Pearl jam

Winning Pearls The 26th International Pearl Design Contest winners proved again that pearls today are anything but basic. The 1998 contest received a record 1,629 entries from 29 countries. Competition is divided into three categories: freestyle actual jewelry design, thematic actual jewelry design, and paper rendering design. Entrants are required to use natural or cultured pearls as the central design element, but gemstones, precious metals, and other materials may be used as accents. There were six Americans and one Canadian among the winners. Lili Chu of Mikimoto America Co. Ltd. took first place in the thematic category for a South Seas pearl, platinum, and diamond necklace. The theme was “the sea.” Philip Dismuke of Jewelsmith in Durham, N.C., and Avi Raz of A & Z Pearls, Los Angeles, earned fifth place in the category. Antje C. Roitzch of Michael Good Designs, Rockpo

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