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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Hong Kong Jewelry Fair Continues to Receive Strong Industry Support

Record crowds at the 2014 September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair

Hong Kong has long been recognized as one of the world’s premier trading hubs and manufacturing centers for the jewelry industry. 

China and Hong Kong were the runaway leaders in composite luxury sales growth in 2013, with 33.4 percent growth, according to the 2015 Global Powers of Luxury Goods report by Deloitte Touche Totmatsu Ltd. Chinese and Hong Kong companies registered the fastest growth in luxury sales in 2013. In addition, China recorded a 10.7-percent hike in retail sales of gold, silver and jewelry in May 2015, according to the National Bureau of Statistics of China. 

As a gateway to China’s jewelry market, Hong Kong is well positioned to host the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, organized by UBM Asia, the world’s largest B-to-B jewelry tradeshow. 

The September Fair is now in its 33rd edition and continues to be supported by industry players. Exhibitors and buyers acknowledge that the fair is an effective channel to tap into the Asian market, including the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong markets. Buyers could find just about anything at the September Fair in terms of design and material – from simple silver pieces to luxurious diamond and gemstone creations. 

This year’s fair will be held September 16 - 20 at AsiaWorld-Expo and from September 18 - 22 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year’s lineup features more than 3,700 exhibitors from 50 countries and regions in more than 135,000 square meters of exhibition space. AWE will display jewelry raw materials from around 1,700 local and overseas exhibitors, while HKCEC will showcase fine finished jewelry from about 2,000 international fine jewelry exhibitors. 

About 60,000 visitors are expected to attend from all over the world. 

For the first time there will be exhibitors from Latvia, Myanmar and Qatar, a “Bridal Jewellery Pavilion” and a South Africa Pavilion. This brings the total of group pavilions to 23 at both venues.

The Alrosa Group, Russia’s leading diamond company and the world’s biggest diamond miner by volume, will host its diamond auction at AWE. Meanwhile, the Paspaley Pearl Auction and Robert Wan Tahiti Perles Auction will be held in conjunction with the fair in HKCEC. The fair will again feature the world’s largest diamond pavilion, Asia’s biggest gemstone marketplace and the biggest display of Hong Kong jewelry in the world. 

Welcome receptions will be held at AWE on September 16 and at the HKCEC September 18. 

The fair is free and open to jewelry trade professionals and members of the press. Visitors under 18 will not be admitted.

Visitor pre-registration is available at this link. Registration/en until September 2. The Fair Mobile App is now available for download by following this link.

UBM Asia will organize free continuous shuttle bus service running directly between the HKCEC and AWE. For more information follow this link.  

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