International jury panel including experts from the world’s foremost authority in gemmology, and the ‘Queen of Jewellery Middle East’ set to unite for the Jewellery Design Awards
Outstanding emerging and professional design talents are set to be recognised at this year’s Jewellery Design Awards, which is fast becoming one of the most prestigious and important jewellery competitions in the Middle East.
Now in its seventh year, the Jewellery Design Awards are set to showcase significant achievements and talents of top designers in the UAE and beyond, providing a platform to help profile rising jewellery stars in the region. The Awards ceremony itself will celebrate excellence in the field of jewellery design, innovation and creativity, providing promising designers with a prestigious accolade and access to a vast network of jewellery professionals and enthusiasts.
Notified earlier this month of their success, the winning designers also have the opportunity to have their design showcased during Dubai International Jewellery Week.
In the ‘Emerging Designers Award Category’, the winners are Amal Alzahrani, for her design entitled Al Adiah who won the Arabic Influenced Jewellery Design Award Category. Cannelle Poncin Germain for her design entitled Lucky Fishfor the Asian /Far East Influenced Jewellery Design Award Category, and Tapas Bera with his winning design entitled Noor-e-Minara, who was crowned winner of the Innovative Jewellery Design Award Category.
The ‘Professional Group Award Category’ also had a series of winners. Indika Wijayarathna, won theFestive-Inspired Jewellery Design Award Category with the design entitled Together We. Vaishal Jariwalawon for the design entitled ‘A Cause You Believe In’ for the Bridal Jewellery Set Design Award Category. Julius Dela Cruz also won for his design entitled Altitude in the Futuristic Jewellery Award Category. Mohammad Adyalchiwon for his winning design entitled ‘One Genius Piece’ in the CADCAM Technology Award Category, and finally Ronaldo Buensalida won the Objet D’Art. Award Category with his design entitled Symphony.
Cannelle Poncin Germain, winner of the Design Award Category, commented: “It is an honour for me to win this price in this competition. I am from France, but for me, Dubai is the city of all possibilities where your dreams can come true. It is very exciting and impressive to me to be able to see my pieces there near such prestigious names. Dubai is a very special city for me, and the continuity will be to install my professional activity here, and split my time between Paris and the UAE.”
Mohammad Adyalchi, who won the CADCAM Technology Award Category, commented: “I am so glad and proud to be a part of Dubai International Jewellery Week.I worked very hard on this piece and I’m so pleased that my hard work has paid off.I am also honoured to know that my effort and design has been recognised by such an illustrious panel.It has given me the motivation to take it to the next level, and be even more creative and diligent.”
Vaishal Jariwala, winner of the Bridal Jewellery Set Design, added: “It is a very proud moment for me to win this award. As my first award – and an international one at that – it is very exciting and humbling. I am really thankful to my team and to everyone who supported me throughout the journey of this beautiful piece.
Taking place during Dubai International Jewellery Week, the Jewellery Design Awards has seen some of the leading authorities on jewellery design come together to judge and support the competition.
Amongst those who were involved in the judging process were Nirupa Bhatt, who heads the operations for India and Middle East of Gemological Institute of America (GIA), a non-profit organisation considered to be the world’s foremost authority in gemmology. Also on the panel were judges, Maha Al Sibai, who has a long history of jewellery design and has also been cited by a number of magazines as the “Queen of Jewellery in the Middle East”. They are joined by Seyed Mohammad Mortazavi, leading Iranian jewellery designer, Nader Freiha, managing director and founder of UAE-based MPP-ME Media, the publishers of “Arabian Watches & Jewellery” Magazine and Rizwan Ali Mahmood, a jewellery specialist with more than 20 years of experience in the business.
Looking to mentor the next generation of aspiring jewellery designers is Maha Al Sibai, founder of Maha Al Sibai Jewellery: “The competition has provided the opportunity for participants from around the world to compete on the global stage, and the variety and quality of entries this year has been nothing short of outstanding. Each winning design is unique and inspiring, and I am looking forward to bringing these to life by manufacturing and showcasing the award-winning pieces from the Emerging Designers Award Category during Dubai International Jewellery Week. Afterwards the winners from this category – who are from Saudi Arabia, India and France – will then get the chance to display and sell their items through our boutique in the Wafi Mall,” she explained.
Each winner of the Jewellery Design Awards will also receive a trophy and certificate as well as a GIA Accredited Jewelry Professional Diploma course sponsored by GIA Middle East.
Shoppers can attend Dubai International Jewellery Week free of charge, where they will be treated to jewellery and fashion workshops, a Beauty Hub and even have the chance to see a jewellery artisan at work. Visitors will be required to register onsite and must carry valid ID documents. Dubai International Jewellery Show takes place from 9 – 12 December 2015 at the Dubai World Trade Centre from 2 pm to 10 pm, Saturday to Thursday and 3 pm to 10 pm of Friday.