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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Judges Named for 3rd Int'l Pearl Design Competition

CPAA - 3rd Int'l Pearl Design Competition Names Panel of Judges

Pearl is the artist’s muse. Jewelry brings forth the fullest and highest expression.

The Cultured Pearl Association of America is pleased to announce the panel of judges selected for the 2013 International Pearl Design Competition. In its third year, the IPDC, which celebrates artists' expressions of pearl jewelry, drew entries from over 13 countries. Official announcement of the winners takes place on November 1st.

We are very proud to share with you today this year’s judges, each represent varied viewpoints and insight of the jewelry industry.

Winners will be announced on November 1, 2012. Winning entries will be on display during the AGTA and JCK shows in 2013.

2012 Panel of Judges:
Jennifer Heebner, Senior Editor, JCK MagazineJennifer Heebner has been covering the fine jewelry industry for JCK for more than 14 years. She started out as a staff writer for JCK’s niche publication, High-Volume Jeweler, eventually writing for a number of other brand titles, including JCK Luxury, Facets, and of course, JCK, for which she currently writes about style and designs as they apply to the retail jeweler. Most recently, she’s taken ownership of the Style 360 blog onjckonline.com, posting gorgeous jewels, designer interviews, and other fun, topical jewelry-specific news and product details multiple times a week. Jennifer applies her own entrepreneurial savvy—she ran her own antique furniture store and spearheaded fundraising initiatives as a founding board member of WJA’s midAtlantic chapter—to her unique and entertaining style of jewelry-business reporting, and supplements her writing with the occasional jewelry-education course to better tell the stories of those she reports on. She can be found scouring the aisles of most major jewelry shows looking for new designs and talent to share with her readers.
Jill Newman, Senior Editor, of the Robb Report Magazine 
Jill has been covering the international fine jewelry industry for more than 25 years. She has contributed to numerous consumer and trade publications, and websites. Her assignments have taken her around the world, from diamonds mines in South Africa to emerald mines in Brazil , and the Tanzanite mines in Tanzania . She is based in New York City .

Rachel Jackson, Director Fine Jewelry, The XO Group Inc. – the knot
In her role as the director of the fine jewelry category for XO Group Inc., Rachel is responsible for leading the advertising efforts of fine jewelry designers and manufacturers. A twelve year veteran of The Knot, she is the creator of the company’s Jewelry Store Referral Program, which connects consumers to designers and the retail point of sale. The granddaughter of a jeweler, Rachel is thrilled to have the opportunity to help new designers and established brands connect with consumers as they get engaged and celebrate life’s most memorable milestones. She resides with her husband and sons in Florida .
Jean François Bibet, Cartier
A native of France and a graduate from the France Jewelry School of Lyon. Jean worked in French Polynesia for 5 years, creating and modeling Tahitian Black Pearl Jewelry. Moving to the U.S. 13 years ago and began working in high end platinum jewelry for Van Cleef and Arpels. He is currently with Cartier , N.Y. , managing their high end jewelry workshop in North America .

For complete contest details visit www.cpaa.org or call 888-31-Pearl

The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc is a non profit group founded in 1957, comprised of the finest manufacturers, wholesalers, dealers and suppliers of Cultured Pearls in the United States.

Our intention is to "cultivate" awareness, interest, demand and successful marketability of Cultured Pearls for the retail community and the consumer level. Through promotion, education, public relations and unwavering commitment we aim to inspire an authentic passion for all Cultured Pearl varieties.

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