Tahitian Pearl Design Competition Planned

Perles de Tahiti has announced plans for a second Tahitian Pearl Trophy jewelry design competition, with an awards ceremony to be held in New York City in September 2002. This will be an international event aimed at encouraging jewelry designers throughout the world to design original creations using the Tahiti cultured pearl. The first Tahitian Pearl Trophy competition was held over a two-year period (1999-2000) with national competitions in 17 countries that produced hundreds of original pieces of Tahitian pearl jewelry. The 83 pieces that reached the finals of the competition produced 30 winners from 11 countries, who were honored at a gala award ceremony in Paris on Oct. 8, 2000. The second competition will have 10 categories: necklace, earrings, ring, bracelet, pendant, brooch, parure (a three-piece set of a necklace with matching earrings and bracelet), men's jewelry, accessory (

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