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Tahitian Pearls: Treasures of French Polynesia

21 May 2018


‘Separate/Together’ jewellery piece, the Open Group I Champion of the 2017 JMA International Jewelry Design Competition

‘Freeze’ bangle by Zhou Jian Xiang, which won the Tahitian Pearl Award in the 2017 JMA International Jewelry Design Competition

‘Sun and Earth’ bangle by Lin Li Ying, which took home the Best Craftsmanship Award in the 2017 JMA International Jewelry Design Competition

Lin Li Ying’s ‘Sun and Earth’ bangle deconstructed into a pendant and a simpler bangle

‘True Love’ brooch by Zhou Jian Xiang, which won a Merit prize at the 2017 JMA International Jewelry Design Competition

'When Love Comes’ earrings by Lo Yi Sin, which can be transformed into pendants and brooches

‘Encounter-Bloom’ necklace by Huang Wu Yuan, which bagged a Merit Award in the 2017 JMA International Jewelry Design Competition

Kimmy Low, Miss Jewelry Hong Kong 2017, wears a necklace by Tai Hai Yang Ltd and a bangle and ring by Rio Pearl

Kaye Cheung, 1st Runner Up of Miss Jewelry Hong Kong 2017, wears Tahitian pearl jewellery by Rio Pearl

Yuki Leung, 2nd Runner Up of Miss Jewelry Hong Kong 2017, wears Tahitian pearl jewellery by Man Sang Jewellery (HK) Ltd

 

 
The warm incandescent glow of Tahitian pearls never fails to exude elegance and sophistication along with a delightful hint of mystery in its mesmerising depths.
 
These marvels of French Polynesian waters are beloved for their wondrous hues and versatile shapes. They are cultured on 27 atolls and islands in the Tuamotu and Gambier archipelagos, cradled by the lagoons of Polynesia and their light-infused marine depths, and nursed by sand and sun.
 

Remarkable beauties
 
The splendour of Tahitian pearls is magnified when set in jewellery. The gems’ diversity of colours, sizes and shapes offer manifold opportunities for creativity. They are thus often a fixture in design meets and glamorous events, which the Tahitian Pearl Association of Hong Kong (TPAHK) views as ideal platforms to showcase the gems to an even wider audience across various market segments.
 
True to its mission to uphold the prestigious image of the Tahitian pearl and foster sustainable market growth, TPAHK sponsored the Miss Jewelry Hong Kong and the JMA International Jewelry Design Competition. The latter is organised by the Hong Kong Jewelry Manufacturers’ Association (HKJMA).
 
Finalists and winners of Miss Jewelry Hong Kong 2017 were made ever more radiant through stunning jewellery pieces with Tahitian pearls designed and crafted by TPAHK member companies. These include Man Sang Jewellery (HK) Ltd, Rio Pearl, Tai Hai Yang Ltd (Robert Wan) and Wellseas Pearl.
 
 
Enchanting creations
 
The 2017 JMA design competition, with the theme ‘Tresor,’ also cast the limelight on Tahitian pearls, with several winning entries and finalists opting to showcase the gem in their designs.
 
Tahitian pearls were at the heart of the ‘Separate/Together’ jewellery piece, which won Luo Jin Jiao the top prize in the competition’s Open Group I. The ethereal ring, manufactured by Peter Lam Jewellery Ltd, can be turned into earrings and pendants.
 
The dedicated Tahitian Pearl Award went to Zhou Jian Xiang’s ‘Freeze’ bangle, while the Best Craftsmanship Award in the Open Group II was bagged by Lin Li Ying. The designer’s fascinating ‘Sun and Earth’ entry is a earthen-texture bangle topped by a stunning Tahitian pearl and diamond sun, which can be detached and worn as a pendant. Both entries were produced by Peter Lam Jewellery Ltd.
 
Tahitian pearls were also featured in three entries that won Merit prizes – the ‘True Love’ brooch by Zhou Jian Xiang, ‘When Love Comes’ earrings and pendant by Lo Yi Sin, and the ‘Encounter-Bloom’ necklace by Huang Wu Yuan.
 
Moving forward, the TPAHK intends to continue highlighting the beauty and value of Tahitian pearls through more design- and lifestyle-oriented initiatives as well as digital marketing.