New York City. Nov. 22, 2021. The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announces the finalists in the U.S. division of the 12th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC). Fifty-six U.S. submissions were narrowed down to 26 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. Winning entries and the finalists of Faber’s choice will be on display and for sale at the Gallery starting Dec. 9, 2021.
A day of live judging will take place in a private location in early December.
On Thursday, Dec. 9, both U.S. and International winners will be announced.
Finalists in the U.S. division are as follows.
Convertible Fedora Hat earrings by Cynthia Pischdotshian of Cynthia Britt Jewelry
Bleu Bebe necklace by Elizabeth Dilly Kirby of Elizabeth Blair Fine Jewelry
bijOO ring by Marie Fauvel Lebourgeois of Lebourgeois LLC
Sky Blue Akoya pearl necklace by Jane Bohan
DNA earrings by Tariq Riaz
Floating Pearl Circle ring by Brenda Smith
Coin Pearl Amazon ring by Eve Streicker of Original Eve Designs
Pearl Swag bracelet by Imperial Pearl
Blue Wave ring by Paul Klecka
Sea Creature brooch by Barbara Heinrich
Nest earrings by Barbara Heinrich
Pink Palace earrings by Heath London
Spring Forward earrings by Heath London
Abacus South Sea pearl earrings by Nan Fusco
Sting Ray brooch by Alishan Halebian of Alishan
Exposed Pearl Nacre bangle by Melanie Georgacopoulos
Corner Pearl Nacre ring by Melanie Georgacopoulos
Double Finger ring by Dennis deJonghe of deJonghe Originals
Tops and Drops Convertible earrings and pendant necklace by Amy Hudon
Celine 3.0 Tahitian Pearl Dagger earrings by Rosa van Parys
Loie ring by Anne Baker
Pearl Blossom ring by Anne Baker
Blue Akoya Pearl necklace by Lauren Chisholm
Ombre Wave earrings with chocolate Tahitian pearls by Pamela Froman
Modern Mobiles earrings by Assael
Hinged earrings by Assael
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.