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'Bullfinches' Wins Top Jewelry Design Award

Mar 7, 2011 10:49 AM   By Denise Romano
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RAPAPORT... Winners of the International Jewellery Design Excellence (IJDE) Awards were announced at a gala reception on March 4 in Hong Kong. The grand winner, or “Champion of Champions,” was Russian designer Ilgiz Fazulzyanov for his “Bullfinches” design (pictured), which featured the beautiful Eastern European birds in snow.  
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The "Innovation and Uniqueness in Design Award" went to Kristen Malan of South Africa for the “Molecular Truth” bangle, which symbolized the point at which the world must start to renew and sustain the planet for future generations. The Aesthetic Award went to Shuk Mei Chu of Hong Kong for “Up and Down,” which are motifs of sunrise and sunsets. The Craftsmanship Award went to Eva Shiu of Hong Kong, for “Sensational Orientalism,” which uses traditional Chinese folk-paper cutting and folding styles mixed with modern design techniques.

The Distinction Awards went to a few entrants. Wen Chan of Hong Kong won for “Hanging Moon,” which used baroque pearls to create a sense of clouds floating at different angles and also for “Melting Snowball,” which used a Tahiti black pearl mounting in black gold, symbolizing the fading of a dark age and the promise of a bright future. Regina Da Mei Cheng, from China's mainland, also won for her “Fortune of Eternity,” which featured a bat with a golden coin in its mouth — a concept that represents wealth and luck in Chinese culture. Anne Hu, also from the mainland won for her “Listen to the Voice of Lian Zhu,” an earring featuring 18-karat gold and diamonds, fashioned in a design that represents the classic Chinese love story, “Liang Shan Bo and Zhu Ying Tai.”

Four entrants received Merit Awards. Queeta Rawat of India won for “Rain Dance,” which featured a white peacock dancing in the rain with a golden South Sea pearl in the middle of its diamond feather. Seyed Mohammad Mortazavi of Iran won for “Twin Paisley,” a creative adaptation of the Persian Paisley, an ancient icon. Lok Chung Angela, Ng of Hong Kong won for “Dancer,” a sparkly and exquisite ring. Emily Snadden of Australia won for her “Precious Limb Bangle,” which depicted the natural folds, creases and wrinkles usually found in the Australian salmon gum.

The panel of judges comprised industry experts from around the globe, who scored the jewelry based upon innovativeness, craftsmanship, aesthetics, wearability, and function. Winning pieces were displayed at the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show at the entrance of Hall 1C.

Pictured: Fazulzyanov's Bullfinch pendant 
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