New York City. Jan. 21, 2021. The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces the finalists in the U.S. division of the 11th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC). Sixty-six submissions were narrowed down to 20 finalists after judges viewed images of all entries. The judges are Jean Francois Bibet, workshop and production director at Cartier, and Patricia Faber, co-owner of Aaron Faber Gallery in Manhattan (whose store will show and offer for sale the winning entries and the finalists of Faber’s choice).
A day of semi-live judging will take place in a private location in early February. CPAA will show live jewels to judges over Zoom. Judging for the 2020 competition was delayed this year because of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, Feb. 9, both U.S. and International winners will be announced.
Finalists in the U.S. division are as follows.
CPAA is a nonprofit founded in 1957. The group comprises the finest manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers, and suppliers of cultured pearls in the United States, and its goals are to improve retail marketability of pearls and cultivate demand among consumers. Through promotion, education, public relations, and unwavering commitment to the category, CPAA aims to inspire an authentic passion for all cultured pearl varieties. For more information about becoming a certified pearl expert, please visit PearlsAsOne.org. To learn more about the Cultured Pearl Association of America, please visit CPAA.org.