Rapaport Magazine

Designer Lines

By Amber Michelle
There was talent in abundance at the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA)
2012 Diva Design Competition. This year, the WJA partnered with the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition and created a new division — Gem Diva, which honors women designers and their accomplishments with colored gemstones. Pieces in this new division, which were part of the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition, were judged by
Lita Asscher, president, Royal Asscher of America; Phyllis Bergman, president,
Mercury Ring Corp. and Lorraine DePasque, writer and jewelry expert.
The winners in the Gem Diva division are:

Bridal Wear: Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry — Moonstone, diamond and palladium “Ice Princess” cuff.

Business/Day Wear: Caroline Chartouni, Caroline C — Rose quartz, diamond and
18-karat pink gold earrings.

Classical: Dallas Prince, Dallas Prince Designs — Morganite, black and white diamond and 14-karat rose gold “Twilight Blush” earrings.

Evening Wear: Annie Fensterstock — White and fancy colored diamond, sapphire, blackened sterling silver and 22-karat yellow gold cuff.


The Dazzle Diva division of the competition asked judges to evaluate two-dimensional entries — CAD/CAM, hand rendered or photographs — of actual jewelry, opening
up the competition to students and designers who may not have the means to actually produce a piece. This division was judged by Malak Atut, designer, Zaiken Jewelry;
Jane Bohan, designer, Jane Bohan Jewelry; Erica Molinari, designer, Erica Molinari
and Amber Michelle, editor-in-chief, Rapaport Magazine.
The winners in the Dazzle Diva division are:

Business/ Day Wear: Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry — Opalized wood, Paraiba tourmaline and 18-karat pink and white gold ring.

Honorable Mention: Narges Sadighian, Narges Jewelry Design — Ruby, diamond, oxidized silver and 18-karat black gold ring.

Evening Wear: Alison Nagasue — Sapphire, diamond and 18-karat green gold
“Gingko Chainmaille” cuff.

Honorable Mention: Lynne Stoner, Lynne Stoner Designs — Tanzanite, tsavorite and yellow gold “Plume Lace”earrings.

Honorable Mention: Richelle Wilson, Earth and Alchemy Purveyors of Fine Jewelry — Chrome tourmaline, diamond and 18-karat white gold ring.

Bridal Wear: Liz Bucheit, Crown Trout Jewelers — Hand-carved drusy quartz,
black and white pearl and sterling silver “Queen for a Day” bridal tiara.

Honorable Mention: Dana Hunter, Portenvie — Pink and purple sapphire, diamond and platinum ring. 

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