Bangkok Gems Jewelry Fair – September 2015

The 56th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) welcomed gems and jewelry traders from around the world at its September show. Despite a global economic slowdown, and the recent bombing in Bangkok, visitors to the show were not deterred.

Organized by the Thai Gem and Jewelry Traders Association (TGJTA), the BGJF is promoted as a launch pad for Thailand as the newly dubbed, “AEC gem and jewelry capital.” 

 

 

H.E. General Prayuth Chanocha, Prime Minister of Thailand, presided over the opening ceremony, which was also attended by Apiradi Tantraporn, Minister of Commerce and Nuntawan Sakuntanaga, Director General of the Department of International Trade Promotion. 

Somchai Phornchindarak, who is president of the Gems, Jewelry and Precious Metal

Confederation of Thailand (GJPCT) as well as the TGJTA, led the executive members of the BGJF organizing committee in welcoming all participants, representatives of the government and private sector leaders to celebrate the opening of the show.

The opening ceremony featured a lavish performance with a contemporary version of classic Thai dance, exquisite costumes and displays of the country’s rich culture. Regular visitors to the show know that the fashion show is the highlight of the ceremony where the country’s top models dazzle onlookers in flowing gowns and are adorned with exquisite suites of the finest jewelry found anywhere in the world.

Thailand has made its name as a cutting center for gemstones and diamonds as well as a jewelry design and manufacturing center. While some cutting facilities and manufacturing have moved to other parts of Asia over the years, Thailand remains at the top of the global industry in terms of precision and quality.

The BGJF has many features and highlights that draw international buyers, including Zero VAT for gemstones and a Duty Free zone for jewelry products that normally command a 20% fee upon entering the Kingdom.

One of the busiest areas at the show was the Zero VAT pavilion where gemstone suppliers, mostly from Africa, displayed a wide array of rough colored gemstones of all varieties.

A special Design Pavilion housed an exhibition under the patronage ofH.R.H

Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, celebrating her 60th birthday, as well as her award for Creative Excellence from the World Intellectual Property Organization

(WIPO). Jewels by local designers were on display in the exclusive pavilion throughout the show.

The BGJF holds seminars during the show that feature well-known local and international speakers. One of the most well attended programs was held by GJPCT in conjunction with GIT, the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand.

A highlight of the upcoming 57th BGJF will be the new theme, “Thailand: The World’s Ruby Capital.” The TGJTA aims to draw buyers to the fair as they showcase the finest rubies and ruby jewelry in the world. Mark you calendars for February 24-28, 2016.