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In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8, modern female consumers are recognising their successes through jewellery, with platinum as their metal of choice, said the Platinum Guild International.
Pearls produced in Japan are known for their premium quality and distinguished image. With an ageing clientele however, Japanese pearl industry players are reaching out to younger consumers to ensure the long-term development of the country’s pearl jewellery sector.
The Japan Jewellery Fair 2018 provided a platform to highlight Japan’s well-deserved reputation for ingenious and high-quality jewellery. The country’s dynamic retail market also enticed many Asian jewellers to participate in the three-day exhibition.
While it may be challenging to inject the “wow” factor in a jewellery design, a simple “oh” is sometimes enough to amaze clients, especially millennials who are constantly looking for extraordinary ways to express themselves. Budding designer Keiko Mori from Japan established her jewellery brand “ohrora” in 2014 with young, energetic and artistically rebellious jewellery lovers like herself in mind.
Falling platinum prices and slower demand for platinum in auto-catalysts, as well as in the largest jewellery market of China, have exerted downward pressure on the profitability of the platinum mining industry in recent years. To encourage more funding to boost demand in jewellery, PGI CEO Huw Daniel has implemented various strategies across PGI’s markets, including relocating the organisation’s headquarters from London to Hong Kong. In an exclusive interview with JNA, Daniel shares his insights on the world’s platinum jewellery market as well as his priorities for 2018.
The Japan Jewellery Association (JJA) has unveiled the winners of its 2017 design meet. For the last 28 years, the JJA Jewellery Design Awards has been the country’s most prestigious jewellery design competition. Not only does it promote Japan’s innovative jewellery design and advanced craftsmanship, it is also an important platform to discover and nurture new talents with great vision for the industry’s future development.
Renowned for its dedication to precision and quality, Japan has become one of the world’s most prolific manufacturers of pearls and finished jewellery. It has also maintained leadership in the diamond jewellery sector over the years. Moving forward, Japan is building momentum for the Japanese Akoya pearl as a true symbol of the country’s propensity for artistry and innovation.
The Gemological Institute of America (GIA) has expanded its education services in Japan with the recent opening of a GIA campus in Tokyo. The institute will offer Graduate Diamonds diplomas in Japanese.
Japan is showing no signs of slowing down as it takes a major step in further strengthening its reputation as the world’s trading hub for cultured pearls, according to Yoshihiro Shimizu, chairman of the Japan Pearl Exporters’ Association (JPEA).
Well-loved high jewellery pieces by French jewellery house Van Cleef & Arpels are on display at an exhibition in Kyoto, Japan, which highlights artistic masterpieces that best exemplify French and Japanese techniques.
Mikimoto recently launched a new digital campaign to highlight the modern woman’s perception of pearls through highly stylised films. The “Explore the Original” campaign was launched in the US on November 1.