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Tempting jewels flaunt Hong Kong's design capabilities

Model shows the winning pieces of Student Group of the 7th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition. Champion goes to Flying Tampopo (Necklace) designed by Lee Lai Yi, 1st runner up is Maring (Ring, right), designed by Wong Yuk Ying and the 2nd runner up is Square Butterfly (Ring, left), designed by Chan Tat Fai.
The Hong Kong Trade Development Council announced results of the 7th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition today (February 20).
Photo shows (from left to right) Mr. Louis Lo, Associate Chairmen (External) of HK Jewelry Manufacturers' Association; Mr. David Pong, Chairman of Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China; Mr. Lawrence Ma, Chairman of HK International Jewellery Show Fair Organising Committee; Mr. Charles Chan, President of HK Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association; Mr. Ho Pak Tao, Vice Chairman of HK Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association & Mr. Benjamin Chau, TDC Assistant Executive Director.

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council announced results of the 7th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition today (February 20). All the winning designs will be featured at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show (HKIJS) next month to promote Hong Kong's top-class design capabilities to overseas visitors.

About 300 entries were received under the theme of "Dazzling Hong Kong" and "Capriccioso" for the Open Group and Student Group.

Mr. Kwan Chok Kai, Mr. Au Kwok Man and Miss Chu Shuk Mei won the "Best of Show" awards. The "Craftsmanship and Technology Award" went to Luk Fook Jewellery & Goldsmith (HK) Co. Ltd, designed by Au Yee Wa.

Inspired by the neon signs on Hong Kong streets, Mr. Kwan's piece of work reflects unlimited business opportunities in Hong Kong.

Adorned with sparkling rubies, pink sapphires, yellow sapphires and diamonds, and a dangling gold chain, the 18K white gold earrings designed by Mr. Au is intended to capture the magic and brilliance of a fireworks display.

The bracelet designed by Miss Chu resembles the stars shining in the sky - sparkling, dazzling and bustling with energy.

Speaking at the press conference today (February 20), Mr. Lawrence Ma, Chairman of HKIJS Fair Organising Committee said the winning designs showed the vitality and the colours of Hong Kong.

Mr. Ma said, "The designers have successfully struck a balance between creativity, marketability and wearability. These tempting jewels are a testament to Hong Kong's design capabilities."

Sponsored by the Hong Kong Japan Business Co-operation Committee (HKJBCC), the three awardees of the Best of Show will be entitled to a five-day course organised by the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Japan.

"The jewellery industry is growing rapidly and we are thirsty for talented designers. We hope the debut of the student group competition will encourage more high-calibre youngsters to join us," added Mr. Ma.

The winners of student group were Lee Lai Yi, Wong Yuk Ying and Chan Tat Fai. All of them are the students of Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Shatin).

Exhibitor number breaks record

The Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2006 will be held from March 6 - 9 at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (TDC), the fair will bring over 1,940 exhibitors from 40 countries and regions, representing a promising growth of 25%.

The show will encompass group pavilions from Belgium, the Chinese mainland, Dubai, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the US. The International Colored Gemstone Association, the Japan Jewellery Association, the Japan Jewellery Designers' Association and the Platinum Guild International will also be present at the show.

Mr. Charles Chan, Chairman of TDC's Jewellery Advisory Committee, said that according to a survey conducted onsite at last year's fair, most of the buyers voted for Hong Kong and the southern part of Chinese mainland as the ideal jewellery sourcing centre. This partly explains why the show has become the fastest-growing fair of its kind in Asia.

Last year, Hong Kong exported HK$ 25.5 billion worth of jewellery and precious metal, representing a 23% growth over 2004. Exports to almost all major markets recorded significant growth: US (+22%); UK (+3%); Japan (+10%); Germany (+27%); France (+38%).

Mr. Chan said that in order to meet the rising demand, this year the show will be expanded into Hall 7 as well. TDC will also reconsolidate the product zones to offer greater convenience to traders. The new arrangement is as follows:

Hall 1 - Fine Jewellery, "Designer Jewellery Galleria"
Hall 2 - Fine Jewellery and Silver Jewellery
Hall 3 - International Exhibitors & Group Pavilions
Hall 5 - Loose Diamonds, Precious Stones and Pearls, "Treasures of Nature", "Watch & Clock Pavilion"
Hall 7 - Cultured Pearls, Jewellery Accessories, Packaging & Equipment
Grand Hall - Semi Precious Stones
Atrium 2 - "Le Salon Extraordinaire"
200 Series Meeting Rooms - "Les Salons Prives"

In its 23rd edition, the fair will launch a new section "Treasures of Nature" featuring rare loose diamonds, precious stones and pearls. Other special zones will include "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 addition, two internationally acclaimed auctions, Paspaley Pearl (March 4-6) and Robert Wan Tahiti (March 7-8) will be held concurrently at the fair.

For more information, please visit the website of Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2006: http://hkjewellery.com

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7th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition

Download: http://www.tdctrade.com/tdcnews/0602/06022002_a.htm
Open Group - Best of Show Award
Title of Design: Unsurpassed Opportunities
Designer:Kwan Chok Kai
Sponsoring Company:Karp Jewellery Mfg. HK Ltd.
Description:Sophisticated geometric patterns look like an assembly of signage along the streets, revealing unlimited business opportunities in Hong Kong.

Download: http://www.tdctrade.com/tdcnews/0602/06022002_b.htm
Open Group - Best of Show Award
Title of Design:Fireworks
Designer:Au Kwok Man
Sponsoring Company:AMKA Design Company
Description:Adorned with sparkling rubies, pink sapphires, yellow sapphires and diamonds, and a dangling gold chain, this pair of 18K white gold earrings is designed to capture the magic and brilliance of a fireworks display.

Download: http://www.tdctrade.com/tdcnews/0602/06022002_c.htm
Open Group - Best of Show Award
Title of Design:Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Designer:Chu Chuk Mei
Sponsoring Company:Chow Tai Fook Jewellery
Description:The jewel looks like the stars shining in the sky - sparkling, dazzling and bustling with energy.

Download: http://www.tdctrade.com/tdcnews/0602/06022002_d.htm
Open Group - Craftsmanship & Technology Award
Title of Design:Victoria Harbour
Designer:Au Yee Wa, Evelyn
Sponsoring Company:Luk Fook Jewellery & Goldsmith (HK) Co. Ltd
Description:The Victoria Harbour reflects the different colours of the buildings on the waterfronts, their charm enhanced by a symphony of lights representing a dazzling Hong Kong.

Download: http://www.tdctrade.com/tdcnews/0602/06022002_e.htm
Student Group - Champion
Title of Design:Flying Tampopo
Designer:Lee Lai Yi
School:Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Shatin)
Description:The concept of this jewellery comes from Tampopo. The various forms of Tampopo seeds, which are movable, resemble a Tampopo dancing in the wind. The holes and crystals on the silver ball represent the vitality of Tampopo.

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Student Group - 1st Runner-up
Title of Design:Maring
Designer:Wong Yuk Ying
School:Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Shatin)
Description:When worn, the surroundings will be captured by a little mirror on the ring, making them part of the ring's pattern.

Download: http://www.tdctrade.com/tdcnews/0602/06022002_g.htm
Student Group - 2nd Runner-up
Title of Design:Square Butterfly
Designer:Chan Tat Fai
School:Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Shatin)
Description: "Butterfly in Squares" is formed by several geometric forms. By rotating them, you can see how the neat, cold lines are transformed into a life-like butterfly.

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