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To connect, collaborate and create: Almost 1,000 exhibitors from over 30 countries to meet at jewellery trade fair

Jewellery & Gem World Singapore will showcase one-of-a-kind coloured gemstones, diamonds and pearls, plus connect local businesses with international buyers and suppliers

Published Thu, Sep 15, 2022 · 09:50 PM
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After a two-year break during the pandemic, Jewellery & Gem World makes a comeback this year with Singapore as its host.

The annual business-to-business (B2B) trade show, which has always been held in Hong Kong, serves as an important point of congregation for those in the jewellery and gemstone industry.

To be held at the Singapore Expo from Sept 27 to 30, Jewellery & Gem World (JGW) Singapore is expected to draw in close to 1,000 exhibitors from more than 30 countries and regions. International trade buyers, brands and invited visitors attending the fair will be on the lookout for their latest offerings.

It will also offer local businesses a rare opportunity to be able to visit the show and interact with global industry heavyweights, while offering international visitors a chance to cultivate partnerships with prospective Asian players.

JGW Singapore will offer attendees a wide assortment of goods across all major product categories. This includes finished jewellery in various styles - from high-end creations to everyday essentials - vintage collections, high-graded pearls, rare diamonds and coloured gemstones.

Attendees will also get a chance to see lab-grown diamonds and the technology behind it. This segment has become increasingly popular with customers who are drawn to it for its price point, size and design options.

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Ms Celine Lau, director of jewellery fairs at Informa Markets Jewellery, the organisers of the event, shares more on how the jewellery market fared during the pandemic, why the show's return to a physical format is critical for the industry, and what attendees can look forward to.

Everyone who is passionate about the industry will be at JGW Singapore to celebrate everything that is wonderful and enduring about jewellery, says Celine Lau, director of jewellery fairs at Informa Markets Jewellery. Photo: Jewellery & Gem World

Q: Why was Singapore chosen as the host country for the return of JGW's trade show? A: We decided to hold the exhibition in Singapore because of the relaxed travel restrictions that allow for quarantine-free entry which will make it easier for international exhibitors and buyers. Also, not forgetting the world-class facilities available here. The island is a major gateway to Asia and the world. Even against the background of a pandemic, Singapore has demonstrated that it has the capacity to securely and efficiently host this jewellery show.

Q. How has the pandemic affected the jewellery industry? A. The last two years have been extremely challenging for the jewellery industry, which heavily depends on physical trade shows to do business and sourcing. Industry stakeholders have told us they want physical fairs to return, so that they can participate.

While the pace of digitisation has picked up in the pandemic, nothing can replace face-to-face interaction when it comes to appreciating the quality and value of a gemstone or a jewellery piece, and building real connections.

The power of in-person events has never been greater, and we can all agree that there is now a newfound appreciation for them. The exquisite details of these small works of art cannot be captured over a phone connection. It's only through genuine physical interactions that merchants and buyers get a first-hand experience of the gems that they are buying. So this is going to be a grand reunion in Singapore! Q: What can businesses, buyers and traders expect from JGW Singapore? A: Anyone attending JGW Singapore can expect a presentation of the best that the jewellery world has to offer. There will be plenty of showcases of new products covering all key categories, from loose materials such as diamonds, coloured gemstones, pearls, and more.

There will also be finished jewellery pieces in every style and price points, as well as the latest technology in equipment and packaging.

Having everyone together now also helps suppliers and buyers to learn about new trends in the industry by discovering thousands of products all in one location, and through conversations with industry peers and experts.

And beyond the products, JGW Singapore will also allow business partners within the industry to reconnect with one another in person after over two years spent on Zoom calls.

The Rhino diamond from the House of Gems Limited (left) and KGK Jewellery's multi-use diamond choker (right). Photo: Jewellery & Gem World

Q: One of the highlights of this year's show is the Premier Pavilion, where luxury jewellery and gemstone manufacturers will showcase their collection. What should attendees look out for as they navigate this space? A: When we created the Premier Pavilion, we wanted to showcase some of the most prestigious names in the industry, and highlight all the beautiful, magical intricacies that exist within the world of jewellery.

Attendees can look out for KGK Jewellery which will showcase multi-use diamond necklaces and chokers that can be worn as bracelets, as well as emerald collections adorned with fancy-shaped diamonds.

House of Gems will also be there with a rhino-shaped diamond - the first-ever diamond graded by the Gemological Institute of America as a "Rhino Modified Brilliant". There will also be fancy colour diamonds that range from pink, blue, green and yellow, Kashmir sapphires, and Burmese pigeon blood red rubies.

Scarselli Diamonds will be highlighting their Amazonia Set, a handcrafted suite consisting of a necklace, bracelet and earrings adorned with pear-shaped emeralds. It took Scarselli a year to acquire the emeralds needed for the collection, so it's definitely something to look out for.

P&J Co's 18-karat gold open bangle featuring Akoya pearl caps (left) and Tahitian pearls from Otsuki Pearl (right). Photo: Jewellery & Gem World

Q: Pearls, a classic category, will also be available at the event. Any new trends buyers should take note of? A: Pearl jewellery has been going through a big transformation and gaining popularity among the younger set as more modern and sophisticated designs emerge in the market.

Male customers have also begun to take notice of pearl jewellery, especially pearl chokers, as more gender-neutral options are made available.

Japanese brand P&J will be debuting its contemporary line of Akoya pearl jewellery, including an 18-karat gold open bangle with Akoya pearl caps. Otsuki Pearl of Kobe is also bringing a range of Akoya, South Sea and Tahitian pearls, and Kuwayama Corporation will showcase golden South Sea pearls cultured in Japan.

Q: Any advice on how attendees can get the most out of their experience at JGW Singapore? A: We recommend all buyers attending the event to first check out the list of exhibitors and earmark potential suppliers they would like to meet up with. It would also benefit them to make appointments beforehand with these suppliers. But as with every year, we encourage everyone to keep an open mind when perusing the displays - there are thousands of products to uncover so you never know what you might find.

Find out more about Jewellery & Gem World Singapore 2022's exhibitors.

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