International participation roars back at JGW Hong Kong
The 40th edition of Jewellery & Gem WORLD Hong Kong (JGW) wrapped up on a triumphant note on 24 September – setting records as the city’s first event since the pandemic to witness the full resurgence of international participation. Widely recognised as the largest jewellery fair globally, JGW featured 3,417 exhibitors from 44 countries and regions, with over 62% originating from overseas, and attracted 53,879 buyers from 142 countries and regions, which was on a par with 2018 figures. “The results of this edition vividly demonstrate the enduring appeal of Hong Kong as the gateway to both China and the rest of the world, while further solidifying JGW’s reputation as the ultimate destination for global jewellery sourcing”, commented David Bondi, Senior Vice President of Informa Markets in Asia. He further highlighted the fair’s exceptional visitor profile, exhibitor selection and innovative “One Fair, Two Venues” concept, which maximised buyer efficiency over the course of an extraordinary week. Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs at Informa Markets Jewellery, likewise underscored show specials celebrating JGW’s 40th edition and the 40th anniversary of JNA, Informa’s flagship jewellery trade publication.
The fair’s standout features included the Extraordinary 40 Awards, which recognised 40 industry champions who have made substantial contributions to transforming the jewellery trade. Additionally, JGW presented Master Insights, led by engaging panel discussions headlined by the E40 Award Recipients, and a variety of seminars. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in the Red Radiance education programme, which displayed exhibits, live gemstonecutting demonstrations and immersive experiences centred around the 40th anniversary gemstone – the ruby.
In 2024, JGW will be held from 16 to 20 September at the AsiaWorld-Expo and from 18 to 22 September at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.