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Passion for pearls

19 September 2019

Exhibits are grouped by product category to help buyers customise their visit to the September Fair and make the most out of their Hong Kong trip.

Amity Pearl Trading Co

Liangher Jewellery Co Ltd

Yoko London


Radiant pearls, treasured as symbols of grace and elegance, are keeping the show floor buzzing at the 37th edition of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

Offering pearls in virtually every type, quality and price point imaginable, the September Fair is featuring major loose pearl suppliers, who are presenting their prized pearl parcels, pairs, strands and layouts at the AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE), and design houses and manufacturers, who are unveiling pearl jewellery collections – from red-carpet worthy statement pieces to head-turning accessories ideal for everyday wear – at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

Exhibits are grouped by product category to help buyers customise their visit to the September Fair and make the most out of their Hong Kong trip. The jewellery materials section of the fair is hosted at the AWE until September 20, bringing together mega-zones focused on Diamonds, Coloured Gemstones and Pearls, while finished jewellery products are displayed at the HKCEC until September 22.

“Pearls are universally loved for their classic simplicity and timeless beauty,” said Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs at Informa Markets. “They personify refined elegance and are impressively versatile at the same time. Opulent pearl collections fit for a queen and contemporary pieces that are right on-trend are on display at the show.”

Baroque pearls, which are often picked as centre gems because of their exquisite shapes and fine lustre, are expected to be among the focal points of top collections, often complemented with coloured gemstones, diamonds and other pearls for added impact.

According to the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK), round 8mm to 10mm pearls remained the hottest items under the Tahitian pearl category in the first half of the year.

“However, with the continued efforts of the association and by joining hands with leading jewellery design competition organisers in the promotion of asymmetrical shapes – drop, oval, circle and baroque pearls among others – we anticipate pearls in fancy shapes to further grow in popularity,” noted TPAHK.

Despite global economic uncertainties, the Tahitian pearl auction held in July netted encouraging results. “Top-quality pearls were in great demand, but supply was inadequate. There were fewer commercial-grade pearls displayed at the auction. Thus, the average price increased by almost 48 percent when compared with the auction results in March of this year,” according to the association. “Total sales were approximately 35 percent higher than anticipated. Hong Kong and Japan continued to be the top buyers, accounting for 75 percent of sales.”

TPAHK members, who play a vital role in the Tahitian pearl trade, are presenting commercial- and high-quality pearls sourced from the recent auction at the September Fair. “The timing is ideal for the coming peak selling season,” the association added.

Luxury jeweller Yoko London is launching two collections at the fair. The Starlight Collection uses either South Sea or Akoya pearls with an arrangement of smaller diamonds in various cuts, which are combined to give the illusion of a larger stone. The Raindrop Collection uses small, high-quality Akoya pearls that are seamlessly embedded into modern diamond-encrusted designs.

“We are showcasing new High Jewellery Masterpieces at the event, which feature the finest diamonds and the largest and most lustrous pearls in Yoko London's collections,” remarked the UK-based brand.

Yoko London's pearl designs have a global appeal and can cater to many different markets, the third-generation family-run business shared.