Thursday, March 2, 2017

PART 1---THE 59th BANGKOK GEMS AND JEWELRY FAIR 2017 WAS A STUNNING SUCCESS, GEARING UP FOR THE HISTORIC 60th ANNIVERSARY IN OCTOBER.

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 THE  59th BANGKOK GEMS AND JEWELRY FAIR 
 SE ASIA'S BEST AND BIGGEST
ROYAAL STONES IS A MAJOR EXHIBITOR AND OFFERS THE BEST PRICES AFTER COMPARING WITH THE REST AND OWNER SHRIBALABH RAWAT IS ALWAYS JOLLY AND FRIENDLY LIKE HIS DAUGHTERS VRINDA AND DASHNA AND SON SAGAR. SOME JEWELLERS CAN BE SNOOTY BUT ROYAAL STONES IS ALWAYS WELCOMING AND ACCOMMODATING AND THERE IS ROOM FOR BARGAINING 
 LOVE THIS EMERALD NECKLACE BY ROYAAL STONES
VIP KHUNYINGS WITH DATO KEE HUA CHEE WHOSE MASSIVE DRAGON WAS THE BIGGEST AND HEAVIEST NECKLACE AT THE FAIR
 SAPPHIRE BLING FROM ROYAAL STONES. BELOW ARE MY FAVORITES FROM ROYAAL STONES WHOSE OWNER ADDED EXTRA 'A' TO 'ROYAL' FOR FENG SHUI REASONS!






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With 800 companies taking  up 2,500 booths spread over 60,000 sq metres, Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair is not meant for high heels! Unless you intend to stand/sit in one spot all day, a pair of walking shoes is a must! 

Of the 30,000 visitors, 35% are foreign with over one third from India alone. Malaysia is nowhere in the top ten countries of overseas visitors so I was a very sad minority!

Gems featured only 27% while diamonds ocupy 32% with 26% devoted to gold jewellery and 36% to silver jewellery. 

Of special note was the Design Zone devoted to Thailand's up and coming designers who are young and exciting with unusual products including bling embellished with Thai silk, 3D prints and bone.

Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair is Se Asia's biggest and best as Thailand is the world's 10th largest producer/exporter of jewels. Unlike Malaysia, Singapore and Philippines, Thailand has a long history of jewellery making for the royal court. Thailand was already an established, rich and glittering nation in the 17th century when Malaysia and Singapore were in the doldrums and its inhabitants were living in wooden huts and mud houses.

In the 17th century, Thailand was SE Asia's great power, straddled between India and China. Thailand was the only country to send ambassadors to France under King Louis XIV the Sun King whose Versailles palace was considered the greatest and biggest and most lavish in the world.

The second ambassadorial expedition sent by King Narai the Great (1657-1688) which was lavishly received by King Louis XIV was a massive success which is recorded today when you visit Versailles!

The 3 envoys were led by Kosa Pan in 1686 caused a sensation in Versailles which later spread all over Europe. The Siam delegation arrived in June 1686 and were presented to King Louis XIV on 1 September 1686 in Versailles in the Hall of Mirrors. Mirrors back then were rare, difficult to make and very expensive so decking a long hall with mirrors was the last word in extravagance.

In turn, the Siamese delegation duly admired the magnificent mirrors and simply ordered 4,264 large mirrors to ship back to Thailand to decorate King Narai's palace! 

In addition, Kosa Pan presented 1,500 pieces of porcelain and assortment of jewels, textiles, shells, carpets and gold ornaments to the Sun King who reciprocated in turn. 

The Siamese delegation landed at Brest, France and its journey to Paris and later Versailles were recorded in all the journals. The costumes worn by the Thais are still entrenched in French historical records---the robe worn by the main envoy Kosa Pan was meant to impress the French and it did its job on an epic scale.

The Thai robe was laden with embroidery embellished with diamonds, pearls, colored gems plus rubies and sapphires mined in Thailand that it weighed over 15 kg and the ambassador had to be escorted by two servants to hold both arms and two more behind to lift the train!

The Sun King was similarly extravagantly dressed but his garments were eclipsed by the Siamese costumes.

By custom, envoys were not allowed to look at the face of the King of France but Louis XIV gave permission to the Siamese delegation to stare at his royal countenance so they could accurately describe his features and jewels to King Narai! A big honour!

it is often said Thailand caused the downfall of the French Revolution in 1789 a century later! How is this possible? Siam never interfered and obviously would not send its army to attack King Louis XVI who would be considered semi-divine by the Thais.

Among the gifts from King Narai were 2 silver cannons which were seized by the French revolutionaries to attack Bastille. It was this initial, small storming of the Bastille which held political prisoners that escalated into the French Revolution which overthrew the monarchy and led to the beheading of Queen Marie Antoinette and King Louis XVI! 

Today, Thai artistry and mastery of jewellery making is to be seen at the twice yearly Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair.

But these fairs only last 5 days so another venue is the Throne Hall in a western style huge palace which exhibits the incredible treasures and works of art made by Thai goldsmiths to honour the 60th anniversary of ascension to the throne in 2006. Thai jewellers and craftsmen started work in 2003 as some ornate works took 3 years to complete! 

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                     The 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair Dazzles 23,000 Global Buyers
Over 730 Leading Enterprises Showcase Finest Creations
                 
                The 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair (BGJF) was held at Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. Being staged under The Worlds Gems and Jewelry Destination concept, it reaffirmed its leading position as Asia-Pacific’s important platform of gems and jewelry sourcing by bringing together 730 leading enterprises from 18 countries to showcase latest innovations and finest gems and jewelry. 

The fair organizer, the Commerce Ministrys Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP), drew in more than 23,000 buyers and traders from around the world during the five show days, February 22-26, 2017 targeting over 17 billion baht in sales and purchase orders. 

BGJF also set a grand showcase to kick off a publicity campaign for World Ruby Forum 2017, an initiative project coming up later this year to promote Ruby, the King of Gems. 

Mrs. Apiradi Tantraporn, Minister of Commerce, disclosed during an official opening ceremony on Wednesday, 22 February 2017 at the Royal Jubilee Ballroom, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, that: “Thailands gems and jewelry industry is considered one of the countrys major industries. 

"As the Indigenous Globally Competitive industry, it is the lifeline of 15,800 entrepreneurs and over 900,000 workers.  To date, Thailand stands proud as the worlds Number 10 largest gems and jewelry exporting country. In 2016, the industry fetched more than 7 billion US dollars in export value; and for this year, it is expected to earn for the country some 7.32 billion US dollars, a 5% increase against that of the previous years."

She further added Through the Ministry of Commerce, the Government has been propelling the industry forward as well as accelerating competitiveness enhancement among the local enterprises. Recently, the Government issued a set of policy and roadmap to drive this industry towards the sustainable growth. 

"The Cabinet Resolution on January 17, 2017, on gems and jewelry product import, has stipulated duty exemption on 32 additional items of gems and jewelry in category 71, with result of zero tax, taking effect from January 28, 2017 onwards.
  
"In addition, the Cabinet also agreed on tax incentives and competitiveness enhancement measures where business owners can deduct from payable tax two times the cost of salary and wage. 

"Also, they are to be given access to low-interest loans for upgrades 
of product standard, machinery replacement, and public relations activities promoting tourist attractions in the country
s gems & jewelry trade communities.

The tax exemption scheme for the imports of gems and jewelry products is indeed a piece of good news for our gems and jewelry industry. It is considered a huge trade advantage  helping to reduce production cost, supporting innovative product development, and improving Thai entrepreneurs overall competitiveness. 

"The tax exemption scheme is expected to help alleviate the intensity of trade obstacles and help support Thailand in its effort to firmly establish as the worlds jewelry hub.  And the Department of International Trade Promotion together with The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) have already been entrusted to implement the jewelry hub plan, reiterated Mrs Apiradi.

Thailand is now ranked world’s number 10 largest gems and jewelry exporter and one of the world’s leading exporters of silver jewelry and gemstones. Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair is set as an effective marketing tool for exhibitors seeking to expand exports or build business network with importers from around the world.

More importantly, it is the center stage for potential Thai SMEs as well as competitive designers to showcase their creativity and innovative designs to international audiences.

Mrs. Malee Choklumlerd, Director General of DITP, meanwhile revealed that with the concept of The Worlds Gems and Jewelry Destination, BGJF has proudly strengthened Thailands position as the worlds gems and jewelry hub.  

The 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair brings many companies from throughout Thailand and the world, namely, Hong Kong, Singapore, Turkey, Poland, and Japan to showcase the vast array of gems and jewelry as well as related products booths. The fair is expected to generate some 17 billion baht in revenue.”

            The five-day trade show also provided update on global market trends and knowledge through a series of insightful seminars. Among exciting activities are the Gem ID Rendezvous being organized by the DITP in collaboration with the Gems and Jewelry Institute of 

Thailand (GIT) and Asian Institute of Gemological Sciences (AIGS); Ruby Contest in quest of the most beautiful Thai rubies to put on display, and the Ruby Heart of Love, a charity fund-raising  to benefit Thai Medical Device Development Foundation (TMDD) Under Royal Patronage of King Rama IX – both aiming to create greater awareness on World Ruby Forum 2017 scheduled later this year.  Others include Trends of Gems & Jewelry 2017 seminar, the Export Clinic led by Counsellor Commercial from 58 cities, the Discovery Gemmiferous Nations, and many more
 
           The five-day trade show does not only provide global market trends, but also put spotlight on emerging market sectors across the globe through The Showcases featuring jewelry for senior citizen in 60+’, jewelry for wedding in The Moment, jewelry for men in 
Metro Men, jewelry for opulence and horoscope in Spiritual Power, art and craft jewelry in Culture Club, and jewelry for pet in Pet Parade’ zone.

The 59th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair took place from February 22-26, 2017 at the Challenger Hall 1-3, IMPACT Muang Thong Thani. Trade visitors were welcome on February 22-24, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. And the fair was open for general public on February 25, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on February 26, 2017 from 10 a.m. to
5 p
.m. 

Visit www.bkkgems.com for more information, or dial DITP Call Center 1169.



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CUSTOM MADE
LAVISH 
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FEMININE BEAUTY


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PRETTY
FENG SHUI POWER JEWELS
MY TASTE EXACTLY
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FENG SHUI JEWEL SHAPED AS FAN TO FAN IN GOOD VIBES
MY TASTE EXACTLY
THE NECKLACE CONTAINS ELEPHANT TAIL!
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WOW
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THAI SILK AND FEATHER RING BY SUPATCHANA LIMWONGSE OF ORNAMENTS & L'OR
FENG SHUI BLING
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CUTEST
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THE EXPENSIVE VERSION MADE OF SOLID GOLD AND BIGGER DIAMONDS STARTS FROM RM 900,000
WHEN YOUR PUSSYCAT GOES TO HEAVEN YOU CAN ADJUST IT TO WEAR AROUND YOUR NECK
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METAL BOWTIE
GORGEOUS AND UNIQUE
THIS GOLD BOWTIE IS A TALKING POINT 
UNIQUE COLLAR CUFFS
PYM IS NAME OF OWNER AND NOT ASSOCIATED WITH ANY PIMP!
PYM BLING ARE 3 DIMENSIONAL AND REALLY CUTE AND CHARMING
cute AND WHIMSICAL
CUTEST TEDDY BEAR TEA PARTY
MOST INTERESTING SECTION
LOOKS LIKE FEATHERS BUT ARE OF THAI SILK
MY FAVORITE BY SUPATCHANA LIMWONGSE
BANGLE BY ORNAMENTS & L'OR BY SUPATCHANA LIMWONGSE
COOL TIE PINS BY ORNAMENTS & L'OR
METALLIC HANDBAG
THAILAND IS FULL OF TALENT!
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INDUSTRIAL CHIC
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IF YOU DON'T HAVE A PET BLACK PANTHER, A BIG ROTTWEILER WILL DO, OR ELSE YOU MUST HAVE A BIG THICK NECK
LAPEL PIN!
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STAG PARTY READY
MOTHMAN
GOLD BOW TIE BY PYM JEWELLERS
SUPATCHANA LIMWONGSE WEARS HER UNUSUAL AND UNIQUE NECKLACE, BANGLE AND RING OF THAI SILK AND FEATHERS
BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCK TOGETHER
SILKEN DREAMS TO WEAR BY SUPATCHANA LIMWONGSE
LOVELY AND DELICATE BY SUPATCHANA LIMWONGSE OF ORNAMENTS & L'OR, ONE OF THAILAND'S MOST PROMISING AND TALENTED DESIGNERS
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PRICEY
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PERFECT MATCH
GEMS GALLERY 
BEWITCHING
GET TWO TO MATCH
EXQUISITELY MISMATCHED
ORCHID
TANZANITE DREAMS
SO BIG YOU CAN SEE YOURSELF!
REFLECTIONS
BIG EMERALDS
WITH FLASH

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