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President’s Trophy award in the International division of the IPDC 2018-19 (International Pearl Design Competition)

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The Cultured Pearl Association of America Announces Winners of 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition

New York, NY – Nov. 1, 2018. The Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) has announced the winners of its 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC).

On Tuesday, Oct. 30, judges Tara Silberberg of The Clay Pot in Brooklyn and New York City, Editor and Brand Consultant Cheryl Kremkow, and Jean Francois Bibet, workshop and production director at Cartier, inspected 33 finalist pieces at a private location in the city. By the end of the day, six winners had been chosen across seven categories for the U.S. Division, while eight winners were chosen in the International Division for the same categories.

Won by Ambika Thandavan of Ganjam Nagappa & Son (P) Ltd., Bangalore, India

NAME OF ENTRY: ‘Duet’

PRODUCT TYPE: WRISTWEAR (CUFF BRACELET)

DESCRIPTION: Inspired by the concept of Duality- the coexistence of contrast and harmony represented by a graceful form that curves in two axes and continues onto itself. Also symbolic of the duet in life of a couple’s coming together, this cuff-style wrist-piece designed for a contemporary bride is envisioned in 18kt rose gold lined with cream and pink Akoya pearls in graduated sizes embracing its curves. A backdrop of pave-set pink tourmalines accentuates the colour of the pink pearls while the cream pearls are set amidst a surface of round brilliant cut diamonds, forming an interesting interdependence between light and dark.  The uniqueness of the form lends itself to be worn in two distinctive orientations, each special in its appeal.

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