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63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair a Success

Sales generated totaled more than 63 million USD.

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(PRESS RELEASE) BANGKOK — Ms. Chutima Boonyaprapatsorn, deputy commerce minister has revealed that the 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair held under the theme of “Thailand’s Magic Hands: the Spirit of Jewelry Making” on February 20 to 24, 2019 at Challenger Halls 1-3, IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani experienced great success, with sales generated at the event totaling more than 2 billion baht (63 million USD). Buyers and visitors from overseas appreciated the intricate craftsmanship of Thai jewelry as well as the high quality of jewelry production which has led Thailand to be recognized worldwide as one of the world’s gems and jewelry hubs. Exhibitors at the fair met Thai and foreign buyers which offered them more opportunities to establish new networks and seek trade partners.

The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair welcomed over 14,000 visitors from 118 countries from around the world, with the number of foreign visitors up 5.4 percent from the same period of last year. Trade generated at the event was nearly 2.1 billion baht (66 million USD), with immediate sales worth 700 million baht (22 million USD), up 85.2 percent compared to the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair held in February 2018, while public days saw sales of approximately 360 million baht (11.4 million USD). Products with the highest value of trade at the fair were gemstones, fine jewelry, silver jewelry, machinery, and gold jewelry, respectively.

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The Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair served as a platform for buyers and sellers to trade quality products in a secure atmosphere that matches world standards, and to hold business matching activities with quality exporter. Moreover, visitors enjoyed new product showcases and creative exhibits, for example, The New Faces which featured jewelry products from 123 SMEs manufacturers and designers nationwide from 21 provinces, such as Chantaburi, Tak, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, Lampang, Pichit, Surin, Prachuab Khiri Khan, Nakon Sri Thammarat, and Phang Nga; and The Jewellers and Innovation and Design Zone, both of which demonstrated quality products that received good feedback from visitors, as well as generated over 120 million baht in sales during the event.

The Deputy Commerce Minister added that in the past year, exports of gems and jewelry from Thailand have been expanding in almost all markets. Last year, export of gems and jewelry products excluding unwrought gold was worth 7,606.45 million USD, up 6.96 percent, with high-growth products including gold jewelry, silver jewelry, imitation jewelry, and diamonds. Key export markets were Hong Kong (-1.17%), the U.S. (+15.72%), Germany (+16.24%), India (+2.23%), Belgium (+8.19%), while secondary markets with promising growth included Qatar (+103.49%), Singapore (+38.92%), South Korea (+36.98%), Lichtenstein (+25.04%), and Israel (+20.61%).

Moreover, this year, Ministry of Commerce focuses on developing the competitiveness and marketing for this industry by carrying out communications campaigns to promote the image of the industry to be recognized among buyers, importers, as well as increase the awareness of consumers with projects such as the Buy with Confidence campaign by the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) or GIT, along with the promotion of the industry image in overseas markets through the “Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making” by the Department of International Trade Promotion. Moreover, the DITP is uplifting the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair which is a platform for businesspeople, buyers, sellers in the gems and jewelry industry to expand their businesses in many dimensions from material sourcing, trading, and network-building, as well as working to expand online trade channels for gems and jewelry products through platforms such as Ali Express and Thaitrade.com.

The Ministry of Commerce is also focusing on Super Rich targets in the ASEAN region, South Asia, and China, while expanding niche products such as jewelry for millennials in China, Japan, and the US; jewelry for pets among aging societies and singles; and jewelry relating to belief and opulence. Moreover, the ministry aims to develop The New Faces business operators to promote the manufacturing of a wide variety of products from Thai SMEs nationwide to enter the international gems and jewelry market.

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The 64th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will be held from September 10 to 14, 2019 at Challenger Halls 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. For more information, please visit www.bkkgems.com or dial DITP Call Center 1169.

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Live Presentation with Instagram Secrets for Jewelers – Quickly Grow from 0 to 5000 Followers

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(PRESS RELEASE) Following the highly successful Social Media presentation by EMD’s Brian Plante at the famed Jewelry Show in Pittsburgh, EMD has decided to go LIVE on the Facebook group, Jewelers Conquering the Digital World, for all jewelers to benefit from. Entering the social media realm has become a must for small businesses – including jewelry stores – in order to compete against the online giants.

The free presentation tackles issues most jewelers are facing regarding online marketing and what it takes to succeed on social media. From ‘How to Get More Instagram Followers’ to ‘DIY Instagram Hacks’, Brian has found the sweet spot that addresses what jewelers want to know.

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In the diamond business from 1979, EMD has become one of the leading diamond manufacturers, focusing largely in the North American market. Seeing the change in direction the industry has taken since the explosion of social media, they knew that helping local jewelers succeed in the online world was extremely important. This is what led to the beginning of their Facebook group, Jewelers Conquering the Digital World, a safe place for jewelers to come and network with other jewelers about all things social.

The group has grown tremendously in a short amount of time and has become the go-to place for tips and conversations about social media. With no vendors allowed, the group consists only of jewelers who want to conduct open and honest chats on digital marketing and how to succeed.

The Social Media Presentation will go LIVE on Facebook for all the jewelers in the JCDW group on Monday, August the 26th 11 am est, so interested jewelers still have time to join before then. It’s already being called the “Social Media Gamechanger” by jewelers who have implemented Brian’s winning strategies and are doubling their social media following.

If you are a jeweler interested in participating in the group and receiving access to the LIVE stream, you can join here: Jewelers Conquering the Digital World.

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IJO/GIA GemKids Was a ‘Huge Hit’

75% of members was in attendance.

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(PRESS RELEASE) SOUTHPORT, CT — The Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) held its semi-annual conference in Pittsburgh, PA July 19-23, with close to 75% of members in attendance. IJO was in the process of putting together a Kids’ Program when GIA stepped up and offered to present their GemKids class. Forty of IJO’s “Next-Next Gen” signed up, ranging in age from 5 to mid-teens.

“Seeing these children discover the beauty of gemstones first-hand is an experience I will keep in my heart,” said GIA’s Supervisor of Guest Services and class instructor Linda Chudomelka. “Their eyes really lit up when they realized how much fun gemology can be. All of the children were eager to learn, even the little ones who were not able to spell yet.”

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“This program has never been taught in the U.S. outside of the Carlsbad campus, and we thank GIA for bringing this 90-minute educational experience to us,” stated Penny Palmer, IJO’s Director of Member Services. “The hands-on class covered a wide range of subjects from ‘What is a Rock?’ to ‘What is a Mineral?’ to ‘What is a Gem?’, Mohs scale, inclusions, phenomena, tools, birthstones and much, much more.”

According to Jacob Walton, age 5 (Hudson Valley Goldsmith, New Paltz, NY), “My favorite part was when we got to look at the rocks with a flashlight. There were secrets in them, one was all white and when you looked at it with the flashlight, you could see a rainbow.”

Lucca Montoya (Montoya Jewelry Designs, Windsor, CA), also 5, loves to travel and was interested in seeing where various rocks come from. Her favorite stones are rubies. “But the best part was I got to meet Harley!” Lucca’s mom Annie said the class was so interesting she was able to brush-up her own training.

Suzanne Faske from J.H. Faske Jewelers in Brenham, TX brought two of her children. “One thing is for sure — they LOVED it!! We had so many laughs that evening listening to them talking about what they learned.”

“I really enjoyed learning about Amber. It is pretty cool that leaves, bugs, and tree bark can be trapped inside of Amber. I also liked learning about the hardness scale of gemstones. It was fun to scratch the stones together and see which gemstone is harder.” — Caleb Faske, age 7

“One of my favorite parts of the class was using the flashlight to see the different things in a gem. We saw a rainbow, a star, a cloud, glitter and light. It was also fun to see and feel the different textures of rocks.” — Sophia Faske, age 8

“IJO will continue to investigate a varied array of programs to present to our kids”, Palmer added, “with the hope that these classes will inspire them to attain a love of gemology and perhaps one day carry on the family tradition!”

“GemKids is a beautiful example of how we are giving back to the community, giving children around the world a first look at the fascinating science behind all we do,” said GIA Director of Institute Relations Shahdeh Ammadi. “This is part of our mission; Our commitment to educate and ignite passion for gemology reaches far beyond the trade.”

For information on IJO membership contact Penny Palmer at 800.624.9252.

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Vibrant Gemstones Make a Splash in Gems & Gemology

Summer issue features chart of inclusions in natural, treated, imitation and laboratory-grown opal.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – Dive into the Summer 2019 Gems & Gemology (G&G), GIA’s (Gemological Institute of America) quarterly professional journal, for insights into Mozambique ruby, Madagascar sapphire, black nephrite from China, pearls and opal inclusions. The latest G&G is available in print by subscription and in the GIA Store, and digitally – at no cost – on GIA.edu.

GIA field gemologist Wim Vertriest and senior manager of identification Sudarat Saeseaw open the issue with a review of ruby from Mozambique that explores a decade of production, distribution, gemological characterization and the most common treatment processes applied to material from this locality. Billie Hughes of Lotus Gemology and Rosey Perkins with Fura Gems present their findings of low-temperature heat treatment experiments on sapphire from Madagascar and the means for separating unheated from heated stones. Also, lead author and PhD student of mineralogy at Tongji University Qian Zhong shares the study of black nephrite jade from Guangxi, southern China that appears to be part of a large-scale jade formation belt in the region.

Pearls are the focus in two of the articles in the summer issue. Jean-Pierre Gauthier from the Gemological Research Center of Nantes and his coauthors characterize “flame structure” in 37 pearls from bivalves of the Tridacnidae family that revealed evidence of rotation during growth. Researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry, Johannes Gutenberg University, and GIA’s New York and Bangkok laboratories share a pearl identification challenge, where two pearls could not be positively identified at any of these gemological laboratories.

In the final feature, GIA manager of colored stone identification Nathan Renfro and coauthors present a large and colorful opal inclusions chart that is also available as a laminated wall chart from the GIA Store online. Lab Notes includes a rough diamond with fake green “radiation stains,” a study on the separation of kornerupine and prismatine, and the first report of a color-change spessartine garnet examined by GIA.

The issue is rounded out with the regularly occurring features G&G Micro-World, Diamonds from the Deep and Gem News International.

This and every issue of G&G since 1934, including full articles, lab notes, photo galleries and exclusive video footage, is available at no cost on GIA’s website GIA.edu/gems-gemology.

Additional research articles are available at GIA.edu/gia-news-research.

Print subscriptions and copies of back issues are available at http://store.gia.edu/.

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