New York, NY – Aug. 25, 2021. The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) and renowned jewelry designer Suzanne Kalandjian of Suzanne Kalan Jewelry have teamed up to debut a Tahitian Pearl capsule collection, Suzanne Kalan x CPAA Tahitian Pearls.
Thanks to support from the government of French Polynesia, CPAA worked with Kalan to feature Tahitian pearls in a collection of their own. Known for her innovative use of diamond baguettes, Kalan bought high-quality Tahitian pearls from a CPAA member dealer and created four pieces of Tahitian pearl jewelry to start. CPAA then photographed the finished jewels and conducted a video interview with Kalan in Los Angeles.
“I’ve wanted to work with Tahitian pearls for a long time but wanted to do it when I had time to launch something significant,” explains Kalan. “Now is that time. In the last few years, there has definitely been a resurgence of black pearls in the market. In this collection, Tahitian pearls beautifully offset the sparkle of baguette diamonds, and I especially love emeralds next to the color of Tahitian pearls. What I love most about Tahitians are the undertones that are captured in the different lights they’re seen in—blue, green, purple, and pink. Tahitian pearls are also timeless, modern, classic, yet edgy and sexy.”
CPAA executive director Jennifer Heebner developed the capsule collection idea to cast a wider spotlight on Tahitian pearls. Heebner dug into her 25 years of fine-jewelry market experience from serving as a journalist to tap the right designer to kick off the initiative. “Suzanne is remarkably talented, so I could not be more excited that she is our first partner in this project. So many incredible jewelry designers have not worked with Tahitians or pearls in general, so I’m excited to introduce more to the beauty, luster, and allure of fine pearls.”
See the jewels in person at Kalan’s booth at Couture #517.
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Video produced by Jack Deutsch
Kathy Grenier, CPAA
Victoria Scott, Suzanne Kalan
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.
About Suzanne Kalan Jewelry
With over 30 years of experience designing fine jewelry, Suzanne Kalan continues to create stunning collections that are timeless, innovative, and unique. Designing in 18-karat gold, Suzanne’s custom-cut colorful gemstones and dramatically placed diamonds add a modern twist to the traditional design. Her Fireworks collection has been revered by the jewelry industry for its breathtaking design, which marries the chaos of scattered baguette diamonds with large custom-cut gemstones. In the last 10 years, daughter Patile has joined the family business, designing the 14-karat line, which incorporates an array of hand- picked semiprecious stones with accents of diamonds and sapphires. For more information visit www.suzannekalan.com.