Joie de Vie showcases the 10 finalists of the Guild of Philippine Jewellers’ annual jewelry design competition. With this year’s theme “joy of life,” the jewelry pieces evoke the pleasures of beauty, the spirit of goodness, and the lyrical sound of music. The over-all winner in the open judging category and, at the same time, the winner in the traditional component is a bangle with the title Sulutang Goma, a tribute to the whimsy of a childhood game, using rubber bands and sticks made of yellow gold and diamonds, and designed by Ericson Manansala, while its prototype production is sponsored by JMA. Ericson Manansala is currently a senior student from UP College of Fine Arts.
The winner of the non-traditional component category is a necklace entitled A Flower Brimming with Tears and Joy, evoking the simple stories of how beautiful our natural surroundings are and the sweetest pleasures when we utter the phrase “How beautiful!” The necklace is made of mother of pearl, 18k gold, and tinalak fabric. This piece is designed by Joyce Makitalo, and the prototype is produced by Goldenas. Joyce Makitalo is a graduate of UST College of Fine Arts.
The eight finalists include the bangle entitled Victory by Kristine Ann Dizer, sponsored by 7 Castles and Czarina; a Necklace entitled Safe and Sound designed by Monaliza Fonda Domer and sponsored by 7 Castles; a bracelet entitled Nature Eclipse by Ferdinand Gabriel sponsored by 7 Castles; a necklace entitled Inhabiting Growth by Frances Jocson sponsored by Marcelles; a ring entitled Hundred & One Flavors by Ann Christine Marcelino sponsored by JB Diamonds, Inc.; a necklace entitled Balloon Flight by Ericson Manansala sponsored by Recomira-ray; a neckpiece entitled Sunweb by Reine Shih and sponsored by 7 Castles; and a necklace entitled A Family Tree designed by Mark Perry Sibug and sponsored by 7 Castles.
The exhibit is presented by the Guild of Philippine Jewellers.