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Cultured Pearl Association of America announces new Board

East Providence, RI-June 5, 2013

During the 2013 JCK Vegas show the new governing board elections took place. Outgoing president Fran Mastoloni held two-2 year terms.

  • Elected President, Peter Bazar, President of Imperial Pearl, Rhode Island.

  • Elected Vice President, Aziz Basalely, President of Eliko Pearl, New York.

  • Elected Treasurer, Jack Lynch, President of Sea Hunt Pearls, California.

  • Newly elected as Secretary, Anil Maloo, President of Baggins Inc., California.

Any questions please call Bo Perry at 888-31-PEARL Please visit us at


Simplicity Co. Press Releases for 3 different awards.


DO YOU WONDER HOW PEARLS COME TO BE?              We have a winner!
Ever dream about the exotic locations they come from?

Stop wondering and dreaming - Win a trip to the Philippines, home to Jewelmer and the finest Philippine South Sea Pearl farms.

Yes, it's true, you could win the chance of a lifetime for only $10.

This is the Cultured Pearl Association's first fundraising event, with proceeds from ticket sales directly benefiting the association's initiatives in promoting the awareness and education of cultured pearls.

Flower Island is a remote private resort located near the finest Philippine Golden South Sea pearl farms. Your host, Jewelmer, will takeyou on a personal one-on-one tour of the pearl farms. Yes, you will see the miraculous journey the Golden South Sea pearl takes from nature to man.

You and a guest will discover the beauty and soul of the Philippine people, their culture and the island they call home.

Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the Cultured Pearl Association's World Pearl Exhibit, located at the JCK Show, Booth L23 in the Main Lobby, or by calling Bo Perry at 800-31-PEARL.

Only 5,00 tickets are available - winners will be drawn at end of the JCK show - you do not have to be present to win. Click here for complete rules and legal details.

We have a winner F. Herrington, West Coast District Manager of Na Hoku Jewelers has won the trip for 2, the GOLDEN TICKET WINNER

Please note - deadline for IPDC 2011 has passed.

Dear Editors, Public Relations and Media Managers/sales and Representatives.
Source: The Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc.Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Contact: Kathy Grenier, Director of Marketing


For Immediate release:
The Cultured Pearl Association of America announces Winners of the 2011-2012 IPDC, International Pearl Design Contest


Providence, RI –November 1, 2011
Francis Mastoloni, President of the Cultured Pearl Association of America, Inc. proudly announces the winner of CPAA’S 2011-2012 International Design competition. “We are very happy with the success of this year’s competition, entries from 11 countries we received” Mr. Mastoloni reported.

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The highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best.

Joel Greene of Bristol, RI


The highest honor awarded to a design that unanimously captivated judges as the best of the best.

“Shades of Paradise”
Jorge Adeler, Adeler Jewelers, Great Falls, VA

Award is given to the entry that is judged “most marketable” of all the entries in the competition. This design will have the most overall appeal for the retail marketplace.

“Swirl Earrings with Pearls”
Barbara Heinrich, Barbara Heinrich Studio of Pittsford, NY

Given to the entry that takes pearls to the far corners of the imagination and beyond (originality).

Anita Dickey, Dallas, TX

Given to the entry that best illustrates the spectrum of pearl colors in the most beautiful way.

“Shades of Paradise”
Jorge Adeler, Adeler Jewelers, Great Falls, VA

The award given to the entry that would inspire a new found affinity in someone for cultured pearls.

“Simply Natural”
Jorge Adeler, Adeler Jewelers, Great Falls, VA

The entry that re-defines the iconic pearl strand and shifts the perception of cultured pearls for today’s buyer.

“Queen Beads”
Chi Huynh, Galatea: Jewelry by Artist of San Dimas, California

Fun, fresh, modern. A design which looks as if it came straight from the Paris runway.

“Zinnia Ring with Pearl”
Barbara Heinrich, Barbara Heinrich Studio of Pittsford, NY

Brides and pearls are synonymous. Create a “fantasy wedding” theme with pearls.

“Endless Joy”
Frances Morris of Burlingame, CA

This 2011-2102 edition of the IPDC was truly International in scope.
Entries from eleven countries were received.

Given to entries that demonstrate the high standards of achievement, in accordance with the judging criteria:

JAMES KAYA of Boston, Mass.
KAT GEE of Auckland, New Zealand
JEFF B. HOOPMAN of Akersloot, Holland
AVI RAZ of Los Angeles, California
ERIK STEWART of Tucson, Arizona
CLARE ULLMAN of Berkeley, California
SHARON LIN of Kowloon, Hong Kong
DAVID l. BERNARD of Lafayette, Louisiana
MICHAEL BARTLETT of Lafayette, Louisiana
CODY BUSH of Lafayette, Louisiana
ROBIN WAYNEE of Santa Fe, New Mexico
HEE SONG OF Seoul, South Korea
LARRY HO of Vancouver, Canada
KRISTY ENDO of Hong Kong
WOO-AH KIM of Astoria, New York
ELISA BROWSH of San Francisco, California



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A total of 116 stores entered the 10th annual contest that highlights the best examples of independent jewelry retailers in North America.

“Every year we feel privileged to bring our readers the best of the best in our industry,” said Ralf Kircher, INSTORE’s executive editor. “From its charming interior to its passion for pearls, Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls easily falls into that category. But a store wouldn’t really fit our ‘cool’ criteria if it weren’t for such aspects as innovative marketing and creative retail environment.”

Stores are judged in exterior appearance, interior appearance, store biography, advertising, website and overall individuality.

Elizabeth “Dilly” Kirby owner of Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls reports “We are absolutely thrilled beyond words that we received this award. To be tucked away here in Harbor Springs, Michigan and to win, competing against the finest stores across the country, is truly a national accomplishment. 
We are thankful to be embraced and accepted by so many diverse visitors and members of our community here in Harbor Springs. Always striving to provide something special for everyone with our unique pearl designs, we are truly grateful for the growing respect and reception our destination store on Historic Main Street has received. Please come see how we revitalized an old Western Union office and reinvigorated West Main Street and experience our very unique, fun, cool store. I am so very proud to have received this award in America as well as in stunningly beautiful, very cool, Harbor Springs.”
Come visit a winner of AMERICA’S COOLEST SMALL STORE award at 

115 W. MAIN STREET, HARBOR SPRINGS, MICHIGAN. 49740. (231) 526-7500
Open Monday thru Saturday 10-5 in the Summer 
Monday thru Friday 10-5 in the Winter.

The top five winners in the two divisions are given trophies and featured in the August issue of INSTORE and at

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For more information, e-mail Ralf Kircher:

INSTORE Magazine’s
2011 America’s Coolest Stores Contest
Entries: 116
Contest year: 10th annual competition

2011 America’s Coolest Stores

Big Cool
First Place Tiny Jewel Box, Washington, DC
Second Place M.C. Ginsberg: Objects of Art, Iowa City, IA
Third Place Levinson Jewelers, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Fourth Place Betteridge, Vail, CO
Fifth Place Hamilton Jewelers, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Small Cool
First Place Max’s, St. Louis Park, MN
Second Place Robert Goodman Jewelers, Zionsville, IN
Third Place Elizabeth Blair Fine Pearls, Harbor Springs, MI
Fourth Place Kas A Designs, Jefferson City, MO
Fifth Place Mahlia Collection, Tucson, AZ

Preliminary judging process:
Entries are split into two divisions: Small Cool for stores with 5 or fewer full-time employees; and Big Cool for stores with 6 or more 
Entries are made into mini websites, one for each store, at
Five editors spent an average of nine hours each examining all entries
Entries are rated on a scale of 0-100 in six categories: story, exterior appearance, interior appearance, advertising and marketing, website and overall individuality
Total scores were calculated weighting the categories according to importance: story 50 percent, exterior 75 percent, interior 100 percent, advertising 50 percent, website 25 percent and individuality 100 percent.
Out of this first round come 20 finalists in each division
Websites of the top stores, listed in alphabetical order, are released to our two panels of industry-expert judges (7 for Big Cool; 5 for Small Cool)

Final judging process:
Judges rate each store on a scale of 0-100 in the same six categories
The top 5 stores in each category are calculated
The top 5 list in each category is returned to the relevant judges
Judges provide their comments on each of the winning stores in their respective categories

Previous America’s Coolest Stores:

2010 O.C. Tanner, Salt Lake City, UT (Big); Don Muller Gallery, Northampton, MA (Small)
2009 London Jewelers, Manhasset, NY (Big); Zoltan David, Bee Cave, TX (Small)
2008 Lee Read Jewelers, Meridian, ID (Big); Zachary’s Jewelers, Annapolis, MD (Small)
2007 Traditional Jewelers, Newport Beach, CA
2006 Underwoods Jewelers, Fayetteville, AR
2005 Bigham Jewelers, Naples, FL
2004 Wattson & Wattson Jewelers, Marquette, MI
2003 Clodius & Co., Rockford, IL
2002 Decatur City Jewelers, Decatur, GA

The Roskin Gem News Report Newsletter, Thursday, June 23, 2011

Holiday Gift Guide: The Best of Everything


They're not exactly taking over the jewelry industry: With just 2 percent of total U.S. jewelry sales, pearls are still a bit player in the overall market. But they’re holding their own in these cautious times, helped by new shapes and colors—and un-diamond like prices. So while diamond sales have fallen at double-digit rates in each of the past two years, the Jewelry Industry Research Institute reports sales of pearls are steady at about $1.2 billion a year.
Affordability is a big selling point, with prices for a strand of pearls running in the hundreds or low thousands of dollars, compared with upwards of $5,000 for a round, 1.04-carat diamond. But experts say pearls have something else going for them: a culture of innovation. For years the industry standard was the classic white cultured pearl, a safe, if at times dull, choice. But sales of pearls in colors other than white and even shapes other than round now make up about 70 percent of the market, says Kathy Grenier, director of marketing for the Cultured Pearl Association of America. “Pearls can also be very current and modern,” says Sue Bell, senior VP of merchandising for online jeweler Blue Nile.

For the holidays, consider long strands, from 36 to 60 inches, that can be wrapped or worn loosely à la Coco Chanel, and pear-shaped pearls or the slightly off-round pearls that are typically called baroque. While much rarer than cultured pearls, natural pearls also come in a variety of shapes. When comparing pearls of roughly the same size that have a similar blemish-free skin quality, one that is slightly baroque will typically cost a fraction of the price of one that is perfectly round, says Joel Schechter, chief executive of New York–based cultured-pearl firm Honora.











Black Baroque Tahitian pearl necklace, ($1,400)


Ranjana Khan pearl-studded chain necklace, Bergdorf Goodman ($875)


Mastoloni Akoya pearl extra-long necklace, ($495)


“It creates great fashion, since every baroque pearl is different—like snowflakes,” he says.

Read more: Pearls: Holiday Gift Guide: The Best of Everything

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