Diamond companies exhibiting at the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem and Pearl Show reported satisfactory activity in the opening days, with visitor traffic stronger than at last year's fair, Rapaport reported. The show for exhibitors of precious gems, semi-precious stones and pearls opened at the AsiaWorld Expo close to Hong Kong's airport on March 1 and runs until March 5. Meanwhile, finished jewelry is on display at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event opened on Thursday, March 3 and continues until March 7. Exhibitors noted good dealer demand in the diamond section, while jewelry retail buyers were also present but they were more cautious on pricing.
Meanwhile, the Israel Diamond Institute website reported "an unexpectedly positive atmosphere at the show".
And in JCK, reporter Emily Vesilind paid a visit to the show's Hall of the Extraordinary, picking out five exceptional jewelry items among the many on show.Close to 1,900 exhibitors from 42 countries are taking part in the event at the Asia-World Expo, while there are 2,500 exhibitors at the jewelry show, making almost 4,400 exhibitors from 54 countries in total, according to the organizers, the Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). The HKTDC said there are more than 110 buying missions comprising more than 9,300 buyers from 75 countries.
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Unfortunately, there was an incident of stolen diamonds at the show, with a female visitor from Mainland China arrested on suspicion of stealing 13 loose diamonds worth around $13,000.