Under the “Two Shows, Two Venues” arrangement for a second successive year, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council organised two jewellery shows in early March 2015 with jewellery raw materials and finished jewellery collections separated into two exhibition venues.
The 32nd edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre and the 2nd edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show held at the AsiaWorld-Expo, together welcomed more than 76,000 buyers from 140 countries and regions. As the world’s marketplace for fine jewellery, the two five-day shows featured more than 4,360 exhibitors from 52 countries and regions, offering a more spacious and comprehensive trading platform for both exhibitors and buyers, thus creating more business opportunities.
“Despite the global economic challenge, the two shows recorded a slight increase in buyer attendance. It is a very encouraging result. Attendance from some traditional markets even recorded double-digit percentage growth, such as the US, Italy, the UK and Japan. Attendance from certain emerging markets such as Thailand, Israel and South Africa also recorded significant growth, reinforcing Hong Kong’s position as a leading jewellery sourcing hub,” Benjamin Chau, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director, said.
A Glamorous Show for Finished Jewellery
The 2015 edition of HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show was held from 4 to 8 March 2015, featuring 2,491 exhibitors from 41 countries and regions around the world, with first time participants from Latvia, Qatar and United States Virgin Islands. The strong international nature of the show was also manifest in its 16 group pavilions such as Chinese mainland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States. Four trade organisation pavilions from Platinum Guild International, T-Gold International, Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute and Japan Jewellery Association also participated.
Favorable buyer attendance reaffirmed the growing popularity and importance of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show. The 2015 show successfully attracted a record number of 47,028 buyers from 137 countries and regions, up 2% over last year.
Over 110 overseas buying missions were organized with more than 7,000 companies representing some 9,000 buyers from 77 countries and regions. The presence of a number of renowned jewelers was secured, including Shiels Jewelers from Australia, The Shopping Channel from Canada, PT. Gold Martindo from Indonesia, As-me ESTELLE from Japan, Szuchman Gold International from Poland, Moscow Jewellery Plant from Russia, Ur&Penn from Sweden, Blue Nile, Inc. and Reeds Jewelers from USA, Pure Gold from the UAE and Zbird from the Chinese mainland.
House of the Shining Jewels
The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2015 spotlighted a diverse range of jewellery in different themed areas.
As an elite section reserved for exclusive and high-end fine jewellery masterpieces, Hall of Extraordinary in Grand Hall and Hall 3B featured several double-deck premium booths with English-style decoration to showcase prestigious jewellery.
Located in Hall 1 and Hall 3DE, World of Glamour housed more than 470 Hong Kong-based fine jewellery exhibitors that wished to emphasise the fine quality of their jewellery.
Sparkling lights further lure discerning international visitors with the new zone in Level 2 Mezzanine. The Treasures of Craftsmanship showcased decorative arts at the Show, presenting the masterpieces of cravings from gems, gold or silver as well as precious ornaments.
The hktdc.com Small Orders zone also offered purchases of jewellery products in small quantities, it attracted more than 4,000 buyer visits and generated over 5,000 business enquiries. Other dedicated theme areas included:
|•||Antique & Vintage Jewellery Galleria captured the glamour of classic jewellery and watches from bygone times;|
|•||Designer Galleria was a treasure house for design-driven and contemporary collections;|
|•||Hall of Fame brought together top-flight brand names in elegant surroundings;|
|•||Hall of Jade Jewellery highlighted top-grade jadeite jewellery; and|
|•||Hall of Time was dedicated to jewellery watches and timepieces|
International Jewellery Design Excellence Award 2015 goes to...
As a platform to honour creative and eminent jewellery designers from around the world, and to provide an opportunity for them to exchange experiences, expertise and craftsmanship, the International Jewellery Design Excellence (IJDE) Award 2015 was a biennial event organised by the HKTDC jointly with Hong Kong Jewellers’ and Goldsmiths’ Association, Hong Kong Jewellery and Jade Manufacturers Association, Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association and the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong. Record breaking 191 entries from 31 countries and regions were received for the competition this year. Russian designer Timofey TEPLINSKIY’s ring design “Existence” surpassed other international competitors, and won the "Champion of Champions" and "Aesthetic Award". Winning entries of the competition, along with those from the Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition Award, were on display in prominent locations at the fairground to provide inspirations for fair attendees.
Dazzling Insights with the Latest Market Trends
More than 20 special events were organized over the fair period, including a wide variety of seminars, networking receptions and jewellery parades. To add more glitz to the Show, a series of seminars were specially
designed to illuminate pathways for jewellery professionals by sharing and updating the latest industry development and jewel trend. Authentication is the key to build confidence in jewellery industry. A seminar on “Jewellery Appraisal and Gemstone Standards: Integrity, Autheniticity and Consumer Confidence” was offered to give jewellery traders insights. On the other hand, E-tailing has become one of the most popular shopping channels in recent years. Speakers from USA’s Blue Nile and India’s Satyug shared the tips to enter the jewellery e-tailing markets in both traditional and emerging markets, and explore the increasingly widespread market trend in the seminar “Achieving Global Success in Jewellery E-tailing Market”.
Alongside with a great variety of seminars, parades and networking events were also organised throughout the fair period.
The first evening of the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2015 began with a Cocktail Reception cum IJDE Award presentation ceremony. As one of the judges of the IJDE Award, world-renowned actress Carina Lau appeared to support the winners while some renowned models and artists also featured jewellery pieces in the ceremony. Gregory So, Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, and other celebrities were invited to the Jewellery Gala Dinner thereafter, which was held under the theme 'Royal Retreat'. Such theme was brilliantly illustrated by parades of jewellery, with glittering offerings created by exhibitors. Guests also showed their appreciation for the special menu masterminded by the star Italian chef, Stefano Merlo, who was the winner of the “Iron Chef Thailand” TV show.
Several glamorous jewellery parades featured models wearing exquisite and inspirational exhibits of different themed zones. “Middle East Night” Cocktail Reception was organised to provide an informal platform for exhibitors to meet with buyers from the Middle East. Two world-class jewellery auctions, the Paspaley Pearl Auction and the Robert Wan Tahiti Pearls Auction, also took place in conjunction with the Show.
The next edition of Hong Kong International Jewellery Show for finished jewellery products will be held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 3 to 7 March 2016 while the HKTDC Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show for jewellery raw materials will also be held concurrently at AsiaWorld-Expo from 1 to 5 March 2016. Be sure to visit both shows for more market trends and sourcing opportunities! For further information, please visit www.hktdc.com/hkjewelleryshow, or contact:
Hong Kong Trade Development Council
Unit 13, Expo Galleria
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
1 Expo Drive, Wan Chai, Hong Kong
Tel: (852) 1830 668
Fax: (852) 2824 0026