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Special Events

16 / 9 / 2024 (Mon)
3:00pm – 3:30pm
AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE)

Jade:
China’s Gift To The World

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.

Matthew Triglone
Managing Director,
Jewelarc International Ltd


Matthew Triglone can probably be described as a veteran in the jewellery industry. A Graduate Gemologist of the GIA, he has spent all of his working life in the jewellery industry undertaking roles that have influenced the growth and development of those companies he has represented and their customers. In 2002, Matthew created Jewelarc International with the intention to primarily support his customers in design and product development. The evolution of that purpose founded a manufacturing facility in Chonburi, Thailand.

Matthew’s ethos goes back to the 1987 UN definition of Sustainability: “Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Having evolved from retail, wholesale, manufacture and design, he has a complete understanding of what it means to grow within a responsible supply chain.

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).

About the session:

Jade has been treasured by the Chinese for some 10,000 years. Yù (玉), the Chinese word for jade, is one of the oldest in the Chinese language; its pictograph is distinguished from that for “ruler” only by one dot. Outside of China, people generally think of jade as fei cui from Burma, where the finest quality is a vivid green. Within China, however, jade is a stone of an entirely different character, with the finest quality being white. Lotus Gemology offers a brief survey of the places fei cui and nephrite come from and then delve into the real Chinese jade, the true “Stone of Heaven.”

16 / 9 / 2024 (Mon)
4:20pm – 4:50pm
AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE)

Inside Out: Journey
Into The Centre Of A Gem

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.

Matthew Triglone
Managing Director,
Jewelarc International Ltd


Matthew Triglone can probably be described as a veteran in the jewellery industry. A Graduate Gemologist of the GIA, he has spent all of his working life in the jewellery industry undertaking roles that have influenced the growth and development of those companies he has represented and their customers. In 2002, Matthew created Jewelarc International with the intention to primarily support his customers in design and product development. The evolution of that purpose founded a manufacturing facility in Chonburi, Thailand.

Matthew’s ethos goes back to the 1987 UN definition of Sustainability: “Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Having evolved from retail, wholesale, manufacture and design, he has a complete understanding of what it means to grow within a responsible supply chain.

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).

About the session:

Precious gemstones are celebrated for the outward beauty, particularly for shining colours that capture our attention. Beyond their fascinating beauty, each of Mother Nature’s gems encapsulates part of Earth’s history, a story millions of years in the making. Join us on a journey into this hidden space inside of a gemstone. Together we will explore the microscopic depths of rubies and sapphires, seeing a world that most have never glimpsed.

17 / 9 / 2024 (Mon)
2:00pm – 3:15pm
AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE)

SUSTAINABILITY HEROES PANEL SERIES

Jewels Of A Sustainable Future

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.

About the session:

Join us as we bring together the distinguished Award Recipients and Finalists of the Sustainability Awards 2024 by JWA! This panel discussion offers a unique opportunity to learn directly from these sustainability leaders, and gain invaluable knowledge and practical wisdom that can help drive change within and beyond the jewellery and gemstone industry. Discover the innovative strategies they have employed, the challenges they have overcome and the collaborations they have forged.

  • • What measures have the panellists implemented to guarantee transparency and ethical standards across their supply chains?
    • In terms of market awareness and education, what strategies have they found effective in promoting sustainable jewellery choices? How do they communicate the importance of responsible sourcing and manufacturing to their customers?
    • Looking ahead, which actions and collaborations will play a pivotal role in further advancing sustainable business practices?

17 / 9 / 2024 (Tue)
3:15pm – 4:15pm
AsiaWorld-Expo (AWE)

Beyond Precious:
Pearl Farming And Environmental Stewardship

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.

Matthew Triglone
Managing Director,
Jewelarc International Ltd


Matthew Triglone can probably be described as a veteran in the jewellery industry. A Graduate Gemologist of the GIA, he has spent all of his working life in the jewellery industry undertaking roles that have influenced the growth and development of those companies he has represented and their customers. In 2002, Matthew created Jewelarc International with the intention to primarily support his customers in design and product development. The evolution of that purpose founded a manufacturing facility in Chonburi, Thailand.

Matthew’s ethos goes back to the 1987 UN definition of Sustainability: “Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Having evolved from retail, wholesale, manufacture and design, he has a complete understanding of what it means to grow within a responsible supply chain.

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).

About the session:

Pearl farmers are recognised as guardians of the sea, working in harmony with nature to produce the “Queen of Gems.” This session will explore the inherent sustainability of pearl farming and address the environmental challenges faced by pearl producers today. Additionally, the discussion will highlight the importance of pearl oysters as indicators of ocean health, underscoring their role in assessing and enhancing our understanding of the well-being of marine ecosystems.

• How does sustainable pearl farming contribute to marine biodiversity protection, and how can this knowledge be used to drive conservation efforts?
• What are the potential economic and social benefits for pearl farming communities when sustainable practices are implemented?
• Can the success stories and best practices from sustainable pearl farming be replicated or adapted to other industries within the gem and jewellery sector?

18 / 9 / 2024 (Wed)
2:00pm – 3:15pm
Grand Foyer, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)

SUSTAINABILITY HEROES PANEL SERIES

From Source To Showcase: Inspiring Change In The Jewellery Industry

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.

About the session:

Join us as we bring together the Award Recipients and Finalists of the Sustainability Awards 2024 by JWA! In this discussion, these sustainability champions will share valuable insights from their responsible business commitments, highlighting collaborations and initiatives that have made a positive impact on their operations, local communities and the planet. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain practical insights and inspiration to fuel your own initiatives, as we collectively work towards a brighter, more sustainable future!

• What key sustainability initiatives have the panellists implemented that have made a positive difference on their organisations, communities and the environment?
• How do they approach responsible sourcing and manufacturing practices in the jewellery industry and what challenges have they encountered along the way?
• What are some of the most pressing sustainability challenges facing the jewellery sector today and what steps can be taken to address them effectively?

18 / 9 / 2024 (Wed)
3:15pm – 4:15pm
Grand Foyer, Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)

The Power Of Pearls:
Sustainable Gems For A New Generation

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.

About the session:

This panel session aims to explore innovative strategies to attract a broader demographic and redefine pearl jewellery for the influential millennial consumer segment. Experts from pearl producers, top dealers and brands will come together to discuss the unique appeal of pearls to the younger generation of buyers, highlighting their extraordinary status as the only renewable gems in the world.

• How can the industry leverage the sustainability factor of pearls to differentiate them from other gemstones and attract environmentally conscious millennial consumers?
• What role does storytelling and education play in increasing the appreciation for and understanding of pearls among younger consumers?
• What strategies can be employed to make pearl jewellery more accessible to the millennial consumer segment without compromising on quality or sustainability?

20 / 9 / 2024 (Fri)
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC)

Staying Ahead In The
Evolving World Of Jewellery Design

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.

Matthew Triglone
Managing Director,
Jewelarc International Ltd


Matthew Triglone can probably be described as a veteran in the jewellery industry. A Graduate Gemologist of the GIA, he has spent all of his working life in the jewellery industry undertaking roles that have influenced the growth and development of those companies he has represented and their customers. In 2002, Matthew created Jewelarc International with the intention to primarily support his customers in design and product development. The evolution of that purpose founded a manufacturing facility in Chonburi, Thailand.

Matthew’s ethos goes back to the 1987 UN definition of Sustainability: “Sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” Having evolved from retail, wholesale, manufacture and design, he has a complete understanding of what it means to grow within a responsible supply chain.

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).

About the session:

Step into the world of jewellery design as established jewellery artists from around the globe share their exclusive insights at JGW! Learn from their experiences as they explore new materials, test design ideas and harness cutting-edge technologies to create unforgettable collections. Gain valuable insights from their triumphs and setbacks as they reveal how they transformed challenges into opportunities to find the perfect market for their creations. Prepare to be inspired as you discover the secrets behind their craft and uncover new possibilities for your own business.

• What were the setbacks that these jewellery artists faced when starting their own businesses and how did they transform those hurdles into valuable learning experiences?
• What role does branding play in the success of jewellery designers and what are the key steps that they can take to develop and promote their brand identity effectively?
• What practical strategies can designers employ to nurture strong relationships with suppliers, manufacturers and other industry stakeholders?

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