Extraordinary Designs Revealed as Winners of the Singapore Jewellery Design Award 2016 is unveiled.
Lee Hwa Jewellery, Singapore’s leading contemporary fine jeweller and the Manufacturing Sponsor of 2016 Singapore Jewellery Design Award (SJDA), has unveiled six stunning pieces from emerging, young designers across the globe. The jewellery designs inspired by the theme Metamorphosis, three distinct categories received inspiring ideas from students from Singapore, Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Russia were on display and for sale at the recent Singapore Jewellery & Gem Fair 2016 in early November.
From the hundreds of entries received from design students from leading international Universities and Design Institutions, the three winners and three runner-ups were selected by a panel of judges made up of jewellers, designers and professionals in the industry appointed by SJDA. The final selection was based on originality, creativity and market appeal.
Kean Ng, Business Director, Aspial-Lee Hwa Jewellery, said, “This year’s theme, “Metamorphosis”, is selected to push the boundaries for jewellery design. Students are challenged to create riveting and commercially viable jewellery for the modern woman. The theme calls for designs that would showcase versatility, innovation and creativity through a keen understanding of the current jewellery market. This year’s entries have provided an encouraging outlook on the future of the jewellery design landscape in Singapore. We would like to thank all the participants and congratulate the finalists and winners of the competition.”
THE WINNING DESIGNS IN CATEGORY A: DAY & NIGHT
The instructions for the students in this category was to design a jewellery piece that can take today’s modern woman from the boardroom to the ballroom. A versatile shape shifter, multi-wear design that can be transformed from polished modern chic look by day to glamorous, sophisticated red carpet look by night.
The winning design unveiled is Soul of the Flower by Liubov Klivitkina from The Moscow State University of Design and Technology. On being announced the winner, Liubov, said, “I was inspired by the metamorphosis of a flower bud into a fully blossomed lower. The beauty in form and colour of a fully blossomed orchid, the national flower of Singapore, gave me the inspiration on colour play. With the flexibility of attaching and detaching parts, my design piece can be easily adapted for day and night use. This design allows women to complement their daily office wear or highlight their beauty at formal receptions.”
About the piece: Set in 18k White Gold with Diamonds, Blue Topaz and Amethyst
The Runner-Up and a close second in the same category was awarded to Matthew David from University of the Philippines for his design Ocelia. According to Matthew, winning second place at the Singapore Jewellery Design Award is a huge honour, for him personally and the school, his professor and his country.
“I hope that SJDA continues to inspire and seek talents from all over the world to showcase promising jewellery designs. The inspiration behind my design, Ocelia, is the feathers of a peacock - the magnificence of its shape and the vibrancy of its colours. Through the use of iridescent colours, my design is suited for a formal day wear and apt for a glamorous night wear,” said Matthew.
About the piece: Set in 18k Yellow Gold with Diamonds, Peridot and Amethyst
THE WINNING DESIGNS IN CATEGORY B: PAST & FUTURE
In the second category, the participants were told to take an inspiration from the past and design a piece of jewellery based on how the inspiration can be modernized. By injecting their aspirations, hopes and visions, the winning design was awarded to Abigail Cutaran, also from the University of the Philippines.
Sharing her inspiration behind her piece, Passing of Time, Abigail said, “My design is a bangle that depicts the horizon of the city skyline at the top and drops down to show the organic low of nature, following the contours of the wrist at the bottom when it is worn. It is inspired by skyscrapers and the organic structure of our beloved nature. It signifies the beginning from natural jungles (past), developing to concrete jungles (future). It tells the story of the evolution of society where the only constant thing is change.
About the piece: Set in 10k White Gold with Diamonds and Tsavorite
The Runner-Up in the Past & Future Category was presented to Maria Yakovleva from Togliatti State University in Russia. Titled Gothic, Maria’s inspiration rose from Medieval Europe. According to Maria, “My design has a predominant Gothic feel to it. I feel that Gothic style, when it first surfaced in medieval Europe, bears a beauty that is monumental yet sublime. I named my ring Gothic because it bears all the characteristics of Gothic architecture in medieval Europe - arch with a pointed top; narrow, tall towers and columns and ornate facade with carved details.
About the piece: Set in 18k White Gold, Diamonds and Garnets
THE WINNING DESIGNS IN CATEGORY C: FLUIDITY & SOLIDITY
In this final category, participants were instructed to design a piece that reflected the beauty of solidity found in structural foundation and create a multi-wearable piece of jewellery that embodies the concepts of solidity and fluidity. Lee Yu Chien from Taiwan Jewellery Arts Institute emerged the winner. “I drew my design inspiration from scattering raindrops set against a background of distinct sunlight with varied colours. My design seeks to resemble raindrops, displaying fluidity as they fall. The rigidity of the buildings and the ground on which the raindrops fall, represents the solidity of the design,” said Yu Chien.
About the piece: Set in 18k White Gold, Diamond and Light Blue Topaz
The runner-up award went to Singapore’s Harleen Kaur from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts. According to Harleen, her inspiration was drawn from the magnificent Metropol Parasol in Seville, Spain. “I have always been fascinated by the versatility of the Metropol Parasol in Spain. Though it has a solid structure that looks rigid and firm, it also has a flowy outline that brings about a fluid definition to it. Likewise, the intersecting lines on my design show fluidity but yet when they intersect, they form strong, solid lattices,” said Harleen.
About the piece: Set in 18k White Gold and Plated Yellow Gold with Light Blue Topaz
Each winner and runner up in the three categories not only have their pieces manufactured for sale in Singapore, but were also awarded cash prizes ($500 for Winner and $300 for 1st Runner Up). Ten percent of all net sales will also be given to the respective designers.
The pieces are for sale and are available at Lee Hwa Diamond Promenade at ION Orchard.