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Organised by JNA of UBM Asia and sponsored by Crossfor Co Ltd, the Platinum Guild International and the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong, the JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19 attracted a total of 2,588 entries from jewellery designers and students from 39 countries and regions. Five finalists have been named in each category, namely Dancing Stone, Platinum and Tahitian Pearl. The chosen designers were from Bulgaria, China, Egypt, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan and the US.
Jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong Jewellers’ & Goldsmiths’ Association, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association and the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China, the Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition received close to 200 entries this year. The winning pieces highlighted the designers’ creativity under the theme “Be Connected, Be United.”
Women’s choice of jewellery pieces has evolved over the years but classic designs with a contemporary, upgraded look continue to redefine modern elegance. From dainty pearls to twisty, crisscross gold rings and innovative bracelets and layered necklaces, these avant-garde jewellery pieces epitomise artistic simplicity.
With unparalleled craftsmanship and dedication to precision and quality, Italian jewellers are known to produce refined collections with a universal and enduring appeal. In this feature, TRENDVISION Jewellery + Forecasting examines key emerging trends in Italy’s fine jewellery scene that are seen to filter through to the global sector.
While it may be challenging to inject the “wow” factor in a jewellery design, a simple “oh” is sometimes enough to amaze clients, especially millennials who are constantly looking for extraordinary ways to express themselves. Budding designer Keiko Mori from Japan established her jewellery brand “ohrora” in 2014 with young, energetic and artistically rebellious jewellery lovers like herself in mind.
The De Beers Group’s southern African design competition helps nurture talent in diamond-producing countries by providing a platform for emerging jewellery designers to showcase their skills. Winners of the 2016/17 edition pay tribute to their environs in their captivating designs illustrating the beauty of nature.
Taiwanese jewellery designer Rachel Wen established her jewellery brand Chara Wen about 15 years ago as homage to an infinite love for her daughter. Through her jewellery, Wen channels love and blessings to the people around her; her creations exuding joy and the beauty of life.
Changes in consumer profiles and expectations are having a profound impact on the coloured gemstone sector. Catering to these new requirements entails industry collaboration and compliance on issues of transparency and sustainability, according to Clement Sabbagh, president of the International Colored Gemstone Association.