Largest fine jewellery event sees growing interest in antique jewellery in Asia
SINGAPORE, Sept. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire – From 12 to 15 October, the inaugural Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair will display more than US$100 million (S$120 million) worth of fine antique pieces at its Antique Pavilion, the first such showcase in Singapore.
The premier four-day Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is aimed at high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs) and trade buyers from the region. The antique pavilion will see over 10 reputable names in the industry, making it possible for visitors and buyers to get up close and personal with these rare beauties.
Among these antique jewellers are:
Located in London’s upmarket Bond Street, Moira has been a family jeweller for over 40 years. It carries an exceptional range of antique jewellery including 20th century signed originals from some of the finest design houses like Boucheron, Cartier, Marcus & Co, Tiffany and Van Cleef & Arpels as well as jewellery from the Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian eras.
- Period Jewels
It was formed to provide rare antique pieces of jewellery to customers at reasonable prices. Period Jewels scour the global to bring the finest and most interesting antique jewellery, diamonds and gems to its clients. It specialises in the purchase of jewellery from design houses like Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Harry Winston, Tiffany & Co, David Webb, Verdura and Buccelatti, including signed pieces from the Georgian period.
- Windsor Jewelers Inc
It is one of the leading estate and fine jewellery dealers in the United States, with a network of offices in New York, London and Nice, France. Founder Paul Lubetsky is well known for being the largest buyer of brand name jewellery, buying excess inventory of signed pieces from European companies like Bulgari, Marina B, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Chanel, Mauboussin, Chaumet and Boucheron. In the US, he has also purchased from companies like Gregg Ruth, Laura Munder, Seidengang and Craig Drake.
Paul Wan, Managing Director for UBM Asia Trade Fairs Pte Ltd, the organiser for Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair, said: “With antique jewellery fast becoming a buying trend in Asia, our Antique Pavilion will no doubt be a big draw at our event. Buyers appreciate the rarity of these antique jewellery, their beauty and sense of history and heritage. These buyers form an emotional connection with these unique pieces which often come with their own interesting stories.
“There are also savvy collectors who purchase antique jewellery for investment purposes with significant value appreciation over time. There are also those who buy antique jewellery, especially the finer pieces, with the intention of passing it down to their loved ones as family heirlooms to be loved and treasured for eternity.”
Some of these antique pieces date back more than a century, with the oldest being a Victorian diamond tiara circa 1850 and worth US$20 million (S$24 million). A much ‘younger’ piece is a 1981 Harry Winston 18 ct yellow gold emerald and diamond ring worth US$4 million (S$4.8 million).
The Antique pavilion is one of three special-themed marquees at the Fair. The Designer Atelier and Exquisite Pavilion – the other two special themed pavilions – are also home to opulent pieces such as 129.6ct emerald by Essex Global Trading Bijan & Co LLC from the United States. The stunning stone is set on a platinum necklace decorated by more emeralds and 105.34ct of diamonds.
The Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair has received resounding response from the industry. The Fair has confirmed more than 260 exhibitors from 27 countries, surpassing that of any jewellery event in Singapore. The final exhibitor count is likely to be higher as UBM has received many enquiries from potential exhibitors wanting to be a part of the inaugural fair.
About Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair
Organised by the leading exhibition organiser, UBM Asia, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is the largest fine jewellery event in Singapore. The fair will see more than 260 exhibitors from 27 countries, targeting the region’s fastest growing high-net-worth population. It is the only fair of its kind in Singapore to be backed by industry associations: the Singapore Jewellers Association and the Diamond Exchange of Singapore. Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is the sister event to the world’s largest jewellery event, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. Recognised as one of the top three trade events of its kind in Asia, the fair attracts more than 51,000 buyers and more than 3,500 exhibitors from around the world.
About UBM Asia (www.ubmasia.com)
Owned by UBM plc and listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is Asia’s leading exhibition organiser and the biggest commercial organiser in mainland China, India and Malaysia. Established with its headquarters in Hong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and over 1,200 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 19 market sectors with 160 exhibitions, 75 conferences, 28 trade publications, 18 vertical portals and virtual event services for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world.