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Sparkling Selections(HKTDC Jewellery, Vol 01,2009)

HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show

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Variety is the spice of life - and the exhaustive array of jewellery products on display at the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show certainly offers buyers plenty of choices.

Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 4-8 March 2009, the fair features a number of specialised theme zones specifically designed to make it easy for buyers to locate their particular niche items.

Sparkling special zones sure to be showstoppers include:

  • Antique & Vintage Renaissance - taps into the appeal of retro fashion and accessories by presenting a wide variety of traditional jewellery and watches, including those from top brand names and examples of design movements
  • Designer Jewellery Galleria - showcases hip collections from designers who really have their fingers on the pulse of prevailing fashion trends and is not to be missed for those companies who focus on discerning, fashion-conscious markets
  • Jadeite Zone - highlights top-grade jade pieces in a variety of colours, and many with a distinctly Asian theme, taking advantage of Hong Kong's acknowledged expertise in this arcane field
  • Le Salon Extraordinaire - fine jewellery that combines creative flair with the absolute best quality, allowing master craftsmen to show off their skills to the fullest in appropriately elegant and discreet surroundings conducive to serious business negotiations
  • Les Salons Privms - displays superb pieces of fine jewellery and diamonds in an exclusive area where meetings can be carried out in absolute privacy
  • Hall of Fame - a prestigious new zone that presents esteemed international brand names known for their high quality in a suitably elegant and luxurious environment
  • Treasures of Nature - offers the perfect showcase for exhibitors seeking buyers for top-quality loose diamonds, gemstones, pearls and other precious materials
  • the Watch & Clock Pavilion - caters to those buyers seeking the crossover between jewellery and quality timepieces by presenting a wide range of products, including watches studded with precious stones and young and trendy fashion pieces, and a wide variety of clocks, from the traditional to the contemporary

The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show is not only an invaluable sourcing platform, it also adds value to buyers and suppliers through a series of activities including design competitions.

The well-established Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition, for example, showcases the creativity and craft of local designers, and their winning designs are on display at the fairground.

A new dimension has been added to the 2009 edition with the debut of a prestigious international design award - the International Jewellery Design Excellence (IJDE) Award 2009.

The HKTDC has joined hands with 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, to organise the event.

The award truly recognises the best of the best - all entrants are winners already, having been awarded the top prizes in other jewellery design competitions.

Invitations to compete were issued worldwide and the competition has brought this elite group together, with the ultimate winner being named Champion of Champions.

Other highlights include seminars by industry experts who address various issues, including the latest product trends, market information and technological developments.

In addition, buyers and suppliers can seek inspiration in the form of a programme of parades, with models showing off exhibitors' eye-catching creations.

Whatever the product or market need, it is certain to be found at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show with its sparkling selections of quality jewellery to suit all needs.

Still Showing the Way

The HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show continues to go from strength to strength with every passing year, further enhancing its reputation as a magnet for high-calibre jewellery importers, wholesalers, designers and retailers from around the world.

A total of 31,333 buyers from 135 countries and regions flooded through the doors at the 2008 event, eager to source quality products at one of the largest fairs of its kind in Asia.

They were attracted by the sheer quality and tremendous variety of jewellery being displayed by more than 2,300 exhibitors from 45 countries and regions.

Exhibitors included representatives of 22 group pavilions - the largest number in the history of the fair - including the Chinese mainland, Dubai, Germany, India, Israel, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the US.

Industry associations represented included the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, International Colored Gemstone Association, Israel Diamond Institute, Japan Jewellery Association, Japan Jewellery Designers Association, Japan Pearl Exporters' Association, Japan Yamanashi Crystal Jewellery Association and the Platinum Guild International.

Their participation reflects Hong Kong's high international profile, making it the perfect place to stage a jewellery industry event, given its expertise in the sector.

Hong Kong's own jewellery manufacturing industry is a sparkling success story, with exports from January-September 2008 growing by more than 21% to US$3.5bn.

Leading markets such as the US, the UK and Switzerland all posted good increases, underscoring the world's seemingly insatiable appetite for Hong Kong's high quality, competitively priced jewellery.