In excess of 800 vendors from all over the world exhibited at the 41st edition of the Istanbul Jewelry Show (IJS) which started on Thursday and ends today (Sunday). The show presents itself as a B2B platform for gemstone and jewelry companies wanting to markets in Turkey, the E.U., the Middle East, Russia and the CIS Nations, North Africa and the Mediterranean. Last year’s edition of the fair attracted just over 15,000 buyers, and featured 841 exhibitors from 26 countries.
According to the trade show organizer, 64 percent of buyers (9,577) were from Turkey while overseas buyers totaled 5,489, up 28 percent from 2013. The top visiting countries were Iran, the Russian Federation, Iraq, Lebanon, Algeria, Greece, Azerbaijan, Italy, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Tunisia, Bulgaria and Ukraine.