10 Things Rocking the Industry: December 2012–January 2013

1. PearlsThe Cultured Pearl Association of America is chipping away at the dull and dated pearl aesthetic epitomized by Barbara Bush one exceptional design at a time. The organization recently held its 2012–13 International Pearl Design contest in New York City. Judges from jewelry’s A-list ­organizations—including Cartier, Robb Report, and the XO Group (not to ­mention JCK)—came up with 11 winners across eight ­categories. The recipient of the Presidents Award: the Ocean Lullaby ring by ­Evelyn Huang of Los ­Angeles. Set in a gold mounting with diamond accents, the ring is crowned by a gray South Sea pearl surrounded by a hula skirt of blue moonstones. Even a certain former first lady would have to love this Presidents winner.2. Colored Gems Oeuf Treillage Coloré Or Jaune in 18k gold with amethysts, rubies, emeralds, tsvorite garnets, and yellow, pink, and blue sapphires;

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