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September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair Kicks Off

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The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair (September Fair) opened Sept. 13 at AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE). AWE houses the raw materials section of the September Fair. The fine finished jewellery section, meanwhile, will open on Sept. 15 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.

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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.

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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.

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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
Sept. 13-16, 2016 — 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sept. 17 — 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Sept. 15-18, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
Sept. 19, 2016 – 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

AsiaWorld-Expo‧Hong Kong

• 2017: Sept. 13-17
• 2018: Sept. 12-16
• 2019: Sept. 16-20

Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre

• 2017: Sept. 15-19
• 2018: Sept. 14-18
• 2019: Sept. 18-22

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

To visit, 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: www.jewellerynetasia.com

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GJEPC Announces Special Rate Benefits for IIJS Signature 2020 & IIJS Premiere 2020 for Exhibitors

This is to promote exports of diamond jewelry and gold jewelry from India.

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(PRESS RELEASE) MUMBAI — The Gem & Jewelry Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) has announced a series of measures to promote exports of diamond jewelry and gold jewelry from India. One of the latest being the special rate benefits for IIJS Signature 2020 & IIJS Premiere 2020 for exhibitors.

IIJS Signature 2020 & IIJS Premiere 2020 – In view of the current precarious state of the gem & jewelry industry, GJEPC has announced Rate Benefit to IIJS Signature and IIJS Premiere Participants as follows: Ordinary & Ordinary+ MSME Members: 15%; MSME Members: 10%; Associate Members: 5%. To avail this exclusive benefit, application with 50% advance for IIJS Signature 2020 and 10% Advance for IIJS Premiere 2020 should be applied by 20th November 2019.

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Mr. Pramod Kumar Agrawal, chairman, GJEPC, said, “Globally, there’s a low demand for gems and jewelry. There are other factors that have affected the business domestically including the rise in import duty of gold. Our move to give rate benefits to exhibitors of IIJS Signature and IIJS Premiere is with the aim to give relief to our member exporters as this industry has been resilient to such situations in the past. This time at IIJS Signature 2020, we are adding a new Hall for Machinery and 100 New Stalls for Jewelry to accommodate participants in waitlist of last year. Special Buyer Promotion Program will create personalized and better experience to visitors. GJEPC will conduct Roadshows / Door to Door, in 100 plus cities. It will facilitate International connect in important countries to grow exports.”

Mr. Colin Shah, vice chairman, GJEPC Said, “Our vision is to grow India’s gem and jewelry exports to USD 75 billion and create additional 2 million employment in the sector by 2025. Over the last couple of years, the industry has been facing challenges which has resulted in decline in exports. GJEPC has been taking initiatives to address this situation and we have joined hands with Diamond Producers Association (DPA) and contributing rupees 14.2 crores towards DPA-led promotion of diamond jewelry in USA, China and India. We have also allocated rupees 5 crores for the promotion of gold jewelry in the Middle East market. GJEPC has been undertaking a series of initiatives for the sustainable development of the industry. Setting up Common Facility Centers (CFCs), Jewelry Parks, gem & jewelry institutes and promotional activities would help the industry to get back on a growth trajectory. GJEPC has started an employee health insurance scheme called Swasthya Ratna. The total number of lives covered till date are 5,21,659 under Swasthya Ratna. We have also launched Parichay Card for the benefit of the workers and so far we have received requests for 2,60,950 Parichay Cards from craftsmen and workers from the gem & jewelry sector. Parichay card holders would be eligible for various benefits and schemes offered by GJEPC.”

GJEPC has announced the dates for the 13th Edition IIJS Signature 2020. The show will be held in Mumbai’s Bombay Exhibition Centre (Goregaon) from 13th–to-16th February 2020. IIJS Signature, sees participation from over 700+ exhibitors. The focus is on product – jewelry of the highest standards of design, craftsmanship and finish. Just what you need to revitalize your inventory for the coming year. The show is compact enough to fully explore sourcing opportunities and, with a large number of new participants, it is the ideal platform to develop additional contacts.

Mr. Mansukh Kothari, convener-National Exhibitions Sub-Committee, GJEPC Said, “Our aim is to make IIJS amongst the top gem and jewelry shows in the world. Every year, based on the feedback from the buyers and exhibitors, we have been making the show better each year by adding new features and facilities. IIJS Premiere sees participation from over 1,300 exhibitors with 40,000 plus visitors from across cities pan India and 80 countries. IIJS today is reckoned as one of the world’s most preferred Gem and Jewelry Show by the gem and jewelry trade fraternity. Over 8,000 visitors have already pre-registered to participate in this event. The show is also available with navigation on the GJEPC App. I hope the rate benefits would be a relief to our members in this tough time.”

“For ease of retailers – Online visitor registration is open with special rate benefits in early registrations + multi show registration facilities (one show, 2 and 5 shows),” added Mansukh Kothari.

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CPAA Announces U.S. Finalists in 10th Annual IPDC

Winners will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 31.

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(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK — The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces the finalists in the U.S. division of the 10th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC). Thirty-eight submissions were narrowed down to eighteen finalists after judges viewed images of all entries. The judges are Jean Francois Bibet, workshop and production director at Cartier; Nancy Schuring, owner of Devon Fine Jewelry (whose store will show and offer for sale the winning entries and the finalists of Schuring’s choice); Michelle Graff, editor in chief of NationalJeweler.com; and Hector Hassey, jewelry designer of his own same-name firm.

Finalists in the U.S. division are as follows. Winners will be announced on Thursday, Oct. 31, following a day of judging live pieces.

Chrysanthemum Fold Black Pearl earrings by Karin Jacobson

Pearl Empress earrings by Deborah Meyers of Deborah Meyers Experience

Black Diamond and Pearl earrings by Timo Krapf of TBK Jewelry

Polka Dots cuff by Alishan Halebian of Alishan

Glamorous Keshi Swing earrings by Dilly Kirby of Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls

Mandala ring by Paul Klecka of Paul Klecka Inspired Design

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Esther ring by Polly Baumgartner

Lydia Lighthouse Beacon ring by Lika Behar of Lika Behar Jewelry

Chimera pendant necklace by Brenda Smith of Brenda Smith Jewelry

Golden pearl strand with Wavy O interchangeable clasp by Llyn Strong of Llyn Strong Jewelry

The Kiss of the Spider Woman necklace by Martina Buck of Haute Metal

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Power of Pearl pendant by Kelly Charveaux of Scottsdale Bead Supply and Charveaux

South Sea Pearl Paisley ring by Assael

South Sea Pearl Fan earrings by Assael

Ocean Diva necklace by Jennifer Pusenkoff of Jennifer Pusenkoff Jewelry

Rocking Love ring by Jennifer Pusenkoff of Jennifer Pusenkoff Jewelry

Rocking Dandy lapel pin by Jennifer Pusenkoff of Jennifer Pusenkoff Jewelry

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GIA Commits $1.3M to Artisanal Mining Education Project

It’s a four-year commitment.

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(PRESS RELEASE) CARLSBAD, CA – Building on a successful pilot and feedback from small-scale colored gemstone miners in Tanzania, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) will expand distribution of its innovative gem guide for artisanal miners to other communities and countries in Africa. Speaking at the ICA Congress in Bangkok on Oct. 15, GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques announced a four-year, $1.3 million commitment, funded from the GIA endowment, to expand the program in Tanzania to Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia. Working withPact, a Washington D.C.-based international development nonprofit organization with expertise in the region, GIA plans to reach 10,000 miners with relevant information on how to evaluate the quality of the rough they mine.

“This is a tremendous step forward in our efforts to bring information directly to artisanal miners right at the beginning of the gem and jewelry supply chain,” said Jacques. “We know that this investment will bring an invaluable benefit to miners, their families and the communities in which they live.”

Robert Weldon, GIA director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Library and Information Center, pictured with an artisanal miner from Tunduru, Tanzania.

The gem guide project began shortly after GIA Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. James Shigley saw the difficult working conditions of artisanal miners during a 2008 trip to Kenya and Tanzania. Dr. Shigley and Dona Dirlam, then-director of the GIA library, working with GIA research and library staff, created the booklet, “Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners.” First developed in English and later translated into Swahili, the photo-rich booklet has images of the gemstones found in East Africa and illustrations of how to examine and evaluate rough gems. The booklet is waterproof and comes with a durable plastic tray that can be used to sort gems and do basic gemological evaluations. GIA piloted the program in 2016, working with Pact.

“We found that for every dollar invested, there was a 12-fold social return that will last years into the future,” said Cristina M. Villegas, technical program manager for Pact’s Mines to Markets program. “With their new knowledge, miners improve their income, send their children to school, invest in their mines and their communities.”

GIA staff, including Robert Weldon, current director of the Richard T. Liddicoat Gemological Library and Information Center at GIA and a major contributor to the development and content of the guide, trained more than 1,000 artisanal miners on how to use the guide and tray during a two-week period earlier this year in Tanzania. GIA’s initial efforts to provide information to small scale, artisanal miners came full circle when the GIA team visited the Tanzanian Association of Women Miners (TAWOMA), who participated in the very first training session for the guide.

“There is nothing more rewarding than seeing the reaction of the miners as they learn the material – you instantly see that you’ve positively made a change in someone’s life,” said Weldon. “These transcendent moments make us so proud that we can provide artisanal miners with a gem guide that gives them the confidence to know their value in the market.”

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