Leading companies recently got together to show off the potential of Thailand’s gemstones in the jewellery show, “The King of Gems”, which featured 17 collections worth more than Bt5 billion and was held as part of the World Ruby Forum 2017.
The glittering display was part of a gala dinner night hosted at the Shangri-La Hotel by the National Gem and Jewellery Research Institute’s Rachain Potjanasunthorn, Duangkamon Jiambutr and Suriyon Sriorathaikul with Commerce Minister Apiradee Tantraphorn as the guest of honour.
The dinner was attended by ruby disciples Nantawan Sakuntanak, Sumitra Kitkamjay, Jarin Sumanon, Suree Rattanahirunya, Rakchana Apikasemsan, Sean Gilbert, Henry Ho, Franky Fong, and Santpal Sinchawla, who all expressed their appreciation at the spectacular jewellery on show.
“This event celebrates the success of the World Ruby Business Forum 2017, which was held for the first time in Thailand. It has attracted experts and jewellers from all over the world to exchange insights on the ruby industry and to reinforce Thailand’s potential as a centre for jewellery by 2021,” said Suriyon.
The fashion show presented collections from nine brands, including The Amorous from Beauty Gems featuring a diamond necklace set in yellow gold and white gold adorned with a ruby weighing 353 carats. Also on display was the Ruby Hatta New World made from a ruby cut in a oval shape in a white gold setting surrounded by pearls and diamonds.
Eleven diamonds weighing 21 karats and rubies were the stars of Sukhadia’s necklace and earrings while Veerasak Gems showed a necklace, earrings and rings boasting rubies from Myanmar. Jacob displayed a colourful oval ruby with a variety of diamonds in a gold body fashioned into a necklace and worn with matching earrings.
PK Gems offered a gorgeous ruby ring with diamonds in pink gold. Sant Enterprise showed an emerald-cut ruby from Mozambique weighing 9.30 karats and Heng W. Princess Gems displayed a ring with a stone from Sri Lanka.
Guests also took part in auction of jewellery and rubies with the funds raising going the Safeguard Kids foundation. A Judith Leiber clutch went for Bt300,000, while a ruby ring from Sant Enterprise went to Dr Sudjai Chaiamnuey for Bt230,000.
For more information, check about www.WorldRubyForum.com.