Tomoko Kodera (Japan) won first prize and $10,000 at the recent 17th edition of the HRD Antwerp's International Diamond Jewelry design competition, "A la carte: A Culinary Diamond Journey". It is internationally recognized as one of the world's most important jewelry design competitions, its goal being to inspire and promote creativity in the design of contemporary diamond jewelry and extend the limits of modern diamond jewel and avant-garde ideas. This year, HRD invited designers "to dive into their own culinary heritage." Kodera’s winning piece, “Rice Husks,” is a brooch containing 400 handmade rice husks.
The four other finalists were Shiu Liang and Freeman Johnson from China, and Evi Bakker from the Netherlands. Brazilian Sancha Livia Resende won the public voting award. Each of the finalists received prize money of $2,500. The awards attracted a record 1,531 entries, of which a jury of industry experts selected 29 designers to put their design into production. These designs have been on display in the Belgian Pavilion at the World Expo in Milan.
* Correction: HRD Antwerp has helped us to correct the image of the winning design. The previous image was a design by Shu Liang.