By Erika Winters
The Cultured Pearl Association announced the winners of the 2013-2014 International Pearl Design Contest celebrating innovative pearl jewelry designs from artists around the globe. This year’s competition featured entries from 15 countries judged by industry experts including Senior Editor Jennifer Heebner of JCK magazine, Fragments founder Janet Goldman, and Jean François Bibet of Cartier.
Winners included Mark Schneider’s “Wave” ring, which garnered the President’s Award–the competition’s top honor. “Lunar Eclipse” by Hsiao Ching Lee won the Orient Award, which honors designs that will likely spur new interest in cultured pearls. And the whimsical “Tahitian Paradise” by Vickie Smith won the Fashion Award, which was also awarded to Mark Schneider’s “Wave” ring. This award celebrates fresh and fun runway-worthy designs.
Check out the winners of the 2013-2014 International Pearl Design Contest.
“Wave” by Mark Schneider (Long Beach, California) won the highest honor awarded to a design. “Wave” also won the Fashion Award.
“Obi” by Stanislav Drokin (Ukraine) won the Luster Award for “most marketable” of all the entries in the competition. This design will have the most overall appeal for the retail marketplace.
“Midnight Comet” by Darryl Alexander (Gilbert Arizona) won the Designer’s Award for the entry that takes pearls to the far corners of the imagination and beyond.
“Big Wave” by Philip Bouasse (Montreal Canada) won the Brilliance Award for the entry that best illustrates the spectrum of pearl colors in the most beautiful way.
“Lunar Eclipse” by Hsiao Ching Lee (Taipei City, Taiwan) won the Orient Award for the entry that would inspire a new found affinity in someone for cultured pearls.
“Lily Pearl” Chi Huynh (Galatea: Jewelry by Artist of San Dimas, California) won the Visionary Award for the entry that re-defines the iconic pearl strand and shifts the perception of cultured pearls for today’s buyer.
“Tahitian Paradise” by Vickie Smith (Cheshire, England) and “Wave” by Mark Schneider (top image above) both won the Fashion Award for fun, fresh, and modern designs.
Wedding Day Pearls
Two entries won the Wedding Day Pearls Award for entries that created a “fantasy wedding” theme with pearls: “Wedding Bouquet” by Dilly Kirby (Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls of Harbor Springs, Michigan) and “Rough Diamonds” by Lee Wiser McIntosh (Katura Design of Atlanta, Georgia).