26 Feb 2009
"Best of the Best" Jewellery Design Competition to Debut at
HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2009
26 February, 2009 – The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2009 takes place from 4-8 March, at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The International Jewellery Design Excellence (IJDE) Award on the first night of the Show highlights the event, awarding the "Best of the best".
IJDE Award is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), and coorganised by the Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association and Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China.
The Award opened only to top prize winners at other international jewellery design competitions in the past two years, it creates a platform to honour creative and eminent jewellery designers from around the world. This year IJDE 2009 received 170 entrants from 27 countries and regions; among them seven submissions from the Chinese mainland, and 24 from Hong Kong; 43 from Europe; and 42 from North America.
"The award pays tribute to the cream of the crop. The result is an elite group of entrants with a proven track record in creativity and design to compete for the highest honour. The ultimate winner will be named 'Champion of Champions' during the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show in March," said Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of HKTDC.
The first round of judging was held in November, with final judging to take place at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show. The award presentation will take place at Gala Dinner 4 March attended by finalists. The competition rewards creativity and uniqueness of the overall concept, quality of craftsmanship and overall beauty. Under the theme "Splendour of Jewels," celebrities and fashion designer will be present at the Gala.
A distinguished panel of international judges will gather for the final judging, namely Lawrence Ma, Chairman, HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee (Hong Kong); Carol Woolton, Jewellery Editor, UK Vogue (UK); Kan Tai Keung, renowned designer (Hong Kong); Jean-François Michaud, renowned jewellery consultant (Switzerland); Joseph Hasbani, Partner, Hasbani Gioielli (Italy); Emma Checkley, Specialist, Jewellery Department, Christie's (UK); Wallace Chan, renowned jewellery designer (Hong Kong); Yao An, Vice-Director, Capital Museum, (Chinese mainland); and Maŕia E Girón, Founder and Partner, MEGAMCAPITAL and MEGADVISE (Spain).
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