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.
The Luster Award is given to the most marketable pearl jewelry design for a retailer.
The Designer’s Award is given to the entry that takes pearls to the far corners of the imagination and beyond.
The Brilliance Award is given to the best illustration of the spectrum of pearl colors.
The Orient Award is given to the most compelling design that will inspire a new affinity for pearls.
The Visionary Award is given to an artist who redefines the iconic pearl strand and shifts the perception of pearls for today’s buyer.
The Fashion Award is given to a modern, fresh design that could be seen on a Paris runway.
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.
The Fantasy Award is given to a conceptual, aspirational design.
Commendations were also given to 15 entries that demonstrated high standards of achievement in accordance with the judging criteria.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.