10 Things Rocking the Industry: April 2014

1. ShowsThat Hong Kong is a—if not the—nexus of the global jewelry business was crystal clear at the 31st edition of the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, held March 5–9 at the city’s soaring harborside convention center. Home to 3,850 exhibitors (up from 3,341 in 2013) from 53 countries and regions, the show has grown so big that organizers at the Hong Kong Trade Development Council divided the event for the first time across two venues, with loose stone and pearl dealers moving to AsiaWorld Expo, near the airport. And in a development befitting its place at the intersection of worldwide jewelry supply and demand, the show welcomed a record-breaking Italian contingent, including vendors of tools and machinery, who believe sales to the Chinese market will trump any potential competitive threats. “So we are not competing anymore,” said Corrado Facco, managing director of

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