All a-glitter

event August 31, 2017 01:00

By THE NATION

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Gold, diamonds, sapphires, and rubies are all set to mesmerise visitors to next week's Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair



THE 60TH edition of the Bangkok Gems and Jewellery Fair gets underway next week with this year’s highlight certain to be the showcase of jewellery designed by Her Royal Highness Princess Sirivannavari Nariratana.

The princess, who has gained worldwide recognition for her cutting-edge designs, will also be the guest of honour at the opening ceremony of the event, which runs from Wednesday through September 10 at Challenger Halls 1-3, Impact Muang Thong Thani.

Her jewellery line will form part of an exhibition that also features some 70 fashion designs from her Sirivannavari brand. They include items from her 2005 collection “Viva Victorian”, “Fly to Nouveau” (2006), “Harmonious” (2007), spring and summer 2015 and 2016 seasons as well as the latest pieces from the Sirivannavari and S’Homme Spring/Summer 2017 collections “Serenity”, which are inspired by a poem she wrote. 

The poem is a love story that starts on a sea journey and flows effortlessly through memories, romance and tragedy under the moonlight, shining stars and the limitless sky. The emotions are reflected through fluid and feminine silhouettes, tailoring techniques that underline an ultra-feminine touch and exquisite embroidery. Her Bijoux Collection draws on the same inspiration and features star necklaces, enamelled rings with the S logo, lapis adorned earrings with crescents, star ear cuffs and enamelled hand cuffs. The highlights are the stars tiara adorned with mother of pearls, the stars choker with chandelier golden chain metal and the pearl body chain featuring coral golden metal. 

To highlight its position as an international gems and jewellery fair, the fair’s organising committee has prepared activities and exhibitions to inspire new designers and expand business opportunities.

“Beyond Jewellery”, the theme of the lifestyle product category, has an exhibition of 60 exquisite rubies from the World Ruby Contest by the Gem and Jewellery Institute of Thailand (GIT), as well as seminars featuring gemmology experts and gem verification by the GIT and other leading organisations from around the world.

Commerce Minister Apiradi Tantraporn notes that the diamond-encrusted ruby set, which was presented by actress Ranee “Bella” Campen during the |press conference, was created by a Thai jewellery designer and took six years to make. 

“Thailand is the world’s 10th largest manufacturer and exporter of gems and jewellery. In the first six months of 2017, gems and jewellery exports generated some US$6.3 billion (Bt209.16 billion). The fair is an important event to promote Thailand’s gems and jewellery businesses, both big and small, and prove their potential to enter the international market,” he says.

Also making an appearance at the press conference was Prima Gold’s stunning jewellery,

“The pieces we are presenting today are inspired by the beauty of flowers,” Prima Gold’s owner Preeda Tiasuwan told XP, adding, “because women and flowers go hand in hand”.

Gold Traders Association President Jitti Tangsithpakdi, the owner of Jin Hua Heng, said he is pleased with the steady growth of the gems and jewellery market in Thailand. 

“The quality of Thailand’s gems and craftsmanship is very high. The press conference gives us the chance to present some of highlight pieces, some of our oldest, in the press conference. They were the first pieces Jin Hua Heng produced and include a 30-year-old gold vest, which is always popular in international road shows.”

The vest, which was made in 1994, took three expert craftsmen six months to create, painstakingly stringing small golden rings together. This method is similar to the craftsmanship during the Sukhothai period. It uses 96.5-per-cent pure gold and weights in 3.5 kilograms. 

 

 Find out more and register for the event at www.BKKGems.com or call DITP at 1169.