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  • A thousand turns in Mogok: A gem expedition

    A team of 40 gemmologists and gem traders, led by gemmologist Kennedy Ho, ventured into a field expedition in Mogok, Myanmar – a legendary source of the world’s most sought-after rubies and sapphires. It was an adventure, thanks to the potentially perilous one thousand or so turns on the snaky mountain roads to Mogok. A pilgrimage for gemmologists, the trip was also a humbling experience: Discovering the history of and mining difficulties in Mogok while understanding its future, and getting to know the hidden treasure behind the gems – the people of Mogok.

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  • Breathing new life into jewellery

    The digital age has ushered in new business models, including the so-called ‘sharing economy’ system. The success stories of Uber and Airbnb in this arena are particularly inspiring. With the Asian market for pre-owned jewellery and watches booming in recent years, jewellery recycling companies from Europe and the US have commenced operations in Hong Kong and local jewellers are tapping into this market by establishing business platforms based on the ideas of sharing and recycling.

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  • DPA campaign advances in key markets

    The Diamond Producers Association takes stock of an ongoing marketing campaign that aims to revolutionise the diamond buying experience – a unique retail strategy targeted at today’s discerning consumers.

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  • Bejewelled designs entice young fashion talents

    Using materials from different sources can inject unique creative ideas into product designs. This culture of collaboration is inevitable, particularly in industries constantly looking for new ideas to excite their customers, the jewellery and fashion sectors included. The vast usage of digital platforms has also made communication easier these days while the line separating fashion and jewellery has become blurred as consumers aim for a total look to make a statement.

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  • Creating Win-Win situations

    As a pearl trading hub, Hong Kong hosts numerous pearl auctions every year. In November 2018 alone, a string of pearl auctions was held in the city, top-billed by the Rio Pearl auction. The sale offered 465 lots including South Sea pearls from Australia and Indonesia, golden South Sea pearls from Myanmar as well as Tahitian pearls. Of the 198,410 pearls placed on the auction block, 85 percent was sold, generating US$3.08 million.

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  • The Ring Master

    Men’s rings are now a fashion phenomenon. In Paris, antique dealer Yves Gastou presented a fabulous selection of men’s rings at the L’École des Arts Joailliers. The collection traces the interesting history of this symbol of masculinity through several themes ranging from neo-classicism to chivalry, Gothic style and vanities.

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  • Rio Tinto retains edge in diamond sector

    Australian diamond miner Rio Tinto is looking at a bright future with plans to further strengthen existing operations and embark on exploration projects.

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  • Emerald symposium - casts spotlight on responsible sourcing

    The Second World Emerald Symposium (2WES) took place in Bogotà, Colombia last October – three years after the successful First World Emerald Symposium – with an overwhelmingly positive response from participants.

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  • Trade braces for prospects and challenges in 2019

    The year 2018 proved challenging to the gemstone and jewellery industry by most accounts but it also served as a catalyst for change and opportunities.

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  • Gem labs at the forefront of technological innovation

    With modern consumers’ incessant call for transparency, traceability and responsible sourcing, gemmological laboratories are revolutionising testing methods and upgrading facilities to meet the demands of discerning consumers. This special report highlights gem labs’ increasingly critical position in fostering consumer confidence in the gemstone trade.

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  • The invincible Paraiba tourmaline

    Amid a challenging business scenario, the seemingly indomitable Paraiba tourmaline has sustained its sparkle as buyers continue to seek out its stunning colours, rarity and versatile charm.

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  • Promoting pearls to young Japanese consumers

    Pearls produced in Japan are known for their premium quality and distinguished image. With an ageing clientele however, Japanese pearl industry players are reaching out to younger consumers to ensure the long-term development of the country’s pearl jewellery sector.

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  • Baselworld in a modern era

    Transformations are unfolding at Baselworld 2019 as fair organisers reinforce the relevance of traditional trade shows amid a fast-paced business environment.

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  • The rise of lab-grown diamonds

    Diamond mining giant De Beers Group forever changed the game when it launched its own line of lab-grown diamond jewellery earlier this year. How is the market reacting to this development?

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  • PGI® unveils thematic advertising film featuring Platinum Ambassador Yang Yang

    The latest advertising campaign from PGI® reinforces the power of true love as immortalised in platinum jewellery.

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  • Belgian jewellers redefine understated elegance

    Fine jewellers from Belgium are making solid headways in the global jewellery world with designs that underpin creativity, innovation and a subtle but endearing dose of sophistication.

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JNA Show Daily | Day 2 - Feb 28, 2019

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