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World's largest jewellery marketplace opens in Hong Kong early next year

There will 4,480 exhibitors from over 50 countries.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) will stage the 5th Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show from 27 February to 3 March at the AsiaWorld-Expo, and the 35th Hong Kong International Jewellery Show from 1 to 5 March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The twin shows anticipate a total of more than 4,480 exhibitors from over 50 countries and regions, forming the world’s largest jewellery marketplace for traders to tap into global markets. In 2017, the shows attracted more than 85,000 buyers from 144 countries and regions.

Worldwide treasures under one roof
Leading industry associations from around the world will showcase their wide range of exquisite jewellery and gemstones in respective group pavilions. Countries and regions represented include Australia, Belgium, Brazil, the Chinese mainland, Colombia, France, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Peru, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States, among others.

Branded collections and finished jewellery glitter at Jewellery Show
Dedicated to an extensive array of fine jewellery, the Jewellery Show spotlights the Hall of Fame with more than 30 renowned brands including ELLE (Hong Kong) and Lao Feng Xiang (Chinese mainland). The Hall of Extraordinary is home to more than 100 top-tier jewellery companies. Designer Galleria houses cutting-edge and radiant designer brands, while the World of Glamour showcases the haute craftsmanship of Hong Kong jewellers.

Other themed zones include the Hall of Jade Jewellery for Fei Cui, Antique & Vintage Jewellery Galleria gathering classic charms, Treasures of Craftsmanship bringing sophisticated decorative items, the Hall of Time highlighting luxury timepieces, as well as Wedding Bijoux for mementos of love. The newly launched IT Solutions for Jewellery zone gathers IT solution providers to demonstrate their latest innovations and applications for the jewellery industry, such as e-business solutions, augmented reality (AR) retail technology, inventory management and mobile applications, among others.

Sparkling jewellery raw materials at diamond, gem & pearl Show
The Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show specialises in jewellery raw materials including loose diamonds, precious stones, semi-precious stones and pearls. World-renowned companies including Novel Collection Limited, M.I.D. (HK) Limited, Alain Boite S.A.S. and Paul Wild will continue to support the show. Various types of jewellery raw materials are on display at three themed zones, namely the Hall of Fine Diamonds for exceptional natural diamonds, Treasures of Nature for brilliant gemstones, and Treasures of Ocean for exquisite pearls.

Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition champions budding creativity
Organised by the HKTDC, Hong Kong Jewellers’ & Goldsmiths’ Association, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association and Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition enters its 19th edition with the objective of honouring local designs of superior craftsmanship and creativity. Divided into the Open Group and the Student Group, the competition is themed “The Vibrant Hong Kong”, welcoming entries inspired by the city’s unique cultural mix. All submissions will be evaluated on (1) creativity and innovation, (2) aesthetics, craftsmanship and wearability as well as (3) relevance to the theme. Open Group entries will be judged on marketability as well.

This year’s judging panel is formed by Donald Tung, Managing Director, Emperor Jade Timepiece Limited; Professor Eric Yim, JP, Chairman, Design Council of Hong Kong; Henry Lau, Founder, SPYHENRYLAU; Ken Lo, Director, Eternity Manufacturing Ltd; Francis Gouten, Director, Gouten Consulting Ltd; Emme Wong, Executive Director, Galtiscopio Limited; Dr Dennis Ng, Managing Director of Polaris Jewellery Manufacturer Limited; Ricky Lam, CEO, Elegance Jewellery International Limited as well as celebrity model Eunis Chan. Results of the competition will be announced in February 2018, and winning entries will be showcased during the Jewellery Show.

Multi-faceted programme for industry insights
The shows deliver an all-rounded programme of jewellery parades, seminars, buyer forums and networking events that bring trending market intelligence to industry players, among which TRENDVISION Jewellery + Forecasting will give a seminar on the latest jewellery trends. On the first evening of the Jewellery Show (1 March), a cocktail reception and spectacular gala dinner will be hosted for industry professionals to expand business networks over fine food and wine. During the concurrent fair period, a complimentary shuttle bus service will run between AsiaWorld-Expo and the HKCEC to facilitate sourcing.

 

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