Getting to Know The Bangkok Fair The 24th annual autumn Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair offered plenty of “hot new designs”—this year’s theme—and a number of elaborate new booths to showcase them. Thai trade representatives touted the progress of local jewelry designers and said the quality of this year’s merchandise was “much improved” over past years’. The seventh annual “Jewel Award,” this year featuring rubies and a “wedding ring for endless love” theme, also promoted jewelry design. Did the designs live up to the promotion? In fact, they were quite modern and salable. “We are an industry trying to become everything for everyone,” says Sanit Vorapanya, director general of Thailand’s Department of Export and Promotion (DEP), one of the fair’s organizers. Sunee Sriorathaikul, president of the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA), the fair

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