Favorites & Winners from the 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards

Once again we had the unique pleasure of being surrounded by an luxury jewelry who’s value was in the priceless amounts. It was time again to be wowed by the stunning offerings from jewelry designers at the annual AGTA Spectrum Awards, the finest jewelry and gemstone competition in the world. The Spectrum Awards, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, spotlights aspiring and established jewelry designers in the following categories: Bridal Wear, Business/Day Wear, Classical, Evening Wear, Men’s Wear, Fashion Forward Honors, Manufacturing Honors, Platinum Honors, Palladium Prestige, NEW Gem Diva™ Awards and Cutting Edge Awards for lapidaries. Judges have to narrow down the hundreds to entries to a few of the best of the best and believe us when we say they are the best.

FAVORITES



Hard to believe but we were able to narrow down our ultimate favorites and standouts (if you saw how many stunning pieces there were to choose from, you’d know how difficult a task this is) but below are the ones we couldn’t help playing with and staring at.

They are as follows:

  1. Erik Stewart, Eric Stewart Jewelry, Evening Wear. 18K yellow gold scalloped scroll ring featuring a 13 ct. blue avian-cut Zircon accented with orange and purple Diamond melee (1.90 ctw.)
  2. Wayne Holmes, Laura K. Jewitt Design, Business/Day Wear. 18K white gold and palladium ring featuring an oval 1.45 ct. sapphire accented with Diamonds (.84 ctw)
  3. Lydia Courteille, Meridian Jewelers, Evening Wear. 18K oxidized white gold Seahorse cocktail ring featuring an Opal accented with garnets, Sapphires and Amethysts. 2nd Place Fashion Forward Winner
  4. Deirdre Featherstone, Featherstone Design, Evening Wear. Platinum “Thumb Armor” ring featuring a 12.15 ct. Tanzanite accented with Diamonds (1.73 ctw.)
  5. Babette Shennan, Babette Shennan, Classical. Sterling silver and 14K yellow gold “Gingko” antiqued silk finished hinged-cuff featuring Tsavorite Garnets (6.8 ctw.)
  6. Gwennie by Michael John, Michael John Jewelry, Evening Wear. 18K white gold ring featuring a Diamond (4.12 ctw.) polar bear jumping between Opal icebergs (33.77 ctw.).  3rd Place Winner Evening Wear
  7. Gemma Ca, Gemme Ca, Evening Wear. Silver with palladium plating “Moonlight Shackle” cuff bracelet featuring a 94 ct. Quartz drusy
  8. Dallas Prince, Dallas Prince Designs, Evening Wear. Sterling silver and 14K rose gold “Kaleidoscope” necklace featuring Swarovski Marcasite and Diamonds (2.51 ctw.)
  9. Wendy Brandes, Wendy Brandes Jewelry, Evening Wear. 18K yellow gold ring featuring a carved Turquoise skull accented with Rubies (1.84 ctw.)

  10.  Mark Rozanski, Goldart Jewellery Studio, Business/Day Wear. 18K yellow and white gold                Art Deco-inspired ring featuring six channel-set demantoid Garnets (1.70 ctw.) accented with pave-set          diamonds (30. ctw.) and black Onyx.
  11.  Eddie Sakamoto, Somewhere in the Rainbow, Evening Wear. 18K custom gold and platinum                necklace “Futura” necklace featuring a 34.34 ct. Imperial Topaz accented with Diamonds (11.20                  ctw.)
  12.  Maria Canale, Weber Jewelers, Business/Day Wear. Platinum necklace featuring a 166.97 ct.              step-cut Kunzite accented with Sapphires (2.70 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.60 ctw.).
  13.   Hee Won Moon, M.L Jewelry Inc, Business/Day Wear. 18K white, rose and yellow gold ring             featuring a 10.00 ct. green Tourmaline cabochon accented with diamonds (.50 ctw.)
  14.   Lainey Papageorge, Elaina Designs, Business/Day Wear. 14K rose gold and mixed metal cuff             featuring a 51.62 ct. watermelon Tourmaline slice accented with green Tourmalines (1.16 ctw.), pink             Sapphires (.52 ctw.) and a .02 ct. Diamond trillion.
   15.  Randy Coffin, Somewhere in the Rainbow, Classical. Platinum and 18K yellow gold “Light in the           Garden” ring featuring a 16.48 ct. color-change Spinel accented with purple Sapphires (1.00 ctw.)               and Diamonds (.79 ctw.)
   16.  Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry, Classical. Platinum “Isis” ring featuring a 22.76 ct. rainbow             Moon-stone accented with Diamonds (.38 ctw.)
   17.  Eddie Sakamoto, Somewhere in the Rainbow, Evening Wear. Palladium and 18K yellow gold               “Piqued My Interest” cuff featuring a 52.89 ct. radiant-cut Kunzite set in Ebony accented with                        Diamonds (2.93 ctw.)
   18.   Katey Brunini, K. Brunini Jewels, Evening Wear. Sterling and 18K yellow gold “Robot Heart”              necklace featuring a 1363.96 ct. Opal heart accented with Diamonds (1.53 ctw.). The heart lights up            in several patterns. 1st Place Fashion Forward Winner
   19.   Ajit Roy, Ajit Roy Designs, Business/Day Wear. 14K yellow and white gold pendant featuring a            triangle Drusy accented with black Diamonds (1.32 ctw.) and yellow Diamonds (.35 ctw.).
   20.   Parul Kuki Seth, Parulina Jewelry, Classical. 18K yellow and white gold dagger necklace                      featuring white Diamonds (5.50 ctw.) accented with Rubies (1.91 ctw.) and yellow Diamonds (.91                ctw.)

Some of the standout winners (other than the three I’ve already featured above) included these items featured below (with the exception of number seven which isn’t a winner but we loved its quirkiness):

  1.  Dalan Hargave, Dust Devil Mining, Objects of Art. “Friendship” sculpture featuring Sunstone  (57 ctw.), black Jade, Varasite and black, yellow and white Diamonds. 1st Place Objects of  Art Winner 
  2.  Leon Mege, Leon Mege Inc, Objects of Art. 18K gold and sterling silver “Maestro” gramophone  ring featuring interchangeable records made of ebony wood with yellow Sapphires, Rubies, black and  white Diamonds. I must note the black record next to this amazing ring goes on the gramophone ring  and says AC/DC. 2nd Place Objects of Art Winner
  3. Lauren Harper, Lauren Harper Collection, Business/Day Wear. 18K yellow gold “Kryptonite Pyramid” necklace featuring Chrysoprase and Diamonds. 3rd Place Fashion Forward Winner
  4. Cynthia Bach, Cynthia Bach Inc, Bridal Wear. Platinum drop earrings featuring blue marquise, double-faceted Aquamarines (113.23 ctw.) accented with seed Pearls and Diamonds. Honorable  Mention Bridal
  5.  Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design, Men’s Wear. 14K white and 18K yellow gold  men’s lapel pin featuring carved black Jade accented with white Diamonds (.28 ctw), Rubies (.04  ctw.), and cognac and yellow Diamonds (.99 ctw.). 1st Place Men’s Wear Winner
  6.  David Hines, Nvit Blanche, Men’s Wear. Platinum “Bloody Knuckles” ring featuring mirror-set  Rubies (1.00 ctw.). Platinum Honors Men’s Wear.
  7.  Avi Raz, A & Z Pearls Inc, Objects of Art. 18K yellow and white gold and 14K rose gold “Frog  Delight” carving featuring tsavorite Garnets (1.58 ctw.), freshwater Pearls, black Keshi Pearls, and  orange sapphires (.45 ctw.)

What do you think of some of the beautiful and unusual pieces from the 2014 Spectrum Awards?

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