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Tale of a city

16 April 2018

By Olivia Quiniquini   

The 19th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition yielded bejewelled vignettes of Hong Kong’s amazing evolution from a small fishing village to a bustling international metropolis that fuses Eastern and Western influences in a culture all its own.

Winning entries of the 19th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition, announced in late February, showcased the boundless creativity and impeccable craftsmanship of the city’s designers. This year’s contest drew 166 entries reflecting the theme, “The Vibrant Hong Kong.” Three Best of Show Awards were given in the Open Group category, while three winners were picked in the Student Group round. Entries were judged on creativity and innovation; aesthetics, craftsmanship and wearability; and topic relevance. Open Group entries were also evaluated for marketability.

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 competition aims to enhance the design quality of the local jewellery industry, identify talent and promote Hong Kong jewellery products to international buyers.

Open Group

Best of Show Awards


Wong Wing Chung

Vista Jewelry Ltd

The delightful rickshaw in 18-karat gold, sterling silver and brass conveys the rapid passage of time and a sense of nostalgia for the vibrancy of old Hong Kong. The piece’s sponsor, Vista Jewelry Ltd, also received the Craftsmanship and Technology Award.

Urban Reflection

Sarah Zhuang

Sarah Zhuang Jewellery Ltd

Four diamond and 18-karat gold rings incorporate Hong Kong’s iconic skyline of ultra-modern skyscrapers juxtaposed against historical buildings. The reflection is created when wearing two rings on the upper finger and two rings turned upside down on the lower finger.

Linkup Fusion

Au Kwok Man

Luk Fook Holdings (International) Ltd

The diamond-studded necklace interlocks traditional Chinese cheongsam buttons and Western buttons to depict the city’s East-meets-West characteristics. Hanging gold chains give the piece an alluring charm.

First Runner-up


Lam Wai Kin

School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University

Drawing inspiration from the auspicious dragon and phoenix bangles, the silver pieces adorned with zircons combine the Chinese characters for East and West and the English letters, E and W, to represent marriage and Hong Kong as a melting pot of cultures.

Student Group



Ng Sin Kiu

Hong Kong Design Institute

Inspired by the traditional Chinese lion dance, the ring exudes vigour and vitality in a festive setting.

Second Runner-up

Dragon Jumping

Liu Siu Ching

Hong Kong Design Institute

The pair of rings capture the Chinese folklore moment when the lively and dynamic fire dragon leaps out of the waves to chase a pearl. The wave splash and the dragon’s fire symbolise Hong Kong’s ceaseless vitality.