Show Biz Preview: Hong Kong and Miami



As the industry settles back into the fall season, showgoers can look forward to spending September in Asia and October in Miami. Oh, the life of a jet-­setting jeweler!

The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair (Sept. 14–20) features more than 3,200 exhibitors from 45 countries and attracts 40,000 buyers from 140 different nations. Some seven different pavilions include Fine Design and Silver Jewellery, while nine other special sections like Packaging, Tools & Equipment are housed in nearby halls.

Stop by the International Pavilion to see some familiar faces—New York City-based House of Baguettes and Australia’s Autore—from the Jewelry Week show circuit; and check out firms like Nelson Jewellery Arts and Peter Lam Jewellry, who live it up in the Hong Kong Premiere Pavillion. One new addition to this year’s fair: what organizers are billing as the “largest-ever Diamond Pavilion.” Groups from the Antwerp World Diamond Centre and the Israel Diamond Institute, plus a few American diamond exhibitors and the India-based Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council, will exhibit.

An 18k gold, sapphire, diamond, and South Seas pearl necklace; $550,000; Autore, Hollywood, Calif.; 310-860-2680; pearlautore.com

One month after the Orient, head to Miami—­­jewels first, then the beach. From Oct. 8 to 11, the ­­Jewelers International Showcase descends on the Southern Florida hot spot, with 1,400 booths and attendees hailing from more than 50 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America (35 percent of all attendees come from the latter). With the show’s one floor/one room format, the international pavilions with exhibitors from Hong Kong and Brazil—as well as JIS’ upscale Jewelry Galleria Pavilion—are easy to find. At this show, keep an eye out for Allentown, Pa.’s Angélique de Paris and San Francisco-based Belle Étoile.