Dubai —The 19th edition of Dubai International Jewellery Week 2014, showcasing dazzling collections of 380 exhibitors, opened on Wednesday at Dubai World Trade Centre.

Shaikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inaugurated the show that runs until December 6. The opening day of the four-day show welcomed thousands of visitors.

“With more than 800 jewellery brands at this year’s event, every budget is catered for and we have some remarkable pieces of jewellery and diverse collections on show that will wow our visitors,” said Trixie LohMirmand, Senior Vice President, Exhibitions & Events Management, DWTC.

Ivana Okereke, Managing Director and Designer of Gemme Couture, said: “Some of the most notable pieces that we are showcasing include a stunning 12 carat natural untreated ruby ring with diamonds, a 13 carat tanzanite ring with emeralds and diamonds, and a South Sea pearl necklace with kyanite and amazonite, all handmade.”

According to the UAE Kimberly Process Office, Dubai’s rough diamond trading in the first nine months of the year increased by eight per cent to 108 million carats at a value of $10.5 billion — an increase of 15 per cent against the same period last year. A total of 58 million carats were imported from January to September at a value of $4.2 billion, while export in the same period was at 50 million carats with a value of $5.4 billion.

On display at the show is a range of astonishing pieces including the world’s most expensive pair of boots, designed by Auro Jewels and retailing for $3.1million as well as the highly anticipated Candy collection launch by Gemme Couture.

Ivana Okereke, Managing Director and Designer of Gemme Couture, said:

“Some of the most notable pieces that we are showcasing include a stunning 12 carat natural untreated ruby ring with diamonds, a 13 carat tanzanite ring with emeralds and diamonds, and a South Sea pearl necklace with kyanite and amazonite, all handmade.”

Running alongside the event is the sixth edition of the Jewellery Design Awards, rewarding amateur and professional designers from across the world for their excellence in jewellery design, innovation and creativity. The awards will take place today evening at The Address Montgomerie Hotel, Dubai… see more

source: khaleejtimes