7 January 2019
The JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19 has attracted more than 2,500 entries during its maiden edition. Finalists are to be announced in January on the competition’s official website and social media channels.
A total of 2,588 entries were received from jewellery designers and students from 39 countries and regions. The participants were from China, Taiwan, India, Hong Kong, Iran, Malaysia, Turkey, Japan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, the US, France, Indonesia, Singapore, Brazil, Swaziland, Spain, United Kingdom, Egypt, Italy, United Arab Emirates, Macau, Thailand, Australia, Bulgaria, Vanuatu, Azerbaijan, Canada, Lithuania, Portugal, South Africa, Ukraine, Botswana, Germany, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco and Nigeria. The Tahitian Pearl category received the most number of entries with 940 submissions while the Dancing Stone and Platinum categories drew 713 and 935 entries, respectively.
The JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19 judging panel, chaired by award-winning jewellery designer Fei Liu, is selecting 15 finalists and evaluating each entry against the criteria set by the organisers as well as its adherence to the respective themes. Other members of the judging panel are celebrated jewellery designer Robert Tateossian; US-based visual artist Bradley Theodore; and publisher and editor-in-chief of the JNA group, Christie Dang. There are three category judges – Ida Wong, general manager of the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK), Hidetaka Dobashi, founder and CEO of Crossfor Co Ltd, and Suzanne Wong, senior product manager of Platinum Guild International (PGI).
One champion will be selected for each category. Each winner will receive a trophy, a certificate and cash prize of US$2,000. Four merit prizes will also be awarded in each category, with each recipient getting a trophy and a certificate.
Sponsored by Crossfor Co Ltd, PGI and TPAHK, the JNA Jewellery Design Competition recognises and celebrates excellence in jewellery design. The competition has three categories – Dancing Stone, Platinum and Tahitian Pearl. Their respective themes are New Fashion Tech, Platinum Attitude and Asymmetric Perfection. Participants were invited to reflect specified themes while highlighting the respective materials’ exceptional qualities in their designs.
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