Vicenzaoro Winter is widely regarded as the first international
fair of the year in the world calendar of the gems and jewellery
industry. This year, Vicenzaoro Winter runs January 18th-23nd, and
the results of this fair will be an important indicator of what
might by expected for the gems and Jewellery industry in the year
The Gem and Jewellery Export Promotion
Council of India will be organising the 7th Edition of Signature
2014 Mumbai from 21-24 February 2014. Signature is india's top-of-the-line
modern concept jewellery show, showcasing the best and most innovative
jewellery collections by India's leading manufacturers.
The Objective of the Signature Show is
to bring together top-end manufacturers, senior members of india's
retail trade with domestic visitors expected from all over India
and International visitors from more than 55 countries.
The 53rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF)
is scheduled to be held February 25th - March 1st 2014, but the
the situation in Bangkok is less than certain. As this edition of
Bangkok Gems & Jewellery goes to press, there are less than
40 days until the BGJF opens, and current events in the city of
Bangkok are causing some concern among fairgoers, exhibitors and
visitors alike. A series of ongoing street protests and matches,
politial in nature, have been disrupting street traffic in various
parts of the city. In should be emphasized that these protests have
been peaseful and orderly.
The BGJF organizing committee is making an extra
effort to reach out to fairgoers, particularly exhibitors and visitors
from aboards, to clarify the situation as regard to the February
Firstly, the protests have been limited to a
small number of street intersections in downtown Bangkok, and to
a few government office sites, with occasional marches along some
streets. Secondly, the protests have been organized and peaceful.
Thirdly and most important, the government has ordered police to
be vigilant but non-aggressive toward protesters. Consequently there
has been no mass violence, nor damage to public or private properly.
Most people who are familar with Thailand over
the past decade will know that news reports by the international
media make it look like the entire country is blanketed by Chaos.
In reality, that is not true. Everyday life and business go on normally
in Bangkok, as if there is no protests at all. The actual protest
activity is very localized. At worst, road traffic is distrupted
or diverted, little worse than normal city traffic jams.
Regarding the 53rd Bangkok Gems & Jewelry
Fair, the Organizing Committee would like to assure fairgrounds
that Bangkok is generally safe, and everything is currently normal.
As with every Bangkok Fair, security is paramount, and the BGJF
takes all precautions to safeguard exhibitors' and visitors' convenience
It is anticipated that Thailand will hold a
general election on February 2nd, and the political situation resolved
in the run-up to that election.
The BGJF Organizing Committee will issue warnings
immediately in case the situation does intensify. The Committee
will be doing everything possible to ensure a secure and safe Bangkok
Gems & Jewelry Fair in February.
Cover picture :
A Stunning kundan polki choker and earring set in 22k gold with
carved emeralds and pearl drops, from The Mehndi & Sangeet Collection
of Entice, the fine jewellery brand by the century-old KGK Group
of India. Designed for the occasion of the grand Indian wedding,
the Entice Mehndi & Sangeet Collection embraces the the traditional
Indian Jewellery craft of Kundon - Mounting gemstones in gold foil
- together with polki, or traditional uncut diamonds.