The Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 is pleased to announce that it has shortlisted 30 finalists who will vie for the Grand Prize that includes a 1kg pure gold bar.
Organised by JNA and CJNA of UBM Asia, the World Gold Council and the People’s Government of Yantian District, Shenzhen, the biennial competition aims to usher in a new era in gold wedding jewellery by encouraging designers the world over to reflect wedding traditions and customs through fresh and creative designs.
The 2017 competition attracted a total of 2,017 entries from jewellery designers and students from more than 40 countries and regions including mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, the US, Canada, the UK, Italy, Germany, France, Netherlands, Mexico, Colombia, Israel, Turkey, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Singapore, Japan, Korea, India and Russia.
The Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition’s judging panel, chaired by Professor Norman Cherry, selected the 30 finalists after a rigorous and impartial process that evaluated each entry against the criteria set by the organisers and their adherence to the 2017 theme, Oneness. The other members of the judging panel are renowned trends forecaster Paola De Luca, contemporary designer Ben Mori, Professor XuXiang Tang of Tsing Hua University and celebrated jewellery designer Stephen Webster.
There are 15 finalists in both Plain Gold Category and Gem-set Gold Jewellery category respectively. Of the 30 finalists, 19 were from China, 1 was from France, 2 were from Hong Kong, 1 was from India, 1 was Jordan, 1 was from Turkey, 4 were from United Arab Emirates and 1 was from USA.
The organisers added they were heartened and encouraged by the deluge of high-caliber submissions for the 2017 competition, saying this will help elevate and modernise designs of traditional gold wedding jewellery.
The winners of the Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition will be announced at its awards ceremony on 12 September 2017 at the Oasis O-City Hotel Shenzhen, China.