Dear Nicolas Theodoridis,
I complete agree with you and have a few suggestions to make.
First of all, I come from a family of manufacturer and retailer
however due to lot of Imported goods coming into Europe we have
started importing since long.
I had posted on Orchid before a few days subject "How to Identify
right quality silver jewelry" and you must have seen responses!
Due to stronger Euro, compared to Dollar and surely heavily stronger
to other currencies of the world, we have seen that the Italian
Jewelry industry is not doing well. We can no longer make and sell in
our own neighbourhood due to our high "costs" and our strong "euro".
Well to start with, being a buyer from the east and selling here,
the best place for you, in Diamond Jewelry would be to go to the
present source! from where most of the diamond jewelry is being
brought in Europe. Most of the Diamonds are Cut as well as Diamond
Jewelry is made in Mumbai, India. You can visit www.gjepc.org to find
the biggest companies manufacturing diamond jewelry and exporting to
retail chains in Europe and USA. Also there are several companies in
Hongkong who could be interested in you as a Consultant. There are
several exporters I know in India and Thailand who are looking for
Italian and European Designers to create design for them!
Also you can contact several overseas manufacturers taking part in
Basel Fair (www.baselworld.com) or JCK Las Vegas.Most of the overseas
manufacturers are looking for expereinced experts! Why dont you
contact them, may be a lucrative career is waiting for you!
You can make an online portfolio of your designs, experience, contact
and maximum possible details. It is necessary for a
designer to a web presence these days.
As per your experience in making and "being" in the market you can be
a consultant for these companies! As you have already mentioned that
you are a Jewelry Designer, there is a sea of oppurtunity waiting for
you. As you are "in" the exporters market. There are several Thai
manufacturers who send their staff to Italy for training!
There are several exporters making "Couture" High end designs who
could be interested in your Jewelry design expertise. If you contact
exporters making designs for the mass market it might not work out, so
you could contact the High End manufacturers.
If we can stand against the wind we should ride on it!
Do let me know what are your thoughts!