Middle East Jewellery of the Year

The Middle East Jewellery of the Year Awards 2016 Winners Announced

Fifteen winners of the Middle East Jewellery of the Year Awards 2016 were announced in a glittering ceremony held under the patronage of His Excellency Zayed bin Rashid Alzayani, Bahrain Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Bahrain on Monday 21 November 2016.

The Awards were held for the 12th consecutive year in conjunction with the Jewellery Arabia exhibition taking place from 22 – 26 November 2016 at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

The ceremony was attended by more than 300 senior representatives from the jewellery and fine writing instrument industries and invited VIPs.

Initially conceived in 2005 by Arabian Watches & Jewellery Magazine to establish industry standards in the Middle East, the Awards serve to recognize and reward the best brand performers, whilst highlighting the importance of the Middle East luxury market. The Awards are also a reflection of industry trends and a barometer of industry and public sentiment.

A total of 260 pieces were nominated for the 2016 Awards. Winning Awards were judged by an independent 16 member committee comprising of veteran industry figures, designers and connoisseurs of jewellery and pens and public votes.

This year’s Award ceremony is sponsored by Tamkeen and Art Select.

The winners and details of the 2016 Awards categories are as follows:

Jewellery

Best Bespoke Jewellery – Van Cleef & Arpels
Best Colourful Jewellery – Fabergé
Best Diamond-Studded Necklace – Tiffany & Co
Best Eastern Design Jewellery Piece – Buccellati
Best Everyday Jewellery – Suzanne Kalan
Best Fashionable Jewellery – Messika
Best High End Jewellery Collection – Chopard
Best Pearl Jewellery – Yoko London
Best Red Carpet Jewellery Set – Chaumet
Best Theme Jewellery – Goldesign

Pens

Best Arts & Craftsmanship – Montegrappa
Best Diamond Pen Collection – Montblanc
Best Historical Icon – Tibaldi
Best Modern & Contemporary Collection – William Wagner
Best Theme Pen – Visconti

 

HH the Bahrain PM at Jewellery Arabia 2016

The 25th Edition of the Ultimate Jewellery & Watch Show in the Middle East Opens

Jewellery Arabia 2016, the Middle East’s premier jewellery and watch exhibition, will be officially inaugurated under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Bahrain Prince Khalifa bin Salman Al Khalifa at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre on Tuesday 22 November 2016. The 25th exhibition in this prestigious annual series runs until Saturday 26 November 2016.

The spectacular event brings together over 600 exhibitors from 30 countries for a dazzling 5-day gala of glitz and glamour. Spanning 21,000 square metres of exhibition space, a huge range of finished jewellery, luxury timepieces, precious stones, clocks, fine writing instruments, accessories and more from around the globe will go on sale.

World famous watch and jewellery houses will be making a return appearance at Jewellery Arabia 2016, including major brand names. Many of these high profile international exhibitors will use the event as a platform to introduce exclusive collections and limited edition pieces to the Middle East collectors’ market.

Complementing these iconic brands are 8 national groups from leading jewellery export countries. They include returning delegations of the finest retailers, designers and manufacturers from Hong Kong, India, Italy, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Collectively, these groups reflect the very best manufacturing capabilities, design expertise and gemological resources that their respective countries have to offer.

Joining international brands and national groups are a host of designers, retailers and manufacturers from all over the world, including a selection of Bahrain’s leading jewellers.

Show Highlights

Island Wedding Fashion Show & Exhibition

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) is taking part at Jewellery Arabia 2016 with a curated pavilion of wedding sector service providers and a high-end bridal fashion show.

BTEA’s participation is in line with its 2016-2018 strategy aimed at promoting Bahrain as a wedding destination, specifically targeting Saudi Arabia and India.

The Island Wedding Exhibition pavilion will feature 14 participants representing various five-star hotels and wedding planners.

The latest bridal trends and luxury accessory collections will come life on the catwalk from 23 to 25 November, from 7 pm to 9 pm. The Island Wedding Fashion Show will showcase exclusive collections of the finest wedding dresses produced by some of the biggest names in the fashion industry at a local, regional and international level. Participants include Tagreed Al Arryed and Zahraa Al Mousawi from Bahrain, Amina Al Jassim and Sherwin Darrel from Saudi Arabia, Nashmia Al Shoryaan from Kuwait, Fashion Dalinda from France, Vyacheslav Zaitsev from Russia, Saiid Kobeisy and Naja Saade from Lebanon and Cristina Edu from Romania.

Jewellery Education Seminars

To assist visitors with making informed buying choices at Jewellery Arabia 2016, the world’s foremost authority on gemology, the Gemmological Institute of America (GIA), will be offering complimentary seminars daily from 22 to 26 November.

Experienced GIA instructors will provide visitors with information on different facets of gems and jewellery. Topics include diamonds, coloured stones, pearls, how to read GIA grading reports and important tips when purchasing jewellery.

GIA are joined by one of the world’s most advanced laboratories accredited by The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO), The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), who are participating for the first time at Jewellery Arabia. GIT experts will offer onsite laboratory services, jewellery and gemstone consultancy, and an academic seminar on two of the most important gemstones on the market – rubies and sapphires. Entitled “Ruby and Sapphire from Mine to the Market,” the seminar takes place on 24 November in collaboration with the GCC Gold & Jewellery Association and the Royal Thai Embassy in Manama.

The 12th Middle East Jewellery of the Year Awards

For the 12th successive year, the Middle East Jewellery of the Year Awards will be held on the sidelines of the exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel on 21 November 2016.

Held under the patronage of His Excellency Zayed R. Alzayani, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism of the Kingdom of Bahrain, the event is hosted by MPP ME, publishers of the industry magazine title Arabian Watches and Jewellery (AWJ).

The Awards are the culmination of an online public voting system and the analysis of an elite committee comprised of watch, jewellery and pen experts and shall reward the best brand performers across a variety of categories.

Opening Hours & Admission

Jewellery Arabia 2016 is open free of charge to the public. The exhibition will open from 4 pm to 10 pm on 22 to 25 November, and from 12 pm to 10 pm on 26 November.

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Brands Compete in Middle East Jewellery of the Year Awards

More than 260 entries from jewellery houses and high-end writing instrument brands from around the world have been received for the coveted Middle East Jewellery of the Year Awards 2016 edition.

Arabian Watches and Jewellery magazine, the organisers of the region’s most reputed competition for fine art, jewellery and design have recently announced the closure of the online nominations for the 2016 edition of the event, which will culminate with a gala awards ceremony at Bahrain’s Ritz Carlton Hotel on 21 November under the patronage of His Excellency Zayed R. Alzayani, the Minister of Industry, Commerce and Tourism for the second year in a row.Initially conceived in 2006 as a pioneering concept initiated and implemented by Arabian Watches & Jewellery Magazine and PenME to establish industry standards in the region, the Awards serve to recognise and reward the best brand performers in their respective categories through a rigorously screened process monitored by independent and un-biased professionals.

The 2016 edition of the Awards will once again be held alongside the Jewellery Arabia exhibition in Bahrain, a regional meeting point for the international jewellery and watch community, which takes place from 22 to 26 November. This year’s Award ceremony is sponsored by Tamkeen and Art Select. The nominated award entries will be adjudicated by a 16-member committee comprising of independent veteran industry officials, observers, designers, aficionados and connoisseurs of jewellery and pens. The committee has been constituted by MPP-ME, Middle East representatives of Arabian Watches & Jewellery magazines.

“We are delighted that the Middle East Jewellery of the Year Awards is taking place alongside Jewellery Arabia 2016 once again. It draws the best and most representative talent from the industry, and over the years has become known as the ‘Industry Oscars’,” said Shaikh Mohamed bin Abdulla Al Khalifa, Chairman of Arabian Exhibition Management and organiser of Jewellery Arabia 2016.

“The Awards also serve as motivation and recognition of jewellery houses from around the world. This year’s edition will recognise excellence in design and conceptualisation in 15 different categories of jewellery and pens.” he added.

The award categories are:

Jewellery

  • Best High-End Jewellery Collection
  • Best Diamond Studded Necklace
  • Best Colourful Jewellery Set
  • Best Fashionable Jewellery
  • Best Eastern Design Jewellery Piece
  • Best Theme Jewellery
  • Best Bespoke Jewellery
  • Best Red Carpet Jewellery Set
  • Best Pearl Jewellery Piece
  • Best Everyday Jewellery

Pens and Fine Writing Instruments

  • Best Arts & Craftsmanship
  • Best Theme Pen
  • Best Modern & Contemporary
  • Best Diamond Pen Collection
  • Best Historical Icon

For further information visit middleeastjewelleryoftheyear.com

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Focus on Rubies & Sapphires at Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) Seminar

The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT) is participating for the first time at Jewellery Arabia with a team of experts offering onsite laboratory services, jewellery and gemstone consultancy, and an academic seminar on two of the most important gemstones on the market – rubies and sapphires.

GIT is a principal government institute under supervision of Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce providing gem and jewellery testing and certification services. It is one of the world’s most advanced laboratories accredited by The World Jewellery Confederation (CIBJO) and a member of International Colored Stone Association (ICA) and Laboratory Manual Harmonization Committee (LMHC).

During Jewellery Arabia 2016, GIT specialists will provide gem and jewellery testing and consultancy services to the public and will present “GIT’s Standard Color Master Sets.” Derived from more than 10 years of intensive studies and research, “GIT’s Standard Color Master Sets” are widely internationally accepted as the reference for gemstone colour grading standards.

In collaboration with the GCC Gold & Jewellery Association and the Royal Thai Embassy in Manama, an academic seminar entitled “Ruby and Sapphire from Mine to the Market” will be presented by Boontawee Sriprasert, GIT Deputy Director and gem and jewellery specialist, on November 24 from 4.30 pm to 6.30 pm during the exhibition. The seminar aims to disseminate useful information and insight acquired through GIT studies and research. Free to attend, the seminar is suitable for entrepreneurs in the gem and jewellery business, related government and private sectors, educational institutes and interested individuals.

To register for the GIT seminar or for further information please contact Chopetch Sansuk: schopetch@git.or.th or bd@git.or.th

Bahrain Toursim and Exhibitions Authority

Bahrain Tourism And Exhibitions Authority Wedding Pavilion & Bridal Fashion Show

The Bahrain Tourism and Exhibitions Authority (BTEA) is taking part at Jewellery Arabia 2016 from 22 to 26 November at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre with a curated pavilion of wedding sector service providers and a high-end bridal fashion show.

BTEA’s participation is in line with its 2016-2018 strategy aimed at promoting the Kingdom of Bahrain as a wedding destination, specifically targeting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Republic of India.

Commenting on the initiative, BTEA Advisor, Dr. Ali Follad said, “During the past few months we have collaborated with international specialists in order to launch a special pavilion during Jewellery Arabia. The exhibition is the ideal platform to attract our target market and promote the key benefits and wide variety of choices available in Bahrain in terms of overall hospitality and specifically the wedding sector.”

BTEA’s pavilion has been developed in cooperation with Valley Media International and other leading international experts. The main aim behind the participation is to promote the wide range of wedding services available in the Kingdom, along with the international luxury hotel chains and boutique offerings.

The pavilion will be located in Al Fanar Hall and will feature 14 participants representing various five-star hotels and wedding planners in order to deliver exceptional and integrated experiences for couples looking to host a wedding in Bahrain.

Among the other attractions during Jewellery Arabia, BTEA has coordinated their efforts with the most famous and high-end fashion houses to organise a fashion show over the course of three days from 23 to 25 November, from 7 pm to 9 pm. The fashion show will be attended by families only, and will showcase exclusive collections of the finest wedding dresses produced by some of the biggest names in the fashion industry at a local, regional and global level. Participants include Tagreed Al Arryed and Zahraa Al Mousawi from Bahrain, Amina Al Jassim and Sherwin Darrel from Saudi Arabia, Nashmia Al Shoryaan from Kuwait, Fashion Dalinda from France, Vyacheslav Zaitsev from Russia, Saiid Kobeisy and Naja Saade from Lebanon and Cristina Edu from Romania.

Jewellery Arabia 2016 sets a perfect platform to market the Kingdom of Bahrain as an ideal destination for weddings, as it is the most prominent jewellery exhibition in the region, and attracts thousands of visitors from different nationalities, covering a large area of 21,000 square meters and brings together more than 600 exhibitors from 30 different countries.

Hong Kong Pavilion

Best of Hong Kong Showcase

The Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA) is bringing a 47 strong group of Hong Kong’s leading jewellery companies to Jewellery Arabia 2016 from 22 to 26 November at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre.

HKJMA has been bringing groups to Jewellery Arabia since 1992 and views the exhibition as an important trade partner for the Middle East region. The pavilion is the most established national presence at the exhibition, and the second largest national pavilion after India.

The pavilion at the 25th edition of the exhibition will showcase the distinct jewellery making techniques of Hong Kong manufacturers and a unique fusion of Eastern and Western design influences.

“Jewellery Arabia is a very important gateway for Hong Kong jewellery manufacturers to enter the Middle East market,” said Kim Chan, a regular exhibitor from Akima Jewellery Limited.

“As the largest and most prestigious jewellery exhibition in the region, it has always been a major show for us. Jewellery Arabia increases brand awareness and opens our company to new markets. We are able to meet a wide range of customers from wholesalers to retail customers, from Bahrain and neighbouring countries such as Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Kuwait,” Chan continued.

The Hong Kong pavilion at Jewellery Arabia 2016 joins over 600 exhibitors from 30 countries.

Singapore-Pavilion

Singapore SMEs Target Gulf Buyers

A total of 9 Singaporean small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are set to participate within the Singapore pavilion at Jewellery Arabia 2016 from 22 – 26 November at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Led by the Singapore Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (ASME), the pavilion is returning for the fourth consecutive year.

“ASME is delighted to be participating at Jewellery Arabia as it celebrates its 25th edition. The association is pleased to see steady growth in the number of exhibitors, national pavilions and show size year on year, as well as an increasing number of participants returning to join the Singapore pavilion,” said ASME Vice President, International Relations, V S Kumar.

“SMEs are very inclined to be part of the exhibition because they witness for themselves how Jewellery Arabia is an excellent platform for them to network and explore the Gulf market. From feedback we received from last year’s edition, Singapore exhibitors were able to meet over 300 business contacts and buyers,” he continued.

First time exhibitors are excited about taking part in Jewellery Arabia. Saagar Mehta, Director of Diastar Pte Ltd, a first-time participating company at the trade show, commented, “I believe Jewellery Arabia is a great platform for our brand to generate valuable business leads and raise awareness of our fine jewellery in the Middle East. Our aim is to showcase our exclusive collection of natural fancy colour jewellery to the Bahrain market.”

Returning exhibitors are also strongly supportive. Zen Zeng, Director of Royalking Jewellery Pte Ltd, a returning participating company, said, “Jewellery Arabia has always been a key trade show for us. From past experience, we had the opportunity to meet many new and existing clients to strengthen our business core. We will definitely continue to participate in future editions of the trade show under the Singapore pavilion.”

Highlighting the same sentiments, Anita Yip, Business Development Executive of Taka Jewellery Pte Ltd, a returning participating company, said, “Apart from regular customers at the event, we observed that there is a steady increase of new customers as well. We believe Jewellery Arabia is an excellent platform to boost Taka Jewellery’s brand awareness to the Middle East market, allowing us to showcase our curated jewellery designs at good prices.”

ASME is a champion of enterprise and strongly supports local SMEs in their efforts to internationalise. Shen Huizhen, ASME Manager, International Relations, said, “Jewellery Arabia is the best platform for Singapore’s jewellery manufacturers to reach out to clients in the Middle East, one of the fastest-growing economic regions. We hope to expand the Singapore pavilion further by bringing more Singapore SMEs to enter the jewellery market in the Middle East. We are fully confident that Jewellery Arabia will continue to increase in scale and attract more quality visitors.”

Indian Pavilion

India to Strengthen Jewellery & Gem Industry Trade Relations with 50 Strong Group

The Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), an apex body of India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is bringing a 50 strong group of leading companies from the Indian gem and jewellery industry to Jewellery Arabia 2016 from 22 – 26 November at the Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre. Occupying 750 square metres of space in hall 2, the pavilion will showcase exquisite local craftsmanship and a wide selection of high-end and fine diamond jewellery.

“The Middle East has emerged as a key leading market, accounting for $12.4 billion in 2015 (30%) of the total Indian gem and jewellery exports to the region. Indian manufacturers have an advantage as jewellery preferences and design sensibilities of the Middle East are very similar to that of India. Over the years there has been a substantial demand for Indian designed products. Jewellery Arabia gives us the perfect opportunity to further improve our trade with the region,” said GJEPC chairman Praveenshankar Pandya.

Participating for the 13th consecutive year, the India pavilion will feature high-end diamond jewellery, gold and platinum jewellery, fine jewellery, loose diamonds, studded gold jewellery, designer handmade jewellery, bridal jewellery and exclusive pieces. Catering to the tastes of the Middle East market, Indian participants will focus on jewellery with colour stones, sapphires, emeralds, rubies and solitaire diamonds. Diamond jewellery in palladium and platinum and in different settings will also be showcased.

“The Middle East has remained one of the key focus areas for India and we will continue to put our concerted efforts to increase gem and jewellery trade in this region,” added Praveenshankar Pandya.

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