Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana has opened the 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair.
Held by the Department of International Trade Promotion, Ministry of Commerce, the current edition kickstarted on yesterday (February 20).
Throughout the duration of the fair over 20,000 visitors are expected to visit from all over the world.
HRH Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana chaired the opening ceremony before visiting the gems and jewellery exhibitions to show support for manufacturers in the trade as well as to inspire a new generation of designers.
Chutima Boonyaprapatsorn, Deputy Commerce Minister, shares: “The gems and jewelry industry in Thailand is key to the country’s economy. The industry has long been recognized worldwide for quality manufacturing of gems and jewelry, while generating income for 1.2 million workers in the industry. In 2018, export of gems and jewelry products including unwrought gold was worth 4.74% of the country’s total exports. The gems and jewelry industry is an industry that is highly successful in creating add value to the country.”
“To reinforce Thailand’s position as a world hub of gems and jewelry manufacturing and trading (Jewelry Hub), the Ministry of Commerce focuses on developing the competitiveness and marketing for this industry by carrying out communications campaigns to promote the image of the industry to be recognized among buyers, importers, as well as increase the awareness of consumers with projects such as the Buy with Confidence campaign by the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) or GIT, along with the promotion of the industry image in overseas markets through the ‘Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making’ by the Department of International Trade Promotion. Moreover, the DITP is uplifting the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair which is a platform for business-people, buyers, sellers in the gems and jewelry industry to expand their businesses in many dimensions from material sourcing, trading, and network-building. The DITP is also working to expand online trade channels for gems and jewelry products through platforms such as Ali Express and thaitrade.com.”
Banjongjitt Angsusingh, director-general of the Department of International Trade Promotion, adds: “The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, held under the theme of “Thailand’s Magic Hands: The Spirit of Jewelry Making”, aims to honor Thai craftsmanship in creating exquisite jewelry pieces to meet the needs of international consumers. The DITP is determined to promote the exceptional craftsmanship to be led to the global gems and jewelry trade or Jewelry Hub that builds from skillful craftsmanship to global design, innovation and international trade excellence. At the event, over 900 exhibitors from manufacturers, distributors, to exporters from Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan, China, India, Israel, Italy, and ASEAN countries are displaying their products and services in an area of over 2,000 booths. The DITP anticipates that over 20,000 visitors from 130 countries will be at the event, with over 2,400 million baht in trade value generated.”
Apart from trade activities, visitors can enjoy special exhibits, for example, ‘The New Faces’ showcasing jewellery products from 123 SMEs manufacturers and designers nationwide from 21 provinces including Lampang, Phrae, Chiangmai, Sukhotha, Nakonsawan, Tak, Surin, Phang Nga, Nakon Sri Thammarat and Satun. The Niche Showcase features five product groups: High Jewellery (jewellery associated with royals), Heritage & Craftsmanship (jewellery representing arts and culture), Spiritual Power (jewellery of belief and opulence), Luxe Men (jewellery for men) and Beyond Jewellery (other lifestyle products with an emphasis on gems and jewelry materials). Elsewhere The Jewellers and Innovation and Design Zone feature innovative products from designers.
Moreover, the 63rd Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair is showcasing live demonstrations of gems and jewellery making from the Thai Goldsmiths Association ranging from wax carving, gems and jewelry engraving, enamel, fancy polishing, and jewelry finishing.
The 63rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair takes place from February 20 to 24, 2019 at Challenger Halls 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani.