Winners of the CPAA’s Second Annual International Pearl Design Contest Revealed

The Cultured Pearl Association of America announced the winners of its Second Annual International Pearl Design Contest today from headquarters in Providence, R.I. Winners—who were selected from 94 entries—receive a certificate, international publicity in a variety of publications, blogs, and websites, as well as exposure in the CPAA booth at the American Gem Trade Association Tucson GemFair 2012 and JCK Las Vegas. A fun by-product for winners: jobs from manufacturers and design houses, according to organizers.

Tahitian pearl ring by Joel Green  Pearl necklace by Jorge Adeler

President’s Trophy: (dual winners) Inspiration ring by Joel Green, Joel Green Designs, Bristol, R.I.; Shades of Paradise necklace by Jorge Adeler, Adeler Jewelers, Great Falls, Va.

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

Pearl earrings by Terry Barbero

Luster Award: Swirl Earrings with Pearls by Terry Barbero of Barbara Heinrich Studio, Pittsford, N.Y.

The entry deemed “most marketable,” with overall appeal for the retail marketplace.

Pearl cuff by Anita Dickey

Designer’s Award: Telepathy cuff by Anita Dickey, Simplicity, Dallas

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

Pearl necklace by Jorge Adeler

Brilliance Award: Shades of Paradise necklace by Jorge Adeler, Adeler Jewelers, Great Falls, Va.

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

Pearl ring by Jorge Adeler

Orient Award: Simply Natural ring by Jorge Adeler, Adeler Jewelers, Great Falls, Va.

The entry that would inspire a newfound affinity in someone for cultured pearls.

Queen Beads necklace by Chi Huynh, Galatea

The Visionary Award: Queen Beads necklace by Chi Huynh, Galatea, San Dimas, Calif.

The entry that redefines the iconic pearl strand, shifting the perception of cultured pearls for today’s buyer.

Endless Joy pearl necklace by Francis Morris

Wedding Day Pearls: Endless Joy necklace by Francis Morris, Francis Morris Designs, Burlingame, Calif.

Brides and pearls are synonymous, but this design offers a fantasy-inspired wedding theme with pearls.

Zinnia ring with pearl by Terry Barbero

Fashion Award: Zinnia Ring with Pearl by Terry Barbero, Barbara Heinrich Studio, Pittsford, N.Y.

A fun, fresh, and modern design that looks as if it came from a runway in Paris.

Judging took place in Manhattan on Oct. 4; the panel included Denise O’Donoghue from Brides, Robert Bentley of Robert Bentley Company, Cartier designer Jean Francois Bibet, and yours truly.