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Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair Declared a Grand Success for Industry

It attracted visitors from 118 countries.

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(PRESS RELEASE) The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair was a great success for buyers, visitors, and exhibitors with five days of bustling trading atmosphere and beautiful arrays of gems and jewelry products that impressed fair participants from around the globe.

Organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, the 63rd edition of Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair held on February 20-24, 2019 at IMPACT, Muang Thong Thani attracted visitors from 118 countries with top ten visiting nations from India, China, Myanmar, US, Russia, Srilanka, France, Vietnam, Japan and Pakistan.

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The Platform for Gems & Jewelry Trading

The fair is rare trading platform for gems and jewelry manufacturers, traders, exporters, importers, designers, and all stakeholders in the industry. Large companies as well as SMEs met with domestic and international buyers which has led them to gain more exposure for their brands and expand their customer base to international markets.

In this edition, 821 exhibitors participated at the fair, occupying 1852 booths. Although 579 of these were from Thailand, others came from around the globe, including countries as diverse as China, Poland, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, India, Israel, Indonesia, and Cambodia. A total of USD 65 million in trade value was generated at the show.

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“Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making”

The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair was held under the theme of “Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making” which honors Thai craftsmanship in creating the exquisite work pieces to meet the needs of international consumers. DITP is determined to promote the exceptional craftsmanship to be led to the global gems and jewelry trade or jewelry hub that builds from skillful craftsmanship to global design, innovation and international trade excellence.

Highlights

In alignment with the government’s initiatives, DITP instigated a series of special zones with an aim to promote Thai SMEs and up-and-coming brands to meet overseas buyers. Moreover, DITP encouraged jewelry designers and manufacturers to focus on catering to the demands of international customers as well as niche markets.

  • Niche Showcase
    Featured the latest trends in jewelry for niche markets, focusing on five main product groups:

High Jewelry – Intricate jewelry associated with royals

Heritage & Craftsmanship – Jewelry representing arts and culture

Spiritual Power – Jewelry of belief and opulence

Luxe Men – Jewelry for men

Beyond Jewelry – Other lifestyle products

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  • The Jewelers
    Exhibition featured 20 brands from designers who have participated in the Designers’ Room and Talent Thai projects with unique designs and stories behind the brand.

  • Innovation and Design Zone (IDZ)
    Showcased innovative jewelry businesses whose inventions meet commercial demands.

New Faces

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. It aims to provide the brands an opportunity to expand to overseas markets, while increasing exposure and sales.

Trading / Business

In 2018, export of gems and jewelry products including unwrought gold was worth USD 12,194 million, or 4.74 percent of the country’s total exports. The gems and jewelry industry is an industry that is highly successful in creating add value to the country, while employing 1.2 million workers nationwide.

At the opening ceremony, Ms. Chutima Boonyaprapatsorn, deputy commerce minister revealed that, “The gems and jewelry industry in Thailand is key to the country’s economy. The industry has long been recognized worldwide for quality manufacturing of gems and jewelry.”

“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.”

Fashion Show

The show was created under the concept of ‘the Silhouette of Thailand’s Magic Hands’, which was designed by Mr. Ek Thongprasert, a famous Thai designer and the owner of Ek Thongprasert brand. The show represented the combination of the Thai identity through the performance of the shadow puppetry (Nang Yai) together with the jewelry show from various renowned brands, i.e. Pranda, Beauty Gems, Der Mond, Mahallati Jewelry, Blue River, Siamgems Heritage, etc.

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Ritani Launches Groundbreaking “Virtual Shelf” Technology

It is to give independent jewelers immediate digital access to over 250,000 diamonds and jewelry pieces.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK, NY — Ritani, the vertically-integrated, technology-minded jewelry company has announced the launch of Virtual Shelf, a groundbreaking, white-label application and sales vehicle for retailers that reimagines how jewelers sell and customers shop for engagement rings, diamonds, and jewelry. Virtual Shelf tackles some of the industry’s toughest challenges – such as limited physical inventory and the high costs of managing transactions and technological innovations – by providing a digital inventory of over 250,000 diamonds and jewelry items along with full-service sales processing.

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The new platform takes life in the form of a user-friendly, jeweler branded iPad app that is used over the counter during the sales consultation. Virtual Shelf is designed to complement each retailer’s existing inventory by making available a digital inventory of hundreds of thousands of diamonds and jewelry items available for immediate purchasing. Should the customer choose to purchase a diamond or jewelry item from the Virtual Shelf, the retailer sets their margin and Ritani handles the entire back-end transaction for the jeweler, including fulfillment, credit card processing, fraud risk, and returns. In turn, the retailer immediately sees the transaction on their books. The customer receives the item quickly and safely via insured shipping.

In addition to the incredible selection of diamonds and jewelry made available by Ritani with Virtual Shelf, the program can also be used as a platform for jewelers to list and sell their own inventory of certified diamonds and jewelry to other program partner retailers; diamond owners can set cost/list prices and margins to better manage their inventory flow.

“The development of Virtual Shelf builds on Ritani’s steadfast dedication to helping independent jewelers implement new technologies to accelerate business,” said Josh Marion, general manager of Virtual Shelf by Ritani. “This platform stems from years of working closely with independent retailers and seeking to solve for the critical issues affecting their businesses; we believe it will have a visible and transformative impact.”

“While the industry has often been slow to implement new technology, the introduction of Ritani’s Virtual Shelf platform is a game-changer for independent jewelers like Padis and for our customers.” said Alexis Padis, president of Padis Jewelry, one of five stores in North America currently testing the system in its stores. “This app dramatically improves the sales process for our team, removes the overhead and headaches of managing the transaction, and gives customers access to more diamonds and jewelry from a centralized, nationwide repository. Plus, we are empowered to better manage our owned inventory and offer it to other jewelers on the platform so we can collectively better serve shoppers around the country.”

Ritani research has found that nearly two-thirds of people who enter a jewelry store looking for a diamond leave without making a purchase, most often due to higher prices and a limited in-store selection. By providing these small businesses with turnkey, digital access to an immediate inventory of certified, conflict-free diamonds and jewelry, Virtual Shelf empowers trusted community jewelers to offer the vast selection, competitive pricing, and modern service that was previously only available through online companies. Further, the partnership reaffirms Ritani’s significant investment in helping community jewelers grow their business using highly-coveted technological and educational tools that are typically cost-prohibitive.

Ritani will debut Virtual Shelf at the upcoming JCK Show in Las Vegas, interested retailers can learn more about the program and sign up for a one-on-one demonstration at www.virtualshelf.io.

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Rahaminov Diamonds Trademarks Movál

It’s recognized for its modified, elongated oval shape.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LOS ANGELES – Rahaminov Diamonds has announced it has been awarded the trademark to its signature Movál diamond by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Recognized for its modified, elongated oval shape and cut to specific proportions to maximize the stone’s beauty, life and brilliance, Movál has quickly become a highly requested mainstay in Rahaminov’s collection. The specialty cut diamond possesses many characteristics of a timeless marquise cut, with the soft curves of an oval. Each diamond is sculpted based on the unique features of the rough; no two Movál diamonds are alike, making each piece of jewelry one of a kind.

“For many of our retailers, Movál has become synonymous with our brand,” explained Melanie Goldfiner, Rahaminov’s director of brand development. “As a result, we felt our next step was to ensure our legal standing of the trademark to avoid future potential infringement.”

Movál was introduced into Rahaminov’s collection in 2016, with new pieces being introduced annually. The brand will showcase a new array of Movál pieces at their upcoming exhibit at LUXURY and JCK in Salon 622. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Melanie Goldfiner at Melanie@rahaminov.com.

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Uneek Designer Benjamin Javaheri Wins 4 New Awards

The new awards round up the 21st industry accolade for Uneek Jewelry.

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(PRESS RELEASE) LOS ANGELES – Uneek Jewelry’s Founder & Designer, Benjamin Javaheri continues his remarkable winning streak as INSTORE Design Awards recognizes his artistry and creativity with 4 new accolades.

The new awards round up the 21st industry accolade for Uneek Jewelry. “I feel blessed! It’s quite an experience having the industry notice my work. It’s both encouraging and inspiring for all of us here at Uneek! This fuels our passion to continuously do more, push beyond limits and take on technical challenges to innovate and create aesthetically pleasing, heirloom-worthy jewelry pieces”, says Javaheri.


The roster is top billed by the ring Benjamin calls “Le Pur Et Simple” which is a true beauty in its simple, uncomplicated and unpretentious details. It receives First in the Engagement/Wedding Jewelry Over $5,000 Category. The Engagement Ring features French-pave split shank 18k white gold setting with a 5-carat certified cushion-cut white diamond center from the company’s popular Signature Collection.


The Retailers’ Choice Award for the Colored Stone Over $10,000 Category goes to “The Rio Elbaite Necklace”. The 18k White Gold Pendant Necklace is a tribute to its Brazilian heritage for its Indicolite Tourmaline Center and the celebration that is, El Grande Brasil! A spectrum of greens and blues make the 9ct. center dance to its own tune dazzled by the kite and shield-shaped diamonds.


And last but not the least, two awards are bestowed on “The Jaxson Bleu Ring” which garners both The Retailers’ Choice Award for Platinum Category and Third in Platinum Jewelry Category. This one-of-a-kind Sapphire and Diamond Platinum Piece is a celebration ring too close to home, a design inspired by the birth of Benjamin’s first son. The ring features an 8 carat Royal Blue Oval Sapphire perched atop 4.54 cttw. oval diamond eternity band. The oval diamonds appear like floating ovals on the finger and are intentionally comfortable and low profile due to its buttercup setting.

See these award-winning pieces and other outstanding UNEEK designs on display at salon LUX1221 of the Luxury/JCK Shows, May 29th to June 3rd.

For more information and other styles from Uneek’s Fine Jewelry Collection, please e‐ mail info@uneekjewelry.com or call (1‐888) BE‐UNEEK.

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