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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.
Having run a garments business and a gallery, jewellery designer Jenny Lee has cultivated her artistic sense over the years. On top of her fondness for vintage designs, the Taiwanese jeweller produces delicate, beautiful creations of outstanding craftsmanship, with each piece demonstrating a perfect balance between strength and tenderness.
Juan Lau Wordsworth is one of many up-and-coming prolific jewellery designers who found themselves in the jewellery business by accident. In this interview, she talks about her journey to the creative realm and her design philosophy, as well as her love affair with flowers – an enduring inspiration in her collections.
The Japan Jewellery Association (JJA) has unveiled the winners of its 2017 design meet. For the last 28 years, the JJA Jewellery Design Awards has been the country’s most prestigious jewellery design competition. Not only does it promote Japan’s innovative jewellery design and advanced craftsmanship, it is also an important platform to discover and nurture new talents with great vision for the industry’s future development.
Modern women and their many different personalities are at the core of colourful jewellery pieces designed by sisters Annick Jordi and Noëlle Vieillard-Jordi of Switzerland-based bahina Sarl. Delicate yet spirited, these jewels are the ideal representation of today’s woman – bold, beautiful and confident.
In its Gem Visions 2018, Swarovski flings open its doors on a Wunderkammer packed with ideas, inspiration and pure creative energy. The 2018 edition identifies Naturalia, Mirabilia and Artificialia as the three trends influencing jewellery design next year.
Designs at this year’s Hong Kong Watch & Clock Design Competition revolved around the fascinating world of automobiles. Jointly organised by the HKTDC Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair 2017 Organising Committee, the Hong Kong Watch Manufacturers Association Ltd and The Federation of Hong Kong Watch Trades & Industries Ltd, the annual event aims to enhance the design quality of Hong Kong watches and clocks, and raise their profile and sales both locally and overseas. The 2017 competition was divided into the Open Group and Student Group, with the themes of “Luxury Automobile” and “Future Luxury” respectively. More than 200 entries were received this year. The judging panel of nine professionals from various sectors evaluated the entries based on originality and creativity, aesthetics and marketability. Open Group
Alice Xie is making waves in the fine jewellery world with her eponymous designer brand that reflects the culture and heritage of her hometown, Chengdu. Xie infuses her jewellery pieces with an elegant simplicity that allow gems to shine in their organic form.