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The 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair saw a Record Breaking Success

The 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair, organized by the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), Ministry of Commerce, was a resounding success with record breaking trade value to showcase the strength of Thailand’s gems and jewelry industry to the world. Held from February 21-25, 2018 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, the 61st edition of Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair attracted visitors from 113 countries with top five visiting nations included India, Myanmar, China, USA and Russia.

The success of the 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair is a step on the way towards the industry achieving the Thai Government’s aim of making Thailand “the World’s Gems and Jewelry Production and Trading Hub.” Some 853 exhibitors occupying 2,003 booths participated in The 61st BGJF. Although 747 companies were from Thailand, others came from around the globe, including countries as diverse as Hong Kong, Poland, Turkey, Japan, Singapore, India, South Korea, Israel, Indonesia and Canada. A total of USD 63.6 million in trade value was generated at the Show.

Held under the theme ‘Heritage & Craftsmanship’, the 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair highlighted Thailand’s cultural heritage, promoting the exquisite craftsmanship of Thai artisans with international trends to make jewelry more contemporary and answer to the demands of international consumers.

To align with the government’s ‘Thailand 4.0’ and ‘Creative Economy’ initiatives, the DITP instigated a series of special zones at the event:

  1. The New Faces featured unique jewelry pieces from 120 SMEs from across the country, who prior to the 60th edition of Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair had never participated at the Show.
  1. The Niche Showcase featured the latest trends in jewelry for niche markets. Specifically, this focused on five main product groups:

– Heritage & Craftsmanship – with an emphasis on craftsmanship

– Spiritual Power – jewelry of belief and opulence

– Metro Men – jewelry for men

– The Moment – jewelry for special occasions

– Beyond Jewelry – lifestyle items decorated with metals and precious stones.

  1. Innovation and Design Zone (IDZ) showcased innovative products from start-ups as well as jewelry that utilizes new techniques.
  1. The Jewellers exhibition featured 23 brands from designers who have participated in the Designers’ Room and Talent Thai projects with jewelry-making demonstrations and technical workshops twice daily.

Moreover, the 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair held a series of seminars and workshops by domestic and international experts on a range of topics from raw materials and jewelry trends, to marketing and gem certification. On the second day of the show, the Export Clinic 2018 was held, where directors of overseas Thai Trade Centers gave advice to companies and SMEs on how to penetrate foreign markets.

In 2017, the gems and jewelry industry was ranked third in terms of Thai exports after automotives and computers. Exports totalled nearly USD13 billion, representing 5.4 per cent of the kingdom’s total exports, and when excluding unwrought gold, the industry saw an increase of 2.25% compared to 2016 which was the first rise in three years.

The 62nd edition of the Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair will be held in September 2018 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. For those interested to exhibit and  receive more information,  please visit www.bkkgems.com or contact DITP call center 1169.

GIT to Showcase Unique Thai Jewelry at Bangkok Gems

Inheritance and Identities project aims to improve artisans’ capabilities, and promote shopping and tourism in traditional jewelry communities in Thailand.

 BANGKOK 16 FEBRUARY, 2018: The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) has announced the launch of ‘Inheritance and Identities’, a project aimed at highlighting the country’s community gem and jewelry industry.

“This is one of our key projects in 2018,” Ms Duangkamol Jiambutr, the director of GIT, says. “Our main objectives are to enhance the capability of the workforce in the gem and jewelry industry, and help them develop the products to meet market needs.

“We also expect to create awareness of gem and jewelry products from local communities among tourists and jewelry lovers from every corner of the world.”

From the beginning of the project, GIT’s team has targeted local communities in several provinces throughout Thailand.

“Dan Kwian, a sub-district in Nakhon Ratchasima province, was our first target,” Ms Jiambutr says. “GIT’s experts have worked with the villagers to modernize the design of their ceramic jewelry, while preserving its uniqueness. We hope the new design will help them increase their consumer base.

“The GIT held a workshop on gold design at Sukhothai, and on silver design in Chiang Mai to identify talented designers that could join our project and help transform Thai jewelry with its unique local characteristics into modern and contemporary jewelry.”

In addition to design development, the GIT will focus on marketing the jewelry products through cooperating with partners to expand distribution channels.

“We have displayed and sold gems and jewelry products at GIT shops. Moreover, the GIT, in collaboration with the Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) and the Department of Business Development (DBD) has found new online and offline distribution channels,” the GIT director adds.

“By coordinating with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), we have introduced new travel routes for gems and jewelry, which allow tourists to visit local communities and experience how Thai craftsmanship, such as jewelry, is created, as well as buying quality gems and jewelry products for themselves and their loved ones.”

The GIT will showcase jewelry products from the project at the 61st Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, hosted by the DITP from February 21 to 25 at IMPACT Challenger Hall, Muang Thong Thani.

“Local artisans participating in our project will show their talent and capabilities through the jewelry displayed at the fair,” Ms Jiambutr says, adding that the project will help local artisans to better serve the demands of buyers, and expand their customer base.

“We expect to see local artisans sell more jewelry and increase their income. This project not only helps create jobs and generate income in local communities, but also helps preserve the heritage of valuable Thai craftsmanship,” Ms Jiambutr says.

Ministry of Commerce to Host the 61st Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair

Demonstrating Thailand’s Exquisite Craftsmanship to Worldwide Audiences Mrs. Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat (3rd from left), DITP Director-General, during the press conference 61st edition of the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) under the theme of “Heritage & Craftsmanship

 BANGKOK, FEBRUARY 8, 2018: Ministry of Commerce’s Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), announces its readiness to hold the 61st edition of the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) under the theme of “Heritage & Craftsmanship” which highlights Thailand’s cultural heritage and the exquisite craftsmanship of Thai artisans that is internationally renowned. The 61st BGJF is expected to welcome over 20,000 buyers and visitors from more than 130 countries across the globe.

DITP Director-General, Mrs. Chantira Jimreivat Vivatrat, reveals that DITP is ready to hold the 61st Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair from February 21 to 25, 2018 as a prominent stage to promote the capabilities and support large Thai manufacturers as well as SMEs to expand their businesses to international markets while networking and trading with partners from Thailand and other countries.

“In 2017, the gems and jewelry industry was ranked third exporting industry in Thailand after automotive and computers and parts, with exports of gems and jewelry excluding unwrought gold increased by 2.25%, which was the first time for the industry to see growth in the past three years. Moreover, the outlook for 2018 is positive and the gems and jewelry industry remains a key part of the economy that generates income and adds value for Thailand,” says the DITP Director-General.

The 61st Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will be held under the theme of “Heritage & Craftsmanship” that will highlight Thailand’s cultural heritage that is expressed in the creation of uniquely design jewelry that perfectly combines beautiful Thai designs with the demands of international consumers. For decades, Thai designers and artisans are renowned worldwide for their creativity, exquisite designs and creative jewelry pieces. Highlights at the fair include inspirational activities and exhibitions as well as new trading opportunities, from The Niche Showcase that exhibits five niche jewelry trends, The New Faces that highlights the best of Thai SMEs from all regions, a showcase zone that will be greatly expanded this year, to exhibitions and workshops from The Jewellers, a group of designers who focus on creative and innovation jewelry-making. Moreover, educational seminars and one-on-one consulting services from experts will be on offer as well as a mobile gems analyzing unit from GIT and other world-leading institutes.

“The 61st Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair offers an opportunity for participants to meet manufacturers, distributors and over 900 leading exporters from Thailand and other countries who will be exhibiting all categories of products in the gems and jewelry industry in over 2,200 booths, with exhibitors from countries such as the US, China, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Sri Lanka and ASEAN countries. DITP expects that this edition of the fair will generate over THB 2 billion in sales and see over 20,000 international buyers and visitors,” says the DITP Director-General.

The 61st Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will take place from February 21-25, 2018 at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. The fair opens for trade negotiations during February 21-23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and opens for the general public on February 24, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and February 25, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. For more information and pre-registration, please visit www.bkkgems.com or  dial DITP Call Center 1169.