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Asia's hippest Jewellery Show opens next month

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On Model are winning designs of the 6th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition. Titles of the jewellery items are “Sea of Treasure” (Earrings), “Sixty” (Necklace) and “Blink, Blink and Beyond” (Ring).
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The winners of the 6th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition (from left to right) are Mr. Kwan Chok Kai, Miss Ng Mei Kan, Miss Chu Wai On and Miss Wu Chui Luen.
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Hong Kong Jewellery exports are expected to grow by 10% in 2005. Pictured are (from left to right) Mr Aaron Shum, Chairman of HK Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association; Mr. Lawrence Ma, Chairman of TDC’s Jewellery Show Organising Committee and Chairman of Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China; Mr. Charles Chan, Chairman of TDC Jewellery Advisory Committee and President of HK Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association; Mr. Ho Pak Tao, Vice Chairman of HK Jewellers’ & Goldsmiths’ Association and Mr. Benjamin Chau, TDC Assistant Executive Director.
Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2005, one of the most established fairs of its kind in Asia, will be running from March 1 - 4 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), the fair has attracted over 1,500 exhibitors from 38 countries and regions to showcase a wide array of products including fine jewellery, pearls, diamonds, gemstones, precious stones and watches.

Speaking at the press conference today (February 18), the Chairman of TDC's Jewellery Advisory Committee, Mr. Charles Chan said the industry performed well in 2004. Against this background, the fair is growing fast with 2005 witnessing an 11% increase in exhibitor numbers.

Last year, Hong Kong exported US$2.58 billion worth of jewellery, representing a 19% growth over the previous year. Exports to almost all major markets recorded double digit growth: US (+10%); UK (+52%); Japan (+25%); Germany (+10%); France (+36%); Singapore (30%); and Italy (+75%).

Sixteen group pavilions will be staged at the show. These include: Italy, Belgium, US, Japan, Korea, Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Singapore, Thailand, India, Israel, the International Colored Gemstone Association (ICA), the Japan Jewellery Association (JJA), and the Platinum Pavilion formed by Platinum Guild International. First-time pavilions will be from Dubai and the Japan Jewellery Designers Association.

Special focuses this year will be on "Le Salon Extraordinaire", "Designer Jewellery Galleria" and the "Watch & Clock Pavilion" where high-end jewellery, designer collections as well as watches and clocks will be on display.

In its 22nd edition, the fair has launched a new initiative allowing exhibitors to privately showcase their glittering products to buyers. "Les Salons Prives" section is conveniently located at the centre of the fair.

The fair also provides opportunities for exchanging ideas and keeping abreast of product trends and market development. Industry experts will share their insights in a series of seminars under the themes of "GIA gems and gemology lab notes update", "Overview on production methods, origins and evaluation procedures of cultured pearls" and "How to establish jewellery business in the Chinese mainland"

In addition, two internationally acclaimed auctions Paspaley Pearl (Feb 27 -Mar 1) and Robert Wan Tahiti (Mar 2-3) will be held concurrently at the fair.

Creative jewellery designs on display

To promote Hong Kong's design capabilities to overseas buyers, the fair will feature the winning pieces of the 6th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition.

The winners of "The Best of Show Award" are Mr. Kwan Chok Kai, Miss Wu Chui Luen and Miss Chu Wai On. The new "Craftsmanship and Technology Award" goes to Miss Ng Mei Kan (Please see the chart below for details).

This year, the themes of the competition are "A convergence of the classics and the modern" and "Colour of cultures". Winning designs are selected out of 176 entries based on the criteria of creativity and innovation (60%), marketability (20%) and wearability (20%).

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Japan Business Co-operation Committee (HKJBCC), the awardees will study at Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Japan at the end of March.

For more information about the fair, please visit the website of Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2005: http://hkjewellery.com

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Blink, Blink and Beyond

6th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition"Best of Show Award"

Designer:Mr. Kwan Chok Kai
Title of Design: 
Sponsoring Company:Karp Jewellery Mfg. HK Ltd

Design Concept: This design is inspired by the washboards used commonly in traditional Hong Kong.

Sea of Treasure

6th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition"Best of Show Award"

Designer:Miss Wu Chui Luen
Title of Design: Sea of Treasure
Sponsoring Company:CSS Jewellery Co., Ltd.

Design Concept: Inspired by fishes swimming freely in the sea, this design is created with the use of three different colours of 18K gold.

Sixty

6th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition"Best of Show Award"

Designer:Miss Chu Wai On
Title of Design: Sixty
Sponsoring Company:Luk Fook Jewellery & Goldsmith (HK) Co., Ltd

Design Concept: This design adopts circles and dots in strong contrasting colours of the 60's in contemporary ornaments.

Red Lantern

6th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition"Craftsmanship and Technology Award"

Designer:Miss Ng Mei Kan
Title of Design: Red Lantern
Sponsoring Company:Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co. Ltd

Design Concept: This design is inspired by the lantern culture inherited from Chinese ancestry.

 

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