No Gem Unturned: 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards

Once again, it was time to surround ourselves with the ultimate indulgence, immeasurably gorgeous gems and jewelry. Won’t you please join us in salivating over the extraordinary pieces from the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards. We saw many amazing jewelry pieces and fell in love with more than just the award winners. Of course, there were many favorites, much too many photos to share them all, so we’re going to do our best in narrowing down our selection process to our all-time favorites. some of these we love for their shape, color, brilliance, and originality. This year’s award categories includes Bridal Wear Sponsored by The Knot, Business/Day Wear, Classical, Evening Wear, Men’s Wear, Fashion Forward Honors, Manufacturing Honors, and Platinum Honors.

Bridal Wear

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  1. Jorge E. Adeler, Adeler Jewelers – 18K white gold ring featuring a 26mm freshwater cultured pearl accented with Diamond.
  2. Richard Kimball, Rika jewelry design – 18K yellow gold and palladium earrings featuring 11mm white cultured pearls accented with Diamonds.
  3. Brenda Smith, Brenda Smith Jewelry – Palladium “Celebration” earrings featuring multicolored Sapphire briolettes, carved Opal, and Diamonds.*
  4. Lynn Gambino, Lilly Street – 18K white gold “Something Blue…..” earrings featuring pear-shaped Aquamarine cabochons accented with Diamonds.
  5. Ardeshir Dabestani, Asha Gallery, Ltd – 18K white and rose gold “Passion” ring featuring a pink Sapphire accented with white Diamonds.
  6. Gulgun Buldanlioglu, Maya Fine Jewelry – 18K white gold ring set featuring a pear-shaped Tanzanite, a pear-shaped red Spinel, and a cushion-cut pink Spinel accented with pink Spinels and Diamonds.
  7. Jorge E. Adeler, Adeler Jewelers – 18K white gold earrings featuring baroque freshwater cultured Pearls accented with round Pearls and Diamonds.

Business/Day Wear

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  1. Robert Martinez, Teel’s Jewelry – 14K yellow gold “Kiwi” pendant featuring Peridot, tsavorite Garnets, black Diamonds, and white Diamonds.
  2. Chelsea Knights, Mark Schneider Designs – 14K yellow gold pendant featuring a triptic of Mexican fire Opal, Hematite and black jade accented with white Diamonds and black Diamonds.
  3. Frederic Duclos, Frederic Duclos – Sterling silver “Cerralvo” necklace featuring Chalcedony, Amethyst, rose Quartz, Amazonite, and Mother-of-Pearl.
  4. Cynthia Bach, Cynthia Bach, Inc – 18K yellow gold “Peacock Slave” ring featuring Amethyst accented with a demantoid Garnet and Diamonds.*
  5. Robin Wayne, Ryan Roberts, Ltd – 18K gold and palladium ring featuring Citrine accented with pink Sapphires and Diamonds.
  6. Joshua Blanchard, Stuller, Inc – Platinum ring featuring round pink Sapphires and Diamonds.
  7. Erik Stewart, Somewhere in the Rainbow – 18K yellow gold and palladium “Let the Games Begin” ring accented with tsavorite Garnets, purple Garnets, and yellow Garnets.
  8. Gregore Morin, Gregore Joailliers – Palladium “Pink Buddha” earrings featuring pink Opals accented with pink Tourmalines and Diamonds.*
  9. Katey Brunini, K. Brunini Jewels – 18K yellow gold “Skipping Stones” bracelet featuring black Opals and cocobolo wood triangles accented with yellow Diamonds.
  10. Judy Dobbs, Equine Designs – Sterling silver  armadillo pendant featuring a Texas star-cut blue Topaz.
  11. Travis Duggan, Somewhere in the Rainbow – 14K yellow and white gold “The Spinning Sunset” pendant featuring yellow Sapphires accented with orange Sapphires and Diamonds.

Evening Wear

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  1. Kurt Cavano, Kurt Cavano – Silver “Star of Arizona” pendant featuring Amethyst accented with smaller Amethysts.
  2. Parul Kuki Seth, Parulina Jewelry – 18K pink and yellow gold and sterling silver “Stiletto Dagger” necklace featuring Garnet accented with Rubies.
  3. Adam Neeley, Somewhere in the Rainbow – 14K white gold and anodized titanium “The Oracle” necklace featuring cuprian Tourmaline accented with Diamonds.
  4. Robert Pelliccia, J.R. Dunn Jewelers – 18K white and yellow gold “Peacock Feather” pendant featuring an Opal accented with Sapphires, tsavorite Garnets, yellow Sapphires and white Diamonds.
  5. Ion Ionescu, Ionescu Design, Inc – 18K yellow gold “1001 Nights, Revisited” thumb ring featuring pale green Sapphires, pink Sapphires and Diamonds.*
  6. Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc – Silver ring with platinum and 18K yellow gold accents featuring rutilated Quartz.
  7. Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc – 18K white and rose gold “Spider” ring featuring blue Zircon accented with black Diamonds, carved Jade leaves and Diamonds.
  8. Wendy Brandes, Wendy Brandes Jewelry – 18K yellow, rose and white gold with platinum “Dragon & Knight Maneater” ring featuring tsavorite Garnets accented with brown Diamonds, white Diamonds, Keshi Pearls and Ruby.
  9. Belle Brooke Barer, Belle Brooke Designs, Inc – Oxidized sterling silver and 18K yellow gold “Blue Blossom” necklace featuring Abhik gem silica cabochon accented with Diamonds.*
  10. Paula Crevoshay, Paula Crevoshay – 18k yellow gold “Queen Sheba” necklace featuring Opal accented with blue Zircons on triple-strand Opal beads.*
  11. Terence M. Quinn, Quinn’s Goldsmith, Inc – 18k yellow and white gold “Super Nova” slide necklace featuring Rubies and Diamonds
  12. Jorge E. Adeler, Adeler Jewelers – 18k yellow gold pendant featuring a cleaved clear Quartz crystal accented with Diamonds.

Winners

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  1. Claudia Kretchmer, Somewhere in the Rainbow – Platinum and 24K crystallized gold “RockStar2” pendant featuring a color-shift blue Zircon accented with Diamonds – 1st Place Evening Wear
  2. Naomi Sarna, Naomi Sarna Designs – Strand of freshwater baroque cultured Pearls with 18K white gold and Diamonds and a freshwater baroque cultured Pearl pendant – Best use of Pearl Classical
  3. Lorenzo Chavez, Geogem-USA – Platinum and 18K yellow gold “Big Sky” pendant featuring carved black Jade and a freeform faceted Sapphire accented with Diamonds – Platinum Innovation Classical
  4. Gurmit Kaur Campbell, SRW – 18K yellow gold “Betwixt and Between” ring featuring a South Sea cultured Pearl accented with Diamonds – Gem Diva Award Business/Day Wear
  5. Andrew Costen, Costen Catbalue – Platinum “Symphony of Colour” bracelet featuring green Tourmaline, yellow Zircon, indicolite Tourmaline and rubellite Tourmaline accented with Diamonds – Best Use of Platinum and Color Evening Wear
  6. Lisa Linhardt, Linhardt Design – Oxidized sterling silver “Tempest” sculptural duster ring featuring yellow Sapphires – Gem Diva Award Evening Wear

The last photo we’re listing separately because we think this piece stands out so much. When this kaleidoscope necklace captures the sun, the dazzling gemstones housed inside display a beautiful and colorful display of colors that you can clearly see. Learn a bit more about this stunning piece below:

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Brian Cook, Nature’s Geometry – 24K yellow gold “Wheel of Light” numinous pendant featuring Quartz, Paraiba Tourmaline, Hauyn, Ruby, spessartite Garnet, golden rutilated Quartz and fire Agate beads – Fashion Forward Evening Wear

Shine Bright Like a Forever Brilliant Moissanite

They say “a diamond is forever” but paying for it shouldn’t have to be. What if you can get the beauty, brilliance and of a diamond without the lifetime of paying. That is the beauty of the Forever Brilliant Moissanite gemstone, an enhanced round by Charles and Colvard that is created through a thermal growing process exclusive to the company. It’s process of creation also makes Moissanite an environmentally friendly gemstone. Unlike diamonds, which are extracted from the earth, no harm is done to our planet to cultivate Moissanite.
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The Forever Brilliant gemstone is up to four times whiter than traditional Moissanite, making it’s refraction utterly brilliant and 10% more brilliant than a diamond. And at one-tenth the cost of a diamond, you get the most brilliant stone for any budget. Don’t mistake the Forever Brilliant Moissanite for a diamond substitute, it is its own jewel, a beautiful combination of art and science that will rival its competition.

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Several other media outlets were invited to test our skills and take the Forever Brilliant Challenge and choose which stone out of six was the diamond and which were the Moissanite. Needless to say NOT one of us selected the diamond, proving that this stunning stone exceeds all expectations in the five C’s.

 

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More durable then sapphires, rubies and emerald, the Forever Brilliant Moissanite is one of the hardest gemstones on earth while outshining other colorless gems. So say goodbye to the old 3-month salary rule when it comes to purchasing engagement rings, anniversary or other special occasion jewelry because with Moissanite, you don’t have to compromise quality, size, or style to fit your budget.

Todd Reed’s Exquisite Raw Diamond Jewelry

For centuries, the term diamond had been associated with brilliance and clarity until Todd Reed redefined this thought to celebrate the “perfect geometry” found in the natural rawness of the uncut diamond. Todd Reed’s jewelry evokes an intimate connection between art and an individual’s self-expression. If you’re not into the traditional C’s (Cut, Color, Clarity, etc) and want diamond jewelry that’s a bit more special, then Todd Reed’s exquisite jewelry is for you. Mr. Reed showcased his latest enchanting pieces to a semi-intimate crowd. Some of my favorite pieces (and there were many) include this modern Cuff made with 18k gold, sterling silver with patina, natural colored rose cut diamonds (6.79 ctw), raw diamond cubes (5.73 ctw), hand forged and fabricated

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This other modern cuff (which Mr. Reed told me was his favorite) in Palladium, sterling silver, aquamarine (22.345 ctw), gray brilliant cut diamonds (6.82 ctw), white brilliant cut diamonds (1.195 ctw) white princess cut diamonds (1.1 ctw), hand forged and fabricated.

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What I hope will be my future engagement ring and the beauty I called the galaxy ring because (although you can’t really see it in this photo), it contains a cluster of mesmerizing lights in various shades that looks like a galaxy a la the first Men in Black’s “Galaxy in a marble” – a palladium, black pear-shaped fancy cut diamond (1.67ctw), white brilliant cut diamonds (.08 ctw), hand forged and fabricated.
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and this very artistic and avant-garde pave ring

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I had a chance to speak one on one with Todd Reed about his collection and introducing the natural beauty of raw, uncut diamonds.

Later that evening, Todd Reed had a cocktail party featuring absolutely delicious noshes from celebrity Chefs Hosea Rosenberg and Lee Ann Wong on Top Chef fame. So if you are looking for more unconventional jewelry, feast your eyes on a few more of Todd Reed’s genius designs featuring all raw and uncut diamonds of various colors, shapes and sizes:

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