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Prestigious Showcase for the World's Jewellery.

HONG KONG Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov. , June 20 /PRNewswire/ --

- Asia's biggest mid-year jewellery fair opened 19 June

Asia's biggest international mid-year jewellery fair, the June Hong Kong Jewellery & Watch Fair, opens today with a record of 1,290 exhibitors from 33 countries and regions. The four-day event, now celebrating its 21st edition, continues through 22 June at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Coordinates:

The Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (Traditional Chinese:
 (HKCEC HKCEC Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center ). This year's fair has expanded to more than 40,000 square metres with more than 2,300 booths, and continues to provide international jewellery buyers with a wider range of choices in a single venue.

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 the economic growth in some Asian countries such as China and India. This facilitates the healthy growth of the June Fair, placing it among the world's top 10 international jewellery fairs. First-time exhibitors this year include companies from France, Mexico and Sri Lanka Sri Lanka (srē läng`kə) [Sinhalese,=resplendent land], formerly Ceylon, ancient Taprobane, officially Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, island republic (2005 est. pop. . To cope with the overwhelming demand from exhibitors, this year's show is expanding to incorporate the Grand Hall of HKCEC, which will provide over 250 booths," Ms Celine Lau, Director of Jewellery Fairs, CMP CMP (cytidine monophosphate): see cytosine.

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 Asia Ltd, stated.

"CMP Asia is an experienced organiser of exhibitions with a proven track record of numerous successes. Clear market positioning and professional management is our consistent winning formula. June is the perfect timing for mid-year stock replenishing and the duty-free trade policy in Hong Kong has nurtured the healthy growth of the June Fair into the largest mid-year jewellery sourcing platform in Asia," Ms Lau added.

Global event with multiple attractions

Hong Kong has long been recognised as one of the most important sourcing capitals for the jewellery trade and it is the world's fourth largest exporter of precious jewellery. In 2007, the city's total exports of jewellery grew by 16.7% to over US$4.3 billion. The June Fair in particular attracts tens of thousands of jewellers to visit every year by offering a one-stop sourcing and informative business platform for international jewellery. Key features include:

Seminars -- monitoring the pulse of the market trends

Three seminars presented by industry specialists Gemological Institute of America The Gemological Institute of America, or GIA, is a non-profit institute dedicated to research and education in the field of gemology. The GIA is also well known for its gem identification and grading services, and developed the famous "four Cs" (Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat  (GIA Noun 1. GIA - a terrorist organization of Islamic extremists whose violent activities began in 1992; aims to overthrow the secular Algerian regime and replace it with an Islamic state; "the GIA has embarked on a terrorist campaign of civilian massacres" ) and the Gemmological Association of Hong Kong (GAHK) will give food for thought on the latest market intelligence.

    Dates           Topic(s)
    20 Jun          "Jewellery domestic sale policy for Guangzhou, China"
                    organised by Bureau of Foreign Trade and Economic
                    Cooperation of Guangzhou Municipality
    21 Jun          "Microworld of Jade" organised by GIA
    21 Jun          "Jewellery Appraisal in the Antique Market -- a Brief
                    Evaluation Criteria of Antique Jewellery" and "Ruby &
                    Sapphire -- Buying Tips" organised by GAHK

Pearl Auctions -- rendezvous for quality pearls

The Fair is held in conjunction with two well-known pearl auctions: the Paspaley Pearl and Robert Wan Tahiti Perles auctions.

    Dates           Pearl Auctions
    16 - 18 Jun     39th Paspaley Pearl Auction*
    19 - 20 Jun     40th Robert Wan Tahiti Perles Auction*

    * Remarks: By invitation only

Specialty pavilions -- a place for everything

With numerous choices, this great international event showcases everything in a clearly classified manner. Present again are the themed pavilions and group pavilions to assist visitors in their sourcing with clear classification. Special highlights include:

    Diamond Pavilion -- This year, the Diamond Pavilion has moved to the
                        Grand Hall, accommodating over 120 diamond companies
                        with over 250 booths, showcasing wondrous collections
                        of sparkling diamonds and diamond jewellery under one

    Jadeite Gallery --  With a hard-earned reputation for style and
                        craftsmanship in jadeite products, Hong Kong has long
                        been recognised as a major centre for the production
                        of jade jewellery. The Jadeite Gallery will once
                        again showcase an array of exquisite jadeite products
                        of excellent quality in Hall 3.

Other themed pavilions include: fine jewellery; pearls; gemstones; silver jewellery; and packaging and technology.

For the first time, exhibitors from Singapore have put together a group pavilion. Other group pavilions include: Antwerp, Mainland China, Italy, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and United States, highlighting the importance of the Fair to the international jewellery industry.

Lucky Draw -- winning free hotel stay

Visitors to the Fair will have a chance of winning free hotel accommodation for 5 nights during the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Watch Fair, one of the world's top three jewellery fairs, to be held from 15 to 21 September 2008.

Two Fairs -- Double sourcing experience

The June Hong Kong Jewellery & Watch Fair is held concurrently with Asia's Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Fair -- June (AFJ AFJ - April Fool's Joke ). AFJ is the only international trade event dedicated to the fashion jewellery and accessories industry in Asia, and will be held at AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE). Buyers attending the June Fair can enjoy free access to AFJ, giving them the opportunity to attend two prestigious fairs in one visit.

    Opening Dates & Hours
    Dates                  Opening Hours
    19-21 June 2008        10:30am - 6:30pm
    22 June 2008           10:30am - 5:30pm

    -- The Gemmological Association of Hong Kong
    -- Gemological Institute of America (Hong Kong)
    -- Hong Kong Gold & Silver Ornament Workers & Merchants General Union
    -- The Kowloon Pearls, Precious Stones, Jade, Gold and Silver Ornament
       Merchants Association

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Fair details: Sales Department of CMP Asia Ltd, +852-2516-1677 or +852-2585-6179, Fax: +852-2511-6211 or +852-2802-9934,; media enquiries: Marketing Communications Department of CMP Asia Ltd, +852-2516-1649, Fax: +852-2511-6113,
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