Lisa in Asia: Day 5Mar 10, 2010
Well, it’s our last full day here in Hong Kong. We have a number of appointments but also want to take a bit of time to walk through the show and look for potential new vendors. The show is absolutely enormous filling level after level of the convention center. It’s hard to even see one whole floor let alone the five that exist!
This trip, we have found some great new engagement rings and bridal sets. One ring in particular grabbed Peter and I from inside a display. It is just perfect, and got an ‘ooh’ from Laurie when we showed it to her. It is an emerald cut diamond with small diamonds around it, and an intertwined band. I particularly liked the motion of the band, it had dimension and visual interest. It’s a size that will make it very affordable, but is also just beautiful, any woman would be happy to wear it. I can’t wait for it to come in and have customers fall in love with it like we did!
It was exciting to see different jewelry than I’m used to seeing. This show is so international, that we saw a different variety of styles and gemstones highlighted. I fell in love with Jade. Lavender Jade in particular. Jade isn’t something often seen in traditional U.S. jewelry stores, but is extremely popular in Asia. It can be extremely valuable, with the best pieces being worth more than diamonds. I know very little about the stone, so I simply enjoyed looking at the windows of beaded, carved, and ornamental Jade.
When we were in Italy, Laura mentioned that there weren’t many people in my age group at the show. We talked about the future of our industry and how important it is to have the next generation coming up through the ranks. In Hong Kong, it was totally different, there were lots of members of that next generation. At many of our appointments we talked with not only the owners of the company, but their forward thinking children as well. I think that the mix of experience and enthusiasm is essential to the future growth of the industry.
It has been a great trip. We have found some new, different merchandise, and I can’t wait for our stores to see it!
That’s all for this trip.