Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Festival this week

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The International Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Festival 2019 will be held for the first time in Chanthaburi, well-known for the gemstone industry.

Deputy Minister of Commerce, Weerasak Wangsupakitkosol said the festival will be organized between December 4-8 by the Gem and Jewelry Institute of Thailand (Public Organization) in cooperation with allies in the state and private sectors.

The venue is located in downtown area, covering the Chanthaburi Gems & Jewelry Center, the KP Jewelry Center and OTOP Lifestyle at the gems market on Srichan Road.

About 500 operators in gems and jewelry businesses will showcase and sell their products. Other highlights are gemstone auctions, a jewelry design contest, a gem-cutting competition and a gems and jewelry research contest.

A Memorandum of Cooperation will be signed with between local authorities and University of Siena, Italy at the opening of the event on Dec 4 to help Thai operators develop their skills in gem production techniques and jewelry designs.

Tour packages and local products will be available at the festival.

The commerce minister hopes the event will increase sales of Chanthaburi’s gems and promote this eastern province as the center of high-quality colored gemstones. (TNA)