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CPAA Announces US Finalists on their 14th Annual Pearl Design Competition (IPDC)

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New York City. Nov. 22, 2023. The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces the finalists in the U.S. division of the 14th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC). U.S. submissions were narrowed down to 12 finalists after judges viewed images of all entries.

The judges are Jean Francois Bibet, workshop and production director at Cartier; Patricia Faber, co-owner of Aaron Faber Gallery in Manhattan; Peggy Grosz, senior vice president, Assael; Maria Tsangaropoulos...

VIDEO: Akoya Pearls and The Story of Mikimoto

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From the Jewels of the Trade YouTube channel:

What are cultured pearls?
What are akoya pearls?
What are Mikimoto pearls?

All of these questions and more will be answered in this in-depth interview with Matt Harris of Matt Harris Designs. This video is not sponsored. I am not an affiliate marketer for Matt Harris. He's just a really great dude who sells awesome pearls.

You can watch the video HERE:

YouTube Video - Understanding Pearl SIZE

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Well, this is one hot topic for sure...it's one of the characteristics that raises eyebrows and make some confused. Our beloved Pearl-Guide.com has covered this subject before, but a video has the ability to allow us to actually SEE these visual effects in all their Glory.

Video will play tomorrow (August 26th, 2023) on YouTube at 4 pm Pacific.

Article - Pearl Prices Driven Up by Chinese Demand!

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Continuing from her last article on this very same subject, Jennifer Heebner of CPAA & AGTA presents her latest pearl article about the price increase of cultured pearls driven by continued Chinese pearl demand.

This is a very short part of the article for you to catch a glimpse and hopefully lead you to read the rest:


American Pearl dealers are having a lot of difficult conversations with clients this year. Since the beginning of 2023, Akoya shortages, price hikes, and Chinese demand...

Just Out: SSEF's Faccete Issue 28 - May 2023 - Pearl Information Galore!

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This has been one of my very favorite Facette issues. It has quite a bit of PEARL INFORMATION that I will sum up for you all:

1. UNEARTHING THE PAST: HARNESSING HISTORY IN THE STUDY OF GEMMOLOGY.
This article by my friend Dr Laurent Cartier is a very nice and comprehensive review of the history of gemstones throughout the ages, and of course: PEARLS are very important in this story!

2. THE VALUE OF CULTURED PEARLS: EVOLUTION AND CURRENT TRENDS
We have been seeing changes in the world pearl...

In the News: Japanese Akoya Pearl Prices Have Skyrocketed 80% (2023)

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Jennifer Heebner of the CPAA and AGTA wrote this very interesting article about the HIGH DEMAND for Akoya Pearls, leading to an 60-80% PRICE HIKE!

I personally met with Joshua & x Nick Israeliff during the Tucson Gem Show and they explained that the high demand from China has helped increase the cost and price of these beautiful pearls.

I recommend reading the great article for a clear insight. It can be found HERE.

Here are these young Pearl Entrepreneurs that are featured in the article.

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