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The 53th edition of annual Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair opened on Tuesday, amid tough political environment in the country. Buyers’ traffic is reported to be dramatically reduced.
On Monday, the day before the opening of the exhibition, explosion was in Ratchaprasong, the commercial district of Bangkok, which resulted in three people killed and sixty people wounded.
On the first day of Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair the exhibition halls were not crowded at all especially when compared to the last year, when the fair venue was crowded and full of visitors and some particular booths were difficult to reach.
"Many of our customers have canceled their visit to the exhibition because of the state of emergency in Bangkok," - J.Siam Group manager told Rough&Polished. She also noted that since 2013 their customers from Ukraine have almost clamped down on making jewellery orders as a result of another powerful political crisis.
“This year the show is very quiet. But our business here is much better than we had expected,” - noted the director and owner of Jewelena company.
In response to a question by Rough&Polished about their success and trading activities at the show many of the participants from sectors of diamond, gold jewellery and silver and cubic zirconia jewellery, optimistically stated that despite the restricted attendance, some customers still came to Bangkok, and they were determined to place orders.
The exhibition organizers are doing their best to ensure success of the event and safety of its visitors and participants.

Olga Patseva, Rough&Polished, from Bangkok