Official attendance figures for the 32nd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair, held Sept. 10-14 at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center, reached a record high 23,369 visitors, according to Narong Thamavaranukup, Thai Gem & Jewelry Traders Association(TGJTA) president. Sales volume reached $414 million.
The top visitors registering for the fair were from the U.S., with high numbers also reported from Europe, the Middle East, Japan and other Asian countries.
Highlights at the fair included a visit from Thailand’s Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, who walked through the exhibition hall accompanied by Thamavaranukup and several TGJTA directors.
Other major events included: * A live fashion show and dance performance to open the fair.
* A Blue Sapphire Competition, sponsored by the TGJTA’s Jewel Fest Club was one of several major events held during the show. Contestants submitted 525 blue sapphires ranging from 5 to 200 cts. per piece. The total weight of submitted stones was 500 cts., valued at more than $ 47 million. The final round of judging for the competition was held during the fair with an awards ceremony for the winners.
*”The Book of Life,” display by International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA). This work of art is an artistic representation and commemoration of the Human Genome Project and was crafted in Italy from 700 grams of gold, 6,944 grams of silver, and 550 carats of gemstones.
* A seminar program with speakers from the European Gemological Laboratory-USA, the Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences, the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand, and other industry leaders. Topics included window displays, selling techniques, the use of lasers in the gem and jewelry industry, and diamond treatments.
Starting with the February 24-28, 2004 show, the Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair will move into a larger exhibition space right next door to the current exhibition hall at Impact Exhibition and Convention with room for 2,300 booths.
The Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair is organized by the Department of Export Promotion and the Thai Gem & Jewelry Traders Association twice a year. Exhibitors and visitors can register online at www.thaigemjewelry.com/gemsfair.