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In­dus­try voices: Can the gov­ern­ment do more to boost the lo­cal jew­ellery scene?

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“Sin­ga­pore can learn from Korea in how it pro­motes its arts scene. For ex­am­ple, fund­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to build their R&D de­part­ment, or to drum up in­ter­est in the next gen­er­a­tion with more ex­po­sure us­ing ini­tia­tives like com­pe­ti­tions, vis­its to trade events and sup­port for com­pa­nies to take part in trade shows. — Michael Koh, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Caratell. “Pro­vide more sub­si­dies for jew­ellery-re­lated cour­ses like gem­stone and di­a­mond iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, jew­ellery de­sign and metal-smithing. Jew­ellery cre­ation is an art form in it­self, so per­haps the Na­tional Art Coun­cil can play a role in recog­nis­ing the work of de­sign­ers and crafts­men in this field.” — Maddy Bar­ber, co-founder of Madly Gems. “Both Spring and IE Sin­ga­pore have been sup­port­ing us for a while and I think they have a lot of great pro­grams. But for any brand, it takes a while to get a hang of what each pro­gram is for and how to go about it. Many of the sup­port pro­grams are one-off, so it will be great if the pro­gram is on-go­ing—up to a cer­tain point when we are ready to fly on our own.” — Si­mone Ng, ex­ec­u­tive cre­ative di­rec­tor of Si­mone Jew­els.

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