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Revere Tahitian Pearl Jewelry Season 2.

Who is going to Tahiti?

This contest was open to all past students of the Revere Academy in order to stimulate and encourage creativity. The entries were judged along four criteria; design, craftsmanship,originality and marketability.

The contest attracted a number of high quality entries from across the United States. Submissions included jewelry in a range of materials including gold, platinum, silver, glass, diamonds, gems and of course Tahitian pearls.

The jury was composed of Sarah Graham, Barbara Heinrich, and Alan Revere.

The Revere Tahitian pearl contest is sponsored by Air Tahiti Nui and Black Market Pearls Llc.

 

  • Grand Prize Winner Student Category

William Robertson who had won 2017 first prize, strikes back with a fantastic pendant to win the Grand prize and receives two round trip ticket to Tahiti with  Air Tahiti Nui!

"Tahitian Tides" is a pendant featuring a 13mm grey semi-baroque Tahitian pearl, akoya pearl, eighteen white diamonds, and five paraiba tourmalines. All set in 18k yellow gold with 20k yellow gold accents through out.

 

  • Grand Prize Winner Instructor Category 

Jenny Reeves walks away with the Grand prize of faculty category and receives two round trip tickets to Tahiti with  Air Tahiti Nui!

''My jewelry blends earthy textures and patterns with geometric lines to explore relationships between proportion, color and light.  ''

''The Compass Necklace''

Jenny Reeves sustainable jewelry

Hollow form pendant in Argentium sterling silver,18, 22, 24 carat gold, watermelon tourmaline, 12 mm Tahitian pearl and a .07ct white reclaimed diamond set in back.

 

Karen Keit  wins 1 st Prize Jewelry over $1,500 category.

"Pearls in Orbit'' Tahitian Pearl Necklace . Made in Kauai.

The Orbit Necklace consists of Seven (7) Tahitian Round Half Pearls, bezel set in 22 karat yellow gold, sizes 8.5 to 9mm. Also, Nine (9) GVS Round Brilliant Diamonds totally 0.32ct.tw. set in 18 karat yellow gold.

 

  •  Student Jewelry Over $1,500:

1 st Prize – Karen Keit
2 nd Prize – Karen Keit

The serpent broach-2nd prize by Karen Keit.

 

3 rd Prize – Jordan J. de Haan and the green pearl

  • Student Jewelry Under $1,500:

1 st Prize – Melissa Skarsten

''For this contest, I challenged myself to use a 14 mm peacock Tahitian Mabe pearl. I have distinct organic style and each one of a kind piece I create is a journey through the mysteries of nature''.

 

 

 

 

 

2 nd Prize – Cynthia Clearwater

 


3 rd Prize – Meggie Roy 

''I am extravagant; I am special; I am perfect; I am a true pearl! ''

''This is a celebration of all forms, curves and uniqueness.18k gold, Napa leather, 18k gold, sterling silver and Tahitian pearls are blended to create a microcosm of purity and design.''

 

A special thanks to Alan Revere and Glenda Ruth, Air Tahiti Nui, and all the participating pearl jewelers: see you in 2018!

 
 
 
 
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Revere Pearl Jewelry Contest 2017 : go green with Tahitian Pearls!

REVERE ACADEMY TAHITIAN PEARL JEWELRY DESIGN CONTEST
WILL SEND STUDENTS TO TAHITI !

 

SAN FRANCISCO – Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts spreads a bit of island fever for the second year in a row with an expanded Tahitian Pearl Jewelry Contest. The competition, open to all current and former Revere students – approximately 10,000 individuals – grows this year to include a category for past and present Revere Academy instructors. Grand-prize winners in both categories will receive two round-trip tickets to Tahiti.

Revere stressed that the organic Tahitian pearls offer students an opportunity to focus on green, sustainable designs. One of the reasons Revere found this project so appealing was the ability to highlight a product of fair-trade and sustainable development in contrast to industrially produced and manipulated materials.

Selection committee for the contest will be master goldsmith and author Revere, award-winning jewelry designer Sarah Graham and award-winning jeweler, designer and President of the American Jewelry Design Council Barbara Heinrich.

The contests for both student and faculty will each award a grand prize as well as cash prizes in two categories:  jewelry over $1500 and jewelry under $1500 retail. In addition to the two grand prizes, student categories will have a first, second and third place cash prizes, while instructors will have second and third place cash prizes.

“It has always been our standard that instructors are working, professional jewelers, who bring real-world experiences to share with our students,” Revere said. “I think including these instructors in their own category will really enhance the contest. We look forward to incredible designs from both groups.”

Revere students and instructors can submit entries at http://bit.ly/ReverePearlContestEntry. Deadline for submissions is August 28. Winners will be announced on Sept. 15. For more information, see the Revere Academy website at revereacademy.com/tahiti

 

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Revere Tahitian Pearl Jewelry Contest - Winners Announced!

Veronica Eckert wins the grand prize of 1st Revere Tahiti Pearl Jewelry contest and receives two round trip ticket to Tahiti with  Air Tahiti Nui!

Designer and grand prize winner: Veronica Eckert

Winners for jewelry over $1,000 / retail:

1st place, $300: William Robertson, WI
2nd Place, $200: Karen Keit, HI
3rd Place, $100: Julie Leyden, CA

 

Designer: William Robertson, WI

Winners for jewelry under $1,000 / retail:
First place, $300: Melissa Skarsten, UT
Second Place, $200: Noriko Kawamoto, CA
Third Place, $100: Cheryl Rouch, CA

Designer: Melissa Skarsten, UT

The contest was opened to all present and past students of the Revere Academy in order to stimulate and encourage creativity.  The entries were judged along four criteria; design, craftsmanship, originality and marketability.  The contest attracted a number of very high quality entries from across the United States.  Submissions included jewelry in a range of materials - gold, platinum, silver, glass, diamonds, gems and of course, Tahitian pearls.  The jury was composed of Alan Revere - Award-winning jewelry designer, founder and director of the Revere Academy; Etienne Perret - Jewelry Designer, Gemologist and pearl expert; Peter Walsh - Manika Gallery in San Francisco-Jenny Reeves - Jewelry Designer and instructor.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you to everyone who entered.

 

 

 

   

 

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Tahitian Pearl Jewelry Contest


GRAND PRIZE: TRIP FOR 2 TO TAHITI!

Open to all past and present students of the Revere Academy, this competition invites jewelry artists to pursue new creative designs featuring Tahitian Pearls. The Grand Prize winner receives 2 round trip tickets to Tahiti from Los Angeles via Air Tahiti Nui.

Winners will be selected on the basis of originality, design, marketability and craftsmanship. Entries will be accepted in 2 categories: Jewelry under $1,000 and jewelry over $1,000. Each category will have a first place cash award of $300, second place, $200, and third place, $100. An overall Grand Prize winner will be selected from all entries.  

Entries will be evaluated by a jury composed of Alan Revere - Award-winning jewelry designer, founder and director of the Revere Academy; Etienne Perret - Jewelry Designer, Gemologist and pearl expert; Peter Walsh - Manika Gallery in San Francisco; and Jenny Reeves - Jewelry Designer and instructor.

Entry Fee: $25

Entry Deadline Extended Until: August 1, 2016, 11:59pm MST

Jewelry Submission: Actual jewelry is required to be available for winners exhibit.

Winner Announcement: August 15, 2016

To apply, go to:  Online application at callforentry.org. (CAFE). Registration on CAFE is required. 

 

http://www.revereacademy.com/tahiti/

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Pearl Class at Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts

San Francisco  April 30th & May 1st, 2016.

"Tahitian pearls, exotic beauties from the sea, are among the most prized of nature’s creations. Cultivated in only a few places on earth, the Black-Lip Pearl oyster thrives in the atolls of Tahiti. These creatures can produce a wonderful, inspiring and valuable type of pearl."

A special thanks to Alan Revere for hosting this Tahitian Pearl class as part of the Revere Master Symposium  and Etienne Perret for leading this innovative course.

"For two days students were immersed and captivated in the world of pearls. Students took advantage of this opportunity to learn about these wonderful gems, how they are cultivated and evaluated as well as design considerations possible with Tahitian pearls. Also were they able to learn how to drill a pearl and get hands-on practice."  



 

 

 

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PHONE: 415-391-4179
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Website: http://www.revereacademy.com

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Pearls in heart of Portland.

Full Pearl Bar in The Pearl!

 Alchemy Jeweler will be hosting Tahitian based company Black Market Pearls and premiering its exclusive Pearl Bar once again in the luxurious Pearl District of Portland, Oregon.

Black Market Pearls brings the very best of Tahitian natural pearls direct from the source in Tahiti to the Pearl District of Portland.  For three days, Black Market Pearl Bar will showcase to pearl lovers with an exquisite selection of loose Tahitian pearls, strands and Pearl designer jewelry. Clients will be able to customize their favorite Tahitian gem with Alchemy Jeweler on site Jewelry workshop.

Come mingle with industry pearl professionals, sip homegrown Tahitian island vanilla rum punch, shop and create a unique gift for you and you loved ones.

Open to the Public
DATE : September 3rd, 4th TIME: 1 to 6 pm.
& September 5th TIME: 1 to 8 pm
LOCATION : Alchemy Jeweler
1022 NW Lovejoy Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
PHONE : (503) 227-8373
 
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Pearls in The Pearl

Alchemy Jeweler will be hosting Tahitian based company Black Market Pearls and premiering its exclusive Pearl Bar.

Black Market Pearls brings the very best of Tahitian natural pearls direct from the source to the Pearl District of Portland. For three days, Black Market Pearl Bar will showcase to pearl lovers with an exquisite selection of loose Tahitian pearls, strands and Pearl designer jewelry. Clients will be able to customize their favorite Tahitian gem with Alchemy Jeweler on site Jewelry workshop.
Come mingle with industry pearl professionals, sip homegrown Tahitian island vanilla rum punch, shop and create a unique holiday gift.

Open to the Public

DATE :
December 2nd, 3rd TIME: 1 to 6 pm.
& December 4th TIME: 1 to 9 pm

LOCATION : 
Alchemy Jeweler
1022 NW Lovejoy Street
Portland, Oregon 97209
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PHONE : 503-227-8373

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South Pacific encounter in Pacific Northwest

Black Market Pearls at Studio Oasis 41- Oregon


The Owners of Studio Oasis 41, Patrick Lillie and Bob Williams were so gracious to open the studio for Skyler to host this fantastic event, as well as be a part of the production.

The outcome of this group event collaboration was a complete success. Black Market Pearls showcased the best of Pearls to Junction City as well as to the Pacific North West. Black Market Pearls received top notch exposure with in the creative world and many great product photos as a result. Exquisite product photos were taken as well as new friendships were made during the event.

Special thanks to those whom participated : Models, Photographer's, Hair & Makeup, and Designers include the following : Skyler Bleu, Tiffany Curran, LuLu Ngo, Candice Forsberg, Lacie Renae, Camille Young, Patrick Lille, Garth Mortensen, Brian Pham, Brandi Lynn, Brett Howard, David Hicks, Andrea Villasenor-Lipstick Artistry, Racie Lacie MUA, Brian Pham Hairstyles, Black Market Pearls and Oscar Lopez of Oscar Dominick House of Couture Fashion.

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Polynesian Myths and Legends About The Black Pearl

A Romantic Polynesian story about the Tahitian black pearl speaks of how the moon bathes the ocean with its light to attract the oysters. When they come to the ocean surface, the moon bestows heavenly dew upon each one of them. In time, the drop of heavenly dew is polished and shrouds itself in garments with blue, green, gold and pink shining in the colors of Tahitian pearls.

There are many myths and legends that attribute the black pearls with various powers from being a healer to cupid and even a gift of God. In ancient times, the Tahitian black pearl was a jewel worn only by royalty and hence came to be known as the "Pearl of Queens" and the "Queen of Pearls".

According to ancient Polynesian legends handed down:

Ancients believed that Tahitian pearls were the first cases of light, which were given by the Creator to Tane -- God of Harmony and Beauty. Tahitian pearls illuminated the vault of heaven with their light. Their form and brightness inspired Tane to create the stars. Tane then brought the pearls to Rua Hatu -- God of the Ocean in order for him to lighten his domain. Oro -- God of War and Peace, working for Tane, entrusted human women whom he coveted to conceive his descendants, with the first pearls, as tokens of love. With the achievement of his work complete, he gave "Te ufi" - pearl oysters to humans, in memory of his voyage on earth. Ever since, the pearl oyster "Te ufi'' -- Pinctada Margaritifera, has thrived in the lagoons of French Polynesia.
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Skyler Bleu- Ambitious Model and Event Coordinator for BMP

Skyler Bleu's Invitational Publication Shoot, on November 10 2014, brought Black Market Pearls to Studio Oasis 41, in Central Oregon.





This ambitious young woman along with her partner Zach, helped coordinate, host and produce some amazing publication pictures for Black Market Pearls. Skyler Bleu brought together very talented artists to showcase for Black Market Pearls. Skyler, using her strategic networking skills and high energy personality, was able to not only showcase her product modeling skills, but introduce her self as an emerging fashion event coordinator. Skyler currently lives in Central Oregon and is available for booking, as a model and or event coordinator. 




For more information about Skyler Bleu please visit

https://www.facebook.com/skyler.bleu.319





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