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VISITORS should prepare to be bathed in sparkling sophistication at next week's Jewellery Arabia, which will be staged at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.More than 600 exhibitors from 30 different nations are set to dazzle at the 23rd edition of the jewellery and timepiece show from Tuesday to November 22. Jewellery Arabia's five-day glitz blitz will showcase jewellery houses, retailers, designers and manufacturers from across the globe exhibiting new collections and limited-edition items, as well as a vast range of finished jewellery, exquisite timepieces, precious stones and brilliant baubles.Fawzi Al Shehabi, Arabian Exhibition Management's director of sales and marketing, said: "Over the last 23 years, Jewellery Arabia has steadily evolved into the single most important jewellery and watch exhibition in the Middle East. Its reputation, size, quality of exhibits and sheer variety is unique in the region."Last year's exhibition was attended by a total of 48,470 jewellery trade buyers and private collectors from 35 countries including Italy, Brazil, Hong Kong, India and Malaysia. The show boasted a five per cent increase in the number of visitors. There was also an increase in international visitors, especially from the region's largest jewellery market, Saudi Arabia, yielding a total visitor share of 29 per cent, up four per cent from the previous year.Italian company Luca Carati, which has been participating in Jewellery Arabia since 2005, will return this year with some of its unique and chic pieces. The latest collection called Plie includes some technologically-advanced treasures. Consultant for Luca Carati, Marleine Nehman, 53, believes the quality, dynamic design and master craftsmanship are what make the jewellery so appealing."The beautiful designs, with their elegant and creative lines make every piece belong to a beautiful, magical and sparkling world, where the aesthetic and cultural values will live forever," she said.The Plie collection, which is Nehman's favourite, was designed to 'create an innovative object while preserving the idea of a jewel'. For example, the Luca Carati Plie pendant appears to be an ovoid encrusted in diamonds at first sight. With a gentle touch, the ovoid hypnotically blossoms into a three-dimensional flower aiming to add splendour to any outfit. The prices for these twinkling trinkets, which include pendants, rings and earrings range from BD380 to BD7,500, with some exclusive pieces going for up to BD189,000. With so many facets of the market, it's helpful to know the essentials when shopping for jewellery. To help customers spot the best quality and design, the exhibition is offering seminars by the renowned Gemological Institute of America (GIA), and creator of the 4Cs of diamonds.The complimentary seminars, which were introduced last year, will cover information on diamonds, coloured stones, pearls and tips on analysing GIA grading reports. A SWIFT Jewellery Design programme will cover the basics of design and composition and teach students how to turn their ideas into designs. Classes will be available from 7pm-9pm during the event.Jewellery Arabia 2014 will be officially inaugurated under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prime Minister Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa, at the Bahrain International and Convention Centre on Tuesday. Opening hours will be from 4pm-10pm Tuesday through Friday and noon to 10pm on Saturday. The show is open to the public, but visitors need to register.For more information, visit

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Date:Nov 12, 2014
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