JNA is shining the global spotlight on three of today’s most exciting jewellery designers whose exceptional entries stood out in the inaugural JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19.
Organised by JNA of Informa Markets and sponsored by Crossfor Co Ltd, Platinum Guild International (PGI) and the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK), the competition celebrates artistry, innovation and excellence in jewellery design and production.
The winners of the JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19 are:
Dancing Stone Category – New Fashion Tech
“Heptagram/The Galaxy” by Mami Ochiai of Japan
Platinum Category – Platinum Attitude
“Star Lingers” by Liang Fan of China
Tahitian Pearl Category – Asymmetric Perfection
“The Leonidas Man” set by Alessio Boschi of Italy
The winners will be feted at an awards presentation during the grand reception of the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair, the world’s No. 1 fine jewellery event. Each winner will also receive a cash prize of US$2,000, and have their creations showcased at the June and September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fairs.
The competition’s judging panel was led by renowned jewellery designer Fei Liu, who served as chair. He was joined by eminent jewellery designer Robert Tateossian; famous visual artist Bradley Theodore; and publisher and editor-in-chief of the JNA group, Christie Dang. The three category judges were Hidetaka Dobashi, founder and CEO of Crossfor; Suzanne Wong, senior product manager of PGI, and Ida Wong, general manager of TPAHK.
The winners were selected out of 15 finalists across three categories, and evaluated against the criteria set by the organisers as well as the entries’ adherence to the respective themes. Of the 15 finalists, five were from China; three were from Taiwan; while the rest were from Bulgaria, Egypt, Iran, Italy, Japan, Malaysia and the US.
The competition drew a total of 2,588 entries from jewellery designers and students from 39 countries and regions.
For more information on the JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/2019, visit www.jnadesigncompetition.com.
About the sponsors
Crossfor HK Ltd
Established in 1987, Crossfor Co Ltd is the developer of the revolutionary Dancing Stone technology. Based in Kofu, Japan, the company set up its subsidiary, Crossfor HK Ltd, in 2007. In March 2011, it launched the patented Dancing Stone mechanism, which sets the centre gem in a semi-floating state to keep it moving incessantly. A leading innovator in the global jewellery industry, Crossfor successfully listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange on July 20, 2017.
Platinum Guild International
Founded in 1975, Platinum Guild International (PGI) is a trade organisation supported by major South African platinum producers. It has specialist teams dedicated to developing demand for platinum jewellery through consumer and trade-facing programmes in the key jewellery markets of China, India, Japan and the US. Supported by PGI’s extensive promotional initiatives, China has been the world’s largest consumer market for platinum jewellery since 2000.
Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong
With the support of the Ministry of Perliculture of the French Polynesian government and GIE Perles de Tahiti, the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK) was established on December 5, 2007. TPAHK’s mission is to consolidate the prestigious image of Tahitian cultured pearls and spread relevant information about the gem among industry players and consumers, thereby boosting the value of Tahitian pearls and facilitating market growth. Hong Kong has become an important trading hub of Tahitian pearls. According to 2017 export statistics from French Polynesia, Hong Kong remains the largest importer of Tahitian pearls, with a 65 percent share in total export weight and a 58 percent share in export value.
Published by Informa Markets, a divison of Informa plc, on a bi-monthly basis, JNA is a bilingual (English and Simplified Chinese) professional B2B magazine dedicated to delivering up-to-date market information on the jewellery industry around the world. With indepth reports about the jewellery industry, JNA provides true value that fosters synergies and yields business opportunities within the jewellery industry. Its features on design and its stylish showcases provide a glimpse of upcoming trends influencing the jewellery landscape.
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