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Panel of Judges for Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 Announced

2017-02-27 11:04
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HONG KONG, Feb. 27, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 has announced its prestigious panel of judges, which includes five diverse experts from the industries of design, jewellery, and arts from all over the world.

Professor Norman Cherry
Professor Norman Cherry


Xuxiang Tang, Ben Mori, Paola De Luca, and Stephen Webster (from top left, bottom left, top right to bottom right)
Xuxiang Tang, Ben Mori, Paola De Luca, and Stephen Webster (from top left, bottom left, top right to bottom right)


The judges have been chosen for their extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of design as well as their high level of trend-consciousness. They will help to run a thorough and rigorous judging process in a fair and creditable manner. The judging criteria is creativity, originality, adherence to theme, craftsmanship and manufacturing process.

The judges for the Xifu International Gold Wedding Jewellery Design Competition 2017 include Norman Cherry, Paola De Luca, Ben Mori, Professor Xuxiang Tang and Stephen Webster.

Norman Cherry is renowned for his dedication in the education sector related to Arts and Jewellery, latterly as Pro Vice Chancellor for Arts at the University of Lincoln. From 1996 to 2008, he was head of the Birmingham School of Jewellery. He continuously works on behalf of international clients to connect Chinese and other universities, advising jewellery manufacturers on the development of young designers. Norman Cherry is delighted to announce his position of being the Chairman of the judging panel.

Paola De Luca is a globally-recognized trends forecaster from Italy, with particular expertise on global jewellery design trends. She runs design projects and educational programmes for buyers and government organisations, and conducts seminars on global jewellery design trends at international trade fairs. Paola's much-sought-after trend books are considered among the leading resources on jewellery design.

Ben Mori is an artist and designer from Japan. He studied different fields of arts such as 2D and 3D drawing, liberal arts and graphic design; his artworks mostly rely on heavy colors. "Good artists just keep making art," Ben said in one of his interviews. His artwork has been shown in different exhibitions in several countries.

Professor XuXiang Tang is a professor, doctoral advisor and the director of the Jewelry Studio of the Academy of Arts and Design at Tsinghua University. He is also the judge of Arts and Crafts Masters, Deputy Secretary-General of the Chinese Traditional Arts and Crafts Association and Deputy Director of China's Jewelry Design Committee. He is an expert on traditional Chinese metalcraft as well as modern art and design, indulged in Chinese traditional versus contemporary arts.

Stephen Webster is a celebrated English jewellery designer known for his largely pioneering designs that infuse Rock 'n Roll into fine jewellery. The collaboration of fresh, bold and modern in his designs has amassed a celebrity following. Stephen curates Rock Vault, an initiative of the British Fashion Council to mentor, support, showcase and promote Britain's most innovative, fine jewellery talents.

The judges will be deciding the seats for the 30 finalists among all of the entrants and will announce the result in mid-June. The ultimate winner of the competition will earn the "Xifu" Grand Prize and our judges will be delivering prizes to the winners at an awards ceremony in mid-September.

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