It was the first day of the World's Number One fine jewellery event today...the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.
This is the biggest jewellery trade fair in the world. It's so big that the 3,300 exhibitors from 45 countries need to be housed in two separate venues: the Asia World Expo and the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre. Today I was checking out the Convention Centre that holds the finished jewellery, to seek out the latest jewellery trends and inspirations for our own designs.
The fair opened with traditional dragon dances and drummers beating their drums, weaving their way through the pavilions wishing all the exhibitors good luck.
Specialised themed pavilions include the International Premier Pavilion, Hong Kong Premier Pavilion, Fine Design Pavilion, Designer Avenue, Silver Jewellery Pavilion and Jadeite Gallery to name a few. Each themed pavilion accommodates incredible stands, some of which are double story, dripping with chandeliers, automatic doors, tiles and their own security cameras.
Security is very tight, being only opened to the trade, each registered visitor must be scanned at security checkpoints when they come and go into each section. Every year we attend, I always read in the newspaper that on the second or third day of the fair there's a robbery of some kind. Hope it doesn't happen this year!
I browsed through the International Premier Pavilion today, which features over 50 exhibitors from all over the world namely Belgium, French Polynesia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Japan, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States.
These exhibitors use this platform to launch their avant-garde jewellery collections. Since its debut in 2009, the pavilion has been a stand out, thanks not only to its distinguished image and concept but also for offering inspired, top-notch jewellery creations.
I couldn't walk past the 2011 Jewellery Designs Competition without taking a peek. The organisers ask the visitors to vote for their favourite pieces in each category. The designs are very exquisite, and are likely to be for show pieces rather than 'wear-ability'. Although who knows...there's always a buyer out there somewhere.