Guide For Jewelry Buyers – Based on a Visit to MACEF Italy

In September, I was on an official visit to MACEF’ 2008 that took place at Milano in Italy. The fair received global participation from exhibitors of home decoration items, kitchenware, bijoux, jewelry and accessories, costume and gold jewelry and other items. Well, my area of interest is jewelry – particularly fashion jewelry and beaded jewelry and I will stick to that after a brief presentation of the event.

Fiera Milano City exhibition centre where MACEF held every year – is an ideal place for exhibitors and visitors. In terms of infrastructure, accessibility, food and of course the products that were displayed – this is the place for doing business and to see the latest trends for different products.

During the course of the fair, one can see a large number of visitors rushing to the fair ground in cars, buses, trams and metros. On reaching the fair ground, the visitors were always greeted by the smiling and helpful staff who are more than ready to assist you with anything – fair directions, conveyance, food, et al. The buying and selling, the music, the ambiance, the cultural programs added to the hustle and bustle during the fair.

The fair was attended by several Indian and Chinese companies also. I remember M.K. Exports from Agra – India and Banaras Beads, who both were selling glass beads. They were satisfied with the response they received at the fair. A Chinese company whose stall I visited was selling fashion watches, bangles, necklaces that were decorated with small stones. A watch was priced for 7 Euros. Not much if you are looking for the glitter and artistic design.

Exhibitors of beaded jewelry and accessories displayed their products in hall No. 11. All other halls (I tried to visit all of them) were full with visitors. If I remember correctly, Hall No -8 displayed costume jewelry and fashion jewelry.

The Italians are famous for their fashion. It is not wrong to say that they are synonymous with fashion. I observed the buyers, they were more interested in large size beads, glass and plastic beads. Most of them were seen wearing only one big piece of jewelry, either a necklace, bracelets or earrings. They were not loaded with jewelry.

Seeing the fashion mood of the people who visited the fair, I could easily make out that Costume or fashion jewelry is ‘in’ these days. It is inexpensive and flashy and is made of less valuable materials like glass, plastic and stones. The unique and beautiful designs, the glitter and the wearable fashionable look was enough to tempt anyone to buy all of them. There was imitation jewelry, artificial jewelry, precious and semi-precious stones, stone studded jewelry and other fashion accessories.

The fashion trend has caught up with India also. People are ready to don flashy, and beautifully designed watches and fashion accessories. Many buyers at MACEF were owners of shops in Italy and are engaged in selling beaded jewelry and beads (all types). I discussed with some of them on the products they are dealing and they told me that they are buying from India or China.

I was lucky enough to visit such a grand event where products from different industries were displayed at the same time. For those who have missed the chance, they can either wait till next year.

At the fair, the b2b guys were marvelous and helped people in knowing how they can do business using a b2b website. Their stall was visited by numerous visitors who inquired on doing business with India through a website. B2b portals like tradeindia distributed free bags and exporters CD. I was lucky enough to grab one.

One more b2b portal from China displayed their services at the fair. So all the people who have missed the flight, I would suggest to use a b2b portal for doing business. There services are inexpensive, time saving and helps you grow your business – without moving out from the comfort of your office or home.

A word of caution though, take care of all your belongings.

Till next time, Chao.

A Guide to Buying Stainless Steel Jewelry

Pieces of jewelry made of stainless steel feature a beautiful silvery finish that is resistant to tarnish. This has made them a popular fashion jewelry choice among many people all over the world. The steel used to make jewelry has a non-reactive surface and is also hypo-allergenic which makes it an excellent choice for making high-quality body jewelry. Being resistant to surface scratching means that the pieces of jewelry made of this material will retain their attractive brushed finish for longer than most other materials.

Stainless steel jewelry is loved by many people not just because of their durability but also for the amazing beauty. Today, many fashion and body jewelry are made of steel alloys. In addition, the alloy is used to make wedding jewelry and a host of other jewelry meant for a lifetime wearing. To get the most out of such pieces of jewelry it is important to know how to spot the best piece. Here are important guidelines to consider when buying jewelry:

Body Jewelry

Body jewelry are made with special care so that they can be worn through body piercing. This requires special material that will not corrode or cause any other harm to your body. The best body jewelry are made of surgical grade stainless steel. The alloy has low nickel content and does well in an environment with low oxygen. If you intend to wear your body jewelry for longer hours then consider one with a smooth finish and made from the 316 LVM surgical steel which has low sensitivity and is not susceptible to infection or irritation.

The body jewelry made of steel are specially harden to prevent scratching and thus are free from pathogens and any form of turning. To buy body jewelry also remember to get the right size because a piece that is too large for your piercing will cause injuries to your body while those that are too small may fall off.

Fashion Jewelry

Jewelry made from stainless steel alloy are also becoming popular fashion jewelry the world over. This is because stainless steel can be anodized to give the jewelry a rainbow of colors that can inject some colors into your fashion style. The colors may range from pure gold to glossy black and rich deep pinks. Being resistant to tarnish and scratching the pieces of jewelry that you buy will retain their color for eternity.

When choosing fashion jewelry made of steel go for one that has the right colors for your style. Remember to also buy the design that best communicates your sense of style. There are quite a number of great designs in the market that includes ID bracelets, name plates, hearts and military-style designs. Pieces of jewelry made of steel are extremely difficult to resize or even bent. This means that you should ensure that you buy the right size and shape at all times.

Men’s Jewelry

Jewelry made from steel are strong durable and quite manly. They are also quite affordable when compared to those made of gold or platinum. This does not, however, mean that you should buy the next steel jewelry you come across. There quite a number of women style steel jewelry that you should avoid. For men’s jewelry, go for natural colors such as silver, or black. Also, check the design for masculinity. For ladies, colorful pieces of jewelry will do.

Stainless steel jewelry is becoming quite popular these days because of their great qualities and the competitive prices they go at. To get the best jewelry it is important to consider the guidelines based on categories such as body jewelry, fashion jewelry, and men’s jewelry.