GIA team documents the Chinese gem and jewellery industry


A GIA team travelled to China in the summer of 2013 on a quest to learn about the gem and jewellery industry there and its significance in the global industry. 
 
The team, led by Gems and Gemology’s (G&G) technical editor Dr Tao Hsu who is originally from Beijing, wanted to tell the story of the Chinese industry from an insider’s perspective. Andrew Lucas, manager of Field Gemology; Pedro Padua, video producer; and Eric Welch, photo editor, joined her. 
 
They launched their project at the business gateway to mainland China: the annual June Hong Kong Gem and Jewellery Fair. After the show, they travelled to seven cities ‒ Shenzhen, Panyu, Sihui, Pingzhou, Guangzhou, Shanghai and Beijing ‒ to visit factories, trading centres, trade organisations, government agencies and retail stores. They documented these visits with interviews, videos and photos.
 
The team will present a series of field reports and G&G articles on what they found including:
  • an overview of the Chinese gem and jewellery industry
  • how jewellery designers are inspired and how they market their designs
  • an in-depth look at the jade industry
  • a visit to one of the world’s leading diamond cutting, coloured gemstone cutting and jewellery manufacturing centres and how they work
  • the explosion of the Chinese consumer market 
Many of the field reports and G&G articles will also include video footage that takes the viewer on tours through factories, trading centres, trade organisations and retail stores. They’ll also get a close look at state-of-the-art manufacturing, jade carving, robust trading and the thriving market.
 
Readers will be able to download the field reports and G&G articles in English and Mandarin. This will be the first time G&G articles will be available in a language other than English.

The documentaries and future collaborations are all possible thanks to the close bonds that the team made with Chinese industry leaders and professionals, for example, at this traditional Chinese tea ceremony with the president of the Pingzhou Jadeite Association. Photo by Pedro Padua, © GIA