19 Feb 2008
Ninth Jewellery Design Competition Presents Fresh Talent
Sparkling, innovative jewellery designs enchant international buyers
February 19, 2008 - Results of the 9th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition were announced today at a press briefing for the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show. Under the theme of "Colour of the World", winning designs of the Open and Student Group stood out from 400 competition entries, presenting joyful and energetic jewellery styles for the modern woman.
"A thriving creative spirit is a crucial factor in Hong Kong's continued success as a leading jewellery design centre. This competition aims to encourage more creativity in the Hong Kong jewellery industry, as well as provide an opportunity for talented designers to demonstrate their brilliance," said Raymond Yip, Assistant Executive Director of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC).
Entries are judged by their creativity, marketability and wearability. Judges of the competition include: renowned TV programme host Jaclyn Chu, acclaimed designer Judy Mann, jewellery industry representatives Stella Lee, Charles Chan and Lawrence Ma; watch and clock industry representatives Alex Chau and Joseph Chu; and a representative from the education sector Alex Fung.
The three Best of Show awards were won by "Blaze" designed by Law Ka Kin, "Star Crown" designed by Leung Hong Lam, and "Colourful World" designed by Vicki Li. "Colourful World" also won the Craftsmanship & Technology Award.
"Colourful World", a brooch crafted with ambers and emeralds in the colours of the spectrum, was inspired by flower bouquets. To capture the beauty of flowers, designer Vicki Li, who is the Chief Jewellery Designer of Luk Fook, explained, "silhouette and outline is crucial to make a piece of jewellery impressive and attractive."
"Star Crown", a pair of earrings taking its inspiration from planets and stars were designed by Leung Hong Lam, who has worked as a jewellery designer for more than 30 years. He said he found his inspiration from a reference book about the solar system.
Instead of being inspired by a fire blaze, "Blaze" was inspired by pompom bow. It is both a ring and a pendant. The dark pink gold ball in the centre quivers with movement.
The three Best of Show winners will each enjoy a five-day course organized by the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Japan, sponsored by the Hong Kong Japan Business Co-operation Committee (HKJBCC).
The student competition was won by "Colour is All Around You", designed by Law Pui Yin, a student at the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (IVE) (Lee Wai Lee); the 1st Runner-up was "One World", designed by Stella Au of Birmingham City University's School for Higher and Professional Education and the 2nd runner-up was "Charming", designed by Li Ka Lee of IVE (Shatin).
The Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition is jointly organised by the HKTDC, Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association and Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China.
The winning entries will be displayed at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, which takes place March 4-8, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. This year is the show's 25th edition featuring close to 2,300 exhibitors - a new record - from 46 countries and regions.
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http://www.tdctrade.com/tdcnews/0802/winnerlist.htm (product photos)
http://www.tdctrade.com/tdcnews/0802/winnerlist_02.htm (model photos)