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Russia, number one in the gem-cutting world
The awarding ceremony for jewelry designers and experts in gem-cutting, who took the prize places in the first IU Awards, was held within the framework of September exhibition Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair. The best jewelry items and products that had reached the final were demonstrated in the exhibition centre in Hong Kong during the jewelry parade.
The competition was organised by the International Association of Gemstones ICA and UBM Asia. IU Awards is the first international jewelry design and gem-cutting competition in the world which is dedicated to colored gemstones. It falls into two large categories: jewelry design and gem-cutting, that gathered 221 competitors from 25 countries and regions such as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Iran, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, the Russian Federation, Spain, Sri-Lanka, New Zealand, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore, Thailand, Great Britain, the USA, Macao and Taiwan.
“Participants demonstrated the highest level of products made in gem-cutting technique for colored stones, high degree of creativity, aesthetics, proficiency and a new cutting technique. I am sure that from now on the role of this competition in raising jewelry standards for items with colored gemstones will be growing”, Wolfram Diener, Senior Vice-President, UBM Asia Ltd. stated.
Wilson Yuen, ICA President, told that the IU Awards competition gave a huge impetus to the efforts made to stimulate colored gemstone industry. “I believe that coloured gemstone awareness is heading in a positive direction”, told Mr. Yuen.
The winner in the Jewelry Design nomination was Ip Suen Hang from Hong Kong. Luciana B. Hamdan Valicek from Brazil became the first runner-up, Alessio Boschi from Australia is the second runner-up. The special prize for outstanding achievements, Merit Award, was awarded to Chen Ying-Nien from Taiwan.
The winner in a Stone Cutting nomination was recongnised Natalia Samorukova, Russia. The second place in this nomination was also awarded to the Russian Eduard Akhmetshin, and the third – to M.S.M. Navaz from Sri-Lanka, and the special Merit award was given to Dmitry Samorukov from Russia. Based on information form // uvelir.info
For more information about the Jewellery Russia exhibition program please see www.junwex.com