1 March 2001
Cosmopolitan Creations(HKTDC Jewellery, Vol 01,2001)
Vol. 1 2001
HONG Kong's love of fireworks is a strong inspiration for jewellery designers, as demonstrated by winning entries in the 2nd Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition. The event was organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, the Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Assn, the Hong Kong Jewelry Mfrs' Assn, the Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Mfrs Assn and the Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China. the theme for the contest was Cosmopolitan Design.
The three Best of Show Award Winners, as decided by a special panel of six judges (including four industry experts, a celebrity model and a fashion designer) are featured here. All winning entries go on display during the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show 2001 from 5-8 March at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
TSANG Tik Yan's winning necklace, entitled Fireworks, reflects numerous impressive displays staged on special occasions high above Hong Kong's harbour. Sponsored by Chow Sang Sang Jeweller & Goldsmith, Tsang's creation triumphed in the bracelet/necklace category for items retail priced at HK$50,000 (US$6,410) or below.
"I wanted my piece to look like bursts of exploding fireworks in the night sky. Every year in Hong Kong we have a number of big displays, and I recalled the streams of lights dancing in the sky," says the young designer.
Having studied fashion and jewellery design, she combined synthetic fur with precious metal and diamonds to make her unique choker.
"Jewellery, like any accessory, has a very strong relationship with fashion trends. I watch and study these trends to dream up ideas," she says.
From her sketch, a swathe of synthetic black and white-tinged fur was wrapped around a central core of gold. Flying out from the fur, irregular trails of polished white 18K gold are tipped with dazzling, white, round brilliant diamonds of 0.07-0.2 carats, totalling 1.3 carats.
Tsang is pleased with the choker, but insists she could not wear it. "It is too big for me," she says.
FIREWORKS also left a lasting impression on Chung Vai Ping. Her entry, entitled Flashing, emerged victorious in the earrings category for items retail priced at HK$30,000 (US$3,846) or below.
"Different fireworks create different shapes and images in the sky and are hardly ever symmetrical, so I made each earring different," says Chung.
The two earrings symbolize fireworks in different stages of explosion, with one longer than the other. They are meant to be worn individually, never as a pair. Since they are impressive enough, there is no need for other jewellery, but any wearer needs a beautiful neck to fully show them off, Chung notes.
Her sponsor, Luk Fook Holdings Co Ltd, used yellow and white gold to form the twisted spikes of light. Tipping each spike is a round brilliant diamond of 0.1-0.15 carats sparkling as it falls to earth. The one-month manufacturing process required diamonds weighing 2.4 carats.
Chung monitored the process from her desk as Luk Fook's marketing manager, a post she has held for more than 10 years.
ONE building in Hong Kong's famous skyline, The Bank of China Tower, caught Luk Yiu Tong's keen eye. The result was his winning piece, entitled Silver Tower, in the pendant/brooch category for creations retail priced at HK$30,001-60,000 (US$3,846-7,692).
"The competition is about the city, so I wanted to take a special building as my central theme," says Luk, who has five years of experience as a designer, including three years with his sponsor, Carrera Jewellery.
"The Bank of China Tower is my favourite building and has a very strong design, so people easily remember it," he says. The piece is for fashionable city ladies to wear as an everyday accessory.
Luk's creativity and love of drawing led him into jewellery design. Even the creation of a good drawing gives him satisfaction. After a 45-day manufacturing process, Silver Tower turned out exactly as he envisaged.
A layer of channel-set round brilliant diamonds, totalling more than five carats, shimmers like glass windows. Rising above is a cage of 18K white gold forming the distinctive triangular shape. Gleaming atop the tower is a single 0.1-carat, round brilliant diamond, making this striking pendant an immediate attention-grabber.
WRITTEN BY JOHNNY EDISON
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