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.