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IPDC Winners

Winners of 2017-2018 International Pearl Design Competition

Jan. 12, 2018

Winners of 2017-2018 International Pearl Design Competition

 

President’s Award

The highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best.

Maze bracelet by Daquan Wu of Shanghai, China

Maze bracelet by Daquan Wu of Shanghai, China

Luster Award

Given to the entry that is judged most marketable of all the entries in the competition. This design will have the most overall appeal for the retail marketplace.

Bubbles ring by Sean Gilroy of Assael won the Luster Award in the 2017-2018 International Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America

Bubble ring by Sean Gilson for Assael in New York City

Designer’s Award

Given to the entry that takes pearls to the far corners of the imagination and beyond.

Wow! What a Moment! bracelet by Murugesh Manickam of Bangalore, India won the Designer's Award in the 2017-2018 International Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America

Wow! What a Moment! bracelet by Murugesh Manickam of Bangalore, India, Sponsored by C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons Pvt. Ltd

Brilliance Award

Given to the entry that best illustrates the spectrum of pearl colors in the most beautiful way.

Diversity earrings by Alexia Gryllaki of Athens, Greece, won the Brilliance Award in the 2017-2018 International Cultured Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America

Diversity earrings by Alexia Gryllaki of Athens, Greece

Orient Award

The award given to the entry that would inspire a newfound affinity in someone for cultured pearls.

Meow Meow earrings by Xiao Wangyue of Tokyo, Japan

Meow Meow earrings by Xiao Wangyue of Tokyo, Japan

 

Visionary Award

The entry that re-defines the iconic pearl strand and shifts the perception of cultured pearls for today’s buyer.

Dragon Fly necklace by Ju-Hui Chang of Taipei, Taiwan, won the Visionary Award in the 2017-2018 International Cultured Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America

Dragonfly necklace by Ju-Hui Chang of Taipei, Taiwan

Fashion Award

Fun, fresh, and modern—a design which looks as if it came straight from a Paris runway. 

Wow!! It’s A Splash earrings by Shenbagaraman Pillai of Bangalore, India, sponsored by C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons Pvt. Ltd, won the Fashion Award in the 2017-2018 International Cultured Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America

Wow!! It’s A Splash earrings by Shenbagaraman Pillai of Bangalore, India, Sponsored by C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons Pvt. Ltd

 

Wedding Day Pearls I

Brides and pearls are synonymous.  Create a fantasy wedding theme with pearls.

Captivated Love bracelet by Bimal Koley of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sponsored by 55Fifty 7 Jewellery LLC

Captivated Love bracelet by Bimal Koley of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, sponsored by 55Fifty 7 Jewellery LLC

 

Wedding Day Pearls II

Brides and pearls are synonymous.  Create a fantasy wedding theme with pearls.

Morning Glory earrings by Divyashree Mallandur Nagaraj of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sponsored by 55 Fifty 7 Jewellery LLC

Morning Glory earrings by Divyashree Mallandur Nagaraj of Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Sponsored by 55 Fifty 7 Jewellery LLC

 

Fantasy Award

A conceptual, aspirational design that could be prohibitive to fabricate.

Samba ring from Zhang Ying of Serris, France

Samba ring from Zhang Ying of Serris, France

  

Commendations were also given to pieces from four entrants.

Maneli Sarmadi, Savannah, Ga.

Maneli Sarmadi, Savannah, Ga.

 

Daniel Tellen of Elizabeth Kirby, Harbor Springs, Mich.

Phillip Dismuke, Durham, N.C.
Phillip Dismuke, Durham, N.C.

 

Hisano Shepherd, Los Angeles, Calif.
Hisano Shepherd, Los Angeles, Calif.

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