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Record Exhibitor Turnout for Hong Kong Jewellery Show
Global Design Talent Glitters on Display and in Competitions

4 March 2011 – The HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show opened today with more than 2,800 exhibitors from 46 countries and regions – a new show record – taking part in the five-day fair, 4-8 March, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

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  The HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show opened today with more than 2,800 exhibitors from 46 countries and regions – a new show record – taking part in the five-day fair, 4-8 March, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
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The Jewellery Show opening ceremony was officiated by  (left to right): Romano Baruzzi, Italian Trade Commissioner; Sunny Chan Cho Shing, Chairman, Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association; Billy Lau, Chairman, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association; Lawrence Ma, Chairman, HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee; Andrew Wong, Permanent Secretary for Commerce & Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism); Fred Lam, Executive Director, HKTDC; Alessandra Schiavo, Consul General of Italy; Koo Tong Fat, Executive Committee Member, Hong Kong Jewellers’ & Goldsmiths’ Association and Winston Chow, Chairman, Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China

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  Some 20 special events are taking place during the show, including seminars, jewellery parades and networking receptions
 

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  Buyers from around world, including 84 buying missions representing 74 countries and regions, register today to attend the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show
Permanent Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development (Commerce, Industry and Tourism) Andrew Wong and Chairman of the HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee and the Fair Organising Committee of the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show Lawrence Ma officiated at today’s opening ceremony, along with Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) Executive Director Fred Lam. Mr Ma noted that the global jewellery market was on the upswing, “driven, in good part, by the Chinese mainland and its growing appetite for jewellery. Last year jewellery sales on the mainland totalled some US$30 billion,” he said, adding that “there’s no better place to tap this vast consumer market than Hong Kong.”

Italian Spotlight
Ethiopia is taking part in the show for the first time, and Italy, a major player in the global jewellery market, is the fair’s first “partner country.” With more than 120 exhibitors, the Italian pavilion is the largest European pavilion at the fair. Italian design and market trends will also be featured at a “Jewels of Italy” seminar on 5 March, and a gala celebration of Italian design that evening. The show’s other group pavilions are: Brazil, the Chinese mainland, Columbia, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United States.

Pavilions have also been set up for seven trade organisations: the Antwerp World Diamond Centre, the Israel Diamond Institute, the Israel Export & International Cooperation Institute, the International Colored Gemstone Association, the Japan Jewellery Association, the Japan Pearl Exporters' Association, and Platinum Guild International.

Buying Missions
A number of buying missions representing major international jewellery retailers and department stores are on hand for the show. They include: Argentina’s Diamonds DC and Jose Peskin e Hijos SA; Brazil’s Amsterdam Sauer, Folic and Vivara; Canada’s Ann-Louise Jewellers and Sears Canada Inc; Japan’s GSTV; Paraguay’s Luxor SA; Saudi Arabia’s Farsi Jewellery; the United Arab Emirates’ Joy Alukkas and Malabar Jewellery LLC; Uruguay’s Brela Joyas and Laffitte Joyas; and the United States’ Jewelry International Manufacturers Association and National Chinese American Jewelers Association.

World of Glamour
Special zone highlights this year include the Hall of Fame, which features international brands, and the Hall of Extraordinary for high-value pieces of outstanding craftsmanship. The Designer Galleria houses fashionable collections, and buyers can source loose pearls, diamonds and gemstones at the Hall of Nature. The World of Glamour features fine jewellery from Hong Kong exhibitors, and the Exclusive Showroom spotlights diamonds. Other zones include the Antique & Vintage Jewellery Galleria, the Hall of Jade Jewellery and the Hall of Time.

Some 20 special events are taking place during the show, including seminars, jewellery parades and networking receptions. Seminar topics range from online diamond trading to high-end jewellery in Russia and the market for fancy-coloured sapphires.

Design Excellence
The biennial International Jewellery Design Excellence Award adds to the show’s international flavour. More than 100 winners of jewellery design contests around the globe are competing. The “Champion of the Champions” will be announced at a networking reception this evening. Other prizes include an Aesthetic Award, Craftsmanship Award, Innovative and Uniqueness in Design Award, Distinction Awards and Merit Awards. The competition pieces are on display throughout the show at the Hall 1C entrance.

Winning entries in the Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition are also on display, at the Hall 1E Concourse. The 12th annual event, which promotes creativity, innovation and craftsmanship, was held last month. The fair is also displaying winning items from the eighth International South Sea Pearl Jewellery Design Competition at the Hall 1D concourse.

Three world-class jewellery auctions are taking place during the fair: the Alrosa Diamond Auction, the Paspaley Pearl Auction, and the Robert Wan Tahiti Perles Auction.

Major Exporter
Hong Kong is the world’s fourth-largest exporter of fine jewellery after Italy, the United States and Switzerland. Hong Kong’s exports of fine jewellery amounted to HK$34.6 billion in 2010, with many export destinations posting double-digit growth.

Fair Website
http://www.hktdc.com/hkjewelleryshow

Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition Results:
http://www.hktdc.com/fair/hkjewellery-en/s/3197-Other/HKTDC-Hong-Kong-International-Jewellery-Show/The-12th-Hong-Kong-Jewellery-Design-Competition.html

Media Enquiries
Please contact the HKTDC's Corporate Communication Department:

Joe Kainz
Tel: (852) 2584 4216
Email: joe.kainz@hktdc.org

About the HKTDC
A statutory body established in 1966, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is the international marketing arm for Hong Kong-based traders, manufacturers and service providers. With more than 40 global offices, including 11 on the Chinese mainland, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a platform for doing business with China and throughout Asia. The HKTDC also organises trade fairs and business missions to connect companies with opportunities in Hong Kong and on the mainland, while providing information via trade publications, research reports and online. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com 

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