Executive Director, Kalyan Jewellers
Ihave been visiting IIJS for the last 14 years. When we first started visiting, we had only four showrooms. Today, we have 112 showrooms. Each year, we have a different reason for visiting IIJS. Three years ago, when we were making our foray into the Middle East, we were looking for UAE-centric jewellery. This year, I have spent the first day in the loose stone section. IIJS is an ocean full of treasures.
It depends on what we want to source. We have a lot of friends and suppliers who meet at the show. It also helps us to understand where the industry is moving. We use all five days of the show to set up different appointments and meetings. At Kalyan Jewellers, we believe that we are not selling a commodity, but a piece of art. Everybody has their own style. We like to encourage and partner with new manufacturers as well, since they bring passion and new ideas to the table.