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Winners of CPAA’s International Pearl Design Competition Announced

Matariki Rising Golden South Sea pearl ring by Paul Klecka of Paul Klecka Inspired Design

New York City. Feb. 12, 2021. Winners have been announced for the latest edition of the International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC) from the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA).

This competition marks the 11th in its history. Judges included Jean Francois Bibet, workshop and production director at Cartier, and Patricia Faber, co-owner of Aaron Faber Gallery in Manhattan. The pair reviewed 19 live U.S. division finalist pieces (live goods were shown via Zoom from a private location), a group narrowed down from 66 entries total, and 42 entries in the International Division by images.

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Eight winners emerged across seven categories in the U.S. Division, one Popularity award winner surfaced through a vote on the @pearlscpaa’s Instagram account, and 11 items received honorable mentions. Meanwhile, nine winners and four honorable mentions were chosen for the same categories for the International Division save for the Popularity award.

Fifteen total pieces, a mix of winners and honorable mentions, are on display and sale now at the Aaron Faber Gallery in Manhattan. Winners are as follows.

U.S. Winners

President’s Trophy

Matariki Rising Golden South Sea pearl ring by Paul Klecka of Paul Klecka Inspired Design

Matariki Rising Golden South Sea pearl ring by Paul Klecka of Paul Klecka Inspired Design 

Luster Award

Mosaic Tahitian pearl earrings by Samira Sizdahkani of Samira 13 Jewelry

Orient Award

Double Hyacinth Fold freshwater pearl ring by Karin Jacobson Jewelry

Double Hyacinth Fold freshwater pearl ring by Karin Jacobson Jewelry

Visionary Award for Classic Styles Tie!

Freshwater Coin pearl ring by Alishan Halebian of Alishan Jewelry

Freshwater Coin pearl ring by Alishan Halebian of Alishan Jewelry

Giselle South Sea pearl earrings from Rosa Van Parys of Rosa Van Parys Jewelry

Wedding Day Pearls

Winner: Floating White South Sea pearl ring by Mastoloni

Floating White South Sea pearl ring by Mastoloni

Fashion Award Three-Way Tie!

Play Among the Stars freshwater pearl earrings by Lydia Tutunjian of Alishan Jewelry

Play Among the Stars freshwater pearl earrings by Lydia Tutunjian of Alishan Jewelry

Eclisse Tahitian pearl ring by Mastoloni

Eclisse Tahitian pearl ring by Mastoloni

Red Bamboo and Mosaic Tahitian pearl earrings by Silvia Furmanovich

Red Bamboo and Mosaic Tahitian pearl earrings by Silvia Furmanovich

Spotlight Award—Golden South Sea Pearls

Matariki Rising Golden South Sea pearl ring by Paul Klecka of Paul Klecka Inspired Design

Matariki Rising Golden South Sea pearl ring by Paul Klecka of Paul Klecka Inspired Design

Popularity Award (Chosen via Instagram)

Rosa Van Parys of Rosa Van Parys Jewelry for her Giselle South Sea pearl earrings.

Rosa Van Parys of Rosa Van Parys Jewelry for her Giselle South Sea pearl earrings.

U.S. Division Honorable Mentions

  • Glistening Web necklace from Samuel Behnam of Samuel B.
Mardi Gras earrings from Paula Crevoshay of Crevoshay
  • Mardi Gras earrings from Paula Crevoshay of Crevoshay

Diamond and Australian South Sea Mabe pearl earrings by Alexis Mazza of LexiMazz Designs
  • Diamond and Australian South Sea Mabe pearl earrings by Alexis Mazza of LexiMazz Designs

Golden Pearl Flower Garden necklace by Susan Gordon of Susan Gordon Jewelry
Modern Sea of Cortez earrings by Mimi Favre of Mimi Favre Jewelry

Something Blue freshwater pearl earrings by Dilly Kirby of Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls

Black Lace white freshwater pearl ring by Brenda Smith of Brenda Smith Jewelry

Chain Drop freshwater pearl earrings by Mastoloni
  • Chain Drop freshwater pearl earrings by Mastoloni

Freeform Feather necklace with freshwater pearls by Barbara Heinrich Jewelry
Lydia freshwater pearl ring by Lika Behar of Lika Behar Jewelry

Aubergine Tahitian pearl and purple gold earrings by Adam Neeley
  • Aubergine Tahitian pearl and purple gold earrings by Adam Neeley

International Division Winners

President’s Trophy Tie!

Van Gogh’s Rosebush necklace with 18k yellow gold and freshwater biwa button pearls by Larissa Moraes, designer and president of Larissa Moraes Jewelry, Brazil

Van Gogh’s Rosebush necklace with 18k yellow gold and freshwater biwa button pearls by Larissa Moraes, designer and president of Larissa Moraes Jewelry, Brazil

Lavish Geometric bangle with four 13 mm pink freshwater pearls and 18k rose gold with over six carats of round brilliant diamonds by designer Tanushree Lo, sponsored by C. Krishniah Chetty Group of Jewellers, India

Luster Award

Gentle Rain necklace with a white pearl and diamonds by Da Ning Zhang, associate professor, Jilin University of Arts, China

Orient Award

Dewdrop necklace in 18k white gold with black rhodium, white South Sea pearls, and a Tahitian pearl by Hanna Korhonen, Hanna K. Design, Finland

Dewdrop necklace in 18k white gold with black rhodium, white South Sea pearls, and a Tahitian pearl by Hanna Korhonen, Hanna K. Design, Finland

Visionary Award for Classic Styles

Sailing Pearl ring in 18k white gold with diamonds and an 8 mm black pearl by W.A. Chamal Jayaratna, founder EON Master Model, Sri Lanka

Sailing Pearl ring in 18k white gold with diamonds and an 8 mm black pearl by W.A. Chamal Jayaratna, founder EON Master Model, Sri Lanka

Wedding Day Pearls Tie!

Dancing Lady Orchids features white, cream, and gold akoya pearls, yellow enamel, citrine, and white and yellow diamonds by Chu Yuen Yu, student at Accademia Italiana, Rome

Dancing Lady Orchids features white, cream, and gold akoya pearls, yellow enamel, citrine, and white and yellow diamonds by Chu Yuen Yu, student at Accademia Italiana, Rome

The Deep Sea necklace with greenish gray Tahitian pearls, black diamonds, and a cushion-cut  ruby, is by Laura Spiniella, founder and creative director at La Spiniella, France.

The Deep Sea necklace with greenish gray Tahitian pearls, black diamonds, and a cushion-cut  ruby, is by Laura Spiniella, founder and creative director at La Spiniella, France.

Fashion Award

Lady Mischievous earrings in 18k rose gold with black rhodium, freshwater pearls, and pink tourmaline by Mika Murai, jewelry designer, Mika Jewellery, Japan

Lady Mischievous earrings in 18k rose gold with black rhodium, freshwater pearls, and pink tourmaline by Mika Murai, jewelry designer, Mika Jewellery, Japan

Spotlight Award—Golden South Sea Pearls

Sunrise earrings with 12 mm golden South Sea pearls, white akoya pearls and yellow and white diamonds by Chu Yuen Yu, Hong Kong, student at Accademia Italiana, Rome

Sunrise earrings with 12 mm golden South Sea pearls, white akoya pearls and yellow and white diamonds by Chu Yuen Yu, Hong Kong, student at Accademia Italiana, Rome

Honorable Mentions for the International Division

The Miti earrings by Lorena Ramos Rabelo, Lure Fine Jewelry Boutique,Brazil
The Golden Rain earrings by Lorena Ramos Rabelo, Lure Fine Jewelry Boutique, Brazil

Tango Walk earrings by Anandan M., sponsored by C. Krishniah Chetty Group of Jewellers, India

Prayer for the Water Dragon God by Chiaki Miyauchi, director and jewelry designer at Tacara Kyoto, Japan
  • Prayer for the Water Dragon God by Chiaki Miyauchi, director and jewelry designer at Tacara Kyoto, Japan

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