Fabulous treasure trove lures traders from across the globe
World-class jewellery exhibition is bigger and better than ever
MORE THAN 1,900 exhibitors and 33,000 visitors are expected to attend the Hong Kong Jewellery and Watch Fair, organised by CMP Asia, for five days of wheeling and dealing in fine jewellery, pearls and gemstones at the Convention and Exhibition Centre from today until Thursday.
More than 950 Hong Kong manufacturers and traders are taking part, making up about half of the exhibitors. Among the overseas exhibitors, 480 are manufacturers and supplies from the mainland, Japan, the Philippines, Korea, Indonesia, India, Singapore, Taiwan and Australia. The Thailand pavilion will be strongly represented by 140 traders.
Companies from 15 countries and regions will have a prominent presence in international pavilions. More than 300 foreign exhibitors are attending as individuals from Canada, Poland, Turkey, Britain the US and elsewhere.
'Pre-registration of overseas buyers in August increased 11.4 per cent compared to the same time last year. The United States is the largest group of [non-Hong Kong] buyers, followed by Taiwan, Australia, the mainland, Japan, India, Thailand, Singapore, the United Kingdom and Indonesia,' a CMP spokeswoman said.
The fair attracts key suppliers of pearls and gemstones, as well as fine jewellery, making it one of the top three jewellery trade fairs in the world.
It is also the biggest jewellery fair in Asia, as well as the biggest pearl fair in the world and the second-biggest diamond and gemstone fair in the world.
More than half of the exhibitors are from the fine-finished jewellery sector, and traders from other sectors include diamond, gemstone, pearl, packaging and technology and jewellery timepieces.
Historically, 40 per cent of the visitors are jewellery and watch wholesalers and retailers, 25 per cent are diamond and gemstone traders, 13 per cent jewellery and watch manufacturers and 12 per cent pearl traders and suppliers. The rest are related suppliers and officials.
Hong Kong traders make up 55 per cent of the visitors. The second-largest share of visitors are from the Asia Pacific (33 per cent), with big contingents from North and South America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Events will include Signity Hong Kong's Gem Visions 2005 trend presentation today, the Gemological Institute of America's update on diamond cut research, and JIE Pro-Model's Cantonese presentation on the latest computer-aided design concept to help the leap from 2D sketch to 3D digital file.
Others events include Gem A, the Gemmological Association of Great Britain's seminar entitled Diamonds, Moissanite, Education: A Review of Recent Trends, and Belgium's HRD/Antwerp Diamond High Council's seminar: 'In defiance of nature'.
The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong will also present a seminar.