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Baselworld 2015 Opening Ceremony

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BASEL, Switzerland, March 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ —

In a grand ceremony befitting the most important event for the world’s watch and jewellery industry, Baselworld 2015 was officially opened by Swiss Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann.

The undisputedly premier event that unites key players from all sectors of the global watch and jewellery industry under one roof, Baselworld 2015 opened its doors today in the presence of Swiss Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann. With 1,500 brands exhibiting and over 4,000 journalists from all over the world expected to attend, Baselworld 2015 will run from 19 to 26 March 2015.


Baselworld is universally recognized as THE one unmissable global event for watches, jewellery and all related sectors. Unique in uniting all key players from the world of watches and jewellery, diamonds, gemstones, pearls and machines and supplies under one roof, Baselworld draws every year 150,000 professionals to Basel who attend to feel the pulse, discover new trends and buy the latest creations from the 1,500 brands. Being at the heart of whole industry, Baselworld spreads its message throughout the entire world, reinforcing its worldwide leadership position year after year. The show untiringly defends this enviable position, moving forward every year, improving facilities and impact, and never ceasing to innovate to meet the constantly evolving requirements. According to Ms Sylvie Ritter, Managing Director of Baselworld, “the attractiveness and buzz that this sector creates go on growing,” and equally importantly, “the attraction for consumers and the interest of the media are unceasing.”


Mr René Kamm, CEO of the MCH Group, said he was honoured to have Federal Councillor Schneider-Ammann open Baselworld, underlining that it showed how much value the Swiss government placed on the show and by that also on the Swiss watch and jewellery industry. He went on to say that Baselworld had experienced openings where the conditions were more favourable and the mood accordingly optimistic, “but fortunately there were never occasions when we had the impression that the watch and jewellery industry was running out of innovative ideas.”

And on that note, Mr Kamm paid a special tribute to industry legend, Mr Jacques J. Duchêne, President of the Exhibitors’ Committee, who had unexpectedly passed away just before the opening of the show. Mr Kamm highlighted many of Mr Duchêne’s excellent qualities and acknowledged that through his “indefatigable commitment” to Baselworld his “contribution to the development of the show and raising it to this standard was immense.” This year Mr Jacques J. Duchêne would have celebrated two anniversaries: his 60th attendance at Baselworld and his 20th as President of the Exhibitors’ Committee.


Basel-Stadt Cantonal Council Member, Christoph Brutschin, welcomed the guests and conveyed the best wishes of the governments of Basel-Land and Basel-Stadt. He compared the show to a watch describing it as “similar to the fabrication of a watch mechanism, a lot of thought and passion with a high standard of precision is invested in this masterpiece that is Baselworld.” Clarifying his statement in horological terms, he said, “The precise workmanship of the wide variety of cogs that are tuned to the last detail to work in harmony, makes Baselworld a top-class event.” Mr Brutschin acclaimed Baselworld for its economic importance to the region, mentioning the thousands that visit the city during the eight days and also because it generated 13,000 jobs in the region.

He too paid tribute to Mr Jacques J. Duchêne, lauding his life’s work with the words: “His passionate and generous commitment to the development of Baselworld and the watch industry marked and guided his life,” adding that Mr Duchêne “constantly sought to ensure the sustainability of Baselworld and contributed to its reputation all over the world.” Mr Brutschin ended his speech with a Jacques J. Duchêne quote: “The creative capacity of this industry is undeniable. You only have to open your eyes to see it every year.” These words comforted Mr Brutschin and strengthened his “conviction that the Swiss watch industry, clearly focused on exports, would indeed rise to the current strong franc crisis with creativity, innovation and outstanding Swiss quality.”


Rounding off the opening ceremony, Federal Councillor Johann Schneider-Ammann praised watchmaking as an art, portraying it thus: “With the invention of the mechanical clock, time was, in the true sense of the word, turned into an art. An art that is driven to ever higher peaks – in precision, in technological ingenuity and in ever-evolving aesthetic forms.” As the minister responsible for the business research, innovation and labour, Mr Schneider-Ammann affirmed the importance of the industry for Switzerland by describing how it has developed into a uniquely strong economic force, which now boasts more than 500 companies that provide more than 50,000 people with a livelihood. “I am of course proud that Switzerland is one of the most important centres of art and that Baselworld celebrates this with due solemnity,” said Mr. Schneider-Ammann by way of conclusion.


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Loraine Stantzos

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March 23, 2015 at 12:11 pm

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Countdown to the World’s Most Important Trendsetting Show – Baselworld 2015!

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BASEL, Switzerland, Feb. 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As the countdown clock ticks down, all the world’s eyes are focused on Baselworld 2015 – the annual highlight for the sector, the show that provides the inspiration for the watch and jewellery industry. From 19 to 26 March, 2015, the world’s attention will focus on Basel as more than 150,000 attendees and 4,000 press representatives from everywhere converge on this city to experience the innovations and creations that will set the trends for the coming year.


The undisputedly most important marketplace and trendsetting event for the world’s watch and jewellery industry, Baselworld brings together the biggest and most prestigious brands in the world, emerging design talent, the finest retailers and the global press. Every year, 1,500 brands from 40 countries choose Baselworld as the main platform to showcase their innovations, creations and latest collections in spectacularly designed multi-storey pavilions on 141,000m2. But Baselworld goes beyond the world of watches and jewellery as it is also the leading global event for diamonds, gemstones and pearl merchants as well as machinery and other suppliers to the industry. The famous London Jewelers from the USA have been visiting Baselworld for over 30 years because it is the foremost show in the world for the presentation of the latest watch and jewellery collections. “Attending Baselworld is a number one priority for our team,” say Mark Udell, CEO, and Candy Udell, President, of London Jewelers, because that’s where “we always discover the latest collections available which we can then present to our discerning clientele back home.” In their opinion, “it is important to be one step ahead and Baselworld makes this possible.”


The newsworthiness of Baselworld is no better established than by the fact that more than 4000 of the world’s financial press, major dailies, lifestyle publications, all of the trade press and biggest TV channels descend every year to cover the show and provide millions around the globe access to the trendsetting creations and innovations that are shown exclusively at Baselworld. Everyone from magazine editors seeking to discover cutting-edge trends and innovative designs to bloggers who deliver up-to-date editorials to consumers in every corner of the planet, they all contribute to creating an unrivalled global impact and underlining the show’s premier position for the watch and jewellery industry.


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February 11, 2015 at 4:28 pm

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BeautyHope’s Revivre Cocktail Facial

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SINGAPORE, Nov. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Pamper yourself with the restorative goodness of BeautyHope’s Revivre Cocktail Facial, inclusive of a customized facial treatment, eye, lip and neck mask and eyebrow shaping. A 70-min worth of indulgence at only $17 (U.P. $180), in celebration of our 7th anniversary.

The BeautyHope Revivre Cocktail Facial Indulgence addresses unique skin problems with a wide range of individually formulated treatments. Just like a bartender creating an original cocktail concoction to satisfy unique tastes, we create customized formula blends for various skin types from our astringent and normalizing products. These products from Italy contain essential oils with antiseptic and antioxidant properties that target skin problems specifically from sensitive, aged, dehydrated, intoxicated, dilated pores to acne-prone skin.

The soothing Eye Mask helps to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark eye circles and eye bags. Gentle to your skin, this eye mask also reduces fine lines and smoothens the contours, making the skin around your eyes smoother and softer.

The leave-on Lip Mask comes with an innovative natural formula that replenishes moisture and nourishes your lips with a bio-active blend of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract, and triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine.  This creates an instant boost of hydration with long-lasting shine.

The Collagen Neck Mask contains powerful whitening and hydrating natural extracts, replenishing moisture in your skin, lightening pigmentation and smoothening wrinkles, making your skin soft and supple.

Brighten your look with that flattering brow shape with our complimentary eyebrow shaping service that leaves you looking refreshed and polished.

  • Promotion valid for first 17 customers only.
  • Not valid with other promotions, discounts and offers
  • Valid for first-time customers and non-package holders
  • Valid for Singaporeans, Singapore Permanent Residents (PRs), S Pass Holders, EP Pass Holders, Work Permit Holders and DP Pass Holders.
  • Limited to customers of 21 years old and above
  • Limited to 1 session per customer
  • Prior appointment is required. Call 9647 7571 for appointment

Visit Beauty Hope at any one of their outlets
Beauty Hope @ Relaxing: Blk 261,Waterloo Street #02-42
Beauty Hope @ Life Essential: Blk 709, Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, #01-2605
Hotline: 9647 7571

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Source: BeautyHope Pte Ltd

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November 5, 2014 at 2:37 pm

Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 presents a dazzling and dizzying selection with more than 60,000 pieces of jewellery worth S$2 billion

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-Curtains go up at the Sands Expo and Convention Centre this year with record-breaking worth of jewellery to give visitors more choices

SINGAPORE, Oct. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2014 officially opens its doors today, and is glittering up the halls of the Sands Expo and Convention Centre for the second year, until 26 October 2014. Having gathered around 200 international exhibitors from 21 countries under one roof over 10,000 square metres of exhibition space, this fair is the biggest and most significant fine jewellery marketplace in Singapore and the region.


The main fair comprises country pavilions featuring a wide array of fine jewellery as well as loose gems, diamonds and pearls, worth a total of S$2 billion, showcased by acclaimed jewellery suppliers from Belgium, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy,Japan, Switzerland, Thailand, USA and the world over.

Boasting a massive selection of more than 60,000 pieces of uniquely and excellently crafted fine jewellery adorned with beautiful gemstones, pearls, gold, silver and platinum, and prices that range between S$100 and S$30 million, visitors will be spoilt for choices. Open to both traders and the public, there is definitely something for everyone’s price range and taste.

To show appreciation to visitors for their support, UBM, the organiser, will also hold daily lucky draws, with up to SGD$10,000 worth of cash vouchers to be won.

Download the Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair 2014 app to navigate with ease
The Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair app is now available for download on the iTunes Store and Google Play. With so many pavilions, exhibitors and activities taking place at a large venue, the interactive app will help one traverse the fair so as not to miss a thing.

Besides essential trade show information, users can get real-time updates about the fair in the palm of their hands, from browsing the days’ agenda, to finding out about the speakers and topics of the various jewellery workshops and locating specific exhibitors. Most importantly, the app features a smart live tracking GPRS map that is able to locate users’ current locale, and subsequently direct them to the various exhibitors and pavilions of their choice to view the large assortment of fine jewellery available.


Highlights: 4 stunning beauties at the Singapore Jewellery and Gem Fair 2014

Jeweller: Glajz, Singapore, Booth EP111
Jeweller: Glajz, Singapore, Booth EP111

The most costly piece of jewellery at the fair, this ring is an exquisite masterpiece made to charm, and bears a 20.07 carat fancy purplish pink diamond nestled within 5.21 carats worth of white diamonds in 18k platinum.

Jeweller: Glajz, Singapore, Booth EP111  Price: $30,000,000

Jeweller: Revival Jewels, Singapore, Booth D105
Jeweller: Revival Jewels, Singapore, Booth D105

One of the oldest pieces at the fair, this antique Art Deco Diamond and Platinum Double Clip Brooch by Ostertag hails from 1930s. Ostertag was one of the pioneers of the ‘Tutti Frutti’ style, an intricate assemblage of carved rubies, sapphires and emeralds of berries, fruit, flowers and leaves that intermingled with diamonds into an elegant piece of jewellery, and was famous for its exquisite jewellery and objets d’art that were inspired of Mughal decorative arts in its heyday.

Jeweller: Revival Jewels, Singapore, Booth D105  Price: Price on asking

Jeweller: Essex Global Trading; Bijan & Co., USA, Booth EP119
Jeweller: Essex Global Trading; Bijan & Co., USA, Booth EP119

A bold and beautiful piece, this necklace’s centrepiece is an 80 carat fancy deep brown diamond — also one of the biggest diamonds at the fair – accompanied by colourless diamonds. Brown diamonds vary in shades, ranging from chocolate to cognac and champagne, and are warm, natural, and versatile, thus fast becoming prized gemstones, although still comparably affordable.

Jeweller: Essex Global Trading; Bijan & Co., USA, Booth EP119  Price: Price on asking

Jeweller: Afghan Malaya Trading Co. (AMTC), Singapore, Booth EP211
Jeweller: Afghan Malaya Trading Co. (AMTC), Singapore, Booth EP211

This 52-carat loose diamond will steal your heart. The gem of gems, and stone of stones, this fair beauty is one of the largest precious stones available at the fair. In addition to this, are other smaller, loose gems of exceptional quality and provenance shining as brilliantly at the fair for one’s choosing.

Jeweller: Afghan Malaya Trading Co. (AMTC), Singapore, Booth EP211  Price: Price on asking

Singapore Jewellery Design Award
On the opening day (Thursday, 23 October 2014), the Singapore Jewellery Design Award (SJDA) will also be presented at the fair, to recognise young jewellery designers for their talent, to provide a public platform for them to display their designs and skills and to open up pathways to the jewellery retail market.

Themed “The Most Important Day of Life”, the competition required design students to create a piece of jewellery for the most important day of his or her life in three different periods — the past, the present and the future.

The winners are:

  • Cat A (Past) — Winner: Ms Anastasia Antonovich, Russia, Moscow State University of Design and Technology
  • Cat B (Present) — Winner: Mr Kevin Koh, Singapore, Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Cat C (Future) — Winner: Ms Carla Hesita, Philippines, University of The Philippines Diliman

In support of young, new talent in the jewellery industry, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair, in partnership with local design schools including Raffles Design Institute, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, and Jewellery Design and Management International School (JDMIS), will also provide an opportunity for these students to showcase their jewellery creations at the fair.

Those interested in pursuing a future in jewellery design can attend several introductory three-hour workshops to gain insight into the diploma programmes offered by Gemological Institute of America (GIA), The Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (GIT), and JDMIS. The workshops will cover topics like Diamonds Quality Grading,Ruby and Sapphire Quality Grading, and Fine Jewellery Design.

“Talent is important to the sustenance of the jewellery industry, and we are committed to providing young and aspiring designers with avenues that allow them to realise their potential. Young designers play an important role in bringing the industry to the next level by contributing fresh perspectives to jewellery design, expanding the use of materials, developing creative techniques and pushing the boundaries of creativity,” said Paul Wan, Managing Director, UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd.

Know your jewellery in 30 minutes
The Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is partnering with notable education partners, namely GIA Laboratory Bangkok, GIT and JDMIS, to host a series of 30-minute seminars between 23 October and 26 October. The seminars feature several reputable experts who will share their knowledge and insights on pertinent topics related to jewellery, including, “How to Buy Gemstones for Investment“, “The 4Cs of Diamonds“, and “The Jewellery Atelier: Discover how fine jewellery is designed and made“, to allow participants to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of fine jewellery.

Visitor Registration
Free admission for all registered visitors. Visitors can come down to Marina Bay Sands on the event dates and register onsite. Visitors under 16 years old are not admitted. Singapore Identification Card/National Passport must be presented upon registration.

The Milan Image & Design Art Fair (MIA&D)
Visitors to the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair can also attend and enjoy a 50% discount on admission tickets to the inaugural Milan Image & Design Art (MIA&D) Fair, making its debut in the South Pacific. The fair will be staged at the same venue and during the same period.

Notes to Editors:

About Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair
Exclusively endorsed by the Singapore Jewellers Association and the Diamond Exchange of Singapore, the Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair is the largest fine jewellery event in Singapore and the region, and will see more than 200 exhibitors from 21 countries, targeting the region’s fastest growing high-net-worth population. The event is organised by UBM Media (Singapore) Pte Ltd, a member of UBM Asia, organiser of the most professional international jewellery fairs globally including the world’s number one fine jewellery event, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

About UBM Asia (
Owned by UBM plc 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 inHong Kong and subsidiary companies across Asia and in the US, UBM Asia has a strong global network of 30 offices and over 1,400 staff in 25 major cities. We operate in 21 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.

About MIA&D Fair
MIA&D Fair, the photography, video and design art fair, is set to attract art lovers from all over the world.  MIA&D Fair invites visitors to enjoy a lively and innovative event, where they can find established and emerging talents and a wide-ranging cultural programme. The fair features 120 artists, 50 galleries, spanning 30 countries and will be held at Marina Bay Sands from 24 to 26 October 2014.

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October 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Rio Tinto Diamonds, Chow Tai Fook Renew Their Support for JNA Awards 2015

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HONG KONG, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The JNA Awards continues to inspire the trust and confidence of the industry as it welcomes back Rio Tinto Diamonds and Chow Tai Fook as Headline Partners for the fourth consecutive year.

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Key partners reaffirm support for JNA Awards 2015. (Pictured from left) Ye XuQuang, CEO of Guangdong Land Holdings Limited; Nissim Palomo, Chief Marketing Officer of Israel Diamond Institute; Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group; Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development – Jewellery Group, UBM Asia; Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice-President of UBM Asia; Rita Maltez, Head of Rio Tinto Diamonds, Greater China and Nishit Parikh, director of Diarough Group

The JNA Awards honours gemstone and jewellery industry leaders who represent excellence, innovation and success


JNA Awards shows appreciation to Headline Partners Rio Tinto & Chow Tai Fook

JNA Awards 2014 Ceremony & Dinner Gala


Diarough Group, Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) and Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND) have also renewed their sponsorship of the Awards. IDI has been championing the JNA Awards since its launch, while Diarough and GDLAND have come on board as Honoured Partners starting from its 2014 edition.

The JNA Awards honours companies and individuals that have demonstrated excellence and made positive contributions to their businesses and communities, with a focus on achievements made in Asia. Nominees are selected through an independent, transparent and rigorous judging process. The programme culminates with a gala dinner and awards ceremony held on the sidelines of the world’s No. 1 fine jewellery B2B show, the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair.

Letitia Chow, founder of JNA and Director of Business Development — Jewellery Group at UBM Asia, said, “It is extremely encouraging to see the continuous support from both our Headline and Honoured Partners, especially Chow Tai Fook and Rio Tinto Diamonds, who have been supporting the Awards since 2012. These partnerships demonstrate their commitment to excellence, innovation and success in the gemstone and jewellery industry.”

Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice President at UBM Asia, added, “We are grateful to have the support from these industry leaders who recognise the value of such a platform to encourage and motivate good practices within the industry. Their involvement has not only raised the profile of the jewellery sector, but has also driven the industry towards sustainable growth.”

Rita Maltez, Head of Rio Tinto Diamonds for Greater China, said, “Rio Tinto looks forward to another successful year in 2015 as a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards. We believe the Awards will continue to grow from strength to strength as an important platform to encourage the best of our industry: the innovation, the partnerships and the passion.”

Kent Wong, Managing Director of Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group, said, “Although the remarkable moments of the third edition of the JNA Awards are still fresh in our minds, we can hardly wait to welcome the Awards’ 2015 edition. As a Headline Partner of the JNA Awards for four years in a row, Chow Tai Fook is delighted to join hands with new partners who are also committed to upholding best business practices by recognising excellence and achievement.”

“We were pleased to be associated with the JNA Awards in 2014 as an Honoured Partner, and are honoured to be a partner again in 2015. We are also very proud to join hands with other partners in helping the jewellery industry grow in the region through the JNA Awards by encouraging innovation and recognising talent and excellence. The endeavours and commitments of everyone involved will go a long way to grow the industry, and to create an environment of professionalism and excellence for the future,” commented Nishit Parikh, Director of Diarough Group.

“The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies is proud to announce our support for JNA Awards 2015 as an Honoured Partner. Once again, we join a group of industry leaders in support of this exceptional occasion, which celebrates excellence and achievement in the global jewellery industry. Having partnered with UBM in this endeavour from its inception, we are proud that the Awards has proven to be such a prestigious and sought-after event,” said Moti Ganz, Chairman of IDI.

“Guangdong Land Holdings Limited is proud to announce its support for the JNA Awards in 2015. It is an honour to support this meaningful event, to share the vision and to encourage growth and development in the industry. We look forward to a continuous and successful partnership with the JNA Awards,” said Ye Xuquan, CEO of GDLAND.

The 2014 JNA Awards Ceremony and Gala Dinner was held on 16 September at the InterContinental Hong Kong. One of the must-attend events in the jewellery calendar, the awards gala dinner drew more than 600 jewellery and gemstone industry leaders and VIPs, who celebrated the achievements of 27 JNA Awards Recipients and Honourees.

For more information on the event, please visit or contact:

JNA Awards Marketing
UBM Asia (Hong Kong)
+852 2516-1683

Notes for Editors:

1. About JNA (

JNA is the flagship magazine of UBM Asia’s Jewellery Group. First published in 1983, the title is the leader in providing up-to-date international jewellery trade news with an Asian insight. It features original, in-depth reports by experienced journalists covering the latest developments in the diamond, pearl, gemstone, jewellery manufacturing, and equipment and supplies sectors.

2. About the Headline Partners

2.1 Rio Tinto Diamonds (

Rio Tinto operates a fully integrated diamonds business from exploration through to sales and marketing. It is one of the world’s major diamond producers through its 100 percent control of the Argyle mine in Australia, 60 percent interest in Diavik mine in Canada, 78 percent interest in the Murowa mine in Zimbabwe and 100 percent interest in the Bunder project in India.

Rio Tinto’s share of the production from its three operating diamond mines is sold through its sales and marketing office in Antwerp, with representative offices in Mumbai, Hong Kong and New York. It also operates a niche cutting and polishing factory in Perth for the rare pink diamonds from its Argyle mine. Rio Tinto is a leading supporter of the Kimberley Process, as well as a founding member of the Responsible Jewellery Council.

2.2 Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited (

Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, a leading jeweller in Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau, was listed on the Main Board of The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong in December 2011 and has become the world’s largest pure-play jeweller by market capitalisation. Chow Tai Fook is now a constituent stock of the Hang Seng China 50 Index and the Hang Seng Mainland 100 Index. Its principal products are mass luxury jewellery and high-end luxury jewellery products including gem-set jewellery, gold products, platinum and karat gold product, and watches.

The Group’s iconic brand “Chow Tai Fook” and 85 years of operations represent key competitive advantages of its business. The Chow Tai Fook brand is recognised for its trustworthiness and authenticity, and renowned for its product design, quality and value.

The Group has an extensive retail network, with over 2,100 points of sale in more than 470 cities in Greater China, Singapore and Malaysia. It also has a growing presence in e-commerce. The Group’s vertically integrated business model provides an effective and tight control over the entire operation chain from raw material procurement, design, production, to marketing and sales through its extensive retail network.

3. About the Honoured Partners

3.1 Diarough Group (

Diarough Group was established in Antwerp in 1975 and owns diamond polishing factories in China, India, Thailand and Botswana, with a network of sales offices around the world. Diarough is known among the most professional and respected names in the international diamond industry.

Diarough believes in building and nurturing long-term business relationships based on mutual trust, finding solutions to business and marketing problems, creating marketable opportunities through innovative products and providing excellent client services.

Its jewellery manufacturing unit Uni-Design has produced many award-winning jewellery pieces, which have been proudly worn by celebrities on the red carpet over the years.

The Group employs over 3,500 people and is engaged in a wide range of diamond business activities like rough trading, cutting, polishing, jewellery manufacturing and marketing to retailers, chain stores, global brands and private labels worldwide. Diarough employs advanced technology and modern work speed with traditional ethical business practices upon which the Company was founded.

3.2 Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (

The Israel Diamond Institute Group of Companies (IDI) is a non-profit, public interest company representing all institutions involved in the Israeli Diamond Industry. Israel is one of the world’s leading diamond centres, and the Israeli diamond industry has an illustrious history dating back to the late 1930s.

IDI works for the benefit of Israel’s diamond industry in the areas of marketing and business promotion, international communications, R&D, rough sourcing, professional training, publishing and security consultancy. IDI is responsible for industry participation in major trade fairs around the world, organising Israeli Diamond Pavilions, receptions, press conferences and other events at these fairs.

IDI operates a representative office in Hong Kong, which fosters trade relations with Asian markets.

3.3 The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (

The Guangdong Land Holdings Limited (GDLAND), with its headquarters in Hong Kong, is listed on The Stock Exchange of Hong Kong Limited, and is a subsidiary of GDH Limited, which is Guangdong Province’s largest conglomerate operating outside Mainland China.

The principal business of GDLAND is property development and investment, including but not limited to the development and operational management of the innovative commercial real estate, urban complex and industrial business complex. As the strategic arm of GDH Limited, GDLAND engages in the business development of commercial real estate, as well as the projects of urban and industrial complex.

GDLAND’s flagship project, namely the “Buxin Project”, is planned to become the biggest and most advanced jewellery mart in the world, including a large-scale jewellery trading and exhibition centre along with other facilities, with a lot size of over 87,000 square metres and the construction scale (floor area) is expected to be more than 700,000 square metres. The Buxin Project, which is located in the Buxin area of Luohu district in Central Shenzhen, close to the Shuibei Gold and Jewellery Base, is expected to develop the area into one of the most influential gold and jewellery trading and exchange platforms in China and around the world.

4. About UBM Asia (

Owned by UBM plc 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 presence in 24 major cities with 30 offices and 1,300 staff.

With a track record spanning over 30 years, UBM Asia operates in 20 market sectors with 230 dynamic face-to-face exhibitions and high-level professional conferences, 23 targeted trade publications, 20 round-the-clock online products for over 1,000,000 quality exhibitors, visitors, conference delegates, advertisers and subscribers from all over the world. We provide a one-stop diversified global service for high-value business matching, quality market news and online trading networks.

UBM Asia has extensive office networks in China, Southeast Asia and India, three of the world’s fastest growing B2B events markets. UBM China has 11 offices in the major cities in mainland China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Guzhen and Shenzhen, where we organise more than 90 exhibitions and conferences. In ASEAN, UBM Asia operates from its offices in Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines with over 40 events in this region. UBM India teams in Mumbai, New Delhi, Bengaluru and Chennai organise 40 exhibitions and conferences every year across the country.

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October 24, 2014 at 11:54 am

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Can Buying A Suit Save A Life? – We Believe It Can

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— 3 young entrepreneurs need your help to fund their “Gentlemen of York” project

WATERLOO, Ontario, Oct. 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Raising $80,000 in 30 days can seem like a challenge but 3 gentlemen from Waterloo think that it might just be worth the risk.

Co-Founders Left to right, Chris Norkett, Julian Corredor and Daniel Byrne

Julian Corredor (20), the Creative Director behind Gentlemen of York has designed what they’re calling the “The Madison.” A refreshed look of the modern man’s suit. A slim fit design that you can’t find in stores.

“Designing a new suit wasn’t enough. We really wanted to start a company that can make a global impact,” saysDaniel Byrne (27), the Executive Director behind Gentlemen of York, “This is why we’ve partnered with Keep a Child Alive foundation.” With each suit sold Gentlemen of York, also abbreviated “Go York, will donate to the Keep a Child Alive foundation. With each donation they will be able to provide a month’s worth of HIV treatment for a child in need.

After months of prototyping and working with their manufacturer in Europe, Go York is now ready to travel toEurope to finalize the design and begin production. “It’s been a long process of phone calls and e-mails but the quality of our product was certainly worth the wait,” says Christopher Norkett (27), Director of Operations of Gentlemen of York. The founders behind Go York have been using personal funds to get to this stage of the project. They have decided to launch a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise the funds needed to lower the cost of materials and production. With stronger buying power they can lower cost while maintaining a high quality product.

Kickstarter campaigns operate under an “all-or-nothing” funding model so if the Gentlemen of York project doesn’t reach its goal at the end of 30 days then Byrne, Corredor and Norkett go home empty-handed. Be sure to follow them on Twitter (@GentsOfYork) and Facebook to follow their progress and make sure to spread the word to your social media networks. Consider donating as little as $1 to help their project come to life. If you decide to donate more, you might be among the first in the world to wear the Madison with the Gentlemen of York.

If you’d like more information about the Gentlemen of York Project, or to schedule an interview with Daniel, Julian or Chris please email or send them a Tweet @GentsOfYork.

Kickstarter page:

About Gentlemen of York

Daniel Byrne studied Business Marketing at Conestoga College and currently works as a Corporate Store Manager in Waterloo, ON. Christopher Norkett studied Business Marketing at St. Lawrence College and Business Analysis atSeneca College and is currently working as a Corporate Store Manager in Cambridge, ON. Julian Corredor has been in the menswear industry for over 4 years and has been designing apparel for the past year. Their diverse range of skills and experience makes them a great team to tackle the challenge of bringing a new style to the fashion industry.

About Keep a Child Alive

Keep a Child Alive (KCA) was founded in 2003 by long-time AIDS activist Leigh Blake and 15-time Grammy Award winner Alicia Keys. The organization began as an emergency response to the HIV epidemic, raising global awareness about the urgent and unmet need for HIV treatment in sub-Saharan Africa, and granting funds to community-based organizations to provide free, life-saving treatment to keep people living with HIV from needlessly dying. KCA’s work has since grown to include the critical components necessary to support successful, life-long HIV treatment: comprehensive clinical care, psychosocial support, and nutritious food. The organization provides financial and programmatic support to nine innovative, grass-roots partners in Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa,Uganda and India to fight the physical, social and economic impact of HIV on children, their families and communities. KCA and its partners are currently providing services to over 40,000 people, and their work has directly impacted the lives of over 300,000 people. With the help of its supporters, KCA continues to use its voice to raise awareness, mobilize people to take action, and rally resources in the global response to HIV.

For more information on Keep a Child Alive, please visit

Twitter: @keepachildalive; Facebook:;

Daniel Byrne
Cell Phone: +1-226-750-6798
Twitter: @GentsOfYork

Source: Gentlemen of York

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October 13, 2014 at 2:16 pm

Posted in Fashion, Healthcare

Love Nightlife Expands Overseas with Acquisition of New 3 Level Premium Entertainment Destination, Love Nightlife.SkyBar.Rooftop Pool

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GOLD COAST, Australia, Oct. 7, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — The acclaimed Australian based ‘the Love group’ has expanded overseas! After owning and operating one of Australia’s prestige entertainment venues, Love Nightlife Broadbeach on the Gold Coast, the group has acquired 3 exciting venues in 1 amazing location — in the heart of Phuket, Thailand. The venue, Love Nightlife.SkyBar.Rooftop Pool, will open in November 2014 as the ultimate day and night entertainment destination; positioned on Floor 3 + Rooftop of the glamorous Jungceylon Shopping Centre in Patong.

The premier venue will house 3 incredible floors of entertainment:

  • Love Nightlife — A 800 capacity luxury nightlife venue on Floor 3 featuring a 7 night themed event calendar with interactive performances, VIP Bottle Service, in demand DJ’s, and high profile entertainment brand partners all situated underneath a glass bottom pool ceiling. Love Nightlife is the ultimate clubbing destination for 5 star experiences!
  • Love Rooftop Pool — A 450 capacity nautical themed open-air rooftop space radiating premium beach club glamour! Featuring VIP Booths situated around the glass bottom pool, live entertainment, incredible skyline views and 5 star service; the Love Rooftop Pool brings chilled out beach vibes to the inner city urban bustle of Patong with style.
  • Love SkyBar — A 50 capacity mezzanine sky platform presenting a jewel in the crown style VIP experience. Featuring panoramic views of Phuket and a custom LED island bar, the SkyBar is the go-to place for private functions, tourists or just to watch the stunning sunset over Patong Beach.

Alexis Fenton, Global Marketing Director for ‘the Love group’, believes the strong growth of Phuket’s tourism and nightlife industry makes this expansion a natural choice. “South East Asia and in particular Phuket, Thailand is fast becoming a go-to place not only for relaxation and shopping, but also for a westernized style of nightlife. Global brands are popping up everywhere and the introduction of our successful business model infused with Thai influence, will allow Love Nightlife.SkyBar.Rooftop Pool to bring a new level of entertainment to a city demanding the biggest and best parties.”

Love Nightlife.SkyBar.Rooftop Pool will be accepting pre-bookings for Private Events and VIP Bottle Service prior to opening. Please enquire at

Media Contact:

Alexis Fenton (Global Marketing Director)

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October 8, 2014 at 5:16 pm

Exquisite Craftsmanship and Chinese Classic Art to Blossom at 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair

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TAIPEI /PR Newswire/ — Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair, the biggest international jewellery fair in Taiwan, will be held from 21 to 24 November 2014 at the Taipei World Trade Centre, Hall 1.1

The current trend in Taiwan’s jewellery market is to combine Oriental flavor with Western quintessence.  The country’s designers are creating highly individualistic and unprecedented designs, which are filled with Chinese culture and modern aesthetics. The craftsmanship is developed and sophisticated, blending the designers’ infinite inspiration and innovative creativity. Many of them have received international awards and attention. Their artworks represent the strong personality and unique designs of Taiwan’s designers.

This year’s exhibition will feature a specially tailored “Designers’ Area” to spotlight the latest and most outstanding artworks of Taiwan’s leading and most talented jewellery designers. Over 40 designers will be exhibiting in this area and presenting their brilliant masterpieces.

Sneak Preview of Local Taiwanese Designers, Part II

Designer Chin-Tiao Shih

Mr. Shih has been working as a jewelry designer over thirty years. He loves to integrate folk culture and natural beauty into his artwork.

He has won numerous design accolades and patented his unique and innovative designs. He can transform the most traditional project into a forward thinking and modern masterpiece, and his aesthetic principal even breaks the limitation of techniques and materials to create a new breed of groundbreaking art. He attributes his endless inspirations to the ever-changing natural world.

As he says himself: “Art should imitate life, forever changing and evolving.”

Mr. Shih will present his own line, Atlen Jewelry Co., Ltd, at the Fair.

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Mr. Shih_Phoenix

Resplendent Phoenix

The Phoenix overlooks its splendid tail in a kingly way; you could feel its vigorous spirit through its condescending look toward us.

Its stately body and magnificent tail fully present the strength and beauty.

Mr. Shih uses a variety of precious stones with his superb skills into full play to present each stone’s characteristic perfectly.

Designer Wang, Yueh Yaw

Ms. Wang Yueh Yaw is well known for her Chinese influenced designs that pay homage to the rich tapestry of Chinese history and culture. You will find her artworks filled with oriental style design. She adores Chinese culture and loves to share the glory of it along with her jewelry to the world.

Her design mindset is usually based on Chinese auspicious meaning. She is inspired by each gemstone itself and gives each piece a rich story. You might consider them as an elegant landscape, a lyric or pastoral poem; when you purchase her jewelry collections, you are collecting a graceful story or historical series.

Ms. Wang’s designer pieces will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Wang_Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty
Ms Wang_Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Beauty under the Moon Series – Moonlit Radiance on a Visage of Great Beauty

Materials: Jade, Diamonds, 18KGold

Resplendently bright celestial crescent, under it stands a moonlit beauty, strumming delicately at her pipa, emanating forth the sweetest melodies. An oriole cheerfully chirps songs of joy, perched on a treetop; an enchanting harmony of entwined arias.

Designer Judie Ma

In 2011, Ms. Ma launched her flagship store Dynasty Artistic Jewellery Co., Ltd. Her sophisticated design is audacious and extravagant. Drawing inspirations from the Qing dynasty, her unique and extraordinary collection pays tribute to China’s last imperial dynasty.

Ms. Ma’s designer piece will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Ma_Qing Dynasty
Ms Ma_Qing Dynasty

Qing Dynasty — Imperial Classic Necklace

Materials: Tourmaline, kingfisher feathers, gilding, pearl, lazurite

The intricately designed necklace is quintessentially Asian with an aristocratic flair. Ms. Ma uses rare and exceptional stones such as dzi bead from Tibet and employs traditional techniques including Chinese filigree inlaying.

Designer Chun Ting Chang

Ms. Chang is a 23 year old young talented jewellery designer with a love for jadeite; she is always seeking for a fusion of jadeite and other precious stones. Her childhood memories and travel experience served as her design inspiration for transforming traditional jadeite pieces into modern stunning masterpieces. She gives a fresh take on classic jadeite jewellery.

Ms. Chang’s designer piece will be showcased in the designers’ area grouped with TCJDA.

Ms Chang_Jadeite Bangle Watch
Ms Chang_Jadeite Bangle Watch

Jadeite Bangle Watch

In addition to reviving the traditional jadeite bangle, a whole new jewellery watch was born. The watch is provided with the feature of a jadeite bangle, while the refined craft of jewellery watch promotes the integrity itself. The practical and gorgeous bangle watch was given a rebirth not only by the warm texture of the jadeite, but also the whole new perfection.

Further Information:

Above are just some of the designers that will showcase their collections at the 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair. This B2B jewellery exhibition will feature group pavilions from Taiwan, India, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong,Germany, Italy, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand and USA. Due to last year’s overwhelming success, the upcoming 2014 Taiwan Jewellery & Gem Fair will feature an additional special-themed pavilion. “Splendid Square” will showcase exquisite collections of the world’s finest jewellery, top quality loose diamonds, gemstones and other exclusive products. It promises to be a spectacular event.

For more details on the exhibition, please contact:
UBM Asia Ltd., Taiwan Branch
Room 306, 3F, No. 51, KeeLung Road, Section 2, Taipei 11052, Taiwan
Tel: +886-2-2738-3898
Fax: +886-2-2738-4886
Contact: Ms. Rita Hung

Show Website:


About UBM Asia Ltd. ( )

Owned by UBM and publically listed on the London Stock Exchange, UBM Asia is headquartered in Hong Kong and operates in all of the major countries across Asia. It has over 240 products, including and not limited to trade fairs, conferences, trade publications and on-line media. As Asia’s leading exhibition organizer, it stages market-leading events in numerous industries across the region. In the jewellery market, it organizes several jewellery exhibitions, including the Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, the largest jewellery event worldwide.

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August 4, 2014 at 10:26 am

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Launch Party for the New Chloe Fragrance: Chloe Love Story

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PARIS /PRNewswire/ —

night in Paris. Sparkling lights and music. A crowd. And her.

The Coty Prestige fragrance company hosted a cocktail party on the rooftop of l’Institut du Monde Arabe to present the new Chloe Love Story fragrance to the international press, VIPs and influencers.

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Jean Mortier, president of Coty Prestige and Geoffroy de la Bourdonnaye, CEO of Chloe, celebrated the launch of Love Story in the company of 400 guests.

Clemence Poesy, muse for the fragrance attended the party, along with Clare Waight Keller, Chloe’s creative director and Melanie Laurent, who directed the TV spot which was revealed earlier in the evening. The ad features the song “Mi Amor” performed by Vanessa Paradis.

The rooftop of l’Institut du Monde Arabe was redecorated for the occasion in the style of the new fragrance. An immense metallic structure branded with the Love Story logo was installed for guests to share their Love Story moments.

Guests were invited to experience the new scent at a Perfume Bar showcasing the beautiful lock-shaped flacon, while Christine & The Queens performed their latest songs in an exclusive live concert. The party then moved to the beat of the fashionable DJ Nouvelle Vague.

Guests in attendance included Rachida Brakni, Maria Josee Croze, Geraldine Pailhas, Melanie ThierryKarin Viard, Anne Marivin, Hafsia Herzi, Josephine JapyJeanne Damas among others.

Chloe Love Story Eau de Parfum will be available from September 2014.

About Coty Inc.

Coty is a leading global beauty company with net revenues of $4.6 billion for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013. Founded in Paris in 1904, Coty is a pure play beauty company with a portfolio of well-known fragrances, color cosmetics and skin & body care products sold in over 130 countries and territories. Coty’s product offerings include such power brands as adidas, Calvin Klein, Chloe, Davidoff, Marc Jacobs, OPI, Philosophy, Playboy, Rimmel and Sally Hansen.

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Source: Coty Prestige

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July 7, 2014 at 11:07 am

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British Brand Challenges Swiss Luxury Watch Industry

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LONDON /PRNewswire/ — British luxury watch brand Christopher Ward (London) has stunned the global $23 billion Swiss watch industry by announcing the creation of its own in-house movement – the engine of the watch – Calibre SH21.

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Chris Ward, eponymous co-founder of the brand, describes this as “probably the most significant watch industry development by a British brand in the past 50 years”.

Established in 2004, Christopher Ward pioneered a radical new business model as the world’s first pure online luxury watch brand. Around 40% sales are overseas, the US being the single largest market, selling more mechanical watches than any other UK-based brand. Now, despite being a young and independent brand, the company has advanced to a new level with the launch of its own in-house movement – Calibre SH21.

Mike France, one of the three co-founders of Christopher Ward, explains the significance of the launch: “Last year, the CEO of a major Swiss luxury watch brand heard rumours about SH21 and his – frankly, affronted – comment was “What gives you the license to do that?”

“We give ourselves license to do this. Ten years ago we launched the world’s first pure online business model for luxury watches; a new paradigm in blending supreme quality with unprecedented value that challenged the industry norm. Today, we are advancing to a new level of independence that strengthens the future growth of the business and enables us to develop a family of movements, the first of which is the beautiful C9 Harrison 5 Day Automatic, housing the Calibre SH21, which we also launched today.”

“Our merger with Synergies Horlogeres embeds the experienced industry know-how of Jorg Bader and the extraordinary horological design skills of young watchmaker Johannes Jahnke into our new merged business – Christopher Ward London Holdings. Together, we will deliver further surprises to the luxury watch industry and take our brand to a new level.”

Production of the new movement has been facilitated through the merger. Many brands in the luxury watch industry face intense pressure from the severely restricted supply line strategy adopted by the industry’s largest manufacturer of movements, Swatch Group. Calibre SH21 provides Christopher Ward with a greater degree of independence and security to set its own path.

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Source: Christopher Ward London

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July 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Posted in Fashion