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Color Play

By Amber Michelle

One of the most highly anticipated design competitions of the year, the 2012 Spectrum Awards, hosted by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), has once again brought colored gemstone jewelry to the forefront of the industry and media with a rainbow of creativity. The competition was judged in New York City in a studio loft at the artist residences Westbeth in Greenwich Village. Judges for this year’s competition were Master Goldsmith Klaus Bürgel; Sylvain Chervin, Carvin French; Cindy Edelstein, Jewelers Resource Bureau; Patricia Faber, Aaron Faber Gallery, and Clay Zava, Zava Master Cuts. The judges selected the winning pieces based on overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-base consumer appeal and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones. The Cutting Edge Awards, which honor excellence and creativity in the lapidary arts, were judged at the same time. The competition also includes Platinum Honors, recognizing those pieces with platinum as the primary metal; Palladium Prestige Awards, celebrating pieces with palladium as the main metal; Manufacturing Honors, acknowledging pieces that can be manufactured in production quantities and Fashion Forward Honors, which recognizes trend-setting jewelry. This year’s AGTA Spectrum Awards™ were presented during the 2012 AGTA GemFair™ at a gala event in Tucson, where the winning entries were displayed during the show.






BEST OF SHOW & EDITOR’S CHOICE (tie)
Todd Reed
Todd Reed, Inc.
Palladium, 22-karat yellow gold, blue moonstone, gray and white diamond, blue sapphire and moldavite Buddha locket.







EDITOR’S CHOICE (tie)
Manya Tessler
Manya & Roumen
Yellow gold, carved black jade and fire opal ring.








Best Use of Color
Deirdre Featherstone

Featherstone Design

Platinum, opal, blue zircon, tanzanite, Paraiba tourmaline and diamond earrings. 










Best Use of Platinum and Color
Michael Endlich
Pavé Fine Jewelry

Platinum, aquamarine and diamond ring.








Best Use of Palladium and Color
Dennis de Jonghe

Dennis de Jonghe
Palladium, aquamarine, moonstone, diamond and pearl pendant.








Best Use of Pearls
Anil Maloo

Baggins, Inc.
18-karat white gold, black rhodium, cognac diamonds and cultured South Sea pearl earrings.







First Place
Ion Ionescu
Ionescu Design, Inc.
Palladium, black rhodium, labradorite and Paraiba tourmaline “Pillow for Dreaming” ring.






Second Place
Adam Neeley

Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry
14-karat black rhodium-plated white gold, peridot and blue sapphire ring.







Third Place
Robert Pelliccia

J.R. Dunn Jewelers
18-karat white gold, natural blue jade, sapphire and diamond dangle earrings.








Platinum Honors
Evelyn Clothier

Evelyn Clothier Jewelry
Platinum, brown and white diamond butterfly brooch.







Palladium Prestige Award
Naomi Sarna

Naomi Sarna Designs
Palladium, topaz and diamond ring.






Manufacturing Honors
Yehouda Saketkhou

Yael Designs
18-karat white gold, Mexican fire opal and diamond “Lave” ring.






Honorable Mention
Colette Steckel

Colette Jewelry

18-karat blackened yellow gold, blue checkerboard moonstone and diamond pendant.






Honorable Mention
Michael Hezar

Michael John IMAGE

18-karat white gold, aquamarine and diamond bracelet.





Honorable Mention
Lawrence Gordon

Aspire Designs, Ltd.

18-karat white gold, moonstone, blue sapphire and diamond ring.

 







First Place
Maria Canale

Richard Krementz Gemstones

Platinum, blue sapphire and diamond “Lace” ring.








Second Place
Erica Courtney

Erica Courtney
18-karat yellow gold, diaspore, demantoid garnet and diamond earrings.












Third Place
Craig Slavens

AuRTWORK Jewelry
Platinum, 18-karat yellow gold,
black and white diamond pendant.














Platinum Honors
James Currens

J.W. Currens, Inc.
Platinum, ruby and diamond ring.







Platinum Innovation
Mark
Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Platinum, blue sapphire and diamond ring.








Palladium Prestige Award
Mirjam Butz-Brown

Adorn Gallery
Palladium, 14-karat yellow gold, quartz, mother-of-pearl, diamond and amethyst earrings.








Manufacturing Honors
Mark Schneider

Mark Schneider Design
Platinum, black Tahitian pearl, cultured freshwater pearls accented with white and black diamond earrings.









Honorable Mention
Leonard McCue

L.A.M. Goldsmiths
Platinum, moonstone and diamond “Hearts and Arrows” ring.







Honorable Mention
Yehouda Saketkhou

Yael Designs
18-karat white gold, tanzanite and diamond “Baroness” earrings.







First Place
James Currens

J.W. Currens, Inc.
Platinum, unheated ruby cabochon and diamond ring.










Second Place
Ashok Sancheti

Pioneer Gems
Platinum, emerald and diamond earrings.











Third Place
Jeffrey Bilgore

Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC
Platinum, morganite, fancy color and
white diamond pendant.













Platinum Honors
Erica Courtney

Erica Courtney

Platinum, imperial pink topaz and diamond ring.









Platinum Innovation
Steph Farber

LeRoy Jewelers
Platinum, rutilated quartz, rainbow moonstone and diamond “Waterfall” pendant.











Palladium Prestige Award
Dennis de Jonghe

Dennis de Jonghe
Palladium, white South Sea pearl and diamond ring.







Manufacturing Honors
Ricardo Basta

E.Eichberg, Inc.
18-karat yellow gold, platinum, ruby, tsavorite garnet and sapphire eternity band set.




Honorable Mention
Frank Caballero

Frank Caballero
18-karat white and yellow gold, Madeira citrine and diamond ring.







Honorable Mention
Christo Kiffer

Sissy’s Log Cabin
Platinum, black opal, emerald, blue sapphire and diamond ring.

 







First Place & Fashion Forward
Belle Brooke Barer

Belle Brooke Designs, Inc.
Oxidized sterling silver, blue chalcedony cabochon and diamond necklace.








Second Place
Michele Mercaldo

Michele Mercaldo Contemporary Jewelry
Palladium, pink sapphire and diamond ring.










Third Place
Heather Moore

Heather B. Moore, Inc.
14-karat yellow gold, rubellite tourmaline and diamond “I Love You More than the Moon, the Stars and the Sun” necklace.










Platinum Honors
Leon Mege

Leon Mege, Inc.
Platinum, Paraiba tourmaline and diamond ring.







Platinum Innovation
Susan Drake

Spectrum Art & Jewelry
Platinum, yellow gold, red spinel and diamond ring.








Palladium Prestige Award
Dawn Muscio

D. Muscio Designs
Palladium, 14-karat rose gold, chrysocolla, peridot and diamond “Isis” ring.







Manufacturing Honors
Norman Turgeon

Turgeon-Raine Jewellers
18-karat rose gold, amethyst, chrome tourmaline and diamond earrings.











Honorable Mention

Pamela Froman

Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry

18-karat yellow and pink gold, opal and diamond “Crushed Frame” ring.









Honorable Mention
Sylva Yepremian

Sylva & Cie.
18-karat yellow gold, trapiche emerald and diamond necklace.


 








First Place
Mark Schneider

Mark Schneider Design
Platinum, ruby and yellow diamond engraved ring.






Second Place
Ryan Roberts

Ryan Roberts, Ltd.
18-karat yellow gold, platinum, indicolite tourmaline, tsavorite garnet and diamond ring.





Third Place
Llyn Strelau

Jewels by Design

19-karat white gold, black onyx, Gibeon meteorite carving, tsavorite garnet and black diamond “Green Arrow” cufflinks.






Platinum Honors
Mark Schneider

Mark Schneider Design
Platinum, rubellite tourmaline, white and
yellow diamond ring.






Palladium Prestige Award
Evelyn Huang

evelynH. Jewelry, Inc.
Palladium, color-change diaspore and
diamond “Zultan” ring.






Manufacturing Honors
Ashleigh Branstetter

Ashleigh Branstetter
Sterling silver, Tahitian pearl and blue sapphire cufflinks.






Honorable Mention
Link Wachler

Link Wachler Designs
Silver, 14-karat rose gold, pearl, sapphire,
ruby and emerald “Eye to Eye” ring.






Honorable Mention
Matt Conable

William Henry
22-karat yellow gold over sterling silver, fossil walrus ivo
ry and ruby pocketknife.








First Place
Allen Kleiman

A. Kleiman & Co.
30.04-carat unheated oval yellow sapphire.





Second Place
Phillip Youngman

Richard Krementz Gemstones
7.66-carat cushion-cut blue sapphire.






Third Place
Joseph Ambalu

Amba Gem Corp.
6.07-carat unheated ruby.







Honorable Mention
Richard Krementz

Richard Krementz Gemstones
19.18-carat antique-cut yellow sapphire.





Honorable Mention
Joseph Ambalu

Amba Gem Corp.
8.06-carat oval padparadscha sapphire.






First Place
Allen Kleiman

A. Kleiman & Co.
10.07-carat oval purple spinel.





Second Place
Roger L. Dery

Spectral Gems, Inc.
8.77-carat trillion step-cut Merelani mint garnet.




 


Third Place
Phillip Youngman

Richard Krementz Gemstones
15.20-carat cushion-cut sphene.





Platinum Honors
Ben Kho

Kho International, Inc.
18.80-carat round Portuguese-cut rhodochrosite.








First Place
Robyn Dufty

DuftyWeis Opals, Inc.
27.30-carat black opal cat’s eye.







Second Place
Sailesh Lakhi

Sparkles and Colors, Inc.
17-carat oval moonstone cabochon.





Third Place
Joseph Ambalu

Amba Gem Corp.
8.51-carat oval alexandrite.







First Place
Allen Kleiman

A.Kleiman & Co.
Pair of oval red spinels, 22.28 total carat weight.







Second Place
Allen Kleiman

A.Kleiman & Co.
Cushion-cut mint tourmaline suite, 158.74 total carat weight.








Third Place
Aivan Pham

Commercial Mineral

Pair of fan-cut rubellite tourmalines, 26.75 total carat weight.





 
Honorable Mention
Aivan Pham

Commercial Mineral

Graduated suite of Asscher-cut rubellite tourmalines, 26.74 total carat weight.






First Place
Naomi Sarna

Naomi Sarna Designs
368.50-carat carved amethyst.









Second Place
Darryl Alexander

Alexander’s Jewelers
Carved agate feather.





First Place
Dalan Hargrave

Geogem-USA
30-carat Morganite.






Second Place
John Dyer

John Dyer & Co.
63.57-carat “Super Citrine.”





Third Place
Darrell Jang

Darrell Jang
9-carat to 10-carat elongated octagon and
concave-cut tourmaline.





Honorable Mention
Richard P. Homer

Gems by Design, Inc.
30.95-carat rutilated quartz with a single natural needle in the center.





Honorable Mention
Darryl Alexander

Sunstone Butte Mining Co.
70-carat bubble-cut sunstone.




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