1 July 2009
HKTDC HK International Jewellery Show 2009
A record number of exhibitors again emphasised the appeal of Asia's second-largest jewellery show
More than 2,300 exhibitors from 46 countries and regions participated in the 26th annual HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show last March.
The record number of exhibitors in turn attracted some 30,000 buyers to the sparkling event staged at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Buyer numbers were up from the following emerging markets: Argentina (41%), Chile (18%), the Chinese mainland (12%), the Czech Republic (9%), the Philippines (2%), Poland (36%), Saudi Arabia (13%), Tanzania (33%), Tunisia (45%) and Vietnam (6%).
They were dazzled by a breathtaking array of exhibits, including a new Hall of Fame developed to meet the demands of young fashion-conscious consumers who place great importance on design.
The Hall of Fame zone accordingly presented international brand names known for their high quality in a suitably elegant and luxurious environment.
The fair's latest zone was a runaway success, hosting companies from France, Greece, Hong Kong, Italy, Malaysia, Monaco, Spain, Thailand, Turkey and the UAE.
Other equally popular themed zones featured at the fair included:
- the new Treasury of Carving Zone - a show window for carved jadeite, precious and semiprecious gemstones, coral, amber and precious metals
- Le Salon Extraordinaire - a dedicated area for premium, luxury and distinctive pieces
- the Designer Jewellery Galleria - showcased hip designer collections
- Antique and Vintage Renaissance - focused on a wide variety of historic jewellery and watches
- the Jadeite zone - featured top-grade jade items
- Les Salons Privˆms - superb pieces of fine jewellery and diamonds were augmented by a new South Sea Pearl section this year
- Treasures of Nature - showcased top-quality loose diamonds, gemstones, pearls and other precious materials
- the Watch & Clock Pavilion - highlighted the very best timepieces available
Other fair highlights included two seminars: "Meet the Jewellery Design and Craftsmanship Master - Wallace Chan" and "Jewellery Valuation and Investment Value".
Buyers and exhibitors were also extremely impressed with a briefing on the "European Retail Market for Jewellery, Watches and Precious Stones in the aftermath of the Financial Crisis."
The Paspaley Pearl Auction and the Robert Wan Tahiti Pearls Auction were again held, along with jewellery parades, receptions and the International Jewellery Design Excellence (IJDE) Award presentation gala (see story opposite).
This enormous array of attractions proved yet again that Hong Kong is the perfect place to stage a jewellery industry event, given its expertise in the sector.
Its own jewellery manufacturing industry is a sparkling success story: it is the world's fourth-largest exporter of fine jewellery after Italy, the US and India.
Hong Kong's jewellery exports totalled US$4.7bn in 2008, climbing 10% on the previous year's figure and positioning the industry for further sustained growth in future.
The HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show will continue to shine brightly, showcasing the best products the world has to offer and reaffirming its position as one of the most important jewellery industry events in Asia and the world.
The Best Of The Best
Local designer Joey Cheung scooped the major prize in the International Jewellery Design Excellence Award (IJDE) at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show in March.
His Eternity Blooming creation won the Champion of Champions prize in the prestigious competition, which was open only to top-prize winners from other international jewellery design competitions.
The IJDE attracted 170 entrants from 27 countries and regions, including seven submissions from the Chinese mainland, 24 from Hong Kong, 43 from Europe and 42 from North America.
"The award pays tribute to the cream of the crop," explained Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Assistant Executive Director Raymond Yip. "The result is an elite group of entrants with a proven track record in creativity and design."
The IJDE Award was organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and co-organised by the Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association, the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, the Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association and the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China.
The IJDE Award selections were judged by a distinguished panel including HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee Chairman Lawrence Ma, UK Vogue Jewellery Editor Carol Woolton, Hong Kong designer Kan Tai Keung, Swiss jewellery consultant Jean-Fran?ois Michaud, Hasbani Gioielli partner Joseph Hasbani of Italy, Christie's UK Jewellery Department specialist Emma Checkley, Hong Kong designer Wallace Chan, Chinese mainland Capital Museum Vice-Director Yao An and Megamcapital and Megadvise founder and partner Marie E Girón.