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Jewelmer 35th Anniversary Gala

Posted by Alana Midlane on 9/25/2014 to News
As Kevin mentioned in a previous post, while in Hong Kong we met with Jacques-Christophe Branellec of Jewelmer. Following our meeting he invited us to attend Jewelmer’s 35th anniversary gala in Manila and tour one of his pearl farms. We didn’t hesitate to jump at the chance! We rescheduled our flights and with the help of his team were able to make all the necessary arrangements to attend both the gala and stay at Jewelmer’s beautiful Flower Island resort.

Following a very busy week of pearl buying and blogging in Hong Kong we arrived in Manila, just after typhoon Mario had dropped 3 feet of water in less than 24 hours on the resilient city. It was hard to believe that days before thousands of people were evacuated and parts of the city were chest deep in water.

Lucky for us we have a friend in Manila, Cynthia Dayco (Cyndayco, forum member from Pearl-Guide.com). She met us at the Peninsula Hotel for drinks and escorted us to the gala. She looked gorgeous and it was great to have her give us some history of her beautiful city on the way in. I walked into the gala knowing that it would be a fabulous event but all my expectations were blown away! The food and wine was flowing all night. There was a large exhibit of pieces from previous year’s galas and they were all truly remarkable.

We then sat down to an outstanding performance. The orchestra, choir and dancers all came together and put on an amazing production. Model after model came strutting out with beautiful outfits and the most elaborate pearl designs. Every aspect of the show was deliberate and strategic. The dresses had the most beautiful prints of pearls, coral and sea creatures. The pictures give you a taste but I can’t even begin to describe the energy in the room.

After the last models took their bows the Jewelmer “family” came out for the big finale and left the room feeling like we just watched something very special.


at the opening of Jewelmer's 35th Anniversary Gala
Galleon headdress with Golden South Sea Pearl embellishments Mask with Golden South Sea Pearls Necklace with nuggets of Golden South Sea Pearls a Gold headdress with huge Golden South Sea Pearls Jewelmer’s 35th anniversary gala introductory opening dance performance during the Jewelmer Gala a complete Golden South Sea Pearl jewelry set Golden South Sea Pearl headdress and earrings Golden South Sea Pearl embellished dress and jewelry contemporary Golden South Sea Pearl necklace and hair ornament traditional layered pearl necklace with earrings and hair ornament Models showcasing various Golden South Sea Pearl jewelry designs Golden South Sea Pearl necklace, dress embellishment, and hair ornaments simple Golden South Sea Pearl bracelet, necklace, and headband layered necklace, hair and dress ornaments from Golden South Sea Pearls Golden South Sea Pearl crown, earrings, ring, and innovative Golden South Sea Pearl jewelry geometric Golden South Sea Pearl necklace and a pair of earrings beautiful Golden South Sea Pearl jewelry set Golden South Sea Pearl corset, choker, and earrings stunning models and their Golden South Sea Pearl accessories Dress and hair ornaments, and a necklace with Golden South Sea Pearls Jewelmer's models on the catwalk stunning multi-layered Golden South Sea Pearl necklace and earrings colorful dance performance during the Jewelmer anniversary gala Golden South Sea Pearl jewelry on a deep blue dress Golden South Sea Pearl jewelry on a black dress models clad in black and Golden South Sea Pearls layered necklace, earrings, and bracelet gorgeous hair ornaments, necklace, and earrings White South Sea Pearl jewelry set stunning necklace with Golden South Sea Pearls in different sizes multi-layered Golden South Sea Pearl necklace, with earrings and pearl ring two of the models flaunting the marvelous pearl jewelries the models of Jewelmer's 35th anniversary gala a close up of the few unique pieces of Golden South Sea Pearl jewelry the closing of Jewelmer's 35th anniversary gala Jewelmer Joaillerie executives  a warm embrace for the success of the Jewelmer gala the Jewelmer Joaillerie family

Reader Comments

Date 9/25/2014
CathyKeshi
Wonderful reporting, writing and photography, Kevin and Alana ... thanks so much for "taking us along" on your trip!

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