Though the 2020 competition was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, judging for the 11th Annual edition took place over Zoom in early February, giving way to this year’s winners.
Judges included Jean Francois Bibet, workshop and production director at Cartier and Patricia Faber, co-owner of Aaron Faber Gallery in Manhattan (whose store now has some of the pieces for a show and offer), who inspected 19 live U.S. division finalist pieces and 13 photographed and sketched International division finalist pieces. (There were 66 total U.S. and 42 International submissions.)
Some 11 winners emerged across eight categories for the U.S. Division, including the Popularity Award winner, which was chosen through a vote on the CPAA’s Instagram account @pearlscpaa. In addition, there were nine International winners. Awards are as follows.
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...and the Winners Are
Orient Award Winner
Double Hyacinth Fold Freshwater Pearl ring by Karin Jacobson Jewelry
(This piece has already sold
at the Aaron Faber Gallery)
Luster Award Winner
Mosaic Tahitian Pearl earrings by Samira Sizdahkani of Samira 13 Jewelry
Wedding Award Winner
Floating White South Sea Pearl ring by Mastoloni
Presenting the 2020 U.S. and International winners of the Cultured Pearl Association of America’s 11th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC).