Time­less Se­duc­tion

The Ital­ian Trade Com­mis­sion show­cases el­e­gant co­ral and the cameo carv­ing tech­nique at the 33rd Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Jew­ellery Show

Hong Kong Tatler - - Tatler Focus Italian Trade Commission -

Ex­quis­ite co­ral and a tra­di­tional method of carv­ing known as cameo made for a stun­ning fu­sion of art and jew­ellery at the 33rd Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Jew­ellery Show, held at the Hong Kong Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion Cen­tre (HKCEC) in March. The stun­ning ex­hibit, ti­tled Time­less Se­duc­tion: Co­ral and Cameo Be­tween Mem­ory and Moder­nity, was jointly pre­sented by the Ital­ian Trade Com­mis­sion and the Ital­ian or­gan­i­sa­tion As­so­co­ral (the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Co­ral and Cameo Pro­duc­ers of Italy). Some 22 sets of co­ral and cameo jew­ellery were show­cased at the ex­hi­bi­tion, with a to­tal of more than 100 items on dis­play.

The ex­hi­bi­tion ran from March 3 to 7, with the Ital­ian Trade Com­mis­sion host­ing a cock­tail event to cel­e­brate at the HKCEC’S Mez­za­nine 4 on March 4, where guests in­cluded Hong Kong so­cialites such as Win­nie Chan, An­ina Ho, Sharon Kwok-pong, Stan­ley Pong, Har­riet Tung and Jeanny da Silva.

Well-known cu­ra­tor Cristina Del Mare, who has more than 10 years’ ex­pe­ri­ence of an­thro­po­log­i­cal and cul­tural shows un­der her belt, put the dis­play to­gether. She ex­plained that the aim was to reignite the re­la­tion­ship be­tween “her­itage and in­no­va­tion.”

The ex­hi­bi­tion fo­cused on the cul­tural her­itage of the com­bi­na­tion of co­ral and cameo, and how it has been reimag­ined by mod­ern jewellers. Us­ing pho­to­graphs and paint­ings, the show­case de­picted “a jour­ney that un­rav­els the fas­ci­nat­ing con­nec­tion be­tween fash­ion and jew­ellery.”

The dis­play also fea­tured a num­ber of clas­si­cal im­ages, in­clud­ing one of the mag­nif­i­cent branch of co­ral that dom­i­nates the fa­mous al­tar­piece of the by An­drea Man­tegna, which is now dis­played in the Lou­vre. In ad­di­tion to the cel­e­bra­tion of crafts­man­ship and de­sign, the ex­hi­bi­tion show­cased Ital­ian jewellers’ mod­ern takes on in­tri­cate lap­idary work, from earrings to neck­laces and bracelets.

Paola Guida, the Ital­ian trade com­mis­sioner for Hong Kong and Ma­cau, hopes the Time­less Se­duc­tion: Co­ral and Cameo Be­tween Mem­ory and Moder­nity ex­hi­bi­tion im­pressed the pub­lic, ma­jor im­porters, mer­chan­dis­ers and po­ten­tial cus­tomers. “This ex­hi­bi­tion is a unique event, of­fer­ing an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence that show­cases how Ital­ian cre­ations stand tall on the world map of jew­ellery,” she says.

The Ital­ian Trade Com­mis­sion also took part in the 3rd Hong Kong In­ter­na­tional Di­a­mond, Gem and Pearl Show at the Asi­a­world-expo, also held in March, where it dis­played a broad se­lec­tion of loose stones and raw ma­te­ri­als.

works of art Top: Ital­ian trade com­mis­sioner Paola Guida (left), Sharon Kwok-pong (cen­tre) and Stan­ley Pong (right) at a cock­tail event to cel­e­brate the Ital­ian Trade Com­mis­sion’s ex­hi­bi­tion of co­ral and cameo pieces

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