Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce is anticipating that the International Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Festival 2019 will generate higher income for the gems and jewelry industry as an overwhelming number of Thai and international exhibitors and visitors have registered to attend the fair which will emphasize the potential of Chanthaburi province as the world’s “City of Gems”.
The Ministry of Commerce by the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) or GIT organized the opening ceremony of the International Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Festival 2019 on December 4, 2019. Advisor to the Minister of Commerce, Mr. Chawengsak Rengpaiboonwong presided over the ceremony and presented awards to the winners of “GIT’s 13th World Design Awards 2019”, “Gems Faceting Master Challenge 2019” and “Gem and Jewelry Research Proposal Competition”.
The International Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Festival 2019 is a stage for gems and jewelry entrepreneurs in Chanthaburi to showcase their quality gems and jewelry products to the consumers, who can purchase good quality products at a factory price as all products have been certified by GIT’s Buy With Confidence Program.
The GIT and its public and private partners are co-hosting the festival from December 4 to 8, 2019 in Chanthaburi province. Apart from trade activities, highlights at the event include the first-ever auction in Thailand for over 500 polished gemstones worth a total
Four special exhibitions are also held as follows:
- Jewelry Design Gallery displaying product prototypes under the GEMS TREASURE Project 2018-2019 and other works from 15 participating provinces.
- Smart Jewelers Exhibition showing products from selected artisans and entrepreneurs.
- Innovative Jewelry displaying innovative jewelry from GIT’s members.
- Innovative Lifestyle Jewelry displaying lifestyle jewelry and accessories for everyday use created by young designers and students of GIT’s Training Center.
“As the New Year festive season is right around the corner, I would like to present a gift to the people of Chanthaburi. Therefore, I have requested the GIT to create new color standards master of ruby, which consists of two colors: Rabbit’s Eye Red Ruby and Golden Red Ruby to benefit the ruby trade. Ruby is currently Thailand’s key export gemstone: in 2018, ruby export was worth 11,375 million baht and the nation is also recognized as the world’s third largest ruby exporter,” the Deputy Minister of Commerce said.
Mrs. Duangkamol Jiambutr, director of the GIT said that the GIT has created additional color standards master of ruby to facilitate Thailand’s trade of gems and jewelry products. For Thai colored gemstones trade, there are three popular colors of ruby: Golden Red, a color of rare Siamese ruby; Pigeon’s Blood, a color of ruby often found in Myanmar; and Rabbit’s Eye Red, which is highly popular among consumers in the European market.
“The name of the Rabbit’s Eye Red Ruby for the ruby with pink red color is inspired by the color of the eyes of rabbit, an animal that is a symbol of Chanthaburi province. Moreover, Chanthaburi is one of the world’s key hub for gemstones trade, especially for ruby, Thailand’s famous export gemstones,” Mrs. Jiambutr explained.
Furthermore, the GIT is organizing fun activities for visitors, for example, the Passport Challenge, where visitors who check in at three locations of the fair — Chanthaburi Gem and Jewelry Center, KP Jewelry Center, and the OTOP Lifestyle Shop at Gems Market — will receive a special souvenir from GIT; and Gem Tour which is free of charge and aimed at promoting tourism on the gems and jewelry production routes in Chanthaburi.
“To spice up the event for gems and jewelry enthusiasts, the GIT is also hosting a fashion show and a beauty contest under the theme of fancy masks by Thai exhibitors on December 5, 2019,” Mrs. Jiambutr added.
Apart from these exciting activities, the GIT announced that it has formed a collaboration with the University of Siena in Italy to conduct training programs on jewelry design and production for Thai entrepreneurs, with further plans to organize an exchange program for academics and students in the future.
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