The Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair last week (20-23 June) provided a snapshot of a cautious diamond industry in the midst of a period of weak sentiment and even weaker demand, according to several traders we spoke with this week. And they do not see any quick fixes on the horizon. While it may not be the largest diamond show of the year, Hong-Kong June is the most important mid-year jewelry sourcing event in Asia, and as such provides us the opportunity to take the pulse of the polished diamond trade. The consensus? Sentiment is poor.
‘Wait and see’
The third edition of CARAT+, a diamond-centred event in Antwerp scheduled for February 10-12 2019, has been postponed due to a lack of commitment to participate on the part of exhibitors and visitors, the organizers announced today. Due to the lack on confirmed participants with the event being less than four months away, the organizer "concluded that it would be difficult to achieve the high-quality standards we impose on ourselves while meeting the expectations of our visitors and exhibitors for an event like CARAT+."
This past Monday, the JCK Las Vegas show and jewelry week surrounding it came to its conclusion with steady trading reflecting a confident US market, despite a significant dip in the number of exhibitors and foot traffic at the various shows. The exhibitors and organizers acknowledged the decline of visitors, but were adamant that those attending the events headed out to the desert with a greater sense of purpose than in prior years, as buyers were looking for specific goods and exhibitors were maintaining existing relationships.
The longstanding Managing Director of Baselworld, Sylvie Ritter, has decided to step down from her position at the MCH Group, which runs Baselworld. Michel Loris-Melikoff, who has until now held the position of Director of MCH Beaulieu Lausanne SA, will succeed her. The Group says that Ritter decided to hand over the management of the World Watch and Jewellery Show: "After 26 years with the MCH Group – 15 of which were as Managing Director of Baselworld – it's time for me to start something new and take on new challenges", says Sylvie Ritter in explaining her decision.
Some 2,400 industry professionals attended the first day of the specialized diamond trade fair, CARAT+, opened ceremoniously by model and actress Elizabeth Hurley in Antwerp on Sunday, followed by a surprise parade of vintage cars crusing through the show. The number of visitors easily surpassed expectations for only the second edition of the trade show, the organizers said.
The second edition of CARAT+, ‘The World's Premier Diamond Event’, is ready to get underway on Sunday, May 6. Today the organization reported that pre-show registrations have climbed 50% compared to the 3,000 people that attended the first edition last year, with individuals from more than 51 countries having registered to attend.
Bonas, one of the world's leading diamond brokering and tender houses, will exceptionally hold a polished diamond tender at the upcoming CARAT+ Diamond and Jewellery Fair at the Antwerp EXPO. Bonas typically organizes rough diamond sales on behalf of eminent miners such as Braùna, Kao, Lucara, Mountain Province and Stornoway, and provides a variety of consulting services through every stage of the diamond pipeline, from manufacturing all the way through to marketing and retail.
The Federation of Belgian Diamond Bourses (FDBD) and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC) have signed on as partners for the second edition of CARAT+ to be held in Antwerp from from May 6-8. Under the agreement, Easyfairs - the organizer of CARAT+ - and the Antwerp diamond industry "will combine their efforts to continue to build an ambitious vision for the future of the international diamond business", according a press release from the organization. The organization of CARAT+ in the Antwerp Expo Halls, with large spaces and logistical facilities, meets the demands of exhibitors and vis
Is it appropriate for the diamond industry to offer mass quantities of loose one-carat diamonds at these events? What is the message we are sending to the high-end consumers who frequent trade fairs, if they see high-end diamond jewelry pieces at one booth, and then loose diamonds in large quantities offered at wholesale prices at another booth? Does this help us promote diamonds as a rare creation of earth or harm those efforts? Isn’t it clear that we are hurting our own business with these actions?
The Bharat Diamond Bourse (BDB) will be organizing an India Diamond Week from April 23-25 in Mumbai, the first ever such trade fair in India, writes industry organization GJEPC. About 200 booths for polished diamond companies will be set up within the bourse, and Indian as well as international traders will be invited to apply for them. “All booths will be standardised and be of the same size,” explained Mehul Shah, Vice President of BDB.
The second edition of The World’s Premier Diamond Event, CARAT+, will open at the Antwerp Expo Belgium on May 6, introducing new show features and welcoming leading industry professionals from across the globe. Launched for the first time in 2017, CARAT+ won the praise of exhibitors and visitors alike with its glamorous trade show floor and 130 leading exhibitors from 13 countries.
HRD Antwerp, Europe’s leading authority in diamond certification, released its new D-Scope+ at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair. “The D-Scope has been the indispensable analysis tool for all types of diamonds and gemstones since 2001. Our research and development team has worked very hard to further optimize every aspect of our microscope to create the D-Scope+. With this tool we now offer not only the best, but also the most innovative diamond analysis experience on the market”, said Michel Janssens, CEO of HRD Antwerp.
Trade-focused VicenzaOro Dubai has merged with consumer-friendly Dubai International Jewellery Week to create the region’s only B2B and B2C jewelry event, reports Professional Jeweller. The VOD Dubai International Jewellery Show, as the event will be called, is to take place November 15-18 2017 at the Dubai World Trade Centre. The intention is to bring together entire the global jewelry industry chain - from international trade organizations and chambers of commerce, to wholesalers, manufacturers, traders, retailers and end consumers.
According to the Diamond Empowerment Fund their new millennial oriented campaign ‘Diamonds do Good’ had reached three million consumers within their target group. The strategy to spread the word on the campaign includes a revamped website, a targeted media plan which is shared on Hulu, Pandora and YouTube, and an online influencer strategy. DEF said the message of ‘Diamonds Do Good’ is resonating with consumers.
The first edition of CARAT+, the new diamond and diamond-jewelry exclusive trade show in Antwerp, concluded its final day of trading on a positive note, the organizers announce. Official data indicates that over the three-day period, CARAT+ recorded 2,927 visitors from 29 different countries; they were welcomed by 116 exhibitors from 14 countries. The organizers have already set a date for the second edition: 6 + 7 + 8 May 2018.
"The organizers of Baselworld, the world’s largest watch and jewelry fair, have recognized that it is in a state of decline," writes Anthony DeMarco for Forbes. "At a time when the fair has reached the milestone of 100 years, fair organizers announced that they are reducing the 2018 edition by two days and cutting prices for exhibitors, following several years of exhibitor and attendance declines." The organization announced in a press release that visitor figures were down 4% to 106,000 buyers.
Organizers of the CARAT+ "Diamond Event" trade show to be held in Antwerp from May 7 - 9 have announced an agreement with "Bond Girl" Caterina Murino (Casino Royale, 2006) to be a guest of honor, and has announced an exclusive media partnership with The Rapaport Group. Murino, playing the sultry Solange Dimitrios, became the 71st member of one of the most celebrated and exclusive clubs in movie history, known as "the Bond Girls".
The fourth Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show (28 February-4 March) and the 34th Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (2-6 March) featured about 4,480 exhibitors, and attracted over 85,000 buyers from 144 countries and regions, up six percent over last year, according to organizer Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC). More than 33,000 buyers visited the Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show, while some 52,000 visitors attended the Jewellery Show. “Despite economic challenges, especially in the luxury goods market, the two shows attracted a record number of buyers.
As the Hong Kong Trade Fairs get under way, all eyes are on the Chinese retail market and their largest contingent of diamond consumers – the Millennials. Since 2015 luxury jewelers have noticed a growing demand for diamonds by Chinese millennials, aged 18 to 34, who are altering the perception that diamonds are only a symbol of love to be received when getting engaged, married or for an anniversary.
The Antwerp diamond industry is readying to send a large delegation to the Hong Kong International Diamond, Gem & Pearl Show next week, February 28 - March 4. The Antwerp Diamond Pavilion, organized by the Antwerp World Diamond Centre (AWDC), will host over 80 companies and occupy nearly 1,200 square meters of the Diamond Hall at the AsiaWorld-Expo. As an additional feature this year, exhibitors at the Antwerp Diamond Pavilion will have the opportunity to screen their diamond parcels using HRD Antwerp's
The diamond industry is changing, and the global environment in which we operate is changing too. There is a constant and inseparable interaction between the two. We must continue to evolve ... The diamond industry should change its traditional approach towards consumers. My proposed new approach towards current and future consumers is one based on openness and transparency. For most consumers, the diamond mining and manufacturing process is opaque.
The Timex Group Swiss Luxury Division - which manages the watch business for luxury fashion brands Salvatore Ferragamo, Versace, Versus and Nautica through licensing agreements - is the latest company to leave the Baselworld watch and jewelry show, writes Anthony DeMarco for Forbes. According to Paolo Marai, president and CEO of the division of the Timex Group, the money the company spends participating in Baselworld - $3 million - could be better spent elsewhere. “I think that Baselworld is a huge investment for everybody and is in my opinion losing some effectiveness,” he said.
The September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair drew 55,768 unique buyers from 147 countries and regions this year. "The attendance," writes Anthony Demarco for the Jewelry News Network, "which still ranks the annual event as the top fine jewelry trade fair in the world, is a 3.2 percent decline from the prior year." He notes that this is the second consecutive year that the fair saw a drop in attendance. In 2015, the fair attracted 57,616 unique visitors, which was again 2.5 percent drop from the year before.
With diamond traders heading home as the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair came to an end on Monday, most appeared to be relatively optimistic though cautious ahead of the approaching holiday sales season. Demand for diamonds in the Far East remains soft due to the economic slowdown in China and an ongoing drop in tourists arriving in Hong Kong, Rapaport News reports.
The Antwerp World Diamond Centre's "Diamond Pavilion" at the Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair starting September 13 will be replete with no less than 115 diamond trading companies, topping last year's numbers when the Antwerp diamond contingent was among the largest at the show. The Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair is beyond a doubt the most important appointment in the year for the worldwide diamond and jewelry industry.
The Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) of New York, and India's Gems & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC) held the fifth edition of the India Diamond Week on the DDC’s trading floor this week. The DDC said in a statement that 60 exhibitors and several hundred buyers took part. “We welcomed diamantaires from India to our trading floor in order to create new connections, build on existing relationships, and generate success for our industry,” said DDC President, Reuven Kaufman.
Diamond industry analyst Avi Krawitz presents his rundown of the India International Jewellery Show (IIJS) that took place last week in Mumbai. While noting that IIJS is currently a niche domestic show focusing on gold jewelry - which saw steady business, with jewelers expecting demand to rise along with gold's upward trend - Krawitz sensed optimism about the diamond market even though domestic diamond consumption has slowed recently. "India’s jewelry industry has some hurdles to climb before the diamond trade can grow domestic supply [and demand - DL].
The fourth edition of the Singapore Jewelry and Gem Fair will take place at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center from November 4-7. More than 200 exhibitors are expected to take part, while jewelers from Austria, Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Italy, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, USA and Singapore and elsewhere will attend. In 2015, the fair attracted around 10,000 buyers, with reported onsite sales of more than $16 million, Idex Online reported. Singapore is a significant high-end jewelry center.
The Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA) said its inaugural Thailand Gems & Jewelry Fair scheduled to be held from September 7 to 11 has been postponed to 2017 due to problems with securing the necessary space at the venue in the time required. In an official statement the organization said, “We had hoped to resolve the issue by now but unfortunately, despite our full efforts we regretfully were unable to [do so] within the necessary timeframe, despite our full readiness and preparations."
CARAT+, "the World’s Premier Diamond Event", has announced in a press release that it will host its trade event in the Antwerp Expo from 7 to 9 May 2017, writes IDEX Online.
One of the United States' major jewelry trade shows, the Smart Jewelry Show, will be postponed until 2018 due to venue scheduling conflicts. The annoucement reads: Due to an earlier than normal date pattern and venue scheduling conflicts, SmartWork Media has announced that the Smart Jewelry Show in Chicago scheduled for April 1-3 2017 will be postponed to 2018. SmartWork Media will announce future dates as soon as they become available.
According to the Diamond Loupe's sources on the ground, traffic at UBM's recent Hong Kong Jewellery and Gems Fair was low throughout the entire show.
Industry analyst Edahn Golan provides a rundown on last weekend's JCK show in Las Vegas, touching on traffic in the jewelry and diamond areas, the Diamond Producers Association's (DPA) marketing campaign, the hot topic of synthetic diamonds and ALROSA's strong presence in the desert. Particularly the high-end jewelers reported positive results, though much of the time the area was distinctly quiet.
Diamond industry analyst Ehud Arye Laniado reflects on uncertainties and lingering questions about the direction the diamond trade is taking in the wake of BaselWorld, and wonders whether it is even appropriate to sell loose diamonds at such a high-luxury show? We have selected a few choice comments: "Business [in the diamond section] was not good. This luxury-oriented show is not a good fit for small goods or even 1-2 carat items.
Over halfway through BaselWorld – still the number one appointment in the global luxury watch and high-end jewelry industry – the warm spring sun and blue skies of the first days in Basel have given way to a cool 6 C° and bland, grey skies. Much like the temperature, the mood has dropped significantly as well. Last year, after five years of consecutive growth, Swiss watch exports fell 3.3% globally, echoing the struggle the entire luxury segment has been experiencing for the past year and a half.
Diamond industry analyst Ehud Arye Laniado took the occasion of the international jewelry show in Hong Kong to ascertain the mood of the diamond market, specifically its reaction to the high levels of rough supply in early 2016 in light of demand for polished goods, and more specifically to guage the resulting profitablility.
More than 60 Indian exhibitors and several hundred buyers took part in the first day of the fourth India Diamond Week (IDW) being held this week on trading floor of the Diamond Dealers Club (DDC) in New York. The event is being held from January 18 to January 21. The trading event is one of several such inter-bourse shows held around the world, and is jointly organized by the DDC and India's Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion Council.
The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council in association with the Diamond Dealers Club of New York will hold the 4th India Diamond Week from January 18 to 21 at the DDC premises. Around 15 Indian diamond companies will be participating.
Press Release – The 7th Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair will open its doors on 31 January 2016, offering trade visitors the largest choice of cut loose diamonds ever. The Antwerp Diamond Trade Fair has been firmly established on the international trade fair calendar since 2010. It is a full-fledged diamond fair – the flagship of three of Antwerp’s diamond bourses. Seven years ago, a few of the younger Antwerp diamond dealers launched an innovative concept: a ‘niche’ fair, dedicated solely to loose polished diamonds.