Whether it's for haute or demi-fine jewellery markets, designing a piece of jewellery is integral to attracting and keeping new and old generation of jewellery aficionados to a certain brand or jewellery house. In a global jewellery industry expected to grow at a rate of five to six per cent annually to reach EUR250 billion by 2020, it is more important than ever that jewellers be attuned to changing consumer behaviour and tastes.
It will come as no surprise when the annual Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair (SJGF), returning 26 to 29 October at the Marina Bay Sands, casts a spotlight on jewellery design.
Artistry takes centre-stage
A new Designers Atelier Pavilion will debut to play up jewellery designers from Singapore and the region. Exhibitors who have confirmed their participation are Singapore designers Carrie K. and Sara Tan, and will unveil specially crafted jewellery pieces to SJGF visitors.
To offer visitors an opportunity to learn more about jewellery design and its intricate process, SJGF will hold complimentary activities such as JewelTalk Seminars and Gem Jemming sessions. These activities will be helmed by some of the region's best known artists. Visitors can extend their knowledge on gems and precious stones by checking out the Gem Museum and attend the Gem Rendezvous @ SJGF2018 -- a three-hour knowledge exchange and networking session.
SJGF will host the Singapore Jewellery Design Award -- a competition organised by the Singapore Jewellers Association (SJA) to recognise and encourage budding jewellery designers from around the world. Top three winners of this year's Award will be announced at SJGF, with the most outstanding designs made into jewellery pieces, and marketed alongside those of leading jewellers. Panel discussions will be held as part of the award ceremony festivities.
The 2017 winners of the Singapore Jewellery Design Award, based on the theme of "Growing With Singapore", were:
Those who fancy learning how to design their own jewellery and unleash their inner creativity can consider signing up for the Design-Your-Ring Competition at the show. Held in partnership with the Jewellery Design and Management International School (JDMIS), each visitor will get a complimentary 15 minute private session with an on-site instructor who will guide you through your design process. What's more, stand a chance to win attractive prizes such as a jewellery design course offered by JDMIS. This year, the competition will also be opened to jewellery designers. Industry professionals can submit their entries and the winners will take home a 3D-printed model of their designs. Call for submissions will begin in August.
Return of regional flagship jewellery houses
Ekos, Fook's Jewelry, Futang, Kim Wah Jewellery, Kourosh, Naing Family Mogok Gems & Jewellery, Rikhava Diamonds, Su Myint Myat Jewellery, Vihari Jewels and Yoel Deil Diamonds are just some of the 150 exhibitors from 20 countries and regions returning to SJGF. Visitors can expect to feast their eyes on more than 150,000 timeless pieces, jewellery collections and bespoke pieces -- including fine jewellery, gemstones and pearls. Vihari Jewels, which featured an 8.6 carat Blue Sapphire from Kashmir (Certified by Gubelin Gem Lab) at the previous edition of SJGF, will be back with numerous new and bespoke jewellery pieces.
SJGF will also feature country pavilions housing local flagship jewellers from Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Expect to be bedazzled by craftsmanship and unique characteristics of these home-grown jewellers showcasing unique gemstones including rubies, sapphires, pearls, jadeite and more.
Besides the flagship jewellers, the event will unravel designs and jewellery pieces from new exhibitors: Exclusive Jewellery from Hong Kong, Glajz-THG, Crystal Creations, Sara Taseer Fine Jewellery, 5P World from Singapore, and Cadeaux Ginkgo from Swtizerland, just to name a few.
Indulge in splendour
SJGF will have a special zone dedicated to contemporary art and design. It is the perfect area for visitors to immerse themselves in exquisite art pieces from selected artists representing Art Works, Ella Art Gallery and Timeless Gifts.
The 2018 edition of Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair will be a great way to spend an afternoon with family and friends. Find out more by visiting www.singaporejewellerygemfair.com.
Event at a glance:
Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair (SJGF)
26 - 29 October 2018 (Friday - Monday)
Marina Bay Sands, Hall A & B
26 - 28 October 2018
11am - 8pm
29 October 2018
11am - 5pm
* Photo ID (Singapore Identity Card / International Passport) is required at registration counters for verification
* Minors below 16 have to be accompanied by an adult
Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair is organised by UBM, which in June 2018 combined with Informa PLC to become a leading B2B information services group and the largest B2B Events organiser in the world. Please visit www.ubm.com/singapore for more information about our presence in Singapore.
Tel: +65 6233 6635