The annual G.L.D.A. Inc gemstone and jewellery trade show, this year too received a significant response from the buyers and exhibitors. It was its 10th edition, which took place at the Mirage Casino Hotel in Las Vegas between May 26 - 29, 2008 an attracted much hype in the United States. The show scheduled just before the JCK Las Vegas Show, added an interesting prelude. G.L.D.A. event being unique in its deliverables, accounted for repeat buyers and exhibitors. A worthwhile trading environment, buyers are allowed to take delivery of their orders at the show itself, adding to cost competitiveness and ensuring the best deals under one roof.
The four day show features exhibitors of gold and diamond jewellery, precious and semi-precious stones, pearls and silver jewellery. This year invited for the first time the To Bead True Blue / Lalibella Blu Pavilion, which brought 100 artisans and suppliers to the trade representing art couture, designer components, art jewellery, accessories and decorative arts in handmade tradition. Also participating this year was the Hong Kong Jewellery and Jade Manufacturers Association, which occupied much of the very high-end luxury Grand Elegance Ballroom. International exhibitors were from Japan, Philippines, Lithuania, Poland, Thailand, Peru, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Greece, Korea, Australia, Egypt, Indonesia, U.A.E., French Polynesia, Russia, Malaysia, China.
Tanna Wyatt President of GLDA, said that "The cost competitiveness of foreign suppliers keeps prices low. This is important during an economic downturn such as we are experiencing in the world today." American exhibitors were also pleased with the outcome of the G.L.D.A. shows. Many of the participating US companies were re-attenders at this year’s show -Oriental Gemco, a long time G.L.D.A. exhibitor specializing in precious and semi-precious beads and diamond beads, Margola Corporation and such others.
Each year G.L.D.A. Inc promotes its show through 275 full-page colour advertisements in 75 publications across 30 countries.