CPAA Announces Winners of 5th Annual International Pearl Design Contest



Winners of the 2014–2015 International Pearl Design Competition were announced this week in New York City.

This year marks the fifth annual International Pearl Design Competition organized by the Cultured Pearl Association of America, a nonprofit group aiming to drive awareness to pearls in the marketplace.

Winners are as follows:

The President’s Trophy is highest honor and is awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best.

CPAA President’s Trophy, Seven Wonders by Bimal Koley of Dubai, UAE

President’s Trophy, Seven Wonders by Bimal Koley of Dubai, UAE

The Luster Award is given to the most marketable pearl jewelry design for a retailer.

CPAA Luster Award, Nautical Pearl Ring by Mark Schneider of Long Beach, Calif.

Luster Award, Nautical Pearl Ring by Mark Schneider of Long Beach, Calif.

The Designer’s Award is given to the entry that takes pearls to the far corners of the imagination and beyond.

CPAA Designer’s Award, Shared by Seven Wonders by Bimal Koley of Dubai, UAE and Birth of Pearl by Llyn Strong of Greenville, S.C.

Designer’s Award, shared by Seven Wonders by Bimal Koley of Dubai, UAE, and Birth of Pearl (shown above) by Llyn Strong of Greenville, S.C.

The Brilliance Award is given to the best illustration of the spectrum of pearl colors. 

CPAA Brilliance Award, Entangled by Aspen Demirdjian of Los Angeles, Calif.

Brilliance Award, Entangled by Aspen Demirdjian of Los Angeles

The Orient Award is given to the most compelling design that will inspire a new affinity for pearls.

CPAA Orient Award, Pearl Geode by Hisano Shepherd of Los Angeles, Calif.

Orient Award, Pearl Geode ring by Hisano Shepherd of Los Angeles

The Visionary Award is given to an artist who redefines the iconic pearl strand and shifts the perception of pearls for today’s buyer.

CPAA The Visionary Award, Lady Gaga Transformation by Shinka Kimura of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Visionary Award, Lady Gaga Transformation by Shinka Kimura of Brooklyn, N.Y.

The Fashion Award is given to a modern, fresh design that could be seen on a Paris runway.

CPAA The Fashion Award, Leaf Walk by Murugesh Manickam, C Krishniah Chetty & Sons Pvt. Ltd of Bangalore, India

The Fashion Award, Leaf Walk by Murugesh Manickam, C. Krishniah Chetty & Sons of Bangalore, India

The Wedding Day Pearls award is given to a piece that speaks to a fantasy wedding theme, since brides and pearls go hand in hand.

CPAA Wedding Day Pearls, State of Grace by Phillip Bouasse of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Wedding Day Pearls, State of Grace by Phillip Bouasse of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

The Fantasy Award is given to a conceptual, aspirational design.

CPAA Fantasy Award, Celebration by Shinka Kimura of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Fantasy Award, Celebration by Shinka Kimura of Brooklyn, N.Y.

Commendations were also given to 15 entries that demonstrated high standards of achievement in accordance with the judging criteria.

Commendation winners:

Hsin-Yin Tsai, Taiwan

Chi Huynh, Galatea Jewelry by Artist, San Dimas, Calif.

Heather Auclair, Imperial Pearl, Providence, R.I.

Rabin Mondal, Dubai, UAE

Lee Wiser McIntosh, Atlanta

Palash Banerjee, Dubai, UAE

Sonoko Yoshida, Osaka, Japan

Chelsea Knights, Long Beach, Calif.

Ching Yueh Tsai, Tainan City, Taiwan

Michael Jensen, Pena Blanca, N.M.

Brenda Smith, Woodstock, Ga.

Shu Chun Yao, Taipei, Taiwan

Priyanka Murthy, Jacksonville, Fla.

Mastoloni, New York City

Katey Brunini, Solana Beach, Calif.

Judges included Jill Newman, senior editor of the Robb Report, Cheryl Kremkow, director of Citrine Media, Jennifer Gandia of Greenwich Jewelers, Tanya Dukes, senior editor InStore and InDesign, and Jean Francois Bibet, high jewelry workshop manager for Cartier.

For more information about the annual contest, contact Bo Perry at 401-432-9990 or boperry@cpaa.org.