Winners Named in Pearl Design Competition

The Cultured Pearl Association of America representing Pearls de Tahiti in the United States, named the winners of the 2007-2008 “The Song of the Stars” Tahitian Pearl Trophy – North American division.

Judging for the event, in its fifth year, took place at the Terrace Club in New York City on Aug. 22nd 2007. The jury was made up of Laurie Schechter, Stylists & Co., Elena Mauer senior associate editor Bridal Guide, Jean Francois Bibet, Van Cleef and Arpels, Amanda Gizzi, Jewelry Information Center, Kathleen Fritzpatrick freelance editor, Hedda T. Schupak JCK editor –in- chief, and Fran Mastoloni, Frank Mastoloni &Sons.

The following were the winners in each of the ten categories:

*. Ring – Avi Raz – A & Z Pearls 1st place, Adam Neeley – Adam Neeley Designs 2nd place

*. Male Jewelry – Larry C. Y. Ho – Maemura Designs 1st place, Yutao Liu – Yl Consulting Designs 2nd place, Nina Basharova – Albert Asher Pearls 3rd place

*. Necklace – Reena Ahluwalia  1st place, Maggie Davidson – A Thousand Visions Studio 2nd place, Jeong-Seon Han 3 rd place

*. Parure (set of 3) – Lisa Krikawa – Krikawa Designs, Inc. 1st place, Margarette Elie – Elie Design 2nd place

*. Pendant – Erica Courtney Inc. 1st place, Adam Neeley – Adam Neeley Designs 2nd place, Nina Basharova – Albert Asher Pearls 3rd place

*. Brooch – Nina Basharova – Albert Asher Pearls 1st place,Reena Ahluwalia 2nd place, Margarette Elie – Elie Design 3rd place

*. Bracelet – Evelyn Huang – Evelyn H. Jewelry Inc.1st place, Reena Ahluwalia 2nd place, Tara & Sons 3rd place

*. Accessory – Yutao Liu – Yl Consulting Designs 1st place, Larry C.Y. Ho – Maemura Designs 2nd place, Margarette Elie – Elie Design 3rd place

*. Earrings –  Celine Boure – Kokass 1st place, Hugh Power – Hugh Power Designs 2nd place

*. Special – Larry C. Y. Ho – Maemura Designs 1st place

The first place winners will now submit their entry to the International jury for judging in the competition. More than 60 countries participated in the 2005-2006 event.