Giving Pearls Pizzazz

In this year’s Vision Award pearl jewelry design competition, leading designers from around the world used American pearls to create elegant, whimsical, and sometimes fantastical pieces of freeform jewelry. The winners included a dolphin, a “phrog,” and a dragonfly, but the mighty mollusk reigned supreme. The fifth annual contest, held in New York in May, drew 76 entries featuring American cultured or natural pearls, and the judges recognized a dozen unique creations. Pieces priced at $1,000 or more wholesale qualified for the Inspiration Division, and those valued at less than $1,000 wholesale were featured in the Discovery Division. Winning entries were displayed at The JCK Show in Las Vegas in June. Curt Parker took grand-prize honors in the Inspiration Division with his “Supernova” pendant. Second place went to Elizabeth Gualtieri’s “Oceana” brooch, and third plac
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