Hatton Jewellery Institute
Consumers nowadays are asking for more unique designs that stand out from mass-produced collections to show their individuality. What better way to ensure a product’s uniqueness than making it yourself? In response to rising demand for bespoke pieces, institutes and even world-renowned jewellery houses started offering design and craftsmanship courses to the public. Some also provide co-working spaces to nurture new talents and help open new opportunities in the jewellery marketplace.
With a mission to inspire creativity and nurture new talents in the jewellery industry, more and more design institutions and studios were set up in recent years – a shining example is the Loupe in Hong Kong.
Backed by retail giant Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Ltd, Loupe was established in 2018 with an aim to nurture a design incubation space for local and international jewellery designers.
Since its inception, various events and projects were carried out under the Loupe title, the most recent of which was its participation in the China International Gold, Jewellery & Gem Fair – Shanghai in November last year.
Prior to this event, the team also took part in Jewellery & Gem WORLD Hong Kong (formerly September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair) in 2019. According to Barbarossa Leung, Loupe’s brand service ambassador, the institute’s presence in major trade events is an effective way to connect with the jewellery industry.
“Many jewellery manufacturers who have been struggling with the lack of new blood in their creative teams are fascinated by our designer resources. Our designer residency programme offers great opportunities to professional and amateur designers from different regions to enter the Asian market,” she noted.
The full story will appear on JNA’s Jan/Feb 2020 issue.