Providence, RI –October 21, 2010
Francis Mastoloni, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. proudly announces the winners of the CPAA’S first International Design competition. “We are very happy with the success of our first competition, entries from 9 countries we received” Mr. Mastoloni reported.
“South Sea Glow” Adam Neeley of Laguna Beach, CA The highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best.
Three golden South Sea cultured pearls and two white Akoya cultured pearls (starting from 11.5mm and ending at 4.5mm). Hand fabricated in Elektra Gold which transitions from rich 24kt yellow gold gradually and seamlessly into a cool white gold. This special gold alloy combines with the pearls to create a dramatic gradient of color. “South Sea Glow” is 3.5” in length by .62” inches in width.
“The Untouchable” Pearlotica Design Team of Honolulu, HI Award is 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.
This elegant pearl ring features a stunning white South Sea cultured pearl that is protected and secured by cascading white and black diamonds. Inspired by a pearls’ natural upbringing in a closed environment of its oyster, the pearl is positioned in a similar fashion for it to showcase its beauty and one of a kind nature.
“Sea of Love” Philip Dismuke for Jewelsmith of Durham, NC Award is 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.
18k white & 18k yellow gold, 11.3mm Tahitian cultured pearls matched as a pair, a pair of 0.60ct/tw RBC diamonds and a pair of 0.61ct/tw emerald cut diamonds.
“Spiral Earrings” Zoltan David of Bee Cave, TX Given to the entry that takes pearls to the far corners of the imagination and beyond (originality).
9mm round tapering to 4mm round golden South Sea and Chinese freshwater cultured pearls on cobalt chromium steel spine and post with marquise cut black spinel set in 18k yellow gold bezel with 18k yellow gold finding. Pearl spiral remains suspended and in position due to cobalt steel mechanism.
“Gem of the Sea” Joel Green, Imperial Pearl of East Providence, RI Given to the entry that best illustrates the spectrum of pearl colors in the most beautiful way.
Exceptional baroque shape natural color freshwater cultured pearl. Measures 22.5mm by 16.75mm. This very rare pearl rests in a hand forged 14kt. White gold mounting accented by four diamond pillars each measuring .10ct.
“Aurora Eclipse” Anil Maloo, Baggins Inc. of Los Angeles, CA The award given to the entry that would inspire a new found affinity in someone for cultured pearls.
18k white gold earrings with black rhodium finish, encrusted with 8.16ct of light cognac diamonds which are Pave’ set upside down. The pearls of this one-of-a-kind pair of earrings are round 13.3mm white cultured South Sea.
“The Black Maze” Kaoru Kristy Endo of Hong Kong The entry that re-defines the iconic pearl strand and shifts the perception of cultured pearls for today’s buyer.
Ninety black freshwater cultured baroque pearls, eight 18k gold connectors and 18k gold clasp.
“Carved Lace” Elizabeth Blair of Harbor Springs, MI / Massimo Sanalitro of Milan, Italy Brides and pearls are synonymous. Create a “fantasy wedding” theme with pearls.
Lace is suspended between 2 sheets of clear Plexiglas; therefore the illusion is of floating transparent lace held in place by a giant pearl with no visible means to secure it. The interchangeable pearls are 16.43mm white and 17.39 black. The flower is 2 3/4” across at widest span. 18kt white gold band allows pearls to be interchangeable.
This first edition of the IPDC was truly International in scope. Entries from nine countries were received.
Given to entries that demonstrate the high standards of achievement, in accordance with the judging criteria: