HKBU-SCE Students Triumph in
the 17th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition
(Hong Kong, 4 Mar 2016) Eight students from Hong Kong Baptist University School of Continuing Education recently excelled in the 17th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition (Student Group). In addition to Betsy Chan Mei Lan from the Certificate in Jewellery Design & Production programme, who captured the championship with her necklace named “Hand in Hand”; and her classmates Tam Wing Chi and Pang Lai Suen, who both won merit awards with their ring and bracelet entitled “Dwelling” and “Balance of Tai Chi” respectively; five other students were also made finalists. The winning pieces will be displayed in the Hong Kong International Jewellery Show to be held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre between 3 and 7 March 2016.
To reflect the theme of this year’s contest, “Harmony”, Betsy Chan used leather and figurines made of zircons and various coloured precious metals to represent individuals as well as people from different communities and of different races, religions and backgrounds joining hands to create a better future.
She expressed that it had taken more than a month to design and produce “Hand in Hand”, and entering the competition was like setting a goal, motivating her to make greater efforts and gain advancement. “The School’s jewellery design and production programme has not only provided opportunities for us to make our own jewellery, but has also strengthened our sketching skills as well as knowledge of the entire design and production process. Apart from my family’s support, I am indebted to the programme instructors, without whom I would not have been able to make so much progress starting from scratch, and receive the judges’ accolade today.”
Clara Luk, Lecturer of the programme, pointed out that this year saw the best results ever for SCE students joining this major competition. She said, “We strongly encourage students to take part in competitions, so that they can have a better grasp of the industry’s operations, and learn how to realise their design concepts and solve production problems. The results of the competition are a reward for our teaching staff’s endeavours over the years and our students’ passion, they also demonstrate that our programmes and courses are up-to-date and widely recognised.” She hoped that the students would continue to exert their creativity and produce unique jewellery with the professional knowledge learnt.
About the 17th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition
The competition was jointly organised by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council, Hong Kong Jewellers' & Goldsmiths' Association, Hong Kong Jewellery & Jade Manufacturers Association, Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers' Association and Diamond Federation of Hong Kong, China. Entries of the Open Group and Student Group were evaluated based on creativity and innovation, aesthetics, craftsmanship and wearability and relevance to the theme.
About HKBU-SCE Gemmology Programmes and Courses
Since its inception in 1980, the HKBU-SCE Institute of Gemmological Studies has trained numerous professionals for the jewellery industry. It offers Certificate in Jewellery Design & Production, Diploma in Jewellery Design and Professional Certificate in DGA Diamond Grading, and short courses such as Jewellery Production and Development, Diamond Grading as well as Sales and Marketing Technique for Jewellery. The School also provides a full-time Higher Diploma in Commercial Design (Jewellery Design and Visual Merchandising) programme intended for HKDSE entrants, equipping students with both technical knowledge and practical skills of various aspects of art and design that will enable them to perform a wide range of design-related roles in the creative industries. Besides, it also offers Applied Learning Course – Jewellery Arts and Design for secondary school students, allowing them to develop basic knowledge and skills necessary for the jewellery industry and make plans for further studies and career development in the field.
Photos of the champion and the winning works are available for download at http://scepr.hkbu.edu.hk/jewel2016.
Pic 1.jpg: From left: HKBU-SCE Lecturer Clara Luk, Champion of the 17th Hong Kong Jewellery Design Competition (Student Group) Betsy Chan Mei Lan and HKBU-SCE part-time Instructor John Chung.
Pic 2.jpg: A model demonstrates Betsy Chan’s winning necklace “Hand in Hand”.
Pic 3.jpg: To reflect the theme of the contest, “Harmony”, “Hand in Hand” features figurines which are holding hands, symbolising support and cooperation among people of different backgrounds.
Pic 4.jpg: In Tam Wing Chi’s merit award winning ring “Dwelling”, the sparrow is compared to human beings, both working hard for a home filled with warmth.
Pic 5.jpg: Pang Lai Suen also bagged the merit award with her bracelet entitled “Balance of Tai Chi”. She used black and white pearls to represent Yin and Yan, and the adjacent cloud and water patterns heaven and earth, implying that Hong Kong people should observe the slow rhythm of Tai Chi in their hectic lifestyle to maintain physical and mental health.
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