By Ashley Davis
This Assael cuff took home an award from the CPAA for best use of Akoya pearls.
New York—The Cultured Pearl Association of America has chosen what it considers to be the most compelling pearl designs today.

From a pool of 33 finalists the panel of judges—Tara Silberberg, owner of The Clay Pot jewelry stores in Manhattan and Brooklyn, New York; Jean Francois Bibet, Cartier’s workshop and production director; and brand consultant Cheryl Kremkow—selected six winners from the United States based on pieces presented in person and eight from the international group based on images.

Winners were selected across seven categories, plus one People’s Choice winner based on Instagram likes.

See the full group of domestic winners, which will go on a retail tour across the country beginning with The Clay Pot’s Nolita location this month, below.

President’s Trophy: Awarded to the design considered most beautiful and original

20181102 Pearls1Adam Neeley Designs “Rivoli” earrings in 14, 18 and 22-karat gold with golden South Sea pearls, cream-to-white Akoya pearls, and diamonds

Luster Award: Awarded to a best-selling pearl design

20181102 Pearls2Little h Jewelry “Day-to-Night” pendant in 14-karat gold with sliced and carved Tahitian pearls, and black and colorless diamonds

Orient Award: An item ideal for a new pearl collector with an accessible price

20181102 Pearls3Timo Krapf Jewelry “Orbit” pendant in platinum with a Tahitian pearl and cord

Visionary Award for Classic Styles: Awarded to a design that provides an update on a pearl staple

20181102 Pearls4Jennifer Pusenkoff Designs “Time is Now Convertible” skull necklace with Tahitian pearls, a white South Sea pearl, a white freshwater pearl, a carved howlite skull, diamonds and 18-karat gold components

Wedding Day Pearls: A design fit for bridal

20181102 Pearls1Adam Neeley Designs “Rivoli” earrings in 14-karat, 18-karat and 22-karat gold with golden South Sea pearls, cream-to-white Akoya pearls and diamonds

Fashion Award: Given to a design that is creative, youthful and original

20181102 Pearls5Patrick Mohs Jewelry “Sea Star” earrings in 18-karat gold with golden South Sea pearls and diamond accents

Spotlight Award—Akoya Pearls: Awarded to a piece in which 75 percent of the design or more features Akoya pearls (a different type of pearl will be chosen for the Spotlight Award each year)

20181102 Pearls6Sean Gilson for Assael “Flex cuff” in 18-karat gold with Akoya pearls

Popularity Award: Chosen by number of Instagram likes on the CPAA account

20181102 Pearls7Camilla Marcondes “Constellation” necklace made of bamboo tubes, freshwater pearls, leather straps and a mother-of-pearl button

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