised the Athens International Jewellery Show – which ends on February 26th – as the heart and lungs of the industry, describing it as a highly dynamic event. He also referred to the short film about Greek jewellery and its history, ‘LOVE IN THE MAKING’, an initiative of POVAKO, which will be screened tomorrow, Sunday, in the context of the exhibition.

The President of the Athens Chamber of Commerce, Mr Yiannis Hatzitheodossiou, spoke of a record year in terms of attendance at the exhibition, noting that business can only improve with such actions. On his part, the President of GSEVEE, Mr Giorgos Kavvathas, underlined the interest of the Ministry of Tourism in jewellery and its 6000 years of history.

The emphasis placed by TIF-HELEXPO on the strategic sector of jewellery, which promotes Greek culture, was underlined by the President of the company, Mr Tasos Tzikas, who thanked the presidents of the bodies for their presence and cooperation.

The Athens International Jewellery Show opened yesterday and has already recorded increased traffic compared to the last time it was organised, with a total of 370 exhibitors (direct and indirect), including the largest companies of the jewellery, timepiece, and precious stone sector. This is the largest targeted trade fair for jewellery, watches, precious stones, packaging, and equipment in silver- and gold-smithing in Greece, where all new trends in jewellery and watch design will be presented.

Of the 370 exhibitors, 240 are direct exhibitors from Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Turkey, India, Germany, Belgium, and Estonia, while 130 are indirect exhibitors.

The exhibition is hosting the DESIGN SECTION for the third consecutive year, with the participation of Greek designers, while it also incorporates a programme of international hosted buyers from Malta, Belgium, North Macedonia, and the United Kingdom.

Today’s programme of side events includes the presentation by JOOLIFY, on: ‘The jewellery journey of experience as a way of enhancing the creativity of people and the sustainability of the planet’, by its founder Mr Pericles Galanakis, while tomorrow, Sunday, the following events will take place:

-A speech on: ‘Fancy colour diamond value factors’, presented by gemologist-diamantologist and gemology trainer at the GIA & HRD international institutes, Ms Eva Kountouraki,

-A speech on: ‘Fluorescence. Advantage or defect?’, presented by gemologist-diamantologist and appraiser CDG, IMJVA, NAJA, Mr George Spyromilios.

The exhibition is open today and tomorrow — Saturday and Sunday — from 10:00 to 20:00 and on Monday from 10:00 to 19:00.