Held from March 3 to 7, the 33th annual Hong Kong International Jewellery Show takes place at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), while the third edition of the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show runs from March 1 to 5 and is held at AsiaWorld-Expo. Both shows are organized by Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
In 2015, the two fairs attracted more than 4360 exhibitors from 52 countries and regions, and 76,000 visitors from 140 countries and regions, setting a new record. The numbers are a reflection of the strength of Hong Kong’s growth in exports.
In the first 10 months of 2015, Hong Kong’s total exports of fine jewellery reached $5.7 billion U.S. Specifically, Hong Kong’s exports to the United States and the United Kingdom increased by 6.5 per cent and 8.3 per cent, respectively, over the same period last year. Similarly, exports to Chinese Mainland saw a significant growth of 28 per cent.
Confirmed exhibitors for the March shows include Dehres, Kuwayama, Lili Jewelry, Roberto Coin, A. A. Rachminov Diamonds, Dimexon, and Novel Collection.
This year, the jewellery show features eight themed zones for key market segments to meet buyers’ needs and targets. They are:
- Hall of Fame, which brings together top-tier international brand names in a prestigious and elegant setting;
- Hall of Extraordinary, an elite section exclusively for high-end fine jewellery pieces;
- World of Glamour, which highlights the expertise in jewellery manufacturing of Hong Kong-based exhibitors;
- Antique & Vintage Jewellery Galleria, showcasing the glamour of classic jewellery from bygone times;
- Treasures of Craftsmanship, which features carvings from precious/semi-precious stones, gold or silver decorative items, precious ornaments, and jewelled accessories;
- Designer Galleria; Hall of Jade Jewellery; and Hall of Time.
Wedding Bijoux pavilion debuts this year, along with T-GOLD + METS, co-organized by HKTDC, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association (HKJJA), and Fiera di Vicenza. It features international jewellery and watchmaking machinery, equipment, technology, and supplies.
At the Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, pavilions include:
- Hall of Fine Diamonds, showing carat-size loose diamonds in a discreet trading ambience;
- Treasures of Nature, featuring precious stones;
- Treasures of Ocean, showcasing a wide variety pearls; and
- Rough Stones & Minerals, a new area featuring unpolished and uncut gemstones.
Two contests are being hosted this year. Now in its 17th year and with a theme of ‘Harmony,’ the Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition provides a platform for local jewellery designers to showcase their strengths and talents. Also, the biennial Chuk Kam Jewellery Design Competition is now in its 16th edition and carries an overall theme of ‘Gold 4.0-Innovate outside of the box’ with group themes of ‘Renewed Traditions,’ ‘Time and Tides,’ and ‘Future Construction.’
A shuttle bus service will run between the HKCEC and AsiaWorld-Expo during the overlapping period of the fairs. Other highlights include the opening ceremony, cocktail reception, gala dinner, mini-parades, seminar series, buyer forum, and industry experts’ presentations.