International Pearl Design Competition, 2013-2014

Cultured Pearl Association of AmericaThe Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces major enhancement to the 2013-2014 International Pearl Design Contest (IPDC).

Providence, RI –July 17, 2013

Peter Bazar, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc., proudly announces that this year’s winner of the IPDC’s Presidents Award will receive their own museum showcase at the 2014, JCK Show located in the CPAA World Pearl Booth. This opportunity to showcase a collection, in addition to the winning piece, provides phenomenal exposure to thousands of show visitors.

The fourth annual International Pearl Design Competition is open until September 3rd, 2013, including global entries. Winners will be announced on November 1st, 2013. For complete entry information please visit www.cpaa.org.

The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc is a nonprofit group founded in 1957, comprised of the finest manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers and suppliers of Cultured Pearls in the United States.

The CPAA’s mission is to “cultivate” awareness, interest, demand and successful marketability of Cultured Pearls for the retail community and the consumer level. Through promotion, education, public relations and unwavering commitment, they aim to inspire an authentic passion for all Cultured Pearl varieties.

For more information contact Kathy Grenier or Bo Perry of the CPAA at 888-31-PEARL or 401-432-9990.

 

Congratulations Fawna H., Ticket number 2648!

We would like to extend our congratulations to Fawna H., winner of the once-in-a-lifetime trip to Flower Island Resort in the Philippines! Her lucky ticket number 2648 was drawn on Monday afternoon.

Have fun, Fawna!

Flower Island Raffle – The Philippines

I’d like to personally wish everyone the best of luck with the upcoming drawing for the trip of a lifetime to Flower Island in the Philippines!

On the 15th, I offered tickets to anyone and everyone that would like the chance to win, and we also gave some away in a contest and on our Facebook page. This weekend I am taking this giant stack of ticket stubs to the JCK Jewelry Show in Las Vegas to deliver them to the Cultured Pearl Association of America. The drawing happens this weekend!

Flower Island in the Philippines anyone?

Some of you may recall that I blogged about the ‘Pearl Trip Around the World‘ that took me to pearl farms in China, Japan, the Philippines, Fiji and French Polynesia. Our short documentary The Tahitian Pearl followed this trip, and eventually I plan to use the footage from the rest of the trip for something even bigger and better. I just need to find a 4-5 month window of extra time to put the work in!

(Be sure to click the images to enlarge)

During the trip there was one destination that stood out among the others as one of the most exotic, beautiful and far-flung places I’ve ever visited – Jewelmer’s Flower Island in Palawan, The Philippines. To reach Flower Island, we flew by helicopter for hours from Manila, even needing to stop once for refueling. It really is that remote.

Flower Island is owned by Jacques Branellec, founder of Jewelmer, a French Filipino company that specializes in the production of deep golden South Sea pearls. The island resort is located on one of Jewelmer’s many pearl farms.

I would like to help send someone to this tropical paradise.

Jewelmer has teamed up with the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) to send two people on an all-expense-paid trip for a vacation on Flower Island. The CPAA has printed a total of 5000 tickets and each ticket is selling for $10 apiece. But there’s a problem. The contest ends in a couple of weeks and there are thousands of unsold tickets left. This means that the odds of winning are better than anyone could have previously imagined.

I’ve decided to assist Jewelmer and the CPAA with those tickets. We’re hosting a contest on our Facebook page and another on our website. But I know that the people who would truly appreciate this trip are most likely those that read this blog. If you would like me to send you FREE Golden Tickets for Two, just email me your name, telephone number and address and I will drop them in the mail for you – jeremy@pearlparadise.com.

For the legal mumbo-jumbo, see the CPAA’s website: http://cpaa.org/goldentickets/

Gorgeous Golden South Sea Pearls

Golden South Sea pearls grown at Jewelmer’s Pearl Farm near Flower Island