Design With Vision

The American Pearl Company's Vision Awards this year recognized designers in two categories: Discovery and Inspiration. All designs feature pearls from American Pearl Company along with various other stones. In the Discovery Division, the Grand Prize went to Ziad H. Noshie of Almaza Jewelers in Houston for the "American Wheat Flower" brooch created from an American cultured teardrop pearl adorned with more than a carat of diamonds in 18k white gold. Second-prize winner was Leigh Wulle, of Leigh Wulle Design in St. Louis, for the "Diva" brooch; and third place went to Ira Finchler of Lathrop's Fine Jewelry in Bellaire, Texas, for the "Come Fly with Me" brooch. In the Inspiration Division, the Grand Prize went to Avi Raz and Peggy Croft of A & Z Pearls, Los Angeles. Their "Moonlight on the Amazon" brooch featured an American cultured Dome Pearl moon "lighting" the night over an Ame

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