In June, the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) announced that it was accepting applications for its annual international pearl design competition.
Registrations are expected on October 2, that is to say in less than two weeks.
And it’s worth putting everything aside to get your submission in. Why ? Now in its 11th year, the competition offers a prestigious and unique opportunity for this year’s entrants: the chance to have their work showcased and sold to the Aaron Faber Gallery in New York.
There are two divisions: international and national. Those living outside of the United States compete by submitting renderings and sketches, while American entrants will compete in two stages with finished jewelry. The first phase is to submit professional photographs of the finished pieces for prejudice. Finalists will be privately informed on October 6; From there, the finished and living drawings should be mailed to CPAA for final judging.
There are a number of categories to consider when submitting designs. Among them, the Spotlight Award showcasing the golden pearls of the South Seas and the Popularity Award, which allows CPAA Instagram followers to choose their favorite pieces from all the American entries. There is also the Visionary Award for Classic Styles (i.e. designs that champion a new look for an iconic bead category like strands, studs, bracelets or a ring to help change the dated perception. pearls on the market). Pagination of everyone featured in this story about pearl necklaces and this roundup of pearl classics.
Full details and instructions on how to enter here.
Up to five designs can be submitted; there is a fee of $ 175 to enter up to two designs; subsequent submissions cost $ 150 each.
The winners will be announced on October 29.
Above: some examples of high-end jewelry creation, from left to right: Corde de Nacre necklace with white and gold mother-of-pearl in sterling silver, price on request, Melanie Georgacopoulos; earrings with cultured Tahitian pearls enhanced with 14 cts. two black diamonds in 14k yellow gold, price on request, little h by Hisano Shepherd; and Raindrop earrings with Japanese Akoya pearls from 3mm to 6mm and 2,062 cts. two diamonds in 18k white gold, $ 8,000, Yoko London
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