HONG KONG, Aug. 10, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The JNA Jewellery Design Competition 2018/19 is honoured to announce its prestigious panel of judges comprising distinguished luminaries in the fields of jewellery and the arts.
Organised by JNA of UBM Asia and sponsored by Crossfor Co Ltd, Platinum Guild International (PGI) and the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK), the competition aims to foster creativity and innovation in jewellery design.
Judges of the competition's inaugural edition have been chosen for their extensive knowledge and design expertise. They will evaluate entries on their adherence to the theme, originality, creativity, aesthetics and market potential.
The independent judging panel is chaired by renowned jewellery designer Fei Liu who earned the coveted UKJA Designer of the Year award in 2016 and was named Designer of the Year by China's Harper Bazaar in 2012. Liu founded his eponymous brand in 2006, creating pieces with East-meets-West influences. His jewellery is sold in over 155 boutiques around the world, including the UK, Germany and China.
Liu is joined on the panel of judges by Bradley Theodore, the famous New York-based visual artist; Robert Tateossian, the founder of the Tateossian London brand; Christie Dang, the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the JNA group of publications; and an illustrious market insider from each category.
Born in Turks & Caicos, New York City-based Bradley Theodore is a multi-disciplinary artist known for his murals depicting contemporary pop culture and fashion "royalty" in his signature skeletal style. His works include distinctive, colourful portraits of Queen Elizabeth, George Washington and fashion giants Anna Wintour and Karl Lagerfeld.
Widely recognised as the 'King of Cufflinks,' Robert Tateossian founded his eponymous brand in 1990. The Tateossian brand has won the UK British Export Award for Accessories three times. Many of its signature elements reflect Robert's own appreciation of mechanism, aesthetics and the unconventional, delivering distinctive yet wearable pieces.
Christie Dang has travelled the world to report on the latest and most pressing developments in the gemstone and jewellery trade. For more than 20 years, she has lead CJNA, one of the most influential jewellery publications in the Greater China region. In August 2017, she became Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the JNA group of publications.
Tahitian Pearl Category Judge
Ida Wong is the General Manager of the Tahitian Pearl Association Hong Kong (TPAHK). She has been actively promoting Tahitian pearls by initiating sponsorships and other marketing campaigns, thereby contributing to greater awareness of the gem among designers, wholesalers, retailers and consumers.
Dancing Stone Category Judge
Hidetaka Dobashi established Crossfor Co Ltd in 1999. Two years later, he obtained the patent for the Crossfor Cut technique. In 2011, Crossfor launched the patented "Dancing Stone" mechanism that sets a centre stone in constant motion. The company was listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (JASDAQ) in 2017.
Platinum Category Judge
Suzanne Wong, Senior Product Manager of Platinum Guild International, is committed to developing innovative jewellery designs in platinum. With over 25 years of experience in the jewellery industry, working with renowned jewellery brands and leading retailers in China, she is an expert on design, R&D and market strategy.
The judges will first select 15 finalists, who will be announced in the middle of January 2019. For more details, see http://www.jnadesigncompetition.com/
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