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  1. Pandora Unveils First Ever Art Collaboration - Keith Haring X Pandora
  2. Further Growth in Hong Kong’s Luxury Retail Sales
  3. Pandora Unveils First Ever Art Collaboration - Keith Haring X Pandora
  4. Further Growth in Hong Kong’s Luxury Retail Sales
  5. Platinum Jewellery Sales Rise in Key Markets in Q2 2022, PGI says
  6. AGTA Announces New Board Members
  7. Fura Gems Discovers 101-carat Ruby
  8. Lightbox Sells Lower-Quality Lab-Grown Diamonds
  9. 160-Carat Rough Unearthed from Angola Mine
  10. GIA Found Synthetics, Simulant among Four ‘Natural’ Sapphires
  11. ‘De Beers Blue' Might Originate from Deep Earth, Says GIA
  12. New Chairman Elected at India’s GJEPC
  13. Tiffany Launches Its First All Gender Bangle Collection
  14. Pandora Launches Lab-grown Diamond Jewellery Collection in North America
  15. Gemfields Reports Record Revenues
  16. IIJS Premiere Sees Record Number Visitors
  17. Signet Acquires Blue Nile for $360M
  18. Hong Kong jewellery sales slide in H1
  19. Fancy Colour Diamond Price Index Rises
  20. The Potentially Largest Pink Diamond Found in 300 Years
  21. Kering Reports Strong First Half Jewellery Sale
  22. Vicenzaoro Back In September
  23. eBay Offers Fine Jewellery Authentication with GIA Partnership
  24. New Executive Director and Secretary General Appointed for Watch & Jewellery Initiative 2030
  25. VO Vintage Returns To Vicenzaoro September
  26. Sarine Partners With NGTC on Grading Reports In China
  27. Diamond Prices Slide Amid Economic Uncertainty
  28. De Beers, Botswana Sales Agreement Extended
  29. AWDC Appoints David Gotlib As New President
  30. IGI Debuts Online Learning Courses
  31. Swarovski Appoints First Non-Family CEO
  32. Kashmir Sapphire Ring Comes Out on Top at Bonhams
  33. WJA Foundation Launches New Scholarship for Women of Colour
  34. Blue Nile Merges with Mudrick for Its Second IPO
  35. RJC Launches ‘Gender Equality Toolkit’ at JCK Las Vegas
  36. GIA Reports to Go Digital by 2025
  37. Gemfields Achieved Highest Revenue at Emerald Auction
  38. DAMAC Group Now Owns de GRISOGONO
  39. GJEPC Proposes Lab-Grown Diamond Park in India
  40. Pandora’s New Crafting Facility in Vietnam Costs $100M
  41. Q1 Gold Jewellery Demand Soft, Says WGC
  42. Jewellery Buying Groups Formed New Global Alliance
  43. Singapore to Host Jewellery & Gem World 2022
  44. ‘Wonder Woman’ Gal Gadot Premiered in Tiffany’s 2022 High Jewellery Collection
  45. Christie’s to Auction ‘The Light of Africa’ for $18M in June
  46. New Board of Directors were elected to Jewellery Exporters Association of Turkey
  47. Oroarezzo back with Première Competition
  48. ‘De Beers Blue’ auctions US$57.5M at Sotheby’s
  49. CTF launches Mother’s Day collection
  50. Jewelers of America Announces The 2022 CASE Award Winners
  51. De Beers: Diamond Businesses Staying Cautious About Business Expectations
  52. Synthetic Alexandrite Pioneer David Patterson Dies at 89
  53. 205 CARAT FANCY INTENSE YELLOW DIAMOND GENEVA MAGNIFICENT JEWELS | 11 MAY 2022
  54. Rebecca Foerster Appointed As President of Hearts On Fire
  55. US Steps Up Sanctions Against Alrosa
  56. PGI Study Findings: Consumers Have Different Interpretations of Sustainability
  57. Irving Wong Appointed as Pandora’s General Manager For China
  58. Rolex’s 6 New Watches Unveiled at Watches & Wonders Geneva
  59. Sixième Sens par Cartier High Jewellery: Heteractis Ring
  60. Will Russian Diamond Ban Help Foster Lab-Grown Diamond Business?
  61. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  62. Press Release: Ariana DeBose, Hunter Schafer and Zoey Deutch Shine in De Beers Jewellers at the Vani
  63. JEWELLERY GENEVA Takes Place between 30 March and 3 April 2022
  64. Christie’s Presents 228 carat White Dimond
  65. Gold Bar Integrity Programme to be Implemented
  66. Press Release: BONHAMS ANNOUNCES ACQUISITION OF BRUUN RASMUSSEN AUCTIONEERS – DENMARK’S LEADING AUCT
  67. Early Spring Fashion for Natural Diamonds
  68. Jennifer Garner Shines in De Beers Jewellers at the Premiere in New York
  69. To celebrate its 15th anniversary, “Cartier Women’s Initiative Impact Report”
  70. American Gem Trade Association Announces Partnership with JCK Show Again
  71. Chow Tai Fook and Canada's Mountain Province Diamonds Sign Supply Agreement
  72. Registration Is Open for 2022 JCK Show
  73. Alrosa Caught Up in U.S. Sanctions
  74. Tawhid Abdullah Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
  75. The Largest Blue Diamond Appears at Sotheby’s Auction
  76. Price Rise for Nearly 90% Of Fancy Colour Last Year
  77. Dickson Yewn’s Collectibles Given for Sotheby’s Charity Auction
  78. De Beers Boosts Production
  79. Watches & Wonders Geneva To Be Held In Hybrid Format
  80. Jewellery, Gem & Technology Dubai to Debut February
  81. Hong Kong Losing its Dominance as the World's Largest Watch Market
  82. Gift Guide for CNY
  83. Press Release: Sotheby’s Announces New Appointments To Luxury Team In ASsia
  84. Georg Jensen Becomes a Certified Member of RJC
  85. 555.55-carat Black Dimond Unveiled at Sotheby’s Auction
  86. GIA Appoints Anna Martin as SVP for Institute, Industry Relations
  87. Alrosa Boosts Direct Sales of Fancy Diamonds to Investors
  88. CIBJO General Assembly postponed to March 17 and 18, 2022
  89. 7,525 Carat Emerald Discovered
  90. Karl Lagerfeld Jewellery Collections to Shine
  91. Diamonds Travel To The Space
  92. Vicenzaoro January postponed to March
  93. America’s Youngest Jeweller Starts Business via Instagram
  94. Concerns over conflict gold arise again
  95. The 1st International Gemstone & Diamond Trade Summit Wraps Up in Macao
  96. The Knot’s Study:Over 30% of Respondents Say Natural Diamond Unimportant
  97. Pantone’s 2022 Colour of the Year: Very Peri
  98. Phillips Jewellery Auctions Fetch over HK$181 Million
  99. The World’s First Pure Gold Castle of Magical Dreams by CHOW TAI FOOK
  100. Jewellery Sales Jumped 78% During the Thanksgiving Holiday
  101. Gem Auctions DMCC’s Debut Auction Successful
  102. Cartier’s Christmas Tree Lights Up the City with Love and Hope
  103. Rediscovering Lacloche in Hong Kong
  104. Blue diamonds to lead Christie’s HK autumn sale
  105. JMA show to stage next Thursday
  106. HK auction to help Cambodian kids
  107. Basel fair cancelled again
  108. HKDI show to continue in Dec
  109. Gemfields sells 7,500-carat emerald for good
  110. Sustainability is key to diamond purchases, a report says
  111. Christie’s Geneva jewellery sale fetches CHF53.7m
  112. Cibjo forms working group on fei cui standards
  113. Only Watch raises CHF30m for DMD research
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HIGHLIGHT

  1. US market unfolds changes and potential
  2. The queen of gems, the gem of queens
  3. Classics return

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HK incubation project nurtures creative talent

By Louisa Ku

LOUPE is a design incubation space that embodies China’s traditional jewellery craftsmanship. It is a place that helps to identify and foster new generations of jewellery design talent. Loupe was founded by Chow Tai Fook Jewellery (CTF) and is supported by Chow Tai Fook Art Foundation. Since its inception in April 2018, Loupe has proven to be an effective platform supporting jewellery-making and design. Loupe nurtures young talents with its in-house Design Residency Programme, and offers public workshops led by industry professionals. 

 During their period of mentorship under CTF, designers-in-residence work in a fully-equipped environment to develop new skills and capabilities in jewellery design. The residency programme provides a free workspace and opportunities for participants to sell their jewellery at the venue, while offering marketing and promotional support. According to Fanny Yu, CTF’s group project director, experts from CTF divisions including design, production, retail, marketing, product photography and brand building are invited to share their expertise with the designers. Additionally, globally recognised industry specialists are invited to engage with the designers, keeping them abreast of current market developments and trends.

 Moreover, in order to arouse public interest in jewellery, Loupe has organised workshops hosted by designers-in-residence. These events allow designers to put what they have learnt to good use, while engaging a wider audience and helping them understand more about jewellery design. “We have also invited experts from The Master Studio of Chow Tai Fook to talk about jewellery craftsmanship to the general public. Since inception, we have organised nearly 100 workshops and talks of different kinds,” said Fanny Yu.

“Our in-house exhibitions have promoted innovative pieces from designers-in-residence. We have also collaborated with international designer associations and design institutes to share their creative ideas with our audience,” Yu added.

 Loupe is always seeking talented new designers to recruit to the programme. Besides processing online applications received via its website, Loupe also meets with young designers who visit the venue at PMQ, Sheung Wan, to learn more about the programme. “We go to handicraft markets to promote Loupe to designers, and we encourage local and overseas schools to introduce interested students to our initiative,” said Yu.

 Loupe is very active in international jewellery fairs which link local designers with overseas buyers, promote Hong Kong designs and create business opportunities. According to Yu, Loupe took part in the September Hong Kong Jewellery & Gem Fair last year. The specially designed booth featured avant-garde exhibits from Loupe that attracted the attention of buyers from international brands. These experts appreciated the creative offerings from Hong Kong and are interested in opportunities for cooperation.

 Besides the September fair, Loupe participated in the fashion jewellery show at AsiaWorld-Expo in March and, in a bid to outsource Hong Kong designs to the Greater Bay Area, took part in the Shunde International Jewellery fair in November.

 Taking a multi-faceted approach, Loupe helps designers unleash their creativity. Loupe works with professionals from a range of industries, like environmental protection and textiles, and enterprises to expose designers to diversified cultures, ideas, themes and materials in an effort to foster creativity.

The Designer Residency Programme is a comprehensive mentorship scheme for a duration of four months. Some participating designers have said the duration of the workshop is too short to complete all tasks including projects, workshops and exhibitions. They believe they need more time to sharpen their design and craftsmanship skills. Fanny Yu says there are plans to extend the length of the programme to six months, allowing designers to make the most of their time in residence.

 Yu has witnessed the evolution of the designers-in-residence programme since the commencement of Loupe. She has been particularly impressed by the creativity of the designers. “All of them have distinct fortes. While some are good at handicrafts or knitting, others are great using pearls or jade. Their exceptional creativity is well-recognised by our business partners. The umbrella brands under CTF help us select the right candidates for collaboration,” she said.

 Craftsmanship, according to Yu, is an area that designers both need and strive to improve. “Our masters come every Monday to instruct designers on how to enhance jewellery making skills and techniques. This is Loupe’s best-attended class. Such active participation testifies to the real need designers have to enhance craftsmanship,” she elaborated.

 Looking ahead, Fanny Yu said that Loupe will continue to organise a wide range of workshops and exhibitions, and participate in more shows in order to create more exchanges and development opportunities for our designers to achieve their dreams. (Photo courtesy: Loupe) 

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