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Jewellery Design Competition Winners Announced
Hong Kong International Jewellery Show to Display Winning Entries

Student Group winners of the 10th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition are (front row, left to right): Champion Lau Sun Chui, first runner-up Chung Siu Wah and second runner-up Chan Ka Yin. Joining them are (back row, left to right): Chairman of the Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association Addy Wong; Vice Chairman of the Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association Ho Pak Tao; Chairman of the HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee Lawrence Ma; Chairman of the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association Billy Lau; and Chairman of the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China, David Pong Wing Chiu
 
The three Best of Show Awards in the competition's Open Group went to (front row, left to right): Cheung Wing Man, Wong Yin and Kwan Chok Kai. The Craftsmanship and Technology Award was awarded to Yau Ming Yuk (front row, second from right) for "Temptation," sponsored by the Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co Ltd. Joining the winners are (back row, left to right): Chairman of the Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association Addy Wong; Chairman of the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China, David Pong Wing Chiu; Chairman of the HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee Lawrence Ma; Assistant Executive Director of the HKTDC Raymond Yip; and Chairman of the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association Billy Lau
 
The three Best of Show designs on display: “Transforming” (the bracelet); “Vitality” (the ring); and “The day and after” (the pendant). The mask and earring ("Temptation") took the Craftsmanship and Technology Award
 
Winning designs in the Student Group competition: “Sleeping Beauty” (the brooch), “Harmony” (the earrings), and “Coral” (the ring)
18 February 2009 – Winners of the 10th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition were announced today at a press conference held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC).

In the Open Group, the three Best of Show awards were awarded to "Transforming," designed by Wong Yin, "Vitality," designed by Cheung Wing Man, and "The day and after," designed by Kwan Chok Kai. "Design Fusion" was the Open Group's overall theme. The winners receive a five-day training course organised by Japan's Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery, sponsored by the Hong Kong-Japan Business Co-operation Committee.

The Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition encourages new ideas in jewellery design and enhances the quality of local design. Entries were judged on their creativity, marketability, wearability and topic relevance. Competition judges included well-known fashion designer William Tang and industry representatives Chow Ka Keung, Joseph Chu, Alex Fung, Nelson Ho, Ho Pak-tao, King Li, Lawrence Ma and Karl Shin.

"Vitality," a flower cluster ring set with white diamonds, was sponsored by New Concept Jewelry Co Ltd. Rose gold was used to construct several swirl nets set with flowers and leaves. Yellow, white and rose gold were used on the flowers and leaves to set them apart.

"My design was inspired by the emotions and talent of Hong Kong people," said Ms Cheung. "They are lively and hardworking, which makes Hong Kong's economy bloom and which has helped it to become a famous city. Winning this competition enhances my confidence in my design career."

"Transforming" is a bracelet/necklace set. It was inspired by the regional and ethnic cultures that have helped build a prosperous Hong Kong and sponsored by Noble Jewelry Ltd. Ms Wong used interlocking cells to represent the concept of "motherland." The set features a unique design element, in which the bracelet can be removed and worn separately.

"The day and after" was inspired by "a bright day always arriving after the passing of dark clouds and represents what Hong Kong is going through now in this tough economic environment," according to designer Kwan Chok Kai.

"This is the fifth time I have participated in the competition," Mr Kwan said. "Even though I have won prizes twice before, winning still surprises me. Attending the training course in Japan helped me broaden my horizons and taught me that Japanese designers are really devoted to the details."

The Craftsmanship and Technology award was won by "Temptation," designed by Yau Ming Yuk and sponsored by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co Ltd.

"Sleeping Beauty," designed by Lau Sun Chui, a student at the Hong Kong Hong Kong Polytechnic University, took top student honours. First runner-up was "Harmony," designed by Chung Siu Wah, of the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee). Second runner-up was "Coral," designed by Chan Ka Yin, of the Hong Kong Design Institute. "Inspiration from Nature" was the Student Group's theme.

The Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition is organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association, the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, the Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association and the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China.

The winning designs will be on display at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2009, which takes place, 4-8 March, at the HKCEC. More than 2,300 exhibitors from 45 countries and regions are expected this year.

The 2009 jewellery show will include the International Jewellery Design Excellence Award. Showcasing the "best of the best," it's open only to top prize winners from other international jewellery design competitions, all vying to be the Champion of Champions. "The result is an elite group of entrants with a proven track record in creativity and design competing for the highest honour," said Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of the HKTDC. In all, 170 entries from 27 countries and regions were received.

 

The 10th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition
Winning Entries

Open Group

Best of Show (Category: Ring)

Designer: Cheung Wing Man
Title of Design: Vitality
Sponsoring Company: New Concept Jewelry Co Ltd
Design Concept was based on appreciating all the hard works which have been done by the Hong Kong citizens, altogether that makes Hong Kong into a metropolitan city where full of opportunities.

Best of Show (Category: Bracelet/Necklace)

Designer: Wong Yin
Title of Design: Transforming
Sponsoring Company: Noble Jewelry Ltd
The design was inspired by the regional and ethnic cultures that have helped to build a prosperous Hong Kong. To highlight this, the designer used interlocking cells to represent ethnic cultures. The design includes a removable bracelet that can be worn separately.

Best of Show (Category: Pendant / Brooch)

Designer: Kwan Chok Kai
Title of Design: The day and after
Sponsoring Company: KARP Jewellery Mfg Hong Kong Ltd
The designer took his inspiration from nature, and the joy that a bright day, coming after dark clouds, can bring. The design represents what Hong Kong is going through - and the feeling that a better tomorrow eventually comes from our passion and enthusiasm.
Craftsmanship and Technology Award

Designer: Yau Ming Yuk
Title of Design: Temptation
Sponsoring Company: Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co Ltd
The brilliance of glamorous, energetic Hong Kong was the creative catalyst for this artistically designed mask.
Student Group
Champion

Designer: Lau Sun Chui, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Title of Design: Sleeping Beauty (Pendant/Brooch)
Inspiration for the design came from the ocean and the unlimited imagination it represents. The elegant woman lying on the shell with the pearl symbolises the treasure of past memories.
First runner-up

Designer: Chung Siu Wah, Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education, Lee Wai Lee
Title of Design: Harmony (Earrings)
The yin and yang theory offered inspiration for the design. All things on earth are part of a whole and all things related to each other in some way. Prosperous energy comes from harmony. The two water-drop shapes represent yin and yang surrounded by the energy of vivid spirit.
Second runner-up

Designer: Chan Ka Yin, Hong Kong Design Institute
Title of Design: Coral (Ring)
The designer took his inspiration from the characteristics of coral and its varying natural forms to respond to the human condition and the harmony that be realised in working together.

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