The Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair was hit by two thefts within an hour after opening. Coming on the heels of Wednesday's arrest of a Mainland Chinese woman for possession of a fake diamond that police believe she intended to swap for a real gem, on Thursday another two thefts were reported: a necklace and two bags of pearls worth more than HK$500,000 (US$65,000) in total. The first happened about four hours after the show opened. Staff found a female visitor from the mainland stealing a necklace worth US$60,000 from a booth. They gave chase when the woman left the booth. “Officers on site intercepted the woman and recovered the stolen property,” a police spokesman said. About an hour later, police received another report of theft after two bags of pearls, worth US$7,000, were stolen from another booth. Police are treating the case as theft, and detectives from the New Territories South regional crime unit are investigating.
Meanwhile, early reports claim that participation from India and Israel is slow due to the show overlapping with the Jain festival Paryushan and the Jewish New Year, but whether or not this is accurate will have to be determined after the weekend.