Awards

The HRD Design Awards: 18 editions of
young designer talent

Every two years, HRD Antwerp invites the most creative and visionary jewellery designers from around the world to showcase their talent in the prestigious HRD Design Awards. This year marks the 18th edition of this global competition, which has been a launching pad for many successful careers in the jewellery industry.

The HRD Design Awards is more than just a contest. It’s a platform for emerging designers to express their unique vision, challenge themselves with a specific theme and material, and connect with an international network of peers, experts and mentors. The winners receive not only the manufacturing of their piece but also worldwide recognition and exposure.

An Exceptional Jury of Jewellery Professionals The quality and originality of the designs submitted to the HRD Design Awards are evaluated by an esteemed jury of jewellery professionals, who represent different aspects of the industry such as design, manufacturing, retail and media. The jury members are selected for their expertise, experience and reputation in the diamond & jewellery industry.

A Community of Jewellery Lovers For 36 years, HRD Antwerp has been committed to fostering talent and innovation in the jewellery sector. Through the HRD Design Awards, they aim to inspire the next generation of designers and to promote excellence and diversity in jewellery design.

After this great success, HRD Antwerp wants to go a step further and create a community. A place to share their passion for design and innovation. Through HRD’s website and social media channels, HRD invites everyone to discover the amazing work of the participants, and to join the conversation about jewellery trends and inspirations.

Winners

Category winner accessories: Wang Xuerui

Enter the glamorous world of Chinese jewellery designer, Wang Xuerui, who recently dazzled the judges at the 18th HRD Design Awards with her breathtaking masterpiece – “Mutualistic”.

Wang Xuerui said “Mutualistic refers to a type of symbiotic relationship between species that benefit from their interactions. This is exactly what I’m trying to convey with this piece, that is, the symbiosis of human and nature. When human fire the guns, the wings at their back are also clipped. So when human try to hurt the nature is time they are doomed. There is absolutely no winner when the guns fire.

When I saw the design theme, “Peace”, it immediately led me to the narrative between man and nature. I then envisioned the general idea and shape of the piece, began my design research and carried out brainstorm with drawings, which helped me reach the result you know.

1st runner-up accessories: Jun Yuying Zhang 

Jun Yuying Zhang came second in the accessories category with her design “Birds And Fruits”,

Her inspiration was the peace dove and the olive branch, which are considered as symbols of peace and friendship by the world. She wanted to create a calm, soft and happy atmosphere with her design, as if she represented the peace around us.

Her design consists of a brooch and a pair of earrings that are made of white gold, diamonds and colored gemstones. The brooch has the shape of a dove holding an olive branch in its beak. The earrings have the same olive branch shape as the brooch, but with small fruits on them. The whole set radiates elegance and harmony.

Jun Yuying Zhang said that she was very happy to finish second in this prestigious competition. She thanked HRD Antwerp for organizing this event that taught her a lot about diamonds and jewelry design. She hopes that her work can inspire more people to strive for peace and love.

 

Category winner gemstones: Amalia Rachim – Italy

Amelia Rachim from Italy won the gemstones category with her EARRINGS design ‘Piece by Piece into Peace”. Her inspiration was the concept of peace and harmony among different cultures and religions. She said that she wanted to create a design that reflects diversity and unity.

Her design consists of a necklace that is made of 18K white gold with various gemstones. The necklace has a pendant that is composed of four pieces that can be separated and reassembled. Each piece represents a different religion: Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism. The pieces are decorated with symbols and colours that are associated with each religion. The pendant also has a diamond in the center that symbolises peace.

The necklace has 12 gemstones on bezel setting: ruby, sapphire, emerald, amethyst, citrine, garnet, peridot, topaz, turquoise, pearl, coral and jade. The gemstones represent the 12 months of the year and the diversity of nature.

Amelia Rachim said that she was very happy and proud to be the winner of this prestigious competition. She thanked HRD Antwerp for giving her this opportunity to express her creativity and vision for jewellery design. She hopes that her work can inspire more people to respect and appreciate each other’s differences

1st runner-up gemstones: Maho Nozawa – Japan 

Maho Nozawa’s stunning creation, “Tamaki,” won the second place in the gemstone category. She was inspired by the meaning of Tamaki in Japanese, which is endless circulation. She wanted to convey that peace is based on the harmony and solidarity of all people in the world.

Her design consists of a necklace that is made of 18K white gold with freshwater pearls and diamonds. The necklace has a circular shape that represents the cycle of life and peace. The pearls have different sizes and colours that reflect the diversity and beauty of humanity. The diamonds add sparkle and value to the necklace, symbolising precious life and freedom.

Tamaki has no clasp and can be worn over the head. This makes it easy and comfortable to wear for anyone, regardless of age or gender. It also shows a modern and global style that suits the new era of peace.

2nd runner-up gemstones: Chao Yu – China

Chao Yu, a Chinese designer, won the third place in gemstones with her bracelet “Iris”. Inspired by a Van Gogh painting and nature, she said, “I felt that the Iris painted by Van Gogh was beautiful and lovely, but a little melancholic and lonely, and even presented a struggling posture, just like the yearning and anxiety in my heart. In 2022, I saw patches of Iris bulleyana in the Alpine meadow of Shangri-La at an altitude of 3,300 metres. Against the lofty snow-capped mountains, the serene and zealous purple-blue Iris looked like a butterfly, which was light, flexible, and vitalized. Free and spectacular, they fought against the harsh cold weather and did not bloom for anyone, but only for their own life. Looking back at Van Gogh’s Iris, I gained a different understanding and perspective. The encounter and conversation with Iris bulleyana enabled me to find inner peace and strength.”

Her bracelet is made of 18K yellow gold with sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds. It has a floral shape like an iris flower. The colors and textures of the gems create contrast and harmony. Chao Yu’s bracelet is a tribute to art and nature, reflecting her own journey of finding peace and strength.

Category winner diamonds:Indika Wjayarathna – Sri Lanka

Indika Wjayarathna submitted a stunning design named “The Moment” for the competition that revolves around the theme of ‘Peace. It starts with you!’ The design brilliantly depicts a bird escaping from its cage, embodying the moment of freedom. Indika Wjayarathna beautifully articulated, “That’s the moment he gets his freedom. I let him fly, where I believe peace starts with me…” The design showcases a ring with a captivating cage-like structure and a loose diamond that symbolises the bird. The diamond can be easily removed from the ring and worn on a necklace, emphasising the essence of freedom.

1st Runner-Up: Benoit Schrijnemakers – Belgium 

Benoit Schrijnemakers designed a unique accessory named “Serenity,” which is inspired by his love for nature and his desire to create a jewel that represents peace and harmony.

His design features a cuff made of wood and gold, decorated with diamonds. The cuff has a wing-like shape that resembles a dove, which is the universal symbol of peace. The wood used for the cuff is rare and exhibits different colors and patterns depending on the angle of light.

Benoit Schrijnemakers’ bracelet is a masterpiece of creativity and craftsmanship. It also conveys a message of hope and beauty in a troubled world.

Benoit Schrijnemakers expressed his pride and happiness upon receiving recognition from HRD Antwerp, one of the leading diamond certification institutes in Europe. He hopes that his work will inspire more people to appreciate accessories and their limitless possibilities.

2nd runner-up: Lily Leung – China

Lily Leung won third place in the diamond category with her bracelet design called “The Dancing Dove.” She was inspired by symbols of peace such as doves and olive branches and aimed to create a piece of jewellery that expresses her desire for a peaceful world.

Her design comprises a bracelet made of platinum and diamonds with two detachable parts that can be worn together or separately. The bracelet has a dove-like shape that holds an olive branch in its beak. The diamonds used for the bracelet are exquisite, reflecting the light and movement of the dove.

Lily Leung’s bracelet is an innovative work of art that represents hope and beauty in a turbulent world.

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    Natural Diamond Grading Report

    An HRD Antwerp Natural Diamond Grading Report is an objective report that confirms a polished natural diamond’s authenticity and provides a detailed description of its key characteristics, the so- called 4Cs: Carat, Colour, Clarity and Cut.

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    EXAMINATION

    When registered in our lab, your diamond or jewellery will be thoroughly examined by our graders and will undergo the following steps:

    WEIGHT

    SCREENING

    MEASUREMENT

    FLUORESCENCE

    COLOUR

    CLARITY

    CUT

    The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. One carat equals 0.2 grams or 100 points, which indicates the size. HRD Antwerp has extremely accurate scales that measure up to five figures after the decimal point.

    The first step is to determine if your diamond is natural, laboratory-grown or treated. If a diamond does not pass the initial test, it will be directed to our research department to further determine its nature.

    Your diamond is accurately measured in millimetres as mentioned below: minimum diameter – maximum diameter in mm x height in mm (example: 6.44 – 6.47 mm x 4.04 mm)

    The fluorescence grade under long wave is mentioned in the report. For the “Natural Diamond Colour Grading Report” the fluorescence grade under short wave is also mentioned.

    Most diamonds range in colour from colourless (‘D’) to tinted colour (‘Z’). The colour grade is determined by comparison with a series of master stones, the best grade being D.

    All natural diamonds have traces of their growth history, which determines the diamond’s purity. In most gem-quality diamonds, these are minor internal characteristics or inclusions. The very best and rarest stones are graded ‘loupe clean’ or 'LC'.

    A diamond’s cut is essential to its beauty and is a combination of craftsmanship and scientific knowledge. The right proportions, symmetry and polish create internal reflections that maximise a stone’s sparkle, brilliance and fire.

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    Hearts & Arrows diamonds are precisely cut round brilliants that, when examined using a special viewer, display eight hearts through the pavilion of the diamond (from below) and eight arrows through the crown of the diamond (from above). The appearance of the pattern is a strong indicator of a top-quality cut.

    o inscribe diamonds with lasers, HRD Antwerp uses high-quality excimer shortwave technology. It cannot be seen with the naked eye and consequently does not affect the diamond’s physical appearance or value. Laser inscription can either be used to match your diamond and its corresponding grading report or to customise your diamond with a personalised message or logo.

    Sealing guarantees that an issued grading report and the corresponding diamond belong together, and it keeps the diamond safe from oil and dirt. The HRD Antwerp sealing is tamper-proof.

    Laboratory Grown Diamond Grading Report

    Every diamond is tested to determine whether it is natural. If it is found to be laboratory grown, under disclosed conditions, we will issue a Laboratory Grown Diamond Grading Report, with this clear wording on the cover. Each laboratory grown diamond is laser inscribed with “LAB GROWN” and report number. The presence of the laser inscription is mentioned on the Grading Report, including a reference number and statement that the diamond has been laboratory grown. The same nomenclature as in a Natural Diamond Grading Report is used, with a detailed description of the 4Cs.

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    EXAMINATION

    When registered in our lab, your diamond or jewellery will be thoroughly examined by our graders and will undergo the following steps:

    WEIGHT

    SCREENING

    The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. One carat equals 0.2 grams or 100 points, which indicates the size. HRD Antwerp has extremely accurate scales that measure up to five figures after the decimal point.

    The first step is to determine if your diamond is natural, laboratory-grown or treated. If a diamond does not pass the initial test, it will be directed to our research department to further determine its nature.

    ADDITIONAL SERVICES

    Take advantage of our additional services to add value to your diamond. For more information and prices, please consult our price lists or contact our helpdesk via e-mail: diamondlab@hrdantwerp.com or +32 3 222 06 25

    Jewellery Report

    Our laboratory has the knowledge and instruments needed to thoroughly analyse your jewellery. An HRD Antwerp Jewellery Report is an official document in which a jewellery item is authenticated for different purposes, such as insurance, inheritance or purchase. It can also be used to determine the market value of a jewel. These reports provide a general description of the jewel, the diamonds it contains and the precious metals of which it is made.

    Price List

    Lab Standard Price

    EXAMINATION

    When registered in our lab, your diamond or jewellery will be thoroughly examined by our graders and will undergo the following steps:

    WEIGHT

    SCREENING

    The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. One carat equals 0.2 grams or 100 points, which indicates the size. HRD Antwerp has extremely accurate scales that measure up to five figures after the decimal point.

    The first step is to determine if your diamond is natural, laboratory-grown or treated. If a diamond does not pass the initial test, it will be directed to our research department to further determine its nature.

    ADDITIONAL SERVICES

    Take advantage of our additional services to add value to your diamond. For more information and prices, please consult our price lists or contact our helpdesk via e-mail: diamondlab@hrdantwerp.com or +32 3 222 06 25

    Natural Diamond Colour Grading Report

    This grading report mentions the colour origin of your diamond and describes its colour characteristics, as well as its short- and long-wave luminescence.

    Price List

    Lab Standard Price

    EXAMINATION

    When registered in our lab, your diamond or jewellery will be thoroughly examined by our graders and will undergo the following steps:

    WEIGHT

    The weight of a diamond is expressed in carats. One carat equals 0.2 grams or 100 points, which indicates the size. HRD Antwerp has extremely accurate scales that measure up to five figures after the decimal point.

    ADDITIONAL SERVICES

    Take advantage of our additional services to add value to your diamond. For more information and prices, please consult our price lists or contact our helpdesk via e-mail: diamondlab@hrdantwerp.com or +32 3 222 06 25

    Natural Diamond Identification Report

    A special, pared-down grading report exclusively for diamonds under 1.00 ct.

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    Laboratory Grown Diamond Jewellery Report

    Our laboratory has the knowledge and instruments needed to thoroughly analyse your jewellery.Every diamond of the jewellery piece is tested to determine whether it is natural or laboratory grown. If all diamonds set in the jewellery piece are found to be Laboratory Grown, under disclosed conditions, we will issue a Laboratory Grown Diamond Jewellery Report, with this clear wording on the cover. This report provides a general description of the jewellery, the laboratory grown diamonds it contains and the precious metals of which it is made.

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    A compact version of the jewellery report is available exclusively for jewellery containing less than 1.00 ct of diamonds (total weight)

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    HRD CO-BRANDING PROGRAMME

    If you are a diamond seller or retailer who wishes to personalize your grading reportS, The HRD Tailored Grading Programme offers endless possibilities when it comes to co-branding. We liste the most popular options below, and we are always happy to discuss any new ideas you might have.

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      A PERSONALIZED LOGO

      All of our diamond grading reports can be personalised with a logo of your choice.

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      A SPECIFIC DIAMOND DRAWING

      A custom diamond drawing can be implemented on the grading report in accordance with your specific shape

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      A SPECIFIC SHAPE NAME

      A specific shape name can be shown on the grading report, which refers to shapes that are registered or patented.

    For more information about necessary registration documents and licenses, please contact the lab location where you have registered.

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