Lion City event to be complemented by special-edition Hong Kong fair in September.
HONG KONG — Excitement is building for Jewellery & Gem WORLD(JGW), which is staging its much-awaited return as the world’s biggest and most influential B2B jewelry event this September.
A trade show long identified with the city of Hong Kong, the iconic fair is gearing up for a comeback in Singapore – a one-off arrangement spurred by the Lion City’s recent move to significantly ease COVID safety measures, including allowing quarantine-free entry for all fully vaccinated arrivals starting from 1 April. The global event in Singapore is scheduled for 27 to 30 September at the Singapore EXPO, and will be complemented by JGW Hong Kong – Special Edition, which will also take place in a physical format at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC) from 16 to 19 September.
The full JGW experience will return to Hong Kong in 2023 when the city’s international travel entry bans are lifted.
“One could say that this year’s JGW was more than two years in the making,” said David Bondi, Senior Vice President of Informa Markets in Asia. “After a couple of tumultuous years, which saw many of us collaborating ‘screen to screen,’ we are now more than ready to bring people safely together by temporarily relocating the world’s No. 1 B2B jewelry show from Hong Kong to Singapore this September. Industry feedback has been so overwhelmingly positive that to exhibitors and the international buying community, the doors of JGW Singapore could not open soon enough.”
Industry associations from Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Türkiye – alongside the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) and the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA) – have shown strong interest in amplifying their presence at JGW Singapore, Bondi continued.
Professional buyers are likewise eager to resume face-to-face interactions, added Celine Lau, director of Jewellery Fairs at Informa Markets Jewellery.