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Setting Sparkling Records(HKTDC Jewellery, Vol 02,2008)

HKTDC hong kong International Jewellery Show 2009

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Flushed with success, one of the world's leading jewellery extravaganzas is set to achieve fresh triumphs

The world's third-largest jewellery fair and the biggest of its kind in Asia will set new attendance records again next year if this year's event is any guide.

The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2008, held from 4-8 March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, attracted 2,306 exhibitors from 45 countries and regions.

They in turn drew 31,333 buyers from 135 countries and regions, confirming the upbeat views of a spokesman for the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), which organised the event.

The world's fourth-largest jewellery exporter, Hong Kong saw jewellery exports last year jump by 17% to US$4.3bn, HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee Chairman Charles Chan said at the opening ceremony.

"The US and the EU are our biggest markets," noted Mr Chan. "But it is also encouraging to see good growth from such mature and discerning markets as Italy and the UK."

Emerging markets also made shining news, with exports to Russia growing 177%, the UAE up 39%, and India and the Chinese mainland climbing 45% and 13.5% respectively in 2007.

The 25th edition of the show, the 2008 event included exhibitors from 45 countries and regions, with Cambodia, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait and Mexico participating for the first time.

The silver jubilee show boasted 22 pavilions, including country pavilions from such key centres as:

  • the Chinese mainland
  • Dubai
  • Germany
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Korea
  • Malaysia
  • Spain
  • Singapore
  • Taiwan
  • Thailand
  • Turkey
  • the US

Many international associations also hosted pavilions, including the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, the International Coloured Gemstone Association, the Israel Diamond Institute, and the Platinum Guild International, as well as the Japan Pearl Exporters' Association, Japan Jewellery Association, Japan Jewellery Designers Association and Japan Yamanashi Crystal Jewelry Association.

The 2008 fair showcased jewellery in seven special zones:

  • Treasures of Nature celebrated loose diamonds and precious gems and pearls
  • Le Salon Extraordinaire featured precious set jewellery
  • Les Salons Privˆms offered an exclusive retreat in which to do business
  • the Watch and Clock Pavilion was home to quality timepieces
  • the Designer Jewellery Galleria presented design-driven collections and brands

In addition, Antique and Vintage Jewellery and Jade Jewellery - two exciting new sections introduced in 2006 - returned to the fair by popular demand.

The HKTDC also organised five market seminars to highlight the latest product and market trends, covering such hot topics as jewellery design and inspiration, the latest treatments for rubies, sapphires and pearls as well as a spotlight on gold style trends and opportunities in the Middle East jewellery market.

Jewellery auctions were also big news, with the Paspaley Pearl Auction, the Alrosa Diamond Auction and the Robert Wan Tahiti Pearl Auction all occurring during the fair.

In addition, the winning pieces of the 9th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition, the Chuk Kam Jewellery Design Competition 2008 and the JJA Jewellery Design Awards 2007 were on display, bringing innovative design to international buyers.

Little wonder, then, that buyers such as Kiyoto Kataoka, CEO of Kataoka Shoten Co Ltd of Japan waxed lyrical about the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2008.

"This is my first time here and I am very impressed by the quality of the exhibition as well as the number of international buyers attending," said Mr Kataoka, who added that he had met "a lot of people" and found out what was happening in different markets. "With some of our related companies here as exhibitors, it is also a good chance for me to look for working partners as well."

His positive impressions were echoed by exhibitor Alice Cheung, Sales Representative for A.G. Int'l Enterprises Inc of the US. "We usually design 30-40 styles each season and the hottest ones are all showcased here as this is an international platform on which worldwide buyers converge," Ms Cheung observed.

Doubtless they will be back again for the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2009, which will again be staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 4-8 March, 2009.

The 26th edition of the fair will once again feature a stunning array of essential exhibits, including:

  • fine jewellery
  • silver jewellery
  • finished jewellery
  • antique jewellery
  • jade jewellery
  • diamonds
  • precious stones
  • South Sea pearls and Tahiti pearls
  • freshwater and cultured pearls
  • semiprecious stones
  • jewellery accessories
  • jewellery display and packaging material
  • jewellery tools and equipment
  • trade publications and services
  • trade associations
  • brand-name watches and clocks

Special highlights of the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2009 will include such tried-and-true favourites as:

  • Antique & Vintage Renaissance - a magnificent selection from many different periods
  • Designer Jewellery Galleria - an elegant setting for branded jewellery and designer collections from premier jewellery houses
  • Jadeite Zone - will feature many fine pieces demonstrating the enduring popularity of jade set alone or with gems in precious metals.
  • Le Salon Extraordinaire - catering for companies offering premium and luxurious jewellery
  • Les Salons Privˆms (Fine Jewellery) - lets buyers source from a wide array of fine jewellery items
  • Les Salons Privˆms (Diamonds) - an exclusive setting for high-quality stones from important global diamond suppliers that proved such a success when it was introduced this year that it will be reprised in 2009
  • Hall of Fame - presents esteemed international brand names in a suitably elegant and luxurious environment
  • Treasures of Nature - a unique premium section dedicated to the display of precious loose jewellery elements including natural diamonds, precious stones and pearls of exceptional quality
  • Watch & Clock Pavilion - features brand-name watches and clocks and complete watches and clocks; provides a one-stop-shop environment for buyers in search of both jewellery and timepieces.

New exhibitor and buyer attendance records are on the cards given this enormous range of attractions, the combination of which makes the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show an event not to be missed.