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.
- 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
''I am extravagant; I am special; I am perfect; I am a true pearl! ''
3 rd Prize – Meggie Roy
''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!