Diamantaires Express Satisfaction at Vicenza Show FirstJanuary 15, 08
With the opening day jitters past, First has swung into full sales mode. While overall numbers felt slower than yesterday – there were no long lines queuing to get in to the show, and buyers were beginning to fan out into some of the less central halls that had been quiet on day one.
Busy traffic in First halls
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Another group of exhibitors enjoying their prime setting were the diamantaires on
The general reaction from diamantaires was that the show was going “okay.” On only the second day of the show, they were not expecting to do much business but they expressed almost uniform satisfaction with First so far. Fabio Zunini of Newbril, DTC Sightholder Indigem’s selling arm in Italy, said that so far people have only been asking about prices, with orders yet to follow.
Regarding the type of goods that have been attracting buyer’s interest, Zunini noted that it was dependent on buyer's origins. “Europeans prefer VS stones, while those from
Over at Eizenstein Diamonds Ltd., Oded Dayan and Danny Eizenstein reiterated people’s reluctance to commit to buying. Nevertheless, they said that they had already met potential new clients, almost all of them Italian. The main interest, at their booth was focused on 1 to 2 carat stones of VVS1 to VVS2 quality.
“Yesterday was very slow,” said Sandimon Marketing Associate Alpesh Rathod. “Today more people, mainly small shop holders and small companies, are coming.” However, Rathod said that the lack of buyers did not worry him because Sandimon regards the show as a prime PR opportunity rather than an important sales point.
“We will always be here, not only to make some new contacts but for the prestige of the company,” he said. Visitors to the booth expressed interest either in small goods of between 3 to 15 points or larger goods of 1 carat and up, all D to H color and VS to VVS quality.
IDI Marketing and Trade Events Director Alissa Goren said that the downside to the central position is that it limits the number of companies that can attend the fair.
First, formerly known as the VicenzaOro Fair, runs until January 20.