Professional Jeweler Archive: Pearls American Style

September 2001

Gemstones & Pearls/News


Pearls American Style

The American Pearl Co. presents 2001 Vision Awards


Designers explored the diverse possibilities of American natural and cultured pearls in the 2001 Vision Awards design competition.

Organizers presented grand, second and third prizes and awards of excellence in two divisions: Discovery and Inspiration.

 

Discovery Division

Grand Prize

Leigh Wulle
Excelsior Design
St. Louis, MO

“Seductress” is an 18k yellow and white gold brooch of a contemporary woman donning an American cultured Domé Pearl® hat
and carrying an American “Fancishape” cultured triangle pearl purse. Her outfit is trimmed in diamonds.

Second Prize

Roger DeFouw
Sarasota, FL

“La Fein de Lune” pendant/brooch features a fairy floating on her American natural pearl wings and holding an American cultured Domé Pearl® moon created in 18k green and white gold.

Third Prize

Thomas C. Dailing
Thomas Dailing Designs
Stevens Point, WI

“Pearl Hologram Pendant” displays an American cultured pearl in 14k yellow gold engineered to reflect the color of interchangeable stone findings that create a blue (sapphire), red (ruby) or white (gold) background.

Award of Excellence

Darryl Alexander
Alexander’s Jewelry
Gilbert, AZ

“Dinner Time” is an 18k yellow gold brooch with a hand-carved American cultured Domé Pearl® leaf being nibbled by a turquoise inchworm.

Award of Excellence

Stephen Wright
Wright & Co.
Indianapolis, IN

“Keshi Pearl Floating in an Oyster Dish” ring uses an American keshi pearl “floating” on 18k yellow gold with two American keshi pearls.

Award of Excellence

Susan Schaaf Carey
Stevens Jewelers
Skokie, IL

“Cascading Pearl Lariat” features five navette American “Fancishape” cultured pearls dangling from a 14k yellow gold design accented with a marquise American “Fancishape” cultured pearl.

Inspiration Division

Grand Prize

Avi Raz and Peggy Croft
A&Z Pearls
Los Angeles, CA

“The Lone Eagle” pendant depicts an American Indian proudly wearing a headdress adorned with American natural pearl wings. He also wears an American keshi pearl amulet with a ruby accent and a diamond headband set in 18k yellow gold.

Second Prize

Ziad Noshie
Almaza Jewelers
Houston, TX

“The Perambulator” brooch features three triangular American “Fancishape” cultured pearls as the canopy of a platinum and 18k gold baby carriage with revolving wheels, embellished with 111 full-cut diamonds totaling 2.62 cts.

Third Prize

Thomas C. Dailing
Thomas Dailing Designs
Stevens Point, WI

“Pearl Hologram Earrings” use American cultured coin pearls set in 14k yellow gold engineered to reflect the color of interchangeable stone findings that create blue (sapphire), red (ruby) or white (gold) backgrounds.

Award of Excellence

Amy Hudon
Hudon Studios
Somers, CT

“Not Your Grandmother’s Pearl Earrings” comprise coin-shaped American “Fancishape” cultured pearls designed in 14k yellow and white gold accented with white sapphires.

Award of Excellence

Gloria Stewart
London Gold
Phoenix, AZ

“Treasures of the Sea” brooch features a lion fish with American natural pearl fins swimming past American keshi pearl kelp as she surveys an ancient Roman glass vase decorated with seed pearls set in 18k yellow gold.

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