Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair kicks off today

Hong Kong Jewellery Show 2016
Hong Kong Jewellery Show 2016
13 September 2016

September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair kicks off today

The world’s number one fine jewellery event – the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair (September Fair) – opens today at AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE). AWE houses the raw materials section of the September Fair.  The fine finished jewellery section, meanwhile, will open on 15 September at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Celebrating its 34th edition, the September Fair hosts over 3,600 exhibitors from 55 countries and regions. Fair organiser UBM Asia expects about 58,000 buyers from around the world to create active traffic in the two venues.

Fair Features 2016

– Exhibition space in the two venues totals more than 135,000 square metres.
– Debut of the Myanmar and Portugal Pavilions. The new additions bring to 24 the number of group pavilions in the two venues. The rest of the pavilions are: Antwerp, Brazil, mainland China, Colombia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, the United States, and the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA).
– The Fair features the single largest showcase of Hong Kong jewellery. This year, there are over 1,250 Hong Kong companies participating in the two venues, accounting for around 35 percent of the Fair exhibitors.
– The Fair is yet again home to the world’s largest Diamond Pavilion, with around 500 diamond companies, and Asia’s biggest gemstone marketplace, with over 750 gemstone companies participating.
– New exhibitors from Nigeria, Peru, Portugal, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Slovak Republic (Slovakia), French Polynesia and the Republic of Vanuatu are participating.
– ALROSA, Russia’s leading diamond company and the world’s biggest diamond miner by volume, is hosting its diamond auction at the Fair from 13 to 17 September at AWE.  Admission by invitation only.
– Two renowned international pearls auctions, the 68th Robert Wan Tahiti Perles Auction and the 59th Paspaley Pearl Auction, will also be held by invitation for admission during the fair.
– A new programme, called the “Declaration Programme on Exhibits of Natural Diamond”, is being introduced at this edition. Participants in the programme will have on display at their booths a “Declaration Programme on Exhibits of Natural Diamond” poster, which will demonstrate clearly to buyers that diamonds from these exhibitors are natural. This programme provides an easier and quicker way for buyers to make an informed decision when purchasing diamonds.  Participants in the programme are members of global diamond trade organisations, including the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, the Antwerp World Diamond Center, Belgium, and the Israel Diamond Institute. The diamond exhibitors will be housed in Halls 5, 7, 9 and 11 at AWE.
– Since June 2012, the Trade Buyer ID has enjoyed warm reception from our esteemed buyers from around the world. Beginning at this edition of the September Fair, holders of the Trade Buyer ID can enjoy up to 25 percent discount on dining privileges at participating restaurants. Buyers simply need to present the Trade Buyer ID to enjoy this privilege.

Asian consumer confidence remains steady

Despite challenging economic conditions in some parts of the world, consumer confidence in China and the rest of Asia remains steady, according to the Nielsen Global Survey of Consumer Confidence and Spending Intentions, Markets. The region’s confidence score reached or exceeded 100 points in the second quarter of 2016, the survey said. Countries surveyed in Asia included the Philippines, India, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, Pakistan and Thailand.

The continued healthy growth of the Asian market, particularly China, is not lost on players in the jewellery industry. According to Celine Lau, director of jewellery fairs at UBM Asia, more and more internationally renowned organisations and laboratories are establishing their presence in the China market.  “They partner with local authorities to hold seminars, set up scholarships and share knowledge about the latest technologies in the industry. They believe there is room for growth in the China market so they are establishing their brands here through these activities,” Ms Lau said.

September Fair plays key role

Over the last decade, the September Fair has served as a bridge to tap into China’s lucrative market. As the preeminent jewellery fair for the industry, the Fair provides the greatest product range not only for Chinese buyers but also for buyers from around the world. “The Fair is not only an effective marketplace and platform to tap into the Asian markets, but also functions as a ‘filter’ as only serious buyers and exhibitors will attend world-class fairs like the September Fair. A fair of this calibre offers tremendous value to both exhibitors and buyers. It also provides easy access to some of the industry’s most reputable vendors, thus helping the industry to continue to grow,” said Ms Lau.

To bring in more buyers from robust markets, UBM Asia has enhanced visitor promotion in those markets. As a result, 24 buyer delegations from the mainland China are visiting this edition. Overseas delegates from Finland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Myanmar, Russian Federation and Vietnam are also coming.

Must-Visit:  Signature Theme Pavilions

The Hong Kong Premier Pavilion features around 30 of the city’s outstanding jewellery companies and their brands. Visitors are sure to be captivated by the exquisitely crafted jewellery collections that reflect the very best of Hong Kong’s jewellery manufacturing traditions. The pavilion is located in Halls 1D & E of HKCEC.

The International Premier Pavilion is a destination for the trendy. Located in Halls 3B & C of HKCEC, the pavilion houses a select group of over 50 exhibitors from 17 countries and regions, namely Belgium, mainland China, France, Germany, Greece, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Russian Federation, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

The Fine Design Pavilion hosts 76 internationally renowned jewellers in the Grand Hall of HKCEC. They will showcase exquisite jewellery set with luxurious and rare diamonds, gemstones and pearls, as well as top-quality bejewelled watches, invaluable masterpieces, and exclusive one-offs from around the world.

The Fine Gem Pavilion is dedicated to the world’s finest loose diamonds, pearls and gemstones. Located in Hall 9 of AWE, 54 esteemed exhibitors will showcase a wide variety of high-quality loose gems.

Value-added Special Events

Press Conference

The Fair press conference will be held on 15 September from 11:00am to 12:30pm in meeting rooms S226 – S227 of HKCEC. Heads of jewellery associations will share their views on the developments in the jewellery trade. The Senior Vice President of UBM Asia, Mr Wolfram Diener, will announce the latest developments in UBM Asia’s jewellery fairs portfolio.

Fair Reception

To celebrate the grand opening of the Fair, a Welcome Reception organised by UBM Asia will be held on 15 September at 6:30pm at the Grand Foyer of HKCEC.
Diamond Auction
Diamond Auction by the Alrosa Group will be held from 13 to 17 September at AWE. Admission is by invitation only.

Pearl Auctions
Two world-renowned pearl auctions, the 68th Robert Wan Tahiti Perles Auction and the 59th Paspaley Pearl Auction, will be held from 11-12 September and 18- 20 September at HKCEC, respectively. Admission is by invitation only.

Other Events

Leading international jewellery organisations, associations and companies will host a number of informative seminars, conferences, parades and receptions during the Fair, including:
– Asia Fancy Color Diamond Association (AFCDIA)
– Asian Gemmological Institute and Laboratory Limited (AGIL)
– The Gemological Institute of America (GIA)
– Gemfields plc
– Gübelin Gem Lab & Gübelin Academy
– Shanghai Kimberlite Diamond Co Ltd
– The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong (GAHK)
– The Gem & Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) (GIT)
– Tanzanite Foundation

For more details of special events, please visit http://exhibitions.jewellerynetasia.com/9jg/specialevents.

One Trip, Two Attractions – Concurrent Fair

The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair is held concurrently with Asia’s Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair (AFJ) at AsiaWorld-Expo. Buyers attending the September Fair can enjoy free access to AFJ.

Free Shuttle Bus Service

For the convenience of registered exhibitors and visitors, the Organiser has arranged a free continuous shuttle bus service running directly between HKCEC / Tsim Sha Tsui / Tung Chung and AWE. For pick-up points and bus schedules, please visit http://exhibitions.jewellerynetasia.com/9jg/transportation.

Fair Dates & Opening Hours

AsiaWorld-Expo‧Hong Kong

13 – 16 September 2016 10:30am – 6:30pm
17 September 2016 10:30am – 5:30pm
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

15 – 18 September 2016 10:30am – 6:30pm
19 September 2016 10:30am – 5:30pm

Admission Requirements

The Fair is open to jewellery trade professionals and members of the press. Free admission will be granted to visitors who present their business cards or official invitation together with Hong Kong Identity Card/ Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macau/ National passport. Visitors under 18 will not be admitted.

Security Measure — Identity Verification at Entrance

To strengthen the exhibition security measures, all attendees must wear the badges and present a valid form of photo identification document for identity verification, without which access to the exhibition will not be permitted. We appreciate your full support to maintain a business-friendly environment in the fair and your cooperation is highly appreciated.

**The Organiser reserves the right to refuse admission and forfeit the admission badge.

Tentative Future Fair Dates

Year AsiaWorld-Expo‧Hong Kong Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
2017 13 – 17 September 15 – 19 September
2018 12 – 16 September 14 – 18 September
2019 16 – 20 September 18 – 22 September

Industry Supports

Advisory Board
– The Hong Kong Jewellers’ and Goldsmiths’ Association
– The Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association
– Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association
– Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China

Sponsors
– The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong
– Hong Kong Gold & Silver Ornament Workers & Merchants General Union
– The Kowloon Pearls, Precious Stones, Jade, Gold and Silver Ornament Merchants Association

International Sponsors
– Gemological Institute of America
– Antwerp World Diamond Center, Belgium

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To visit, please contact:
Visitor Promotion Department,
Jewellery Fairs, UBM Asia Ltd
Tel: (852) 2516 2192 / 2516 2194
Fax: (852) 3749 7344
Email: visitjgf-hk@ubm.com
Website: http://www.jewellerynetasia.com/
For media enquiries, please contact:
Marketing Communications Department,
Jewellery Fairs, UBM Asia Ltd
Tel: (852) 2585 6197
Fax: (852) 3749 7318
Email: pressjgf-hk@ubm.com

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Farid Khan of F. K. Jewellers Jaipur at Hong Kong Show

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