India Design Fest at JCK Las Vegas Show
GJEPC ORGANISES INDIA PAVILION FOR THE 16TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR WITH 40 LEADING G & J PLAYERSINDIA DESIGN GALLERY TO FEATURE EXQUISITE JEWELLERY FROM INDIA31 May, 2019 – The leading jewellery event in North America, JCK Las Vegas will witness India Pavilion organized by Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) for the 16th consecutive year. This year, 40 gem and jewellery exporters participating at the “India Pavilion” will be showcasing a wide variety of trendy, unique and innovative jewellery made especially for the US market. The India Pavilion is located at JCK’s Passport & Diamond Plaza.
Mr. Pramod Agrawal, Chairman, GJEPC said, “USA is a significant market for the Indian gem and jewellery industry. India exported US$ 10.58 billion worth of Gem & Jewellery products to the US in 2018. The rising GDP growth, employment rate and private consumption expenditure in the US have contributed to the rise in India’s exports of gems and jewellery to the market. It is believed that this momentum of US demand will continue further, and this is a good sign for Indian gems and jewellery exports. USA alone is expected to shell out $5.2 billion on the jewellery category this year, a whopping 31% increase over last year, as reported in its annual survey by NRF (National Retail Federation), with Mother’s Day estimated to see record spends and the good news is that India caters to over 19% of the US market’s jewellery demand.”
For India JCK Las Vegas has been a significant platform to further strengthen its network and improve its exports to the USA. It is also an opportunity for Indian exporters to understand the latest trends in the market which helps them to come back every year with trendy and innovative products for the buyers here. With top manufacturers participating at India Pavilion, buyers here will get to see products of the highest quality including loose diamonds, loose coloured gemstones, plain gold jewellery, pearl jewellery, silver jewellery as well as diamond and coloured stone studded jewellery.INTRODUCING THE INDIA DESIGN GALLERYThis year, the India Pavilion at JCK has some special attractions. It will feature an exclusive India Design Gallery, showcasing some of the most magnificent jewelry pieces created for the U.S market. The theme is COSMOS, a representation of U.S. consumer trends in 2020. The jewelry features a variety of cosmic elements in intricately crafted rings, pendants, earrings, bracelets and more. You can find India Design Gallery within India Pavilion at booth no. 44063/61, 45062/60.“The India Design Gallery highlights some of the finest contemporary jewelry available from India today. The jewelry, designed and manufactured in different parts of India, has one thing in common— it is timeless jewelry for the world. Indian jewellers and craftsmen cater to the most demanding customers across the globe. India’s ability to satiate any kind of jewellery requirements has always amazed the world. This has been possible due to Industry’s willingness to embrace and adopt the latest technology,” Says Colin Shah, Vice Chairman, GJEPC
The Jewellery at India Design Gallery at JCK have been designed by the Designers of Artisan Awards , a Design led initiative by GJEPC. Artisan Awards recognizes and rewards the best in jewellery design and celebrates highest level of artistry, innovation and individuality, elevating jewellery designers to their rightful status of artists.Talking about the Jewellery pieces showcased at the India Design gallery, Milan Chokshi, Convener Promotions & Marketing GJEPC said, “ Every jewel piece at the India Design Gallery is a manifestation of designer’s vision . The Artisan Awards is a carefully crafted and curated intellectual property of GJEPC that gives Indian designers an opportunity to unleash their sheer talent and shine. As part of the design galleries across the world, these pieces will be a showcase of India’s ascent as a dominant player in the world of jewellery design.”
Today, the Indian gem & jewellery industry is at its pinnacle. India’s overall gem & jewellery exports for the year 2018 accounted for US$ 39461.07 million. All thanks to its 5 million workforce. For this industry, ethical business practices precede any other practice. ‘Business with Conscience’ has been their mantra for decades now and it indeed reflects in the efforts taken by the industry to adopt measures for the wellbeing of not only its workforce but also initiating several other programs for the greater good.Indian G & J Industry and GJEPC have invested heavily in its workforce by adopting high standards of modernisation, safety, cleanliness and other socio-economic benefits such as, medical facilities, employment generation and second-to-none training programs for workers amongst others.“We as an Industry and also the apex gem & jewellery body of the Country strongly believe that our greatest resource is our talented workforce. We continuously strive to upgrade their lives through several socio-economic benefits for them as well as their families,” added Colin Shah.The prime activity of GJEPC is to promote the Gem & Jewellery products in the International markets. Over the years, it has involved in organising a number of important trade shows held in the country like the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS), IIJS Signature, India Gem & Jewellery Machinery Expo (IGJME). The GJEPC also organises India Pavilions – participation of a number of companies under the GJEPC banner - at various leading international shows like JCK Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Basel, and several others worldwide. Various product-specific Buyer-Seller Meets, sending and hosting trade delegations and sustained image building exercises through advertisements abroad, publications and audio-visuals are some of the other trade promotion activities undertaken by the Council.The Indian industry has also been taking self-regulation measures. GJEPC launched ‘My KYC Bank’ portal for total transparency in operations. ‘My KYC Bank’ is a centralised KYC repository-cum-exchange platform for the gems and jewellery industry. So far the trade bodies that are part of the MyKYCBank include GJEPC, Bharat Diamond Bourse and the Antwerp World Diamond Council and DMCC.
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Impressive jewellery showcase seen at Masterpiece London
By David Brough
LONDON, July 2019 – Masterpiece London presented an extraordinary array of jewellery, from contemporary to vintage and antique, highlighting the enduring appeal of highly skilled craftsmanship.
The Masterpiece London Art Fair, which ran from June 27 to July 3, attracted connoisseur collectors across the spectrum of art, furniture, clocks, rare books and jewellery, and has become a leading event of the London social season in June and July, alongside Royal Ascot, Henley Regatta and Wimbledon. Visitors to the show this year included Laurence Graff.
In terms of jewellery, mirroring their recent success in the secondary high-value auctions market, antique diamond tiaras were out in force at S.J. Phillips and at first-time exhibitor Bentley & Skinner.
Exquisite coloured diamond jewellery and coloured gem-set jewellery were showcased at Bond Street jewellers Moussaieff and Chatila, while original Faberge pieces stood out at Wartski, who recently moved their showroom to a high-profile spot on St James’s Street, and at Bentley & Skinner.
Moussaieff presented one of the jewellery highlights at Masterpiece -- a superb pink diamond ring weighing more than 5 carats.
Among antique jewellers, Wartski and Bentley & Skinner saw strong footfall at their stands throughout the show.
“The highest quality pieces will always attract buyers,” said Bentley & Skinner’s Paul Greer, referring to the extraordinary craftsmanship used to create the finest pieces of jewellery stocked at the Piccadilly-based jeweller.
Vintage and antique pieces of jewellery were on show at Verdura, which has historic ties to Hollywood, and at Monaco-based Veronique Bamps, where a number of Art Deco pieces were on display.
The common denominator in the high jewellery featured at Masterpiece, from Van Cleef & Arpels to Chopard and Grima, was the high quality of craftsmanship used to create some of the most extraordinary items seen at the fair.
Bangkok September Gems and Jewelry Fair to celebrate Thai Craftsmanship
Thai gem and jewelry exports are expected to continue to grow in 2019 despite concerns over the global economy, Banjongjitt Angsusingh, Director General of the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), tells Jewellery Outlook Editor David Brough.What will be the main theme at the September fair?
2019 is the year Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair celebrates “Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making” which honors Thai craftsmanship in creating exquisite pieces to meet the needs of international consumers. The Ministry of Commerce’s Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) is determined to promote exceptional craftsmanship that takes forward the country’s history of arts and crafts, combined with modern innovation.
What special features will celebrate this theme at the September show?
Several exhibitions at the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) that celebrate this theme are as follow:The Niche Showcase exhibition featuring 5 product groups that represent the exquisite craftsmanship of Thai artisans; High Jewelry, Heritage & Craftsmanship, Spiritual Power, Luxe Men and Beyond Jewelry. All product categories reflect niche jewelry that could meet the needs of international consumers.
The New Faces exhibition that offers a showcase of Thai SMEs, manufacturers and designers with intricate craftsmanship from across the country.
DITP Director General Banjongjitt Angsusingh.
The Jewellers’ exhibition by local designers who have participated in the Designers’ Room and Talent Thai project showcasing creative fashion jewelry.
The Innovation and Design Zone (IDZ) features innovative and uniquely-designed gems and jewelry products, including those from recent university graduates.
Chanthaburi Pavilion presenting the best of the local products from Chanthaburi, known as the City of Gems.
Why is Thai gem and jewelry craftsmanship special?
For many decades, Thailand has been recognized all over the world as a manufacturer of quality jewelry with beautiful designs and intricate craftsmanship. Over the years, stakeholders in the gems and jewelry industry, from craftspeople, designers, manufacturers and traders, have constantly developed their skills while seeking innovation that will uplift the industry to new heights. Today, Thai-made jewelry is one of the leading products that have brought much pride and joy to all Thais.
Please describe the variety of gems, jewelry and machinery that will be available at the fair, and explain why this is a “must-attend” event for buyers from around the world?
The Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair is one of the world’s most renowned and longest-celebrated gems and jewelry trade fairs in the industry. BGJF is regarded as a significant trading arena, where all key players in the global gems and jewelry business can achieve their purposes of sourcing, trading, and networking.
For international visitors, BGJF is a globally-trusted marketplace for a wide range of quality products, extensive resources, and innovative designs. The September edition of the fair will feature extensive collections of raw gems from colored stones, diamonds, pearls, amber to semi-precious stones, as well as precious metals, sourced from Thailand and from the supply chain of gemstones around the world, and jewelry from manufacturers in Thailand and overseas. The fair also offers a comprehensive range of jewelry pieces from high end fine jewelry to silver and fashion jewelry.
Is the Thai government pursuing new initiatives to support the Thai gems and jewelry sector around the world? Please give examples.
Besides import duty exemptions, the Royal Thai Government through the Ministry of Commerce has put emphasis on promoting the Thai gems and jewelry industry. The international marketing campaign ‘Thailand’s Magic Hands: the Spirit of Jewelry Making’ was launched at the 63rd BGJF to demonstrate the strengths of Thai gems and jewelry through skilled craftspeople and the young generation of designers with creative ideas. The campaign is being promoted both domestically and internationally, such as the special Magic Hands Showcase at JCK Las Vegas 2019 and at the June Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2019.
Meanwhile, the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization), GIT, has initiated the Buy with Confidence (BWC) campaign to establish standards and inspire the public’s trust in Thai gems and jewelry products. Such efforts will help strengthen Thai gems and jewelry on the global stage.What are the projections for total Thai gem and jewelry exports by value in 2019 versus 2018, in U.S. dollars, and what are the key drivers of this trend?
Gems and jewelry are Thailand’s third largest export sector. In 2018, the industry brought in 11,977.91 million USD, which accounted for 4.74% of the country’s total export value. And in 2019, exports are expected to grow by 1% (excluding the unwrought gold).
In 2018, export of gems and jewelry (excluded unwrought gold) were worth 7,606.04 million USD, an increase of 6.96% due to positive factors in the global economy and lower prices of raw materials. However, in 2019, the trade war between the U.S. and China, Brexit, as well as volatility in currency, may affect exports from Thailand.What are the most important overseas markets for Thai exports of gems and jewelry, and what steps is the DITP taking to drive growth in those markets?
Markets where gems and jewelry products from Thailand are experiencing high growth include India, China, and the ASEAN markets. In India, for Q1 2019, exports were up by 21.81% due to rising demand for unpolished gemstones and silver. Moreover, in China, exports were up by 2.14% from silver jewelry exports, while exports to ASEAN markets grew by 15.50% mainly from higher exports to Singapore.
To drive growth in these markets, this year the DITP is focusing on Super Rich targets in the ASEAN region, South Asia, and China, while expanding niche products such as jewelry for those in first-time employment in China, Japan, and the US; jewelry for pets among aging societies and singles; and jewelry relating to religions in the ASEAN region and China. Moreover, DITP is determined to expand online and offline marketing channels, and to promote new brands or the New Faces in order to encourage the production of a variety of jewelry in new styles from skilled SMEs nationwide, as each province has its own uniqueness but lacks marketing channels to reach international consumers.
With HOMI Outdoor Home & Dehors Comes A New Exhibition Project Dedicated To Decorating The Home And Its Outdoor Space
From 13 - 16 September at fieramilano, the first edition of a lifestyle event with a focus on outdoor space.
HOMI OUTDOOR Home & Dehors is the new exhibition project by Fiera Milano, coming to fieramilano (Rho) for the first time this September, an event entirely dedicated to furniture, accessories and decor, scenarios for living, for experiencing all the freedom of the domestic environment and its outdoor space.
The event, set to take place once a year in September, will therefore represent a wide range of products that combine design, functionality and research, anticipating sector trends, in synergy and continuity with what the HOMI Lifestyles Exhibition has always proposed in its autumn edition. It will represent a diversified platform to add value to a continuously growing market, characterised by increasingly specialised distribution channels and points of sale.
Open-air spaces around the home are increasingly the focus of our attention. Houses with a terrace or garden are the most sought-after on the property market, those small “oases” proving to be a favourite place in which to spend our free time or welcome friends. And it is thanks to these open-air spaces that a house becomes complete, even taking on a new dimension. New solutions - objects and accessories that rewrite the difference between "inside" and "outside" living space, often obscuring that distinction completely, towards a new dimension of living.
SPACES AND ATMOSPHERE
You don’t need the hanging gardens of Babylon in order to make your outdoor space a pleasant and versatile place. Even the smallest terrace can respond to your every need. A hammock for example, strung between the balcony and the outside wall and easily packable when not in use, can replace a deck chair or chaise longue and offer similar elegance. Shelving, whether wooden or metal, can be used to house a vertical garden, with small pots of climbing plants or aromatic herbs that cling to the structure itself.
A balcony or terrace is a multifunctional space, so an accessory or furniture element placed in its centre, or in the most usable part of the space, can give these areas a precise application.
Colours are particular important when designing an outdoor space. The chosen colour scheme can say a lot about our balcony or terrace, with neutral colours inspiring minimalism and elegant modernity, while a bright palette, of South-American influence for example, can make for a fun outdoor space. Lastly, artificial light is also important in outdoor spaces. It can even rebalance shady areas during daylight hours, creating particular effects, and is of course fundamental during the evening hours.
Here below is a brief list of essential items for our outdoor spaces. Alongside specifically designed accessories, there is a progressive contamination of genres and uses that even sees indoor items decorating open-air spaces in an entertaining and original way. Here is a brief round-up of accessories, including those for exclusive outdoor use as well as more general elements that are essential in an outdoor space.
Technique, patience, quality food and a latest-generation barbecue are the key to conquering this “hospitality specialism” that is sure to make any social gathering a unique occasion.
Coming in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours, they can decorate chairs or replace them completely in a charming bivouac for your dearest friends and are indispensable when it comes to giving an outdoor space character and personality. Untreated fabrics are best as they are more resistant and better suited to the outdoors, as well as being fashionable. Choose whether to coordinate with matching cushions or play with variety.
If the table is the cornerstone of our space, the tablecloth becomes the light that illuminates it. The variety of possible prints and colours is practically endless, but our choice can be guided by the kind of character we want to give our space. More balanced? Go for solid colours or minimalist prints. More fun-loving? Choose large prints with floral motifs or those inspired by nature in general.
The undisputed king of outdoor living. The star of so many enjoyable and sociable moments with friends, it landed in Italy only a few years ago as a symbol of spending time in company. It has added that extra something, previously only seen in American films, to the historic tradition of the cook-out: the satisfaction of being the perfect host, a DJ of taste in front of that special ‘console’, able to mix intense and wide-ranging flavours.
Whether stem or globe, there are a variety of classic and contemporary shapes to choose from. Light sources play a starring role during summer evenings and create atmosphere in our outdoor environment. The choice is vast and also depends on the style we are looking to inject into the space.
They may seem superfluous in an outdoor context but perfumes contribute to creating atmosphere, combining the scents of essences with those of the surrounding environment, for a bouquet that stands out from the standard citronella used to keep mosquitoes at bay during the summer season.The mood: be daring
Create a mix by blending styles and cultures: this is the approach that emerges . If an open-air space can in fact take on multiple personalities, the ability to create one that cannot be classified and stands out as being unique and original is to be admired. Then first edition of HOMI Outdoor will only prove this, demonstrating how the home already begins outside the home. Operators can visit the HOMI Outdoor - Home & Dehors show at Fiera Milano from 13 to 16 September 2019. More details at www.homimilano.com/en
With Homi Fashion & Jewels comes a new exhibition project dedicated to the world of custom jewellery and fashion accessories
At fieramilano from 13 - 16 September, the first edition of an event dedicated entirely to fashion accessories, custom jewellery and new style ideasHOMI Fashion & Jewels is the new exhibition project by Fiera Milano dedicated entirely to fashion accessories and custom jewellery, coming to fieramilano for the first time this September.The exhibition will bring together the legacy of the sectors that the HOMI lifestyles fair previously dedicated to these worlds, creating a comprehensive, one-of-a-kind event. A showcase that will comprise an enormous variety of exhibitors - major brands, international companies, startups, emerging creatives and designers - coming together to meet the demands of a highly dynamic and demanding sector, in which the overall approach is increasingly closer to fashion and its seasonality.For this reason, HOMI Fashion & Jewels will take place twice a year (in September and February), in conjunction with the biggest Milan fashion events: it will offer a new point of reference for retailers, trend setters and for all fashion operators drawn to the wealth of opportunities Milan has to offer.EXPERIMENTATION, SPECIAL AREAS AND TRAINING
Research and experimentation will play a key role, thanks to the SPERIMENTA (Italian for EXPERIMENT) spaces that will host new creations, and exclusive unique and original pieces, small examples of design excellence, attended by designers, companies and artisans, who will be carefully scouted in order to deliver a comprehensive experience with unrivalled quality.Additionally, special areas like Tuttepazzeperibijoux will provide an opportunity to discover select and niche items of jewellery, which are distinguished by their originality. Conceived and created by Maria Elena Capelli, cool hunter and jewellery blogger of the Tuttipazzeperibijoux blog, this section will be a point of reference for concept stores and jewellers looking for unique, handmade, high quality jewellery.Talks and workshops will run through the event, delivered by industry experts (journalists, fashion stylists, trend setters, opinion leaders) to provide helpful advice on increasing profitability and making the most of the opportunities offered by the fascinating world of fashion.
And of course there will be fashion shows aplenty too: on the HOMI catwalk, the current season's most representative collections, in a mix and match of custom jewellery and accessories, the true stars of any look.In September, the event will take place partly simultaneously (on Sunday 15 and Monday 16 September) with a series of other accessory events - MICAM Milano, the International Footwear Show, and Mipel, the fair dedicated to leather goods.Don't miss HOMI Fashion & Jewels, from 13 - 16 September 2019.
GemGenève Previews in Hong Kong: Guests “Find” the Founders & “Feel” the Excitement of the Second Show in May
March 16th 2019 - Thomas Faerber and Ronny Totah, GemGenève founders, hosted a lively, interactive press event and cocktail at the Grand Hyatt Hotel to share with guests their experience of last year’s show and their expectations for the second international gem and jewellery show taking place this May 9-12, 2019 in Geneva. Both spoke about their mission in creating GemGenève, explaining how this year’s show has grown slightly, with a total of some 200 exhibitors.Guests were greeted in a room themed with this year’s campaign, “Find and Feel”, referring to the sense of discovery at GemGenève and the importance of learning, feeling and discovering the gemstones, jewels and pearls on offer at the show.Showcases displayed a spectacular selection of jewels and gems, of antique and contemporary jewellery and exceptionally rare loose coloured stones, of the style and quality on offer at GemGenève. These included a 19thcentury Renaissance-revival brooch featuring a magnificent amethyst, ring set with a rare Burma ruby, no heat, 12.84 carats, the breath-taking Pink Paradise necklace centred on a 15 carat fancy pink diamond, and a Lacquer eggshell modernist cigarette case, c 1925. Another highlight was the announcement, by Windsor Jewels, that they will be exhibiting the Shirley Temple Blue Bird, a 9 carat fancy deep blue Internally Flawless diamond that belonged to the child star. (More details of exhibits below.)
Founders explained that they had both felt the time was right for a new-style of gem and jewellery show, one that was smaller, more intimate and focused on fine quality; a show that would reveal the true spirit of the international world of gem and jewellery trading. They added that one of the factors that set GemGenève apart from other shows was the fact that it is organised by industry insiders, by exhibitors themselves.
Jewellery historian Vivienne Becker then spoke briefly about the Designer Vivarium, showcasing the work of contemporary designer jewellers from around the world. It will include several new names, including Hong Kong-based designer, Nicholas Lieou, who was present and explained his background and described his style of imaginative classicism. Also on display was the work of London-based designer, Alexandra Jefford, another new addition to the 2019 Designer Vivarium. The Russian design duo, Ninotchka, presenting for the second time this year, were present at the event. All three join the list of contemporary designers showing in May, Ming Lampson, Milio, Tatiana Verstraeten, Nadia Morgenthaler, Alexander Tenzo, Sean Gilson, Cora Sheibani, Oselieri Racine.During the press conference, the founders also explained how GemGenève searches out the most exciting, embryonic designers and artisans starting out in our jewellery world and gives them a platform in the emerging talent section of the show. This year all Emerging Talents are from Switzerland and include Pierre d’Alexis, featured on the wall panels, Syz Fireworks, Ena Iro, Cléa Horowicz as well as the collaboration with HEAD, the Geneva Design School.EXHIBITS AT THE HONG KONG PRESS EVENT
INHORGENTA MUNICH sees 16 percent growth in watch exhibitors
MUNICH, February 27, 2019 – INHORGENTA Munich, which ran from February 22-25, saw high visitor turnout and reported continuing growth with a 16 percent year-on-year increase in watch exhibitors.The trade fair welcomed around 27,000 visitors, including many from abroad.
“We were able to exceed our positive expectations,” said Klaus Dittrich, CEO of organiser Messe München. “In discussions with exhibitors and trade visitors, they reported many positive business deals.”
Garmin was one of the companies attending INHORGENTA MUNICH for the first time with its own booth.
“Specialized watch retailers are the most important and also one of the fastest growing sales markets for Garmin. This is why we plan to establish ourselves as an exhibitor at INHORGENTA MUNICH in the coming years,” said Kai Tutschke, managing director of the DACH region at Garmin.
Citizen, which was present at INHORGENTA MUNICH 2019, also offered a positive summary.
“We met with very many interested visitors and were able to acquire some new customers. We’re looking forward to next year,” said Karsten Isermann, director sales at the Citizen Group.Renowned watch producer Maurice Lacroix was persuaded to return after 16 years of non-attendance.
“The past four days at the trade fair fully confirmed that it was the right decision to exhibit again at INHORGENTA MUNICH,” said managing director Stéphane Waser.
Italian jewelry producer Marco Bicego, whose customers include Rihanna, Kylie Minogue and Hillary Clinton, attended INHORGENTA MUNICH for the first time.
“INHORGENTA MUNICH was an interesting opportunity to strengthen our presence in the German market, which is very important to us,” Marco Bicego said.
The INHORGENTA AWARD, which was presented for the third time for the best pieces of jewelry, timepieces, and designers, has developed into a highlight.
A jury of nine people, including actress Bettina Zimmermann, top model Franziska Knuppe and designer Markus Hilzinger, chose the winners in eight categories.
Garmin took the prize for the “Smart & Connected Watch of the Year” with its Fenix 5 Plus.
Like their colleagues from the timepieces industry, jewelry exhibitors were also very happy with INHORGENTA MUNICH 2019.
“We are very satisfied this year - especially with the number of visitors to our newly designed booth. We were able to book many new orders,” said Alexander Leuz, managing director of diamond jewelry manufacturer Schaffrath.
INHORGENTA MUNICH 2020 will take place from February 14-17, 2020.
AIGS to exhibit at Hong Kong show, 24-hour gem testing turnaround times
February 22, 2019 – The Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS) will exhibit at the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show and will offer 24-hour turnaround times on gem testing.
“We will be issuing our gemstone reports that are useful for both buyers and sellers, with a turnaround time of 24 hours,” said AIGS Chairman Kennedy Ho.
The AIGS, a leading expert in colored gemstones now celebrating its 40th anniversary, will be at stand number #AWE10-A05.
The Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show takes place from February 26 to March 2, at AsiaWorld-Expo.
The AIGS Lab, which is based in the Jewelry Trade Center in Bangkok, serves the gem and jewelry industry and the public with a comprehensive range of gemstone and jewelry analysis reports, including rubies, sapphires and emeralds.
The laboratory's primary objectives are:
• To identify the nature of all materials that are likely to be used as gems, and report on them in a clear and precise manner for the trade and public.
• To grade, when possible, colored gemstones and diamonds for quality and to produce appropriate reports to enable both the trade and public to assess their quality for potential purchase.
• To research all aspects of gem materials in order to fully understand their characteristics.
• The AIGS belongs to The Gem Alliance, an informal grouping of gem identification labs, launched by Kennedy Ho, which encourages sharing of research and information.
• The Gem Alliance is growing with the addition of new gem lab groups from across the world.
* The members of the Gem Alliance are:
- AIGS Thailand, Kennedy Ho - GGTL Switzerland, Franck Notari - GGTL Liechtenstein, Dr. Thomas Hainschwang - JGGL Japan, Masaki Furuya
AIGS Lab, Thailand • Jewelry Trade Center (B1 Floor), Silom Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand • +66 (0) 2267-4325 • +66 (0) 2267-4327 • email@example.com • For press enquiries, please contact David Brough at firstname.lastname@example.org Mobile 44-7990568064.
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair opens under theme of “Thailand’s Magic Hands”
BANGKOK, February 20, 2019 - The Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair has opened, showcasing outstanding Thai craftsmanship and jewelry designs, with the aim of promoting exports by Thai manufacturers and small and medium sized companies.
With over 20,000 visitors expected to visit the 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, the event runs from February 20 to 24, 2019 at Challenger Halls 1-3, IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani.
HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana chaired the opening ceremony of the 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, with Ms. Chutima Boonyaprapatsorn, Deputy Commerce Minister, Mr. Boonyarit Kalayanamit, Permanent Secretary of Commerce, Ms. Banjongjitt Angsusingh, Director-General of the Department of International Trade Promotion and other government officials in attendance.
Then, HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana visited the gems and jewelry exhibitions at the event to show support for manufacturers in the gems and jewelry industry as well as inspire a new generation of designers to develop and produce gems and jewelry products for the world market.
Ms. Chutima Boonyaprapatsorn, Deputy Commerce Minister, said: “The gems and jewelry industry in Thailand is key to the country’s economy. The industry has long been recognized worldwide for quality manufacturing of gems and jewelry, while generating income for 1.2 million workers in the industry. In 2018, export of gems and jewelry products including unwrought gold was worth 11,977 million USD, or 4.74 percent of the country’s total exports. The gems and jewelry industry is an industry that is highly successful in creating added value to the country.”
“To reinforce Thailand’s position as a world hub of gems and jewelry manufacturing and trading (Jewelry Hub), the Ministry of Commerce focuses on developing the competitiveness and marketing for this industry by carrying out communications campaigns to promote the image of the industry to be recognized among buyers, importers, as well as increase the awareness of consumers with projects such as the Buy with Confidence campaign by the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) or GIT, along with the promotion of the industry image in overseas markets through the “Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making” campaign launched by the Department of International Trade Promotion.
Moreover, the DITP is supporting the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair which is a platform for businesspeople, buyers, and sellers in the gems and jewelry industry to develop their businesses from material sourcing, to trading, and network-building.
The DITP is also working to expand online trade channels for gems and jewelry products through platforms such as Ali Express and thaitrade.com.”Ms. Banjongjitt Angsusingh, Director-General of the Department of International Trade Promotion, said: “The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, held under the theme of “Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making”, aims to honor Thai craftsmanship in creating exquisite jewelry pieces to meet the needs of international consumers.
“The DITP is determined to promote the exceptional craftsmanship to be led to the global gems and jewelry trade or Jewelry Hub that builds from skillful craftsmanship to global design, innovation and international trade excellence.
“At the event, over 900 exhibitors from manufacturers, distributors, to exporters from Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, China, India, Israel, Italy, and ASEAN countries are displaying their products and services in an area of over 2,000 booths.
“The DITP anticipates that over 20,000 visitors from 130 countries will be at the event, with over 2,400 million baht in trade value generated.”
Apart from trade activities, visitors can enjoy special exhibits, for example, The New Faces showcasing jewelry products from 123 SMEs manufacturers and designers nationwide from 21 provinces including Lampang, Phrae, Chiangmai, Sukhotha, Nakonsawan, Tak, Surin, Phang Nga, Nakon Sri Thammarat and Satun.
The Niche Showcase features 5 product groups: High Jewelry (jewelry associated with royals), Heritage & Craftsmanship (jewelry representing arts and culture), Spiritual Power (jewelry of belief and opulence), Luxe Men (jewelry for men) and Beyond Jewelry (other lifestyle products with an emphasis on gems and jewelry materials).
The Jewellers and Innovation and Design Zone feature innovative products from designers. Moreover, the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair is showcasing live demonstrations of gems and jewelry making from the Thai Goldsmiths Association ranging from wax carving, gems and jewelry engraving, enamel, fancy polishing, and jewelry finishing. Other activities such as seminars and a mobile gems analyzing unit are also featured at the event.
The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair takes place from February 20 to 24, 2019 at Challenger Halls 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.
The fair is open to the trade from February 20 to 22 at 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and to the general public on February 23 at 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and February 24 at 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. For more information and pre-registration, please visit www.bkkgems.com or dial DITP Call Center 1169.
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair to present theme of "Thailand’s Magic Hands"Photo Release 1: Ms. Banjongjitt Angsusingh, Director-General of the Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce at the press conference for The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF). Jewellery Courtesy from Prima Gold by Pranda Jewelry, Beauty Gems, Gems Pavilion, Vatana Gems and Meng Seng Pearls
The 63rd edition of the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) will present the theme of "Thailand’s Magic Hands", highlighting Thailand’s cultural heritage and the exquisite craftsmanship of Thai artisans.This event will be an important platform to promote potential Thai entrepreneurs and SMEs to expand their business to the global market.It is expected to attract more than 20,000 business people and buyers from 130 countries. The fair will be held during 20 - 24 February 2019 at Challenger Hall 1-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani.
Ms. Banjongjitt Angsusingh, Director-General of the Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, said: "Last year, the Thai gems and jewelry industry was one of the most important sectors of the country's economy. It helped create jobs for the industrial workforce and generate income for up to 1.2 million people. In 2018, the exports of gems and jewelry products, including gold, stood at 383,713 million baht, representing 4.74% of the country’s exports."The 63rd Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair is held under the theme of ‘Thailand's Magic Hands’, which honors Thai craftsmanship in creating exquisite work pieces to meet the needs of international consumers.The DITP is determined to promote the exceptional craftsmanship that takes place in Thailand.At the 63rd Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair, there will be over 800 leading Thai and international manufacturers, exhibitors and exporters across 1,800 booths covering all types of products.This event is expected attract some 20,000 business people, with on-event orders valued at some 2,400 million baht.At the fair, buyers and visitors will experience inspirational activities and exhibitions as well as new trading opportunities, from The New Faces that highlights Thai SMEs from all regions; The Niche Showcase that exhibits niche jewelry trends; The Jewelers that presents a group of designers who focus on creative jewelry-making; and the Innovation and Design Zone offering products with innovation and special materials.There will also be other interesting activities such as seminars, business consultancy, including gem and jewelry making demonstration, as well as quality check services, etc. Photo Release 3: Spring Blossom USD 1.4M (3,797 diamonds, 342 precious stones) by Beauty Gems from The Niche Showcase Zone Photo Release 4: Crowning Vector Headband, Ring, Bracelet in Gold Plated Sterling Silver inspired from royal design of Cesar Augustus of the Roman Empire, by Karen Silver Design from Silver Jewelry Zone Photo Release 5: Defective pieces from Thai Chicken Seal Bowl is used to apply in jewelry pieces with inspiration from the wonderful ceramic decoration at the pagoda from Arun temple, the most famous temple in Bangkok by P9Bangkok from Innovation & Design Zone Content for New div Tag Goes Here Photo Release 6: Key industry people from public and private sector at the at the press conference for The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF)
The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will take place from February 20 to 24, 2019 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. For more information and pre-registration, please visit www.bkkgems.com or dial DITP Call Center 1169.
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) is one of the world’s most renowned and longest-celebrated gems and jewelry trade fair in the industry. Organized on a biannual basis by Thailand’s Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, in February and September, the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair is regarded as a significant trading arena where all key players in the global gems and jewelry business can achieve their purposes of sourcing, trading, networking.For more information, please contact:
Department of International Trade Promotion, Office of Lifestyle Trade Promotion, Suchira Panchana Tel. 062-404-1565 Email: email@example.com
Asialife Media (Thailand) Co., Ltd. Natthineethiti (Nikki) Phinyapincha Public Relations Division 2019 Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair Tel 061-527-6999 Website: www.bkkgems.com Facebook: Bangkokgemsofficial
WEBINAR - Customer service key as jewellers regroup in response to coronavirus
By David BroughMarch 24, 2020 - Delivering exemplary customer service will be at the heart of rebuilding and rebranding jewellery businesses around the world in response to coronavirus, consultant Helen Dimmick said in a Jewellery Outlook webinar.Link to Webinar replay: Outlook with Helen DimmickAddressing ways for the jewellery industry to tackle the lockdown and move forward as businesses, Helen, a former retailer and former interim business leader of the Company of Master Jewellers (CMJ), a buying group, said delivering an authentic, demonstratively different, customer-focused identity was crucial.Helen’s message was part of a media-driven digital effort to support the global jewellery industry, with Jeweller Outlook in the vanguard.In the first of a series of webinars on Jewellery Outlook, this taster session celebrated the need to make bold business decisions in the face of adversity triggered by the pandemic.As jewellery stores are shuttered, how to positively utilise what feels like a new surplus of time, will be at the forefront of jewellers’ minds.“Isolation should not spell the end of innovation,” Helen said.“Virtual and digital technologies can facilitate collective communications and opportunities to ‘think out of the box’ in addressing the fundamental changes ahead, in preparation for a return of footfall to the high street amidst a potential burst of pent-up demand.”Helen addressed an audience of almost 200 people from the global jewellery trade in the Jewellery Outlook webinar, presenting a UK branding case study to encourage dialogue and innovation, ideas and hope, as many retailers switch immediately from an in-store to an online drive.“Crucially this is just the beginning. The platform has sought and received feedback to direct future content strategically,” Helen said.Jewellery Outlook will be staging more webinars on specific themes relating to the industry’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in the coming weeks from Helen and other industry leaders.Here is a link to the recorded webinar:https://jewelleryoutlook.com/?wswebinars=outlook-with-helen-dimmick