When I joined a small group of gem dealers and researchers embarking on an adventure to Mandalay and the magical mining area of Mogok in Myanmar, I couldn’t help but share in the sentiments of Rudyard Kipling’s famous poem, “Mandalay.”
Notwithstanding global events and the current downturn in the luxury market, the 33rd edition of the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show and the third edition of the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show concluded with a combined attendance increase of 5.4 per cent over last year.
Early Indian legends offer one explanation for the creation of emeralds. It is embodied in the story of Fura and Tena, two humans created by the god, Ares, to populate the earth. As the story goes, Fura’s disobedience angered Ares and he turned them both into two steep cliffs, said today to stand as symbolic guardians of Colombia’s emerald region. Saddened by what she had done, Fura sobbed uncontrollably, her tears turning into emeralds in the depths of the mountain.
Organized by Fedesmeraldas—the Colombian Emerald Federation—with support from the country’s emerald-related bodies, including the governmental Ministry of Mines and Energy, the First International Emerald Symposium was held Oct. 13 to 15 in the nation’s capital city of BogotÃ¡.
Despite the recent terrorist attacks in Bangkok and the global economic slowdown, the 56th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) still registered good visitor turnout. Some 11,000 people entered the show on the first day, keen on seeing the wares of some 2500 exhibitors and stocking up before the holiday season. While a definite showcase for Thai gems and jewellery, the event also featured a wide range of international exhibitors from dozens of countries around the world.