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SIJE makes its mark as the jewellery hub of the region on its 18th anniversary

24 july 2023

Singapore’s most prestigious and longest-running jewellery show, the Singapore International Jewelry Expo (SIJE) 2023, was officially opened at the Marina Bay Sands Singapore Expo & Convention Centre by Guest-of-Honour Ms Indranee Rajah, Minister in the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister for Finance and National Development. Also present was His Excellency Suryo Pratomo, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, Singapore.

This year marks the 18th anniversary of the show and also the largest edition to date.

With 8,000 sqm of exhibition floor space, SIJE 2023 was host to more than 280 jewellers, manufacturers and exporters from 28 countries. On display was a grand collection of set jewellery and gemstones in excess of $200 mn making SIJE the most significant jewellery hub of the region.

The largest pavilion was formed by 61 Singapore jewellers representing renowned brands such as CW Jewels, Foundation Jewellers, IVY Masterpiece, La Joie, Simone Jewels and Vihari Jewels.

Joining the Singapore jewellers are contingents from other countries - 49 exhibitors from Hong Kong, 45 from Thailand, 25 from Japan, 13 from Indonesia, 10 from Malaysia, 9 from Italy, 7 from Sri Lanka, and jewellers from other countries including Nepal, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA, and more.

Indonesia, the show’s country partner, turned out in full force to showcase its outstanding jewellery pieces made with precious metals and, gemstones and South Sea pearls from across the archipelago. The pavilion, popular with consumers and trade buyers, was supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore, the Indonesian Ministry of Trade and Industry, and Bank Indonesia.

New to the show this year was an AI-backed business matching programme to help buyers and sellers fast-track their search in the two packed exhibition halls. The AI recommendations engine powers business matching intelligently to match people to people, people to companies, people to products and, people to agenda sessions.

The 18th-anniversary special edition of the show will also be remembered by buyers and investors, long after the four-day event concluded on 16 July, for presenting a spectacular collection of some of the rarest, most beautiful and prized jewellery pieces and gemstones from around the world.

Following the grand official opening ceremony, a jewellery fashion show was presented to the guests and VIPs. Models flaunted the catwalk wearing many of the phenomenal jewellery pieces brought to the show by some notable local and international jewellers.

Aruna Gaitonde, Editor in Chief of the Asian Bureau, Rough & Polished