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Hong Kong jewellery exports poised for double-digit growth
Shipments to the Chinese mainland tipped to soar double

Accompanied by TDC Executive Director Mr. Fred Lam, Secretary for Security Mr. Ambrose Lee tours around at the 23rd edition of Hong Kong International Jewellery Show.
Hong Kong International Jewellery Show opens today (March 6) at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Chairman of the Fair Organising Committee Mr. Lawrence Ma presents a souvenir to Secretary for Security Mr. Ambrose Lee, who is the officiating guest of the opening ceremony.

Near to 2,000 exhibitors converged on the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show which opens today (March 6) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) in Wanchai.

The show is taking place amid forecasts of double-digit growth in Hong Kong's jewellery exports, with shipments to the Chinese mainland tipped to soar by a phenomenal 100 per cent.

The four-day exhibition is organised by the Trade development Council (TDC) in conjunction with four major associations: the Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, Hong Kong Jewellery Manufacturers' Association and the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong.

Overseas groups are also taking part. They include the International Coloured Gemstone Association, the Japan Jewellery Association, the Japan Jewellery Designers' Association and the Platinum Guild International.

The fair, now in its 23rd year, continues to attract huge crowds and has become the second largest fair of its kind in Asia. A record 1,970 exhibitors from 41 countries are taking part this year. They include Italy, Thailand, Japan, Taiwan, Israel, Korea, the US, Belgium, the Chinese mainland and, for the first time, the Czech Republic and Cyprus. Hong Kong dominates the show with over 1,100 exhibitors.

The organisers have opened an extra hall to accommodate the large number of exhibitors and, because of popular demand, are making next year's show a five-day event.

A wide array of gems of all colours and designs are on display. The fair also features special zones where loose diamonds and a range of precious stones are on show.

A new zone, called Treasures of Nature is tipped to be a crowd-drawer. Other zones are Le Salon Extraordinaire and Designer Jewellery Galleria, where finest jewellery from 39 brands and stylish jewellery from 48 famous designers are on display. Quality timepieces and brand name jewellery watches from 54 manufacturers are on show at the Watch and Clock Pavilion.

Another feature of the fair is the Les Salons Prives an enclosure where buyers and exhibitors can discuss business in private and in comfort near the centre of the exhibition hall.

The TDC has made arrangements for more than 50 buying missions or over 2,300 major buyers from around the world to visit the fair.

Other highlights:

Mini Parade - Models will wear a wide selection of exquisite jewellery and watches from the Designer Jewellery Galleria, Watch & Clock Pavilion and Le Salon Extraordinaire.

Jewellery Display - Award-winning designs from the 7th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition and the Chuk Kam Jewellery Design Competition are on display to promote the works of local designers.

Seminars - Industry experts will give talks on the makeup of diamond, ruby and jade. Other topics include jewellery trends in Europe and the jewellery retail business on the Chinese mainland.

Jewellery Auctions - Paspaley and Robert Wan Tahiti, two internationally acclaimed pearl companies, will hold pearl auctions for invited buyers at the Grand Foyer (March 4-6), and in Room 301-312 (March 7-8).

Hong Kong is the world's third largest exporter of jewellery after Italy and the US. Hong Kong's jewellery exports last year amounted to HK$25.5 billion, a jump of 23 per cent.

Admission to the fair is free of charge for traders aged 18 or above. For more details, please visit the fair website: www.hkjewellery.com

For press enquiries, please contact the TDC Corporate Communication Department at 2584 4333.

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