|Friday, 4 March 2011, 18:00 HKT/SGT|
|Global Design Talent Glitters on Display and in Competitions|
HONG KONG, Mar 4, 2011 - (ACN Newswire) - The HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show opened today with more than 2,800 exhibitors from 46 countries and regions - a new show record - taking part in the five-day fair, 4-8 March, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism) Andrew Wong and Chairman of the HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee and the Fair Organising Committee of the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show Lawrence Ma officiated at today's opening ceremony, along with Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Executive Director Fred Lam. Mr Ma noted that the global jewellery market was on the upswing, "driven, in good part, by the Chinese mainland and its growing appetite for jewellery. Last year jewellery sales on the mainland totalled some US$30 billion," he said, adding that "there's no better place to tap this vast consumer market than Hong Kong."
Ethiopia is taking part in the show for the first time, and Italy, a major player in the global jewellery market, is the fair's first "partner country." With more than 120 exhibitors, the Italian pavilion is the largest European pavilion at the fair. Italian design and market trends will also be featured at a "Jewels of Italy" seminar on 5 March, and a gala celebration of Italian design that evening. The show's other group pavilions are: Brazil, the Chinese mainland, Columbia, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.
Pavilions have also been set up for seven trade organisations: the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, the Israel Diamond Institute, the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, the International Colored Gemstone Association, the Japan Jewellery Association, the Japan Pearl Exporters' Association, and Platinum Guild International.
A number of buying missions representing major international jewellery retailers and department stores are on hand for the show. They include: Argentina's Diamonds DC and Jose Peskin e Hijos SA; Brazil's Amsterdam Sauer, Folic and Vivara; Canada's Ann-Louise Jewellers and Sears Canada Inc; Japan's GSTV; Paraguay's Luxor SA; Saudi Arabia's Farsi Jewellery; the United Arab Emirates' Joy Alukkas and Malabar Jewellery LLC; Uruguay's Brela Joyas and Laffitte Joyas; and the United States' Jewelry International Manufacturers Association and National Chinese American Jewelers Association.
World of Glamour
Special zone highlights this year include the Hall of Fame, which features international brands, and the Hall of Extraordinary for high-value pieces of outstanding craftsmanship. The Designer Galleria houses fashionable collections, and buyers can source loose pearls, diamonds and gemstones at the Hall of Nature. The World of Glamour features fine jewellery from Hong Kong exhibitors, and the Exclusive Showroom spotlights diamonds. Other zones include the Antique & Vintage Jewellery Galleria, the Hall of Jade Jewellery and the Hall of Time.
Some 20 special events are taking place during the show, including seminars, jewellery parades and networking receptions. Seminar topics range from online diamond trading to high-end jewellery in Russia and the market for fancy-coloured sapphires.
The biennial International Jewellery Design Excellence Award adds to the show's international flavour. More than 100 winners of jewellery design contests around the globe are competing. The "Champion of the Champions" will be announced at a networking reception this evening. Other prizes include an Aesthetic Award, Craftsmanship Award, Innovative and Uniqueness in Design Award, Distinction Awards and Merit Awards. The competition pieces are on display throughout the show at the Hall 1C entrance.
Winning entries in the Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition are also on display, at the Hall 1E Concourse. The 12th annual event, which promotes creativity, innovation and craftsmanship, was held last month. The fair is also displaying winning items from the eighth International South Sea Pearl Jewellery Design Competition at the Hall 1D concourse.
Three world-class jewellery auctions are taking place during the fair: the Alrosa Diamond Auction, the Paspaley Pearl Auction, and the Robert Wan Tahiti Perles Auction.
Hong Kong is the world's fourth-largest exporter of fine jewellery after Italy, the United States and Switzerland. Hong Kong's exports of fine jewellery amounted to HK$34.6 billion in 2010, with many export destinations posting double-digit growth.
Fair Website: www.hktdc.com/hkjewelleryshow
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.
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Mar 4, 2011 18:00 HKT/SGT
Topic: Trade Show or Conference
Sectors: Trade Shows
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