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JGA-Hong Kong successfully concluded its first big event since 2019

26 july 2023

Jewellery & Gem ASIA Hong Kong (JGA) successfully concluded its first big event since 2019 on 25 June. In a format similar to its pre-pandemic editions, JGA, previously known as the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, brought together 1,688 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions, representing every facet of the jewellery supply chain.

Against the backdrop of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 22 to 25 June, the impressive roster of suppliers showcased the latest products, and innovations in the business, reaffirming JGA’s reputation as Asia’s biggest and leading mid-year B2B platform for the jewellery industry.

David Bondi, Senior Vice President of Informa Markets in Asia said: “JGA had an impactful edition and now that the dust has settled, we have the chance to reflect on what a momentous, eye-opening event this was for our community. We also observed less-than-strong demand from Mainland China, which we expect to be temporary, and slower pick-up on long-haul travel. These new market realities have prompted everyone to readjust their expectations accordingly.”

To say it was refreshing being back on JGA’s Hong Kong show floor after a three-year break is an understatement, Bondi said: “The jewellery industry is amidst one of its most exciting transformations, and while it won’t be an easy road ahead, JGA’s return was met with optimism and hope, and will undoubtedly build momentum for the biggest jewellery show in the world, Jewellery & Gem WORLD Hong Kong (JGW), which is celebrating its 40th edition this September, he said.

In addition to the exhibits, attendees had the opportunity to engage in three panel discussions, featuring industry leaders discussing topics such as the future of the jewellery industry and lab-grown diamonds.

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