Precious dragons

The winning designs in the 13th annual Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition were one of the many dazzling highlights at this year's Hong Kong International…
The winning designs in the 13th annual Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition were one of the many dazzling highlights at this year’s Hong Kong International Jewellery Show.

The 29th edition of the HKTDC Hong Kong International Jewellery Show attracted a record-breaking 38,000 buyers from around the world over five days in February.
According to HKTDC deputy executive director Benjamin Chau, the show’s attendance, up three percent on 2010 numbers, included an eight percent increase in visitors from BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, the Chinese mainland and South Africa).
“Rapid economic development in the emerging markets, especially the Chinese mainland, has resulted in an expanding middle-class, which in turn is creating huge product demand,” he said.
“The HKTDC will continue to step up publicity in these emerging markets to help Hong Kong SMEs capitalise on the opportunities.”
Hong Kong, which is currently the world’s fifth-largest exporter of fine jewellery, exported HK$47 billion of fine jewellery in 2011 − 35 percent more than in 2010.
Held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Show featured more than 3100 exhibitors from 48 countries and regions in a dozen product zones including the Hall of Fame (international brands), the Hall of Extraordinary (luxurious jewellery), the  Hall of Nature (precious loose jewellery), the Designer Galleria (“hip collections”), the  Antique & Vintage Jewellery Galleria, the Hall of Jade Jewellery, the Hall of Time (watches and clocks) and The World of Glamour (fine jewellery from Hong Kong-based exhibitors).
The Show also featured 20 special events included seminars, jewellery parades, Paspaley Pearl and Robert Wan Tahiti Pearl auctions, and the display of the winning designs of the 13th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition.
The latter, which had the theme of ‘Soaring Dragon’ in recognition of the lunar Year of the Dragon, attracted more than 300 entries.
According to the HKTDC, all the entries were judged on based on creativity and innovation, aesthetics and craftsmanship, marketability, wearability and topic relevance,
The main award, Best of Show, was shared between three entries (pictured top to bottom):
‘Soaring Dragon’ by Cherry Ko (3D-Gold Jewellery (HK),
‘Interstellar Dream’ by Yoko Ho Kwan Po (H&F International Jewellery Co), and
‘Flying Dragon in Joy’ by Ka Wing Tse (Luk Fook Holdings (International).