Bangkok, 01 October, 2018 – The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand’s (GIT) has reported that its ‘Gems Treasure’ showcase of jewellery from its ‘Contemporary Design Project’ receiving overwhelming attention from Thai and foreign visitors at the 62nd Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair in Thailand and the September Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2018. At the two events, buyers and visitors expressed strong interest to purchase the jewelry items in the project.
The GIT launched its ‘Contemporary Design Project’ in August, 2017, and have sent working team to 15 provinces throughout Thailand to work with local jewellery entrepreneurs, private and public organisations and recruit potential jewellers into the ‘Sustainable Capacity and Earnings Development Project for Local Entrepreneurs (Gem and Jewellery Product)’ or ‘Contemporary Design Project, according to GIT Director Ms. Duangkamol Jiambutr.
“Participants in three pilot provinces including Chiang Mai, Nan, and Sukhothai and five targeted provinces, namely Phrae, Surin, Petchaburi, Trat, and Satun as well as GIT’s working team have worked together in search for local identities and applied them in designing beautiful contemporary jewellery which can be worn every day,” she said.
GIT has also invited five of Thailand’s renowned jewellery designers: Ms. Valaipan Chupan from Flow brand; Mr. Ek Thongprasert from Ek Thongprasert brand; Mr. Surasak Maneesathianrattana from Carletta Jewellery brand; Ms. Arisara Dangprapai from Arisara brand; and Mr. Jitsing Somboon, former head designer of Playground by Greyhound to work with local entrepreneurs from five targeted provinces to turn design concepts into real jewellery items.
All jewellery from the project were displayed at the Gems Treasure booth at the 62nd Bangkok Gems and Jewelry Fair from 7 to 11 September and at Booth 5M201 at the September Hong Kong Jewellery and Gem Fair 2018 in Hong Kong from 14 to 18 September.
Ms. Duangkamol said international jewellery fairs presented another great channel to exploring overseas markets for Thai jewellery made by local artisans, and GIT’s ‘Gems Treasure’ showcase in these two jewellery fairs experienced great success as many visitors wanted to place orders for the jewellery.
The overwhelming interests included businessmen from the US and Australia discussing co-investment opportunities with Mr. Guy Chaturachinda from Stormer Industries in Chiang Mai who designs smart jewellery item for legs and ears made of silver, gold-plated silver, gold-plated fabric, brass and carbon fiber.
“This is one of the several successful local jewellery entrepreneurs participating in ‘Sustainable Capacity and Earnings Development Project for Local Entrepreneurs (Gem and Jewelry Product),” Ms. Duangkamol concluded.