The Winners! The 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition

New York, NY – Nov. 2018 The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) has announced the U.S. winners of its 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC).
On Tuesday, Oct. 30, judges Tara Silberberg of The Clay Pot in Brooklyn and New York City, Editor and Brand Consultant Cheryl Kremkow, and Jean Francois Bibet, workshop and production director at Cartier, inspected 33 finalist pieces (finished jewels) at a private location in the city. By the end of the day, six winners had been chosen across seven categories for the U.S. Division.

President’s Trophy. This top prize is given to the piece deemed the most beautiful and original design concept that is well made, celebrates pearls, and leaves a lasting impression of pearls as must-have gems.
Winner: Rivoli earrings by Adam Neeley of Adam Neeley Designs in Laguna Beach, Calif. Made in 14k, 18k, and 22k gold with golden South Sea pearls, cream-to-white akoya pearls, and diamonds.

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Luster Award. This winning piece represents the evolution of a best-selling pearl jewelry design and bears a covetable and marketable concept with wide appeal for the marketplace.
Winner: Day-to-Night pendant necklace by Hisano Shepherd of Little h Jewelry in Los Angeles. Made in 14k gold with sliced and carved Tahitian pearls and black and colorless diamonds.

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See all the winning pieces here!