Usually unveiled at the start of the year at the Tucson Gem Fairs, those involved came together this year virtually at the GIA’s “Knowledge Rocks Week: Spring Into Color” to celebrate the Belle Sin Ting Wong award. .
Over 100 students took part in the fourth edition of the design competition, whose entries were presented in their original hand-rendered format, accompanied by statements addressing the materials used and the inspiration behind each piece.
Nine finalists from seven GIA campuses were chosen, whose work was then evaluated by peers, professors and a jury.
Wong, who obtained her jewelry design certificate from GIA Hong Kong, won with the brooch seen at the top of the article, inspired by Siamese fighting fish.
The coin features yellow and white gold, diamond, enamel, jadeite, pearl and sapphire.
“I wanted to draw attention to environmental awareness with this piece… If we continue our toxic lifestyles and don’t use sustainable products, we could be very close to losing these beautiful creatures and speeding up the process. rate of global warming, ”she said.
Many of her pieces are about storytelling, GIA said, adding that she aims to create objects that represent connections to others. Her jewelry collection called “The Moment”, for example, uses children’s toys as a metaphor for building relationships through play.
The Gianmaria Buccellati Foundation Award for Excellence in Jewelry Design was established in 2018 to recognize outstanding design talents among GIA students.
A full interview with Wong is also available on YouTube.
The 2021 competition is ongoing and open to students of GIA jewelry design courses who meet the eligibility requirements.
For more information, visit GIA.edu.