Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair through the eyes of Tatyana Pfaifer
I have come back from Hong Kong and I am stunned! If you wish to understand what is going on in the market, in its literal meaning, you ought to visit Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (HKTDC). No other exhibition can boast of presenting such a variety of participating countries with pieces for every pocket. The whole world seems to come here – either to sell, or to buy. The Grand Hall, pavilions 1, 2 and 5 accommodate around 4550 participants, who, in their turn, have received 53 thousands of visitors this year.
Obviously, it is the exhibition of manufacturing companies and wholesale customers. It was my first time to meet such a big number of manufacturing companies. A lot of producers from Italy, Brazil, China, Hong Kong, India, Israel, France, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey and the USA were presented here.
Hong Kong is an offshore zone with a rather loyal banking system. Nobody asks you about the origin of your funds or levies taxes.
Basically, it is a market of contemporary jewellery, which is brought here either by companies or separate designers. Prices vary, starting from $ 200. I should say that HKTDC is the exhibition of low and middle cost pieces. Therefore, despite the variability of jewellery, it doesn’t treat you with masterpieces. Of course, they exist, but you have to be familiar with the names. However, it treats you with art pieces, especially from Taiwan. Honestly, it was my first time to see so many pieces of Taiwanese designers at one place
Secondly, it is a market of diamond jewellery. Little natural colored diamonds are much sought after at HKTDC. For example, HYT Jewellery company, the dealer and creator of pieces with natural colored diamonds, offers its jewels at reasonable prices. Even I was amazed. Therefore, if you dream about a little pink diamond, it is not a big deal – here you can easily fulfil it (Room 601 – 602, 6/F Chevalier House, 45 – 51 Chatham Road South, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong).
Sunita Nahata is a producer of contemporary jewellery with semi-precious stones and diamonds, who are also famous for their gem-cutting. They supply such titans, like Bulgary, with semi-precious stones.
I have to mention that alongside with jewellery exhibition, Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show is also held in Hong Kong, where people from all over the world are coming for gems. There I met some familiar designers from Qatar, Russia and India.
I remembered Hong Kong as a moving city…everything moves there: people and goods. I also had to change my hotel room twice, and the hotel itself. Did you get the irony?