In precisely two days I will be showcasing my jewellery designs at International Jewellery London 2012 at Earls Court exhibition centre. The event starts on Sunday, 1St September and finishes on Wednesday 5Th September 2012. My stand number is B1 which is situated at the front of the centre and is within easy reach of the entrance in the Designer Gallery. The Designer Gallery is filled with cutting edge contemporary design in precious and non precious materials.
There is always a lot to see at the event and I often see buyers on more than one day. There is also jewellery from international companies who sometimes come from a great distance to exhibit at the show. The fine jewellery section is also quite substantial and some of the companies create mini shops within the arena. As well as jewellery on show there are also many other jewellery related items to see such as stones and beads, packaging and display materials, equipment and tools.
When I have seen the show as a visitor before exhibiting I would often visit the seminars which were always educational, as I will be at the stand everyday this year this will not be possible. Last year one of my pieces was shown on the catwalk which was exciting and I have read that there will be a catwalk show this year as well, which is good, as it does create interest at the event.
I am looking forward to exhibiting as it is always good to see the buyers and to get feedback about my work. Its also good to see the other jewellery designers, some of whom I have met at previous shows and it will be good to catch up once again.
Ofen there are evening events taking place and coaches pick up guests from the front of the building and people are whisked off to different destinations around London. I understand that this year there will be a bus transporting people from further afield to IJL, which sounds interesting.
Theres always a lot to organise for the show, usually right up to the last minute, however everything usually seems ready for when the event opens in the morning and there is usually a queue of visitors waiting to come through the doors.