Saturday, May 17, 2014

FIPP 2014, July 15-19, in Teófilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil, at EXPOMINAS IV

The annual gem fair held in Teofilo Otoni has long been run by the Gem Exporters Association, or GEA.  Interestingly, most of the gem dealers I did business with did not have a great impression of the GEA since during most of the year, the GEA doesn't do much, as far as I know.  In any case, after some really great years (2004 and 2005), the FIPP began to be yanked around.  And there was the rival gem fair held earlier in the year in Governador Valadares.  Add to that the fact that back in 2004-2009, the fair was usually held at the end of August (just when most people from the Northern Hemisphere, especially those at universities, are having to go back to work.

Truly, I wish the GEA would get their act together.  Anyway, I should not criticize -- it ain't easy there.

Now, I am reading elsewhere that the GEA wants to change the name of FIPP to "Fair at the Source," and for some strange reason they think that having the World Cup and the Olympics in Brazil will bring them some business.

This year, the FIPP will take place from July 15 to 19 in Teófilo Otoni, Minas Gerais, Brazil, at the newly opened convention center Teófilo Otoni EXPOMINAS IV.

Spaces are available in the convention center:
• 9 m² space: includes a table, three chairs, and a counter display case for R$ 2.500,00 (this is a bit more than US$ 1,000).

Vendors are reminded that it is important to reserve space as soon as possible and sign the contract in order to guarantee their space at the FIPP and reserve the best possible space.

For more information, send an e-mail to, or

Phone:  55 (33) 3521-0565; 55 (33) 8813-3602  (cell); or 55 (33) 8400-4455


  1. This will be my first Fipp. I am looking forward to it. But am looking for a more prospector type venue. Is there other shows in this general area that are less show and more mineral?

  2. Very sorry that I did not see your question. But I am not able to answer it because I do not keep up with that type of activity. However, there often are booths at FIPP that have vendors of equipment, just not sure if they will be there this year.

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