Highlights from Doha Jewellery and Watch Exhibition 2018
I’ve long wished to stop by the Doha jewellery series since I had heard a lot about it. And from the blue came an invitation I couldn’t refuse. So I found myself Qatar Airways gliding from a chilly London to the heat of Doha.
So What’s that the Doha Jewellery and Watch Exhibition, or DJWE for brief? It’s a six-day luxury occasion in its 15th year which hosts over 400 brands from 10 nations who come to market their stones and watches straight to customers. It’s held in the Doha Exhibition and Conference center from the West Bay region and crosses 25,000 square metres.
Contrary to other trade shows like BaselWorld, the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie or the vegas Couture series, this is about the end-consumer. And eat they do. Each booth is completely open to people and surfing and trying on is very much invited. Friendliness and willingness place the tone as I strolled from jeweller into jeweller.
The distance is all 1 level and has been divided representing Qatar’s principle jewelry gamers: Al Fardan Jewellery Company, the Ali Bin Ali Group, Al Majed Jewellery, Amiri Gems and Rogue One East. Every one of those groups hosts equally big-name foreign homes like Cartier, Dior, Van Cleef & Arpels or Chanel in addition to independent and regional and local jewellers. Luxurious private salons (under ) and exceptional exhibits and workshops were installed in every region showcasing the area’s love of stones and in special pearls.
Considering that the Gulf’s historic role in the creation of these natural pearls, the Queen of Stone was obviously a significant draw. I had been fascinated with the display of pure pearls in Al Majed where graduated strands of pure pearls were exhibited alongside classic tiaras and glistening piles of different dimensions and types of natural pearls on red silk which filled an whole room. I doubt I could ever find a more remarkable accumulation of organic pearls. I had been fascinated from the demonstration of the conventional pearl-drilling technique (under ) with a bow and wooden block and also fantastic dexterity on the part of the craftsman.
Past the most important five gamers was a well-curated combination of smaller separate jewellers and up-coming talent. It was a joy to watch British jewellers Sarah Ho and Rodney Rayner as well advanced designers like VAK from India along with also the well-established Santosh household of New Delhi. Nikos Koulis from Greece was present together with his compatriots the famous Lalounis family. David Webb of New York and Suzanne Kalan (under ) brought a bit of American pleasure and fashion to the series while France and Italy excelled in both the techniques and design using dozens of agents from both of these jewellery-producing power-houses. I swooned over Mouawad’s striking display of amazing stone.
From the official press release sent out by Auditoire, the series organisers, Ahmed Al Obaidli, Director of Exhibitions in QTA commented,”The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani’s continuing service for DJWE reflects our leadership’s commitment to pushing the boundaries of excellence, as among their development and expansion components of tourism in Qatar…DJWE is a fantastic screen of Qatar’s exhibition and seminar infrastructure capacities including showrooms, world-class and facilities organisers.”