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HRD Awards Top Design Honor to 'Porcupine Theory' By Jiang Zhe

Five diamond jewelry designers recognized at awards ceremony in Shanghai.
Dec 16, 2011 3:48 PM   By Jeff Miller
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RAPAPORT... Five diamond jewelry designers were recognized earlier this week for their winning entries in HRD Awards 2011, titled "You and Me."  Diamond jewelry designer Jiang Zhe, who is from China, was awarded first prize for her "Porcupine Theory" (pictured) diamond brooches.

The other four finalists were: Alia Mouzannar from Lebanon, Gabri Schumacher and  Maja Houtman from The Netherlands, and Chun Man Ping from Taiwan. diamond brooch

The event also recognized Ling Qiang, the president of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange, with the "Office of the Order of King Leopold II" for fostering strong diplomatic relations between Belgium and China.

The HRD Awards ceremony was held in Shanghai and included many important Belgian guests, including the governor and vice-mayor of  Antwerp, the Belgian ambassador to China, the Belgian consul general in Shanghai  and representatives from the industry.

The HRD Awards this year were jointly organized by HRD Antwerp and the Shanghai Diamond Exchange,  were supported by the Gems & Jewelry Trade Association of China and sponsored by Kimberlite Diamond. The theme this year, Toi Et Moi, or You and Me, referred to the mystery of dualism and Yin and Yang, the balance of extremes. 

In the initial selection process, which took place in October 2010,  had a panel of experts select 29 designs out of 1,396 original submissions. During the course of this year those 29 finalists created their finished jewelry piece. The top five were then unveiled December 11.

''The fact that we held this year’s HRD Awards ceremony in China indicates that China's diamond industry is highly valued and recognized by the international industry experts,'' said  Qiang. ''With the steady development of China’s economy, China's diamond sector has become a major partner in the world's diamond industry.''

Georges Brys, the general manager of HRD Antwerp, added that Chinese consumers are becoming increasingly aware of quality and authenticity, especially when buying diamond jewelry. ''Quality and authenticity is exactly what HRD Antwerp is promoting through its Diamond  Certificates. The introduction of the HRD Awards collection in Shanghai will help us to further develop our business opportunities in China, by opening doors and connecting by means of the magic of diamond jewelry.''

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Photos courtesy of HRD Antwerp. Group photo includes (from left to right):  Georges Brys, HRD Antwerp general manager; Lin Qiang, the president of the Shanghai Diamond Exchange;  Zhe Jiang, first prize winner;  Chun Man Ping, finalist;  Gabri Schumacher, finalist;  Maja Houtman, finalist;  Alia Mouzannar, finalist;  Sun Fengmin, the vice chair of Gems & Jewelry Trade Association of China; and Dong Liusheng, the chairman of Kimberlite Diamond.

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Design Awards are irrelevent
Dec 16, 2011 10:01PM    By James Sinclair
The winning entry shows just how irrelevent design awards are to vast majority of the jewellery industry. The awards are for a select few who first of all are cashed up enough to enter and secondly, the awards have gone down the path of the fashion industry with designs that are so way out that they lack meaning. It appears that relevence is not a criteria for jwellery design. This view is perpetuated by our training organisations that place more emphasis on art than substance. This includes training for what is essentially a trade, but promoted as an art form. Those of us who for many years work very hard at keeping the passion alive to our customers are lamenting this focus on style over practical concerns.
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