Hong Kong: Two of the jewelry industry’s leading trade fairs are set to take place in Hong Kong in the first quarter of 2017.
Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the 4th Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show will take place from February 28 to March 4 at the AsiaWorld-Expo, while the 34th Hong Kong International Jewellery Show will take place from March 2 to 6 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
The two shows will welcome more than 4,380 exhibitors from over 50 countries and regions.
The shows attracted over 80,000 trade buyers from 147 countries and regions in 2016. There will be trade pavilions from China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Israel, Turkey, the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the US, Peru, Columbia, Brazil and other countries. There will also be a new exhibitor from Vanuatu, the organizers said.
The International Jewellery Show will feature a wide range of finished fine jewelry, with a number of themed zones with the prominent Hall of Fame bringing more than 30 internationally acclaimed jewelry brands, including Roberto Coin s.p.a. and Piero Milano Jewellery from Italy, Pranda Jewelry Public Co., Ltd. from Thailand, and Hong Kong’s Lady Heart Collections Ltd and Unrounds (HK) Limited.
Meanwhile, the Hall of Extraordinary will house the most prestigious jewelry collections, including Crivelli s.r.l. from Italy, Thomas Faerber SA from Switzerland, and Hong Kong’s Dehres, On Tung Company and Karen Suen Fine Jewellery Limited.
Other themed zones include Designer Galleria with stylish pieces and collections; World of Glamour, spotlighting the craftsmanship of Hong Kong exhibitors; Hall of Jade Jewellery, with a wide range of exquisite jade pieces; the Antique & Vintage Jewellery Galleria which emphasizes the charm of classic jewelry; the Treasures of Craftsmanship parades sophisticated decorative items; the Hall of Time presents luxury watches and clocks; and Wedding Bijoux.
Meanwhile, the Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show will focus on jewelry raw materials such as loose diamonds, precious and semi-precious stones and pearls. Dedicated zones include the Hall of Fine Diamonds for quality diamonds, the Treasures of Nature for precious gemstones, the Treasures of the Ocean for exquisite pearls, and the Rough Stones & Minerals zone for unpolished and uncut precious stones.
The HKTDC, together 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, will be holding the 18th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition which aims to foster local creativity and innovation in jewelry designs. With the theme of Follow Your Heart, works have to present the passion of the designer while displaying the uniqueness of jewelry art. Entries of open group and student group will be evaluated based on creativity and innovation, aesthetics, craftsmanship, wearability and relevance to the theme. Open Group entries will also be judged on marketability.
Judges on this year’s panel include Kevin Ng, Chairman, Hong Kong International Jewellery Designer Association; Dr Adam Lau, Chairman, Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association; Victor Chan, Executive Director, Continental Holdings Limited; Donald Tung, Managing Director, Emperor Jade Timepiece Limited; Derek Put, Founder and Chief Operating Officer, Mastermind Manufacturer Ltd; David Lo, Chairman, Hong Kong Designers Association; fashion designer Mountain Yam and top model Sofie Lee, who is also the co-founder and director of Savvy Advertising.
Meanwhile, the biannual International Jewellery Design Excellence Award (IJDE), aims to recognize outstanding jewelry designers and facilitate information exchange in design, professionalism and craftsmanship. The award gathers the champions of various jewelry design competitions worldwide. The judging panel includes Lawrence Ma, Chairman, HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2017 Fair Organizing Committee; Michelle Ong, Founder and Design Director, Carnet; Emme Wong, Executive Director, Galtiscopio Limited; Jeff Chan, Specialist, Christie’s Asia; Irina Slesareva, Chief Editor, Jewellery Review from Russia; Fei Liu, Director, Fei Liu Fine Jewellery and editor of l’Orafo Italiano from Italy. Award presentation ceremony will be held on the first day of the Jewellery Show (2 March) and winning entries will be on display at the show.