(Press Release) The 30th edition of the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair (June Fair) kicked off with a cake-cutting and toasting ceremony, followed by a lion dance performance and parade, on June 22 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).
“This year’s edition is extra special as the June Fair marks its 30th anniversary of serving the industry and building up relationships. We are pleased to announce that the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair welcomed 25,652 unique visitors from 103 countries and regions in four days, an increase of 3.2 percent in visitor numbers compared to last year, ” said Celine Lau, director of jewelry fairs, UBM Asia.
“The top five countries that saw a growth in visitor numbers were China, the Philippines, Israel, India and the UK. Of these five countries, China, Israel and India are exhibited among the 18 group pavilions,” said Lau. The June Fair featured 2,051 exhibitors from 40 countries/regions in over 70,000 square metres of exhibition space. Below is the distribution of visitor numbers confirming the Fair’s international profile:
- The total number of visitors over four days reached 25,652. These visitors, from 103 countries and regions, made 45,275
visits during the four days
- Visitors from outside Hong Kong totalled 16,204, accounting for 63 percent of the total number of visitors. Hong Kong-based visitors totalled 9,448, accounting for 37 percent of the total number of visitors
- The Top 10 sources of visitors from outside Hong Kong and mainland China were India, Taiwan region, the Philippines, Japan, Korea, Thailand, USA, Singapore, Australia, and the Russian Federation.
Comments from Exhibitors
“It was great that we met many new buyers this time; new contacts accounted for about 30 percen of the total number of buyers we met during the show. As a manufacturer and wholesaler of diamonds and fine finished jewellery, we attend every jewellery fair organised by UBM Asia. We are happy with our sales, we made US$70,000 in the first two days of the Fair. Our buyers came mainly from China. We met some buyers from the USA, who are our target buyers. Our good-quality products is key to success. ”
– Hong Seok Jae, Export Manager of LEMON by J. Gems Land from Korea
“We exhibit fossils and gemstones and our major buyers are from China, Malaysia and Japan. We made over US$1million in sales during the Fair. We met more customers from Asia, which was our goal. Around 50% of the customers we met were new to us and most of them were from China. Besides Canadian Ammonite, our top-selling item which is very popular in the Asian market, what contributed to our success was good booth location — it made it easy for us to meet new
customers and tap more business opportunities.”
– Jay Maull, President of Korite USA Ltd from USA
“Our company retails antique and vintage jewellery and pearls. This is our second time to exhibit here. About 20% of the customers we met were new to us, they were from China and Hong Kong. We are satisfied with the business we made at the Fair; our sales volume increased over last year’s June Fair. Good show! And good booth location is also a key to our success.”
– Roberto Sciaguato, CEO of Karma Pearls Limited – La Piramide from United Kingdom
“We exhibit in the Diamond Pavilion of the June Fair because members of the AWDC who participate do well in this Fair. The good location of the hall and the booths make AWDC exhibitors highly visible to visitors. Major buyers came from China, India and Singapore. It is absolutely an important mid-year jewellery fair.”
– Taissa Deridder, Trade Fair Officer of Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) from Antwerp
“We are a Turkish wholesaler of mounted jewellery. We met buyers from India, China and Thailand at this edition. Around 35% of the buyers we met are new clients, many were from China. This is our fifth year here. We made average sales this year in the Turkey Pavilion.”
– Bulent Eteevrans, General Manager of Model Mounting from Turkey
“The timing of the Fair is good. I agree that it is an important mid-year Fair as it is the only show happens in June. We manufacture equipment, packaging & technology. We made some business with major buyers from China and other parts of Asia. We are happy with the organiser’s services. Both the quantity and quality of buyers were fine.”
– Ara J. Arakelian, Sales & Marketing Manager of Arakelian SARL from Lebanon
“We focus on the wholesales business of gold jewellery with major buyers coming from USA, Europe and Japan. It is an important Fair to us as we aim to get some new contacts of China customers. So impressed that the services of organiser are well-planned.”
– Stefano Molina, Manager of Garavelli srl from Italy
Comments from Visitors
“I am extremely satisfied with my visit to the June Fair. The products are high quality and competitively priced. I met exhibitors from Japan and Myanmar.”
– Rafael Moreno, Export Manager of Macoval SL, Exporter & Retailer from Spain
“The Fair is impressive and well-organized. As a retailer of antique & signed jewelry, diamonds, gemstones and natural pearls, I was thrilled to find a lot of innovative designs at this Fair. I met exhibitors from India and Korea.”
– Mikael Dan, Owner of Mikael Dan, Retailer from France
“Keep up the good work! Bargain trades can be made at this show, which bring me profits. The exhibitors I met this time were from Belgium, Hong Kong and India.”
– Douglas Neves, Nevesgems, Wholesaler from Brazil
“I am very impressed with the exhibitors’ products. They offer the latest market trends. I met exhibitors mainly from China and India.”
– Billy, Director of Billy King Jewellery, Wholesaler from Taiwan Region
“The facilities at the Fair are good, the environment is comfortable and there are many high-quality products available. Good experience gained in my first visit this time. I met exhibitors from Japan, Korea, Thailand and Belgium.”
– Martel Roelofs, Owner of Martel Roelofs, Wholesaler & Jewellery Designer from Germany
“I certainly will recommend the June Fair to my friends and colleagues as it provides good networking opportunities. This time I met exhibitors from Hong Kong and India.”
– Raymi, Sales Manager of Ei Ei Theint Aung, Importer, Exporter & Wholesaler from Myanmar
“The best fair I have experienced so far — it is very informative and the services are very good. As a gemstone trader, the June Fair is a good venue to network with other industry professionals.”
– Shah Jahan, CEO of Taipan Trading Co, Importer, Exporter & Wholesaler from Sri Lanka
Declaration Programme on Exhibits of Natural Diamonds
Following its successful launch at the September Fair last year, the “Declaration Programme on Exhibits of Natural Diamonds” was introduced at the June Fair this year to help buyers make informed purchasing decisions. The programme acknowledged members of recognised diamond trade associations who make a declaration that they supply and exhibit only natural diamonds during the Fair. Each of these diamond exhibitors displayed in their booths the official poster issued by UBM Asia that identified them as natural diamond suppliers.
JNA Awards 2017 Press Conference
The JNA Awards 2017 Press Conference was held on 22 June, where JNA Awards Honourees or finalists across 10 categories were announced. The annual JNA Awards recognise innovation and excellence in the jewellery and gemstone industry, honouring companies and individuals for their achievements and contributions to the advancement of the trade in Asia. The esteemed JNA Awards is now on its sixth year.
Several knowledge seminars in the June Fair organised by Gemological Institute of America (GIA), GRS Lab (HK) Ltd, The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong (GAHK), and the Japan Pearl Promotion Society got overwhelming responses, especially the Japan Pearl Seminar which discussed “An opportunity to learn about Japan’s quality standards for grading the value and beauty
of pearls”. Other covered topics include “GIA M2M: a Digital Storytelling Platform”; “GIA Device for Testing Mounted Diamonds”; “New “Kashmir-type” sapphires from Madagascar and how to distinguish them from their Indian counterparts”; “The importance of Master Colour Standard: Pigeon’s Blood Ruby, Royal Blue and Cornflower Blue Sapphires”; “Burmese Amber – A Rare Antique Gem from Cretacreous”.
Support from the industry
The June Fair enjoyed support from below international jewelry organizations:
• 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
The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong
Gemological Institute of America (Hong Kong)
Hong Kong Gold & Silver Ornament Workers & Merchants General Union
The Kowloon Pearls, Precious Stones, Jade, Gold and Silver Ornament Merchants Association
September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2017
13-17 September 2017, AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong
Exhibits profile: diamonds, gemstones, pearls, equipment & packaging
15-19 September 2017, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Exhibits profile: fine finished jewellery
The September edition of Asia's Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair (AFJ) is held in conjunction with the September Jewellery & Gem Fair. AFJ runs for four days – from 13-16 September 2017 — at AsiaWorld-Expo.
June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2018
The upcoming June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair will be held from 21-24 June 2018 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre.
To exhibit, please contact:
Sales Department, Jewellery Fairs,
Tel: (852) 2516 1677 / 2585 6179
Fax: (852) 3749 7319