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September Fair attracting serious buyers

20 September 2019

The September Fair's finished jewellery section at the HKCEC is open until September 22


The 2019 edition of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair – the biggest marketplace for the global jewellery community – saw more serious buying activity since it opened its doors on Monday, according to a number of exhibitors.

The sourcing event is offering a wide selection of finished jewellery collections, packaging solutions, tools and equipment, and industry-related technologies at the Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) until September 22. The AsiaWorld-Expo section of the show, which featured loose diamonds, coloured gemstones and pearls, ended today.

September Fair exhibitors said there was a great deal of quality buyers at the fair. 

Smit Virani, chief operating officer of Hini Star Ltd, commented, “Our booth hasn’t even opened yet and customers were already coming in. So far, it’s been very good. People in the trade have come to know about The OPTICA Series™ over the last few weeks and they are curious. It’s something new and innovative. It’s what the industry needs to give it a boost. We chose to launch it this time because we believe that when there’s disruption, there’s always opportunity.” 

Hini Star Ltd unveiled The OPTICA Series™, an exceptional collection of inventive cuts that further enhances a diamond’s brilliance and unique appeal, at the AWE.

Kaimesh Sukhadia, managing director at Sukhadia Stones Co Ltd, Thailand, remarked, “We are happy and pleasantly surprised. The buyers are here. We met serious international buyers from Europe and America, and from Asia – some new ones but mostly people we know. Due to current economic conditions, people have a smaller list of requirements but they are still buying. Smaller good-quality rubies and sapphires are moving well. It has definitely been a good start to the show. There is a positive vibe when it comes to business. Serious buyers are not scared of the public incidents. They know that the [incidents] are in specific areas away from the show. They recognise the importance of the September Fair. They realise it is a good opportunity to buy and a strong platform for business.”

Exhibitors also attested to the September Fair's significant role in the global gemstone and jewellery industry. 

Hung Ming Li, founder and chairman of Chii Lih Coral Co Ltd, Taiwan, said, “The global economy will always have its ups and downs; this is perfectly normal. We are always upbeat about a better future. Our company has been exhibiting at the September Fair for many years and we will continue to support this important event.” 

Wilson Yuen, president of Able Lapidary & Jewelry Ltd, Hong Kong, stated, “The September Fair is a very important occasion for us and a major platform for industry insiders to get together before the end of the year. We come here to network with people and exchange market information. We also obtain the latest market trends at the fair. Many business ideas and opportunities result from dialogues at the fair. It’s a requisite for us to be physically present at the September Fair.” 

Pearl dealers also saw some activity at the show floor, with buyers from Europe and the US visiting the show's pearl section.

Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association Chairman Yoshihiro Shimizu shared, “The general demand for pearls remains solid. At the show, we are showcasing white South Sea pearls, which have a steady following. Only nice-quality or price-point items are moving now. Buyers are cautious under these circumstances, but we have to be more proactive. We have to keep improving promotional initiatives and opening new markets.” 

Jackie Leung, general manager and director of J Ocean Pearl Jewellery Ltd, Hong Kong, noted, “We specialise in wholesaling of pearls. At the moment, white South Sea pearls move the fastest in the market. Apart from that, we also sell black and golden South Sea pearls. We anticipate steady sales at this year’s fair.”

Ida Wong, general manager of Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong, commented, “We find great value in interacting with some loyal buyers who have supported us throughout the years at the September Fair.” 

Featuring 30 group pavilions and 25 theme zones, the B2B event features a rich programme of events to help attendees stay on top of trends and industry developments.

On September 21, Shanghai Kimberlite Diamond Group Co Ltd will present its latest diamond creations at a Jewellery Parade at the HKCEC’s Grand Foyer.

Tech Pod sessions are running at regular intervals until September 22 in Hall 3B of HKCEC, giving attendees the opportunity to discover new solutions that could help them drive business growth.

Informa Markets also presented the refreshed brand identity of its June and September Fairs: Jewellery & Gem Asia Hong Kong for the June edition, and Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong for the September show. The 2020 edition of Jewellery & Gem World Hong Kong, the biggest jewellery fair in the world, is scheduled for September 13 to 17 at the AWE and September 15 to 19 at the HKCEC. Asia’s No. 1 mid-year event, Jewellery & Gem Asia Hong Kong, will be held from June 25 to 28 at the HKCEC next year.