A GEM OF AN AFFAIR
Insider tips on what to look out for at the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2018
Butterfly ring in jade and diamond, ON CHEONG
Guests and exhibitors at last year’s fair
For the past five years, some of jewellery’s fine talents and brands have been showcasing their one-of-a-kind creations, vintage finds, and collections in Singapore. Regarded as one of the most important events in the jewellery calendar in Asia, the Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair (SJGF), which is now into its sixth edition and runs from 26 to 29 October 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands, always has plenty of exciting new offerings
One of many educational seminars at last year’s fair
A scene from a Gem Jamming seminar last year
Debuting new lines, brands from 20 countries, including Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Thailand, and the USA, have curated bejewelled creations ready to be presented at the fair; while diamond and gem dealers have collected rare stones to woo private buyers and retailers alike.
Diamond ring, INFINITI JEWELS
Art Deco diamond double-clip brooch by Mauboussin, P&J
Among the brands that have garnered a devoted fan base and are a quintessential draw at the SJGF are Foundation Jewellers (Singapore), Devji & Co (Bahrain), Staron Jewels (Singapore), Vihari Jewels (Singapore), Yoel Deil Diamonds (Israel), JP Hanna (Thailand), On Cheong (Singapore), P&J (Hong Kong), Infiniti Jewels (Singapore), Morcha (USA), T.P.C Co (Japan), Naing Family Mogok Gems & Jewellery (Myanmar), Ambrella Designs (Poland), Pawan&Co (India), and Sok Long Jewelry (Cambodia).
Diamond ring with a 1.49ct fancy orangy pink diamond, YOEL DEIL DIAMONDS
Model wearing gold bangles from DEVJI & CO
Singapore-based On Cheong is no stranger to the SJGF, and this year the heritage brand is playing on its signature passion for nature-inspired jade palettes and colour contrasts. On Cheong flutters into autumn with pieces featuring swans, birds, fishes, and butterflies set with jade and diamonds, and often punctuated by coloured gems. Family-run brand P&J specialises in fine natural jadeite and unheated coloured gems, rare minerals, and vintage jewels. In the spotlight is one of their precious finds — an art deco double-clip brooch crafted by noted French jeweller Mauboussin.
Diamond ring in 18K white gold, VIHARI
La Papillion earrings, SARA TASEER FINE JEWELLERY
Israeli brand Yoel Deil Diamonds brings an assortment of fancy coloured diamond rings to pine for. Pastel hues of diamonds vary from blush pinks and fancy intense greens to orangey pinks and fancy yellows in single and double halo settings, floral bursts as well as hero pieces.
Peranakan ring, FOUNDATION JEWELLERS
Newcomers at the fair are Exclusive Jewellery (Hong Kong), Glajz-THG, Crystal Creations, Sara Taseer Fine Jewellery (Singapore), 5P World (Singapore), and Cadeaux Ginkgo (Switzerland). Sara Taseer will unveil a fierce dragon on a rose gold bangle, embellished with diamonds, fancy sapphires and rubies, and a pair of butterfly earrings from its Le Papillion collection.
The overarching theme this year is design. Celebrating creativity through the debut of the Designers Atelier Pavilion, the fair aims to showcase jewellery craftsmanship from designers in the region. Sessions such as Jewel Talk Seminars and Gem Jamming offer visitors an opportunity to learn more about design and its process. Meanwhile, the Singapore Jewellery Design Award, organised by the Singapore Jewellers Association, which recognises and encourages up-and-coming designers across the globe, will have talents vying for the top honours with innovative design creations. But if you’ve always wanted to design a piece of jewellery yourself, you can also do so at the Design-Your-Ring Competition, which will be held in partnership with the Jewellery Design and Management International School.
The Gem Museum, on the other hand, enables you to strengthen your passion for gemmology. The pop-up museum offers a variety of educational events and programmes that delve into the journey of a gemstone, tracing it all the way from the mines to the market.
The Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair will run from October 26 to 29, 2018 at the Marina Bay Sands. For more information, visit www.singaporejewellerygemfair.com.