Jewellery designer Philip Bouasse of Montreal has won one of the top prizes at the Cultured Pearl Association of America’s (CPAA’s) 2014-2015 International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC) for a second year in a row.
Bouasse’s ‘State of Grace’ necklace claimed the top spot in the ‘Wedding Day Pearls’ category.
“We are very happy with the success of our fifth annual competition,” says Peter B. Bazar, president of the CPAA.
Last year, Bouasse received the International Brilliance Ward and today, he is a freelance jewellery designer and a branding consultant in Montreal, Paris, and Hong Kong. He was trained in jewellery at Ecoles de la Rue du Louvre in Paris, France and has since become an experienced and multi award-winning, independent designer and lecturer and frequently collaborates with Swarovski for the brand’s annual GemVisions book of trends.
“Throughout history, pearls have been at the height of wedding fashion,” says Bouasse. “Historically, pearl is considered the wedding gem as a symbol of love, fertility and prosperity.” CJ