DESIGN
In search of JAPAN’S FINEST JEWELLERY
2017/11/07
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Grand Prize and Prime Minister's Award/Technical Award
*Ecume*
Designer: Taiki Nishimura, Production: Kuwayama Corporation

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Economy, Trade and Industry Minister's Award/ Platinum Guild International Award
*Tree of Life*
Designer: Takane Motohashi, Production: Hideki Hofuku

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Health, Labour and Welfare Minister's Award
*Japanese Cherry Blossom*
Designer: Narukuni Ijima, Production: Misako Hosogaya

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Governor of Tokyo Award
*Cell*
Designer: Yuri Ishi, Production: man + moss

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Governor of Yamanashi Award
*Water... The Source of Life*
Designer: Emi Nakayama, Production: Nagahori Corporation

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Mayor of Taito City Award
*Honeycomb*
Designer: Kazuyo Ishikawa, Production: Tokyo Kiho Co Ltd

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Chairman of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry Award
*Ren*
Designer: Sonoko Yoshida, Production: Eiko Watch Co Ltd

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Japan Jewellery Association Chairman Award
*HIRIN*
Designer: Yoshiko Sasase, Production: KOUBO Z

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New Talent Grand Prize/ Japan Jewellery Fair Award
*marvel*
Designer: Chihiro Hanayama, Production: Chihiro Hanayama

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Japan Jewellery Designers Association President Award
*Groove*
Designer: Yoko Sakamoto, Production: Yoko Sakamoto

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Japan Pearl Promotion Society President Award
*Gekko (The Gift from the Full Moon) Wave*
Designer: Yuko Shibutani, Production: Keiji Kono,Yuko Shibutani

The Japan Jewellery Association (JJA) has unveiled the winners of its 2017 design meet. For the last 28 years, the JJA Jewellery Design Awards has been the country’s most prestigious jewellery design competition. Not only does it promote Japan’s innovative jewellery design and advanced craftsmanship, it is also an important platform to discover and nurture new talents with great vision for the industry’s future development.

The Japan Jewellery Association (JJA) has unveiled the winners of its 2017 design meet. For the last 28 years, the JJA Jewellery Design Awards has been the country’s most prestigious jewellery design competition. Not only does it promote Japan’s innovative jewellery design and advanced craftsmanship, it is also an important platform to discover and nurture new talents with great vision for the industry’s future development.

Entries were classified into two categories. Jewellery in the Professional category were judged on design, technique and quality, while the Newcomer category welcomed entries from young designers and students seeking to contribute new ideas and innovative designs to challenge traditional concepts.

A professional team of nine judges selected the winners from 119 entries. Ichiro lino, Professor Emeritus of Tokyo University of Art, remarked that many of the pieces were ambitious, particularly “Ecume,” which won the Grand Prize / Prime Minister’s Award. “The necklace was impressive not only because of its unique expression using various materials such as semi-round quartz but also because of its delicate technique for detail works,” he said.

All the winning pieces were on display at the Japan Jewellery Fair and the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair 2017. They are now exhibited at the Yamanashi Jewellery Museum.

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