September And June Hong Kong Jewelry Shows To Return In 2023 After 3-Year Absence

In another sign the business disruption caused by the pandemic has subsided in Asia, two large and important jewelry industry trade fairs are scheduled to return in 2023.

Arguably, the world’s largest jewelry trade fair prior to the pandemic, Jewellery & Gem WORLD Hong Kong (JGW), formerly known as the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, will return to its original two-venue format and staggered date system

The portion of the show for finished jewelry, packaging solutions, tools and equipment, and jewelry industry-related technologies will be held September 20 – 24 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Meanwhile, the jewelry materials section of the show will be held September 18 – 22 at AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE). The fair will be celebrating its 40th anniversary next year and show organizers say a series of celebrations are being planned.

In addition, Jewellery & Gem ASIA Hong Kong (JGA), previously known as the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, will be held live and in person June 22 – 25, 2023. Both fairs are owned and operated by Informa Markets Jewellery, a division of London-based Informa Markets, a trade show and trade publishing company.

“We look forward to hosting the greatest in jewelry and gemstones back in Hong Kong in 2023 as pandemic restrictions recede,” David Bondi, senior VP of Informa Markets in Asia, said in a statement. “What the last three years have proven is that the jewelry sourcing experience is just not the same without our full-fledged, international B2B fairs in Hong Kong. Our jewelry community wants the shows. So, we are pulling out all the stops to make sure we deliver the fairs in their most familiar form next year.”

It will be the first time in three years that the two shows will be held live in Hong Kong because of the pandemic. In 2021 and 2022, Informa Markets held virtual fairs. A month ago, Jewellery & Gem WORLD Hong Kong was held live in Singapore, because visitors to Hong Kong had to be placed in quarantine for 14 days. The compulsory quarantine requirement for inbound persons from overseas was lifted September 23.

It difficult to imagine any annual event that has undergone as much disruption beyond the control of organizers as the two Hong Kong fairs. In 2018, the September fair was held during Typhoon Mangkhut, one of the strongest storms in the city’s history. The typhoon caused the one-day closure of the show for the first time in its history. The next year, both the June and September fairs were disrupted due to citywide protests. Both shows also had to deal with a U.S.-China trade war that threatened jewels, gems and jewelry making equipment from China. This would have not only disrupted the fair but had the potential to adversely impact the entire jewelry industry in China.

Then came the pandemic and the government’s “zero-COVID” elimination policy, among the strictest in the world.

“We can’t wait to welcome everyone back to Hong Kong. We recognize that certain things are beyond our control, Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs at Informa Markets Jewellery, said in a statement. But we are optimistic that the city will move towards further reopening when conditions allow.”

Prior to the disruptions the September show, the largest jewelry fair in the world, attracted approximately 54,000 buyers and 3,700 exhibitors. The smaller June fair attracted 1,900 exhibitors.

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