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Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition Winners Named
Winners to be Featured at Next Month's HKTDC Jewellery Show

HONG KONG, Feb 22, 2011 - (ACN Newswire) - Winners of the 12th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition were announced today at a press conference held at The Watermark, in Hong Kong's Central Ferry Pier. Six pieces were singled out in Open Group and Student Group categories during the competition, held under the theme "The Glory of Spring." The winning creations will be displayed before an international audience at the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show, 4-8 March, at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The competition, which attracted more than 370 entries, was 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. Entries were judged on creativity and innovation, aesthetics and craftsmanship, marketability, wearability and topic relevance. Contestants were asked to create designs that break conventional boundaries, while enhancing the charm and glamour of fine jewellery.

Open Group Winners

Three of the pieces were singled out in the Open Group category for Best of Show awards, including "Spring Vitality," created by Cheng Chan Man Chi of G-Link Jewelry Design Ltd. Mrs Cheng, a jewellery designer with 13 years experience, said her bracelet, which also won the Craftsmanship & Technology Award, "captures life about to bloom." It does so, she says, "by burning the silver into cracks on the bangle, recreating the texture of drought-stricken land." Mrs Cheng adds that "the pearl on the silver bangle is like a raindrop on parched land, echoing the spring theme."

The timepiece "Shadow of the Butterflies" also earned best-of-show honours for Lieh Ka Man. The designer, sponsored by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co Ltd, said her design captures the flight of a butterfly "with flapping wings as well as beautiful memories." The third item honoured in the open category was Lo Yi Sin's ring, "Seed." Sponsored by Peter Lam Jewellery Ltd, Ms Lo describes her piece as a "montage of natural scenes found at springtime," including images of seeds and trees that "blossom after a spring rain."

Student Champions

In the Student Group category, the overall champion was Yiu Hoi Lun from the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee). He designed a pair of earrings called "Dancer," which was inspired by jellyfish. Instead of being in water, these creatures "dance and sway with the wind" and remain "in step with the rhythms of spring." A pendant by Po Yuen Ping of the Professional Institute of Management and Education (The Hong Kong Management Association) was first runner-up in the student category. Her "Infinite Spring Scenery on the High Edge" was inspired "by an image of mountain ranges depicted in a traditional Chinese painting." Second runner-up, "Flowing," by Lau Man Ting of the Hong Kong Design Institute, is a pair of earrings that "imitates the gentle and soft motion of flowing water" as the earrings crisscross each other.

Fashion Trendsetter

At today's press conference, HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Benjamin Chau said the competition encourages new ideas in jewellery design and enhances the quality of local design. He pointed out that consumers, particularly those on the Chinese mainland, closely watch Hong Kong, already the world's fourth-largest exporter of fine jewellery after Italy, the United States and Switzerland. "In 2010, Hong Kong's total exports of fine jewellery amounted to HK$34.6 billion," said Mr Chau, noting that many export destinations have posted double-digit growth. He said future prospects for the jewellery industry are bright, and "some of the best opportunities can be found on the mainland, where demand for fine jewellery is increasingly robust."

Similar optimism was voiced by Lawrence Ma, Chairman of this year show's organising committee and the HKTDC Jewellery Advisory Committee 2010/2011. Mr Ma attended the press conference along with Wong Siu Kee, Director of Welfare of the Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association; Billy Lau, Chairman of the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association; Sunny Chan, Chairman of the Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association; and Winston Chow, Chairman of the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China.

International Design

Next month's Jewellery Show is expected to set a new record, with more than 2,800 exhibitors from 46 countries and regions taking part. Exhibitor numbers are up nine per cent over last year, and include first-time participating country Ethiopia.

Italy will be the fair's first "partner country." Italy is a key player in the global jewellery market, known for quality of material and imaginative design. The show's Italian Pavilion will be among 17 group exhibits. The others are: Brazil, the Chinese mainland, Columbia, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Spain, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the US. There are also seven pavilions from trade organisations.

The International Jewellery Design Excellence Award 2011 (IJDE Award) will add to the event's global flavour, honouring "the best of the best" in terms of creativity. More than 100 winners of jewellery design contests around the globe will compete for the top IJDE Award, as well as the Aesthetic Award, Craftsmanship Award, Innovative and Uniqueness in Design Award, Distinction Awards and Merit Awards. Winners will be announced at a reception on the evening of the show's opening day and will remain on display for the duration of the event. Winning items of the eighth International South Sea Pearl Jewellery Design Competition will also be showcased during the fair period.

Visit the Fair Website, HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show: www.hktdc.com/hkjewelleryshow

The 12th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition: Winning Entries

OPEN GROUP

I. Best of Show Award & Craftsmanship & Technology Award

Title: Spring Vitality
Designer: Cheng Chan Man Chi
Sponsor: G-Link Jewelry Design Ltd
Category: Bracelet
Description: This piece captures life about to bloom, as it presents an image of seeds bursting forth from the soil. The piece shines as light reflects off the bracelet, like a beating heart charmed by springtime and inspired to appreciate life.

II. Best of Show Award

Title: Shadow of the Butterflies
Designer: Lieh Ka Man
Sponsor: Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Co Ltd
Category: Jewellery Watch and Clock
Description: Time floats by never to return - like a butterfly. This timepiece is meant to capture that flight with flapping wings and beautiful memories that remain deep in one's heart.

III. Best of Show Award

Title: Seed
Designer: Lo Yi Sin
Sponsor: Peter Lam Jewellery Ltd
Category: Ring
Description: A montage of natural scenes found at springtime form the basis of this creation. Images on the ring include golden seeds and withered trees, which will once again blossom after a baptism of spring rain.

STUDENT GROUP

Champion-
Title: Dancer
Designer: Yiu Hoi Lun
School: Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education (Lee Wai Lee)
Category: Earrings
Description: Jellyfish sparkle with purple light, as they dance and sway in the wind and the rhythms of spring. The movement was inspired by the real "dancers of the sea."

1st Runner-up-
Title: Infinite Spring Scenery on the High Edge
Designer: Po Yuen Ping
School: Professional Institute of Management and Education (The Hong Kong Management Association)
Category: Pendant
Description: Breathtaking springtime scenery can perhaps only be fully explored from the top of a mountain. This piece was inspired by an image of mountain ranges depicted in a traditional Chinese painting. The pendant features pink points, which symbolise nature in bloom, in a season that fills us with feelings of pleasure, goodness and hope.

2nd Runner-up-
Design: Flowing
Designer: Lau Man Ting
School: Hong Kong Design Institute
Category: Earrings
Description: Things grow when spring arrives, but it is water that is the true origin and source of life. The earrings imitate the gentle and soft motion of flowing water. The pieces crisscross each other, illustrating water's energy. The concept was inspired by the way water naturally flows from high to low places.

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About HKTDC

The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) is a statutory body established in 1966 to promote, assist and develop Hong Kong's trade. With 50 offices globally, including 13 in Mainland China, the HKTDC promotes Hong Kong as a two-way global investment and business hub. The HKTDC organises international exhibitions, conferences and business missions to create business opportunities for companies, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in the mainland and international markets. The HKTDC also provides up-to-date market insights and product information via trade publications, research reports and digital news channels. For more information, please visit: www.hktdc.com/aboutus. Follow us on Twitter @hktdc and LinkedIn.

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HKTDC
Corporate Communication Department:
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Tel: +852 2584 4216
Email: [email protected]


Feb 22, 2011 18:37 HKT/SGT
Source: HKTDC

Topic: Awards received
Sectors: Trade Shows
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