Special Events

20 / 6 / 2024 (Thu)
2:30pm – 3:30pm

Sustainable Luxury:
Inspiring Case Studies in the Jewellery Industry

The Panellists

Guillermo Galvis
President, Colombian Emeralds
Exporters Association (ACODES)

A prominent figure in the coloured gemstone industry, Guillermo currently serves as president of the Colombian Emeralds Exporters Association (ACODES) and is a board member of Fedesmeraldas, CDTEC and the ICA (International Colored Gemstone Association). He is also the Chairman of the World Emerald Symposium and a leading actor in the development of standard and responsible sourcing for the gemstone Industry. Additionally, he spearheads various social and eco-sustainable initiatives in the emerald industry, particularly in the Boyacá region.

With expertise in logistics, Guillermo has established companies in Asia, gaining extensive experience in China and Latin America. His proficiency extends to international trade and e-commerce.

Mukesh Dholakiya
Director, H. K. Impex Pvt Ltd (Distributor of Hari Krishna Exports)

Mukesh began his illustrious career over 30 years ago at Hari Krishna Exports in Surat, laying the foundation for a lifetime commitment to the family legacy in the diamond industry. With a deep focus on the manufacturing and selling of natural diamonds, Mukesh expanded his horizons in 2001 by establishing H. K. Impex in Hong Kong, a wholesale distribution arm of Hari Krishna Exports specialising in natural diamonds. Under his leadership, the company now boasts a sprawling 4,500 square-foot office in Hung Hom and serves a vast market including all Asian countries, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

Mukesh’s dedication and entrepreneurial spirit have earned his team the prestigious “Manufacturer of the Year” (Diamond Cutting & Polishing) accolade at the 2015 JNA Awards, now known as the Jewellery World Awards (JWA).

This panel discussion shines a spotlight on the power of sustainable business practices in driving positive environmental and social outcomes, as well as fostering long-term business success within the jewellery and gemstone industry. The speakers will explore innovative approaches to responsible sourcing, eco-friendly manufacturing and impactful collaborations within and beyond the sector. This also serves as an introductory session for JGW’s Sustainability Heroes Panel series in September.

21 / 6 / 2024 (Fri)
2:30pm – 3:30pm

JGA Spotlight:
Meet the Future of Jewellery Design

The Panellists

Pinky Seung
Founder, Headragon
(Moderator)

Pinky’s journey in jewellery design began under the guidance of her father, Peter Sheung, who was the designated jewellery designer for the British Navy in Hong Kong. His mentorship played a significant role in shaping her skills and expertise, laying the foundation for her success as a prominent figure in the industry. In 1992, Pinky founded high-end jewellery brand, Headragon Ltd. Her talent and dedication have earned her widespread recognition and accolades, including the Design for Asia Award in 2008, the BDA (Brand Design Awards) Excellence in Best Aesthetics Value Award in 2023 and the BDA Best Brand Image Award in 2024. Currently, Pinky holds the position of Chairperson at the International Jewellery Designers Association (IJDA).

 

Austy Lee
Founder & Designer
Austy Lee Art Jewellery

Austy, a native of Hong Kong, is a high-end jewellery designer with 20+ years of experience in the industry. Renowned for his exceptional workmanship, distinctive design themes and utilisation of rare gemstones, he has garnered a reputation for his outstanding creations. Beyond his artistic prowess, Austy is driven by a passion to make a positive impact on the world through his unique and fashion-forward jewellery pieces. In 2017, the multi-awarded designer launched his namesake jewellery brand. Embracing the theme “When Jewellery is Psychedelic Art,” Austy was inspired by psychedelic patterns, drawing influences from religion, new age concepts, graphic design and fashion. His unique style encompasses elements of industrial aesthetics, pop-punk influences, edginess, strictness, boldness, cultural references, contemporary symbolism and vibrant colours.

Sarah Zhuang
Founder & Designer
Sarah Zhuang Jewellery

Born into a family that has been in the jewellery business for over two decades, Sarah has lived and breathed design since a young age. Fuelled by her passion for jewellery craftsmanship, she received her design certificate from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) and a professional diploma from the Hong Kong Design Institute. She then pursued further studies at Accademia Riaci in Florence to enhance her skills in jewellery design and making. Since 2013, Sarah has been adding her sparkle to the business by creating a new generation of fine jewellery. Her works have dazzled international celebrities, and received numerous design awards.

Vitoria Wu
Artist & Founder
Osi Vitoria
Jewelry

Vitoria was raised in a family with a storied legacy in the jewellery industry. Following years of exploring artistic aesthetics and embracing a path of self-discovery, she immersed herself completely in the study and creation of art jewellery. She unearthed boundless inspiration from the captivating brilliance of gemstones and the beauty of nature. Osi Vitoria, a high art jewellery brand based in Hong Kong, stands as a testament to her passion and expertise. Having embarked on journeys to mineral-producing regions around the world, she honed her skills in the meticulous selection of gemstones and the artistry of crafting. Some of her representative works include the “Spring swallow” brooch, “Lily of the Valley” brooch and the “Lotus Love” brooch.

This panel discussion offers a firsthand glimpse into the creative processes, inspirations and the unique paths that young jewellery designers of today have taken as they carve out their own niche in the industry. Our panellists will share their creative philosophies, innovative techniques and how they leverage technology to push the boundaries of design. From finding their own voice to navigating a dynamic market, these design talents are determined to make their mark in the industry.

  • How do these promising designers strike a balance between preserving traditional jewellery design techniques and incorporating innovative elements to stay relevant in today’s market?
  • How do they actively seek feedback and engage with their target audience to ensure their designs resonate with them?
  • What are the technological tools that have had a significant impact on their design process?

20 / 6 / 2024 (Thu)
3:30pm – 4:00pm

Thematic Seminar for Non-Hong Kong Precious Metals and Stones Dealers

The Speaker

Lo Wing-yan
Senior Inspector, Dealers in Precious Metals and Stones Supervision Bureau,
Customs and Excise Department

A prominent figure in the coloured gemstone industry, Guillermo currently serves as president of the Colombian Emeralds Exporters Association (ACODES) and is a board member of Fedesmeraldas, CDTEC and the ICA (International Colored Gemstone Association). He is also the Chairman of the World Emerald Symposium and a leading actor in the development of standard and responsible sourcing for the gemstone Industry. Additionally, he spearheads various social and eco-sustainable initiatives in the emerald industry, particularly in the Boyacá region.

With expertise in logistics, Guillermo has established companies in Asia, gaining extensive experience in China and Latin America. His proficiency extends to international trade and e-commerce.

The speaker will brief attendees on the legal obligations of non-Hong Kong precious metals and stones dealers and give a demonstration of submitting a Cash Transaction Report (CTR).

21 / 6 / 2024 (Fri)
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Exploring Contemporary Styles and Technologies in Gold Jewellery Design and Manufacturing

This panel will explore the interplay between evolving styles and technological advancements that are reshaping the gold jewellery product category. Our experts will discuss the multifaceted nature of gold jewellery, highlighting its significance beyond the precious metal itself. Moreover, they will discuss innovative technologies that allow manufacturers and designers to transcend conventional boundaries in creativity, precision and customisation in gold jewellery production.

• What are the emerging trends that are reshaping consumer preferences and driving the gold jewellery product category forward?


• How is technology revolutionising the creation and manufacturing processes of gold jewellery?


• What valuable insights have you gained regarding the perspectives of younger consumers on gold jewellery? How are their views shaping the industry’s trajectory and influencing design choices?

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