The June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair (June Fair) concluded as a record breaker on 23 June at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC), with overseas visitor attendance up about 5 percent from 2012. The June Fair welcomed 25,925 visitors from 113 countries and regions and 1,841 exhibitors from 37 countries and regions – both new records for the Fair.
This year, the Fair opened up Chancellor Room on level 4 of HKCEC to accommodate more gemstones exhibitors. The Fair showcased a wide range of quality fine jewellery and jewellery-related materials in over 64,000 square metres of exhibition space. “The June Fair’s growth in exhibition space, exhibitor numbers and visitor numbers is a tangible testimony to the strong position the Fair enjoys globally as the key mid-year marketplace for international jewellers,” said Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs, UBM Asia.
Below is a detailed account of the visitor numbers at the Fair from 20 to 23 June:
– The total number of visitors over four days reached 25,925. These visitors, from 113 countries and regions, made 46,574 visits during the Fair period.
– Hong Kong-based visitors totaled 10,174, accounting for 39 percent of the total number of visitors. The rest of the visitors, 15,751, or 61 percent of the overall total, were from overseas.
– The largest group of visitors from outside Hong Kong came from mainland China, the number recorded being 8,029. The mainland was followed by India, with 894; Taiwan region, 791; the Philippines, 627; the United States, 537; Japan, 525; Thailand, 525; Korea, 462; Indonesia, 372; Singapore, 279 and Australia, 277.
– The number of overseas visitors grew about 5 percent from last year. The Top 10 countries and regions with highest increase in the number of visitors are:
Total no. of visitors
Ms Lau continued: “The robust jewellery markets in Asia are filling some of the gap brought about by the weakness in the European and US markets. The June Fair offers jewellers the platform to tap into these market performers. This year, we again saw a double-digit growth in the number of buyers from the mainland China: 8,029, up about 15 percent from last edition. This figure illustrates the continued strength of the country’s jewellery market and its potential for further growth. What was even more encouraging was the growth in visitor attendance from Vietnam, Ukraine and the Russian Federation of 104, 39 and 23 percent, respectively. We also had notable growth in visitor numbers from Korea, India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Switzerland and South Africa. These markets are playing a bigger role as jewellery consumers.”
Quotes of exhibitors
“The June Fair is very professionally organised. Not only is its location ideal, the organiser’s efforts in promoting the fair is much appreciated. The Fair’s new mobile app is user-friendly and very informative. I get the latest market trends and meet more customers here. I’ll exhibit again.”
– Bertha Ho, assistant marketing manager of Dicko Jewellery (HK) Limited from Singapore
“Our aim was to meet buyers from China and this Fair did not disappoint. The grouping of exhibitors under specialty pavilions is a good idea as it was easier for buyers to find us. Everything about the fair is good. I will participate again.”
– Umar Farooq, proprietor of Nerika Alhamd Gems Ltd Sti from Turkey
“Buyers at the June Fair are from around the world. I’m happy that I closed some business deals during the Fair . As an exhibitor in the Grand Hall, I can’t ask for more; the atmosphere is conducive to doing business. I will join again next year.”
– Jeff Lassauvageux, owner of Australia Pearls from France
“I’ve been exhibiting in the June Fair for more than 20 years and every year the Fair impresses me.”
– Udo wilhelm, sales manager of Amber Baltic – “Barkas” (Lamma Amber Shop) from Russia
“I met new buyers mostly from Asia, such as mainland China and India and received orders from them. The Fair helped me find new customers and meet my existing ones. ”
– Mohammad Furqan, director of Jaipur Trading Company Inc (BRG Gems Co) from the United States
Quotes of visitors
“This is my first visit to the June Fair and my goal was to buy diamonds, gold jewellery and some jewellery packaging products. I met some news suppliers from mainland China and Hong Kong. The quality of exhibitors is good and the organiser’s service also gratified me.”
– Michael Altinel, president of John Michaels Jewelry from the United States
“I’ve been to the June Fair for more than five times. My aim was to source diamonds and pearls. With the Trade Buyer ID, visiting the Fair was very convenient. The Fair is definitely an important mid-year fair; it’s part of my yearly calendar. ”
– Gene L. Costa, manager of Evie from the Philippines
“This Fair is perfect for replenishing inventory mid-year. The quality and variety of exhibits were definitely good. I’m going to visit again.”
– Michael Doutch, director of MJD Wholesale Pty Ltd from Australia
“It’s my first time to visit this Fair and what I saw was very impressive. My aim was to source diamonds. The Fair’s mobile app is good for locating the booths. I’ll visit the Fair again.”
– Erez Rothem, CEO of R. Rothem Diamond from Israel
“This is my first visit to the Fair. I came to source diamonds, gemstones and silver jewellery. I was excited to see the remarkable number of exhibitors and the range of products offered.”
– Olga Tumina, brand director of MBSE Group from Russia
Jewellery News Asia (JNA) hosted a well-attended press conference on the “JNA Awards 2013” on 20 June to announce the Honourees in 2013. JNA Awards, which is on its second year, honours the innovators and leaders in various segments of the jewellery industry: manufacturing, branding, retailing, best business practice, innovation, sustainability and outstanding contribution. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday, 12 September 2013 at the Grand Hyatt during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
Jewellery Market Presentation
UBM Asia and the RESTEC Group of Russia have entered into a strategic partnership to join forces towards the expansion of the leading B2B jewellery fairs in Russia. On 21 June, both parties jointly hosted a presentation titled “The Jewellery Market in Russia and Procedures for Customs Clearance. Participants heard practical tips in doing business in Russia.
JewelleryNetAsia.com hosted morning briefings focused on “Success in Jewellery eCommerce” on 21 June.
Fukui Shell Nucleus Factory hosted a seminar on “Imparting a Unique Identity to Each Pearl” on 21 June.
The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong (GAHK) hosted a seminar called “Project Burma” on 22 June.
Two world-class pearl auctions took place during the Fair: the 7th Gerdau Pearl Auction and the 58th Robert Wan Tahiti Perles Auction.
Massive Support from the Industry
The Fair enjoys support from major international jewellery organisations including:
• The Hong Kong Jewellers’ and Goldsmiths’ Association
• The Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association
• Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association
• Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China
• Hong Kong Gemstone Manufacturers’ Association
• Hong Kong Pearl Association
• The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong
• Gemological Institute of America (Hong Kong)
• Hong Kong Gold & Silver Ornament Workers & Merchants General Union
• The Kowloon Pearls, Precious Stones, Jade, Gold and Silver Ornament Merchants Association
Coming Fair Dates
September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2013
The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair is the world’s number one fine jewellery event attracting almost 52,000 buyers from around the world each year converge on Hong Kong to source a diverse a wide variety of over 3,500 exhibitors from 48 countries and regions that display a wide variety of fine jewellery, pearls, diamonds, gemstones, equipment and services.
11 – 15 September 2013, AsiaWorld-Expo
Exhibits profile: diamonds, pearls, gemstones, equipment & packaging
13 – 17 September 2013, Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Exhibits profile: fine finished jewellery
The September edition of Asia’s Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair will again be held in conjunction with the September Fair, running for four days at AsiaWorld-Expo from 11 to 14 September 2013.
June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014
The next edition of the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair will be held from 19 to 22 June 2014 at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). The June edition of Asia’s Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair, the most professional fair of its kind in Asia, will run during the same period, 19 to 22 June at HKCEC.
Launched by UBM China, Jewelry Jade Industry Association of Zhejiang and Beijing San Arts Import & Export Co Ltd, the second edition of Treasures Hangzhou will be held from 26 to 28 October 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Hangzhou. The three-day event is Eastern China’s premiere B2C jewellery show, which will deliver to jewellery connoisseurs high-quality jewellery from local and international suppliers.
China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fairs in Shanghai and Shenzhen
China’s key international jewellery fairs continue to provide the ideal marketing platforms for industry professionals. The next editions of the fairs will be held as follows:
v 9th China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair – Shanghai
Dates: 8 – 11 November 2013
Venue: Shanghai World Expo Convention & Exhibition Center
v 12th China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair – Shenzhen
Dates: 26 February – 1 March 2014
Venue: Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center
Europe Jewellery & Gem Fair (JGF Europe)
UBM Asia has expanded its professional jewellery fairs portfolio with the launch of Jewellery and Gem Fair Europe. To be held from 1 to 4 April 2014 in Messe Freiburg, Germany, the new fair is organised in cooperation with UBM Live, UBM Asia’s sister company in Europe.
UBM Asia’s jewellery fairs in India
v Delhi Jewellery Fair
Dates: 21 – 23 September 2013
Venue: Pragati Maidan, Delhi
v Mumbai Jewellery & Gem Fair
Dates: 27 – 29 November 2013
Venue: Bombay Convention & Exhibition Centre
v Kolkata Jewellery & Gem Fair
Dates: 11 – 13 January 2014
Venue: Milan Mela Exhibition Complex, Kolkata
v Gem & Jewellery India International Exhibition (GJIIE)
Dates: 8 – 10 February 2014
Venue: Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai
v Hyderabad Jewellery, Pearl & Gem Fair
Dates: 7 – 9 June 2014
Venue: HITEX Exhibition Centre, Hyderabad
Other important fairs organized by UBM in Asia
v Japan Jewellery Fair
Dates: 27 – 29 August 2013
Venue: Tokyo Big Sight Exhibition Center
v Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair
Dates: 12 – 15 October 2013
Venue: Marina Bay Sands
v Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair
Dates: 15 – 18 November 2013
Venue: Taipei World Trade Center