Thursday, March 2, 2017

PART 2---59th BANGKOK GEMS AND JEWELRY FAIR 2017 AT IMPACT HAD BIG IMPACT ON ASIAN JEWELLERY AS IT IS ONE OF ASIA'S BEST AND BIGGEST AND PROFESSIONALLY ORGANISED EVENTS OF ITS KIND. TRULY A GLITTERING AND SUCCESSFUL WORLD CLASS FAIR

KEE@FSWMAG.COM


MAGNIFICENT EMERALD NECKLACE BY BEAUTY GEMS
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LIKE ALL FAIRS, BANGKOK GEM & JEWELRY FAIR 2017 HAD BOOTHS THAT PRACTICALLY BEGGED YOU TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THEIR JEWELS AND THOSE WHO PATHETICALLY TRIED TO BLOCK ME FROM PHOTOGRAPHING THEIR BOOTH (NOT EVEN JEWELS AS I WAS STANDING 20 METRES AWAY) BY STANDING IN FRONT OF MY CAMERA!

TWO STAFF CAME TO ME TO DEMAND I STOP TAKING PHOTO OF THEIR BOOTH UNTIL I SAID I WAS TAKING PHOTOS OF THE HALL AND THEIR PAVILION WAS BLOCKING MY VIEW AND THEY SHOULD DISMANTLE IT. THEN THEY SAID I COULD PHOTOGRAPH THEIR STAND BUT NOT THEIR JEWELS UNTIL I TOLD THEM THEIR ENTIRE COLLECTION IS ON THEIR WEBSITE WHICH ANYONE CAN COPY AT LEISURE!
MAFIA JEWELS BY TAM AND PALM


One minion said I could not photograph their specially built, grand pavilion. I replied "I am taking photos of the entire hall but your booth is blocking and spoiling my view so can you please dismantle your pavilion so I can take my photo without your stand spoiling my picture?"


He then hastily said I could take the exterior but not close-ups of their jewels. I said "If i wish to copy your design, I don't need to take photos as one look at your design I can remember every detail since I am a professional jeweller. If I take photos to copy, I have to find a jeweller to make exact clone and pay for semi precious gems etc which would not be cheap. Also making a one-off piece is time consuming and may not be worth the jeweller's time and effort unless I pay through the nose which defeats the whole purpose. Then again, the result may not be what I expect so it is unlikely any visitor would do this! It is one thing to show a photo of a lovely necklace to a jeweller---it is another to ask him to make exact replica!


Or I could simply walked inside the booth and asked for a catalogue featuring their entire collection! Or visit their website and steal their designs at leisure! From professionally taken, beautiful photos in glorious color with every detail clearly defined! 


Every jeweller worth his name has a website proudly showing past and present collections for anyone to copy if so desired.


So if I were confident of the quality and workmanship of my jewels, I would be shouting to every passer-by to please photograph my jewels. After all, imitation is the highest form of flattery! 

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The 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

1. Name of the event:
Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) (59th edition, 34th year)
2. Date of the event:
February 22-26, 2017 (twice a year – in February and September)
3. Venue:
Challenger Halls 1-3, IMPACT Exhibition Centre, with total exhibition area of 60,000 sq.m.
4. About the event:
BGJF is considered a potentially efficient marketing tool in helping Thailand to sustainably drive forward its gems and jewellery industry towards the international competition.
5. Participants:
Producers, exporters, importers, designers, and relevant stakeholders to the gems and jewellery industry from 17 major countries. Among them are from 730 business entities in 2,011 exhibition booths (625 business entities in 1,865 booths from Thailand and 105 business entities in 146 booths from other countries, e.g. Hong Kong SAR (37 booths), Singapore (12 booths), Turkey (10 booths), Poland (10 booths), Japan (9 booths), and so on.

In comparison with BGJF58, the total number of participating business entities decreased by 7.71% or 61 entities, and the total number of exhibiting booths also decreased by 4.56% or 96 exhibiting booths.

Exhibitors
BGJF58
(Sep 2016)
BGJF59
(Feb 2017)
Comparison
(in percentage)
Business Entities
Exhibiting Booths
Business Entities
Exhibiting Booths
Business Entities
Exhibiting Booths
From Thailand
640
1,929
625
1,865
-2.34
-3.31
From Abroad
151
178
105
146
-30.46
-17.98
TOTAL
791
2,107
730
2,011
-7.71
-4.56
6. Visitors:
BGJF59 expects a total of 20,000 visitors from 130 countries around the world to visit the fair. In its previous edition (BGJF58), among the total number of 16,562 visitors, 10,119 were from Thailand, and 6,443 from abroad.
7. Special Activities:
·   Thai Jewelry Brands booths exhibit gems and jewelry items from Thai producers within Fashion Product Development Project. They had been given assistance with the help of foreign experts in product development, product display, and brand creation/development.
·   The Concept Showcase exhibits gems and jewelry items created specifically for targeted niche markets proven lucrative with high-value opportunities in the world market:
Metro Men (men’s jewelry)
60+ (jewelry for senior)
Pet Parade (jewelry for pets)
The Moment (jewelry for brides)
Culture Club (art & craft jewelry)
Spiritual Power (jewelry of spiritual beliefs and opulence)
8. Expected order:
The expected purchase order for BGJF59 is worth 1.7 billion baht. In BGJF58, the purchase orders recorded was worth 1.669581 billion baht. Immediate purchase order accounted to 2.42485 billion baht. Purchase orders within one-year accounted to 1.427086 billion baht.

Products of interest included diamond (49.3%), coloured gems (24.24%), silver (17.16%), gold (5.54%), pearl (2.11%), machinery and parts (0.78%).

Countries with the highest spending in the fair were the United Kingdom (37%), Sri Lanka (18%), India (8%), the United States (7%), Thailand (5), the rest were the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, China, and Japan (2% each).

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The Showcases: Fact Sheet
    
According to the new trend of the gems and jewelry industry where the consumers are shifting their interest towards specific categories of products or niche markets. The 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, takes place during February 22-26, 2017, therefore, focuses on these special “The Showcases” – displaying the 6 prominent themes of gems and jewelry in the market current:

1)      60+: Jewellery for senior
The fast-growing market of senior consumers include retirees who live happily after their hard-working age. This group of consumers are living independently with carefree and freedom of living with a young at heart mind set. Gems and jewellery for the 60+ group do not only put emphasis on comfort, but also on timeless beauty, elegance, and up-to-date trends.

2)      Pet Parade: Jewellery for pets
The hustles and bustles of the big cities have turned urban people interests toward their lovely pets. Pets are now considered not only domestic or tamed animals but members of the family, often being given good care and grooming. Pet owners sometimes buy gems and jewellery for their beloved pets. Therefore, some jewellery for pets are designed as a pair – both for the owner and for the pet; while others are designed exclusively for pets.

3)      The Moment: Jewellery for wedding (focusing on Indian and Chinese market)
Wedding day is the most meaningful day for brides and grooms as their most important day of their lives. The 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair puts emphasis on the Asian wedding especially Indian and Chinese wedding jewelries. As the Indian society considers their wedding days very important and the Indian bride must be decorated with at least 9 pieces of jewelry from head to toe. These pieces of jewelry must be showing off their value and glittering rays of gold. While Chinese wedding likes to see modern designs and luxurious looks of gems and jewellery.

4)      Metro Men: Jewellery for men
Gentlemen who take good care of themselves and their looks are the rising category of consumers. Modern gentlemen are turning their eyes more towards gems and jewelry. The jewelry for men are unique in looks and style, reflecting the unique identity of the wearers. Designs of jewelry for men, therefore, focus on uniqueness, singularity, simple but stylistic.

5)      Culture Club: Contemporary Art & Craft jewellery
Artisanal jewellery is proud to show off its beauty and elegance of Thainess, its sophistication in patterns and styles that are considered hard to make. Silver and gold jewellery in this category are designed with fashion and trend in mind. The Culture Club showcases, therefore, is there to impress the visitors of Thainess refinement.

6)      Spiritual Power: Jewellery of spiritual beliefs, horoscope and opulence
The Spiritual Power showcase is considered the unique highlight of all the world’s jewellery fairs. Modern consumers, especially in Asia, have grown their interests in this kind of jewellery where beauty meets with spiritual power that can be used as every-day accessories. This ultimate showcase is truly an expression of potential of Thai entrepreneurs in mellowly and beautifully mixing fashion with beliefs.
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BIG, BOLD AND BEAUTIFUL BLING
VERY REASONABLE
GOOD QUALITY
TOP GRADE PEARLS
THE BIGGER BOOTHS ARE IMPRESSIVE
FROM CHINA
STACKS OF PEARLS TO IMPRESS EVEN CLEOPATRA
LAYERS OF PEARLS
THE OFFICIAL SIGNAGE

STATELY
SLEEK
VERY DE NICE
FROM ROYAAAL STONES


ROYAAL STONES

BIG BLING FROM ROYAAL STONES

DATO KEE HUA CHEE AND VIPS

RAWAT THE OWNER OF ROYAAL STONES WHICH OFFERS AMAZING GEMS AT EXCELLENT PRICES
LOVE THIS SAPPHIRE NECKLACE
THIS STANDALONE PAVILION AND THE ONES BELOW FLAUNT OUTSTANDING AND UNIQUE ARCHITECTURE









LOVE THIS EMERALD NECKLACE FROM BEAUTY GEMS




















NEARLY 38% OF FOREIGN VISITORS ARE FROM INDIA


LOOKS LIKE CONTROL TOWER OF AIRPORT
MODERNIST

ER, PNK PUSSY IS NOT EXACTLY REAL BLING BUT FUN!
THIS CHAIN SELLS FUN AND CHEAP ACCESSORIES
MANGKARA JEWELS BY MUNGKORN MUNGKORNPANICH
MUNGKORN SELLS SILVER BASED, GOLD PLATED SEMI-PRECIOUS JEWELLERY
LOVELY BLING
MUNGKARA OR SEA DRAGON IS HIS BRAND
FABULOUS PIECES AT GREAT PRICES
MUNGKORN MUNGKORNPANICH SELLS MEMORABLE PIECES
LIFE SIZED PEACOCK IN SWAROVSKI CRYSTALS FROM CUBIC GEMS
I WANTED BUY THIS FOR MY LIVINGROOM BUT ALMOST PASSED OUT WHEN TOLD IT COST RM 750,000
SHOULD I BUY A CONDO FOR RM 750,000 OR THIS BIRD? SAME PRICE!
SPECTACULAR NECK COLLAR
love this
SPIDERY WEB
BANGLE AND RING
CAT'S BLING
OUTSTANDING DECOR
I WAS TOLD NOT TO TAKE THIS PHOTO ALSO BUT THESE ARE HELICONIA PLANTS AND POSTERS
CAN YOU SEE THE JEWELS?
 CARVED CORAL JEWELLERY
 LOOSE RUBIES AND SAPPHIRES FOR YOUR SELECTION
 LOVE PERIDOTS
 POLSHED GEMS TO TURN INTO NECKLACE
 VISHNU RIDING GARUDA
 ENUF SAID
 SO MANY STAFF MUST ENJOY GOOD BUSINESS
 TEMPTING
 COLORS FOR YOUR LIFE
 DAZZLING
 WHY WEAR ONE WHEN YOU CAN WEAR ALL 
 LAVISH
 GRAND
 NICE SET-UP
 PRETTY AS PETALS
 RUBELITE ORCHID
 PERFECT MISMATCH
 SEA ALLURE
 STARFISH
 BIG EMERALDS
 OMIGOD
 BIG BLUE SAPPHIRE
 CARLETTA HEAD DESIGNER SURASAK MANEESATHIAN RATTANA
 EMERGING THAI BRANDS TO LOOK OUT FOR
 PETS PARADE FOR DOG AND CAT NECKLACES
 YOUR PET POOCH DESERVES NO LESS

 TAM AND PALM OF MAFIA 
 FUNKY FOR FUNKEE
 COOLEST
GRAB THEM BY THE THROAT

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