The 33rd HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show opened today and runs through 7 March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). With more than 2,500 exhibitors from 41 countries and regions, the five-day show features a wide range of finished fine jewellery. Along with the International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, currently taking place at the AsiaWorld-Expo with more than 1,880 exhibitors, the two fairs form the world’s largest marketplace for the jewellery industry, gathering a total of more than 4,380 exhibitors.
Hall of Fame displays world-renowned jewellery brands
The Jewellery Show features a number of themed zones. The prominent Hall of Fame brings together more than 40 internationally acclaimed jewellery brands, including The Fifth Season by Roberto Coin from Italy, Lady Heart from Hong Kong, Kuwayama from Japan and TTF Haute Joaillerie and Lao Feng Xiang from the Chinese mainland. The most prestigious jewellery collections can be found at the Hall of Extraordinary – including Dehres (Booth GH-B02), a leading player in the Asian diamond and jewellery industry. Dehres is showcasing its pear-shaped diamond necklace and pendant valued at over US$2 million, with 180 pieces of diamonds accompanying the 15-carat centrepiece, and the necklace made up of 40 pear-shaped diamonds. The Wedding Bijoux zone makes its fair debut this year, focusing on bridal jewellery and wedding rings. The T-GOLD+METS pavilion displays professional jewellery and watchmaking machinery, equipment, technology and supplies to meet the needs of buyers. This pavilion is co-organised by the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association (HKJJA) and Fiera di Vicenza.
Other themed zones each have distinctive characteristics. Hall of Time presents luxury watches and clocks, among which the rising local watch brand Anpassa (Booth 3C-E12) combines jewellery and timekeeping to create a 999.9 gold dragon and phoenix bangle tourbillon watch. World of Glamour spotlights the craftsmanship of Hong Kong and overseas exhibitors, including Wing Hang Jewellery (Booth 1E-D24) with its natural golden south sea pearls, and an artistically designed jewellery set crafted with diamonds. Elsewhere, Antique & Vintage Jewellery Galleria emphasises the charm of classic jewellery; Designer Galleria offers the latest jewellery designs; Hall of Jade Jewellery collects a wide range of exquisite jade pieces, and Treasures of Craftsmanship parades sophisticated decorative items made with precious stones, semi-precious stones and precious metals.
Jewellery market insights and business opportunities
The HKTDC has organised more than 110 buying missions for the twin shows, bringing over 9,300 buyers from 75 countries and regions to explore new business opportunities. To help industry players keep up with the latest market trends and intelligence, a series of seminars and networking events have been organised. Several jewellery parades will also demonstrate a wide range of prestigious jewellery and fashionable designs.
Amid raising brand awareness among consumers, the jewellery industry is paying more attention to brand development. Today’s seminar on “Brand Establishment of Chuk Kam Jewellery” invited professionals from the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong to analyse the secrets to successful brand-building in the industry. The HKTDC will also organise a seminar on “Consumer Updates on Jewellery Market 2016/2017” to keep the industry informed about the latest market trends and opportunities.
Opening day activities also include a Gala Dinner. The Royal Cruise-themed dinner features fusion dishes designed by celebrated chef Michael Gilligan, Director of Culinary, Royal Caribbean International. Legislative Council member James Tien is guest of honour at the Gala Dinner, joining other guests for an evening of fine cuisine and parades of spectacular jewellery sponsored by the exhibitors.
Local designs shine bright
To highlight local creative talents, the HKTDC co-organised the 17th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition with the four leading associations of the jewellery industry. Meanwhile, the award ceremony for the biennial event Chuk Kam Jewellery Design Competition 2016, under the theme “Gold 4.0 – Innovate outside of the box. Inspire the heart and soul”, also took place today. The winning pieces of the two competitions are on display at Hall 1E during the Jewellery Show, presenting the creativity of Hong Kong jewellery designers to global buyers.
International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show (1-5 March) is underway at the AsiaWorld-Expo, featuring uncut pieces and jewellery raw materials. The show centres around three highlighted zones; Hall of Fine Diamonds with high-quality diamonds from around the world; Treasures of Nature, showcasing precious gemstones; and Treasures of Ocean, exhibiting a variety of prestigious pearls. The new Rough Stones & Minerals zone has been introduced this year to display unpolished and uncut stones and gems. The Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show also includes a number of pavilions, including the first staged by the Tanzanite Foundation.
To facilitate buyers, free shuttle bus services are provided between the HKCEC and AsiaWorld-Expo. Details of the free shuttle bus services can be found at: http://bit.ly/1LAAEna