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
- 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.
Noriyo Wada of Japan for a cultured akoya pearl, platinum and diamond
Lilu Chu of New York City for a white and black South Sea cultured pearl,
platinum and diamond necklace.
Tokuho Kawachi of Japan for acultured akoya pearl and white and yellow
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.
Miho Okuyama of Japan for a paper rendering of a necklace.
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