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JGW, the world’s largest jewellery fair, taps Singapore as venue for 2022
Progressive lifting of travel curbs in Lion City prompts Jewellery & Gem WORLD’s temporary move from Hong Kong this year

Jewellery & Gem WORLD (JGW) is temporarily relocating from Hong Kong to Singapore this September to stage Asia’s biggest and most significant B2B sourcing fair of the year – JGW Singapore. This bold and strategic move aims to make the show venue more accessible to international suppliers and buyers clamouring for the in-person show experience.

The venue change is a one-off special arrangement applicable only in 2022, show organiser, Informa Markets Jewellery, announced today. JGW Singapore will be held from 27 to 30 September at Singapore EXPO.

“The last two years have been extremely challenging for everybody, and we, as an industry, have been doing our utmost to not only keep businesses running, but moving forward,” said David Bondi, Senior Vice President of Informa Markets in Asia. “Industry stakeholders overwhelmingly told us they wanted safe and secure physical fairs that they could participate in, and Informa Markets delivered by successfully hosting enhanced large-scale in-person events in the US, Europe, Middle East and Asia in the last several months, with many more firmly scheduled for 2022 and beyond.

“More recently, we launched Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai (JGT Dubai), the jewellery industry’s first international in-person B2B fair of the year and the sector’s newest premier sourcing destination. The inaugural edition drew buyers from 100 countries and regions, demonstrating the trade’s real need for face-to-face interactions.”

These physical shows did not only jumpstart the business events industry since the pandemic took hold; they also serve as bellwethers for the sector. “We are confident JGW Singapore will accomplish just that – spark authentic business connections and help drive our industry recovery,” said Bondi.

Placing safety and business rebuilding at the heart of its event planning, the Group’s jewellery vertical – Informa Markets Jewellery – identified Singapore as the ideal host for its flagship show in 2022. The city-state plans to steadily ease travel and social restrictions once the current Covid wave of infections reaches its peak, providing international exhibitors and buyers a viable venue where they can do business face to face, and offering greater flexibility to those who are unable to fly to Hong Kong due to current border restrictions and self-isolation requirements.

“Even against the background of a pandemic, Singapore has the capacity to securely and efficiently host the world’s most iconic jewellery show,” said Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs at Informa Markets Jewellery.

The ultimate B2B jewellery marketplace, JGW matters now more than ever for a community that thrives on powerful connections, discovery and creativity, Lau continued.

“Suppliers who are serious about business will be at JGW Singapore, and we are confident that global buyers in decision-making roles will make the trip to the city-state to join us on the show floor,” she said.

Special-edition Hong Kong fairs

Complementing the Singapore wholesale buying event are special editions of Informa Markets Jewellery’s signature Jewellery & Gem fairs in Hong Kong in June and September.

Scheduled for 16 to 19 June, Jewellery & Gem ASIA Hong Kong (JGA – Special Edition) is uniquely positioned in the mid-year buying calendar with exhibitors ready to supply merchandise for immediate delivery within the second half of the year. Jewellery & Gem WORLD Hong Kong (JGW – Special Edition), set for 16 to 19 September, is likewise primed to build on the momentum sparked by the June show. The fair features a broad selection of loose gemstones and finished jewellery for buyers who want to capture the best possible exclusive show deals for the end-of-the-year selling season and beyond.

Both open to B2B buyers and jewellery lovers, the special-edition fairs are also expected to draw China-based visitors once cross-border travel restrictions are lifted. To extend the content and energy of both events beyond the show floor, digital elements, such as livestreaming sessions targeting Greater China and international audiences, will be incorporated into their programming.

“As the longstanding home base of the most important jewellery fair in the world, Hong Kong is almost always mentioned in the same breath as JGW. In fact, it has become an annual tradition for thousands of suppliers and buyers to travel to Hong Kong every September,” Lau said. “Our community can rest assured that Hong Kong will be ready to deliver the full JGW experience in 2023 when conditions allow for safe and responsible in-person interactions, and international travel restrictions are lifted.”

In addition to JGW Singapore and the special-edition Hong Kong fairs, Informa Markets Jewellery will launch Jewellery & Gem ASEAN Bangkok (JGAB) from 2 to 5 November. JGAB is a B2B cash-and-carry event especially focused on Southeast Asia-based buyers who need to restock instantly for the vital Christmas and New Year selling season.

Informa Markets Jewellery’s 2022 agenda also includes 10 physical events in eight cities and five theme-based digital experiences.

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