18 Feb 2009
Jewellery Design Competition Winners Announced
Hong Kong International Jewellery Show to Display Winning Entries
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
Fair website: http://hktdc.com/hkjewellery
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