A World of Pearls

December 1998

Gemstones & Pearls:News

A World of Pearls

International contest honors innovative designers

The work of 98 designers making cultured pearls come alive in innovative designs won awards in the International Pearl Design Contest in Kobe, Japan.

Categories included Thematic, this year focusing on "the sea," Freestyle and Paper Rendering. A panel of international judges chose winners based on originality, innovative use of material and design excellence.

The Japan Pearl Promotion Society sponsors the annual contest with support from other trade groups, including the Platinum Guild International and the World Gold Council.

Lilu Chu of Mikimoto (America) Co. Ltd., New York City, won first place in the Thematic category.

Other North American winners:

  • Jo-cy Lee of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, second place/ Freestyle and fourth place/Rendering.
  • Taeko Watagami, a student at Fashion Institute of Technology, Astoria, NY, second place/Rendering.
  • Antje C. Roitzch of Michael Good Designs, Rockport, ME, third place/Freestyle.
  • Susan Marie Phipps of Susan Marie Phipps Designs, Ashville, NC, fifth place/Freestyle.
  • Phillip Dismuke of Jewelsmith, Durham, NC, fifth place/Thematic.
  • Avi Raz of A&Z Pearl, Los Angeles, CA, fifth place/Thematic.
  • Miriam Sitner, a student at FIT, Brooklyn, NY, fifth place/Rendering.


Grand Prize

Noriyo Wada of Japan for a cultured akoya pearl, platinum and diamond necklace.


First Prize/Thematic

Lilu Chu of New York City for a white and black South Sea cultured pearl, platinum and diamond necklace.

First Prize/Freestyle

Tokuho Kawachi of Japan for acultured akoya pearl and white and yellow gold necklace.


Second Prize/Freestyle

Jo-cy Lee of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, for a "Milky Way" South Sea and cultured akoya pearl, diamond and white and yellow gold brooch.


First Prize/Rendering

Miho Okuyama of Japan for a paper rendering of a necklace.

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