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Admire These 13 Prestigious 2019 AGTA Spectrum Award Winners

When it comes to gauging the world’s finest gems and diamond jewelry, no group does it better than the American Gem Trade Association. And no awards celebrated this more than the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards. Since it began back in 1981, the association now consists of more than 1,200 members and it only continues to grow.

No event is so esteemed as the AGTA’s annual Spectrum Awards. Held on August 3 and 4 this year, the panel of judges contained some of the most-known names in the jewelry and gemstone business; John Carter, Paula Crevoshay, Myriam Galli, Brett Kosnar, and Naomi Sarna.

Best of all? This event contained one of the highest volumes of first-time winners in the award’s history.

When we see the entries coming into our office and those submitted during our New York City drop-off program, there’s always a lot of internal speculation about how the judges will respond to each piece,” notes AGTA’s chief executive officer Douglas K. Hucker. “After all of these years, one thing is certain, and that is that there is no way we can anticipate the dynamics that will develop within the panel, nor the pieces they will ultimately select after hours of contemplation and discourse.”

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While looks such as the Solitaire style have presented the archetypal singular diamond set on an elegant band since 1886, the creative opulence of modern jewelry is as breathtaking as it is daring. The winners of the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards have certainly not failed to dazzle. Let’s take a gaze — albeit brief — at this year’s 13 victors:

Bridal Jewelry: Bella Campbell

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From the Campbellian Collection, Campbell wowed the judges with an ornate, 18Kwhite gold bracelet. Adored with rainbow moonstones, blue sapphires, and diamonds, this show-stopping piece will make every bride feel elegant as they walk down the aisle.

Business/Day Wear: Ricardo Basta

 

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Ricardo Basta’s “Karma Chameleon” ring was the perfect blend of style and practicality for the judges this year. The 18K yellow gold ring sports a barrel facet top Tourmaline you can’t help but notice. The ring also features sapphires, tsavorite and spessartite garnets, and rubies with a chameleon design on the side.

Classical: Jeffrey Bilgore

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For timeless styles that appeal to just about everyone, no one did it better than Jeffrey Bilgore. He stunned the judges with a gorgeous platinum bracelet featuring Russian demantoid garnets. The piece was topped off with a dusting of diamonds and smaller Russian demantoid garnets for a traditional look.

Evening Wear: Tanja Schuetz

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Tanja Schuetz’s peacock-inspired white gold necklace featured a stunning boulder opal in the center of feathers made from blue sapphires, diamonds, and tsavorite garnets. The striking use of color was enough to catch the eye of every judge in the room at the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards.

Men’s wear: David White

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White’s 18K white gold butterfly-shaped cufflinks earned him the top spot in the menswear category. Featuring sapphires, diamonds, and tsavorite garnets, these colorful creations were the best way for men to show off their style. , whether you’re grabbing a bite at your favorite restaurant with a coworker or hitting a red carpet event, these cufflinks work for a number of events and occasions.

Best Use of Color: David White

David White’s gorgeous butterfly cufflinks were also the winner of this category.

Fashion Forward Winner: Adam Neeley

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Neeley’s gorgeous 14K white gold earrings were the picture of elegance as they dangled before the judged. Consisting of a delicate balance of tourmaline and tsavorite garnets, the diamonds were the cherry on top of these ornate earrings.

Cutting Edge Award in Carving: Meg Berry

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The carving category is open to any jewelry carver who transforms a natural gem into a piece of art. First place was granted to Meg Berry for her “Himalaya Rose.” Made from carved rubellite Tourmaline, the delicate pink gem looked picture-perfect.

Cutting Edge Award in Objects of Art: Logan Cutshall

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Of course, jewelers are used to mixing materials. When it comes to Cutshall, his beautiful sea-inspired pendant featured rough aquamarine accented with opals, emeralds, heliodor, rubies, spinels, sapphires, andalusite, and, of course, more aquamarine. The pendant showcased an ornate golden ship and octopus on top, truly feeding into the piece’s name: “Treasure Hunt.”

Best Use of Platinum and Color: Roland Krainz

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Krainz cuff bracelet was adorned with a gorgeous butterfly studded with sapphires, emeralds, rubies, and diamonds.

Best Use of Pearls: Chris Faber

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Faber’s delicate white gold cufflinks were the perfect accent for his 12-15mm pearls from the South Sea. Circled in rubies and black diamonds, these cuff links were the ultimate balance of modern and traditional. These cufflinks also won 3rd place in the Men’s Wear category.

Innovating Faceting: Mark Gronlund

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Gronlund’s specialty-cut aquamarine stole the show. With multiple faces jutting toward the inside of the gemstone, “Beyond” went beyond the judges’ expectations.

Best of Show: David Nassi

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David Nassi achieved the Best of Show Award at the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards, thanks to his beautiful, 30.19 ct. 100% Tanzanian red spinel. The gem was a cushion-cut to show off the remarkable facets of the piece.

Just like 82% of women feel more confident from wearing makeup, the perfect jewelry can make or break an outfit. There’s no doubt that jewelry innovation will continue to evolve with each passing year. For now, we’ll just have to wait until next year’s Spectrum Awards to get the “cutting edge” jewelry so many of us crave.

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Earring Envy: Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings

We know it’s long past Valentine’s Day but we’re still in the mood to talk about Love. Specifically the outstanding  Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings. Ladies, prepare for a dose of earring envy as you feast your eyes on the breathtaking, colorful and elegant pair of linear drop earrings.

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The stunning, hand-painted, gold Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings are dipped in 14k high-quality gold. These distinguished and creative gold plated earrings are ideal for a night out or anytime you want to play up a crisp white shirt. Playful yet elegant, the hand-painted earrings are made to get you noticed. We love everything about these stunners. We love that it is colorful, vibrant and easy to match. We love the geometric shapes and the fact that it is unique and fun-loving; and that it’s a sophisticated take on the fringe earrings trend with it 1/2 inch of swaying metallic chains.

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The enamel and gold plated earrings measure 9.1cm in length; and weighs a mere 9.5g, so you won’t have to worry about them stretching your earlobes. And because they believe in fair pricing, these Ana Luisa Jewelry Love Enamel Drop Earrings won’t break the bank. As we stated in our previous Ana Luisa Jewelry coverage, this is affordable luxury!

While you’d expect to pay upward of $163.00 for these beauties, they can be yours for only $65.00. Thanks to Ana Luisa’s fair pricing, you say goodbye to the markup. Ana Luisa remains on a mission to bridge the gap between women and fine jewelry. They guarantee full transparency and fair prices on all their jewelry pieces, so you never have to worry about paying too much for luxury.

We relish in the compliments we receive every time we wear the Love Enamel Drop Earrings. We’d love to hear your thoughts on the design, color and of course, what would you wear them with.

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Ana Luisa Jewelry: Everyday Luxury Without the High-End Markup

Is there anything better than getting the best for less? We love saving money but we know it’s only really worth it when what you’re saving on are exceptional pieces. This is the idea behind the Ana Luisa jewelry brand, who offers everyday luxury jewelry for women. Unlike most luxury jewelry brands, whose prices reflect costs to the wholesale distributor, sales agent, marketing and retail markup, Ana Luisa offers a direct-to-consumer approach. Their approach of in-house designers, responsible production practices, and an online selling method allows the luxury-loving woman to afford gorgeous, high-end jewelry without the high-end markup.

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We couldn’t resist getting to know the Ana Luisa Jewelry and its beautiful jewelry options. Whether you’re looking for everyday essentials or statement pieces, this affordable luxury brand is what you’re looking for. Our introduction to Ana Luisa Jewelry began with three pieces: the Flower Stud Earrings in Iris Pink, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet in Pink, and the Mona Hoop Earrings.

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We were incredibly excited to receive our pieces and although we expected each item to be individually wrapped and placed in separate bags, we realize that it’s not a necessary need. The important thing is “how is the jewelry?” We will say Ana Luisa did not disappoint; let us tell you a bit about each piece first:

Flower Stud Earrings, $75.00 – a 14K Gold plated, delicate flower stud earrings with a natural pearl and an artistic enamel layer that is individually hand painted.

Tessa Friendship Bracelet, $59.00 – a 14k gold dipped friendship bracelet with a soft cotton ribbon braided with a delicate gold plated chain.

Mona Hoop Earrings, $69.00 – elegant, 14K gold-dipped studded hoop earrings with a textured ripple design.

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Out of the three pieces, the Flower Stud Earrings were our favorite (it was love at first sight). We generally go for more statement earrings but there’s something about these graceful beauties that just stands out to us. They have a nice weight to them, they don’t pinch or weigh your lobs down, and they’re wonderfully chic. The first item we actually wore was the Mona Hoop Earrings; we love the idea of studded hoop earrings, it’s a great fusion of the two design details and we think a stylish addition to the earring category. Lastly, the Tessa Friendship Bracelet is a lovely and sophisticated version of the iconic childhood bracelet. Unfortunately, we need to get an extender because chubby wrists are a thing but once we get it, we’ll be gleefully wearing the Tessa.

This was our intro to Ana Luisa Jewelry and we can’t wait to share other favorite pieces with you. Learn more about Ana Luisa on their blog.

PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

Shopping NYC: PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

The gifting season is almost upon us and we all know one gift that’s always a hit for the ladies – jewelry!! What’s better than giving the great gift of jewelry? Saving on those holiday jewelry gifts. We’re happy to once again share the upcoming PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale. As you know, we are obsessed with the stunning Italian Resin jewelry (which you may remember Rihanna rocked in the June 2018 issue of Vogue). Well, here’s your chance to score some of the gorgeous PONO jewelry at wonderful sample sale prices.

PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale

Get gorgeous gifts galore with a stop into the PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale where the bold and beautiful baubles are all 50-80% off.  Shop and save to your heart’s content while you meet PONO’s Creative Director, Joan Goodman and feast your eyes on gorgeous goods from $5.00 – $500.00.

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Go big with a posh pair of oversized Moon Resin Earrings – once $100 and now all yours at a fantastic $55.00. Score the sensational hand-sculpted, beaded Italian resin Allegra Necklace, previously $600.00 – now available at an amazing $250.00.

Steal the crystal-clear multilevel geometric Sea Glass Necklace for $175.00 down from a former $415.00, or own the Angle Bangle, a fusion of poetry and geometry – regularly $65.00, now yours for only $25.00. For the finish, indulge your wrists at the bangle bar, where 3 pieces are yours for only $25.00, 5 go for $30.00, and 10 can be taken for $50.00. All bangles are originally valued at $30.00 – $45.00 each.

How do you get to the  PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale? Head over to 224 W 30th St., Suite 304, between Seventh and Eighth Aves. Hop on the following subways: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, or the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station. The sample sale runs from Monday, Nov 26th through Friday, Dec 7th, from 9am–6pm. Please note the location is closed on Sundays. For more information on PONO and the upcoming sample sale, call (212-216 0022).

What are you looking forward to buying at the PONO 2018 Holiday Jewelry Sample Sale?

It’s Shop’O Clock: PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale

Hello fellow fashion lovers. If you haven’t noticed, the season of savings is upon us. That’s right, sample sale season has begun. It’s time to “not-splurge” on some of your favorite splurge-worthy luxury fashion accessories at a budget-friendly price. We’re happy to share the upcoming sample sale of one of our favorite luxury jewelry labels, PONO by Joan Goodman. What’s so wonderful about the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale? Aside from the fact that they are gorgeous and you’ll be rocking the same fabulous pieces that have become it’s own character on shows like The Good Wife, you’ll be in the same style company as Rihanna who recently wore a few pieces in June’s issue of Vogue Magazine.

So join us in springing into spring and summer style by heading over to the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale where bold and beautiful pieces are yours for the taking at 50-80% off. Peruse all the pretty things with Creative Director, Joan Goodman, and enter their raffle to score an astonishing ensemble of jewelry that will knock your fashionable socks off!

You will fall in love with links like the Lena Necklace, originally $500.00, now up for grabs for $200.00; or find fashion in the stars with the over-sized Gemini Necklace, once $340.00, now a novel $100.00. For the edgy and elegant, there are the perfectly pastel Ice Angle Bangles available, normally $60.00, now simply half price at $30.00, or PONO’s sensational Swing Earrings, all your favorite pool-side hues, normally $55.00, now all yours for only $25.00. Finally, take home this season’s “must-have” on-piece “Maker”- the textured Touchstone necklace, it’s everything you’ll need to be beach glam, now $50.00, way down from an earlier $490.00!

 

 

See all the location and sale details below:

Date: May 30th – June 8th, from 9am–6pm
Location: 224 W 30th St, suite 304, between 7th and 8th Aves.

Getting to the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Sample Sale is easy via the following subway lines: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station.

SHOPPING NYC: PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Jewelry Sample Sale

If you didn’t get a chance to be gifted with, or grab some of the PONO by Joan Goodman spring jewelry collection for yourself for Mother’s Day, now is your chance to get some of their gorgeous pieces for yourself, at a great discount. You may remember we highlighted some of our favorite PONO pieces in our Spring 2017 Accessories and Mother’s Day Gift Ideas blog post. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the spring sample sale season has arrived. Why not treat yourself to one or several of PONO by Joan Goodman’s amazing jewelry pieces.

What savings can you expect from the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Jewelry sample sale this season? Score all the gorgeous baubles you can imagine when you pop into PONO’s Spring Sample Sale, where all the pretty things and statement pieces are 50-80% off. Get to know more about the brand and this stunning collection as you review the line with PONO’s designer, Joan Goodman. After you’re well acquainted with the pieces, select from PONO’s exceptional array of items like the utterly divine Dream Catcher Necklace once $365.00, now yours at the reduced price of $150.00; collect a cool choker or two, like the Paulina Arctic Resin Choker, originally priced at $225.00, now yours at an easy $100.00; or go galactic with The Stardust Ana Choker, a steal at $60.00, from the original price of $215.00.

If arm candy is a must-have for you this season (and it should be), why not top off your trip with a big win at the PONO bangle bar, where three pieces are only $25.00, five bangles go for $30.00, and ten bangles are yours for only $50.00. You’ll be saving a bundle, as all of these beautiful bangles are originally valued at $30.00-$45.00 apiece. the PONO by Joan Goodman Spring Jewelry sample sale runs June 5th -June 9th, from 9am–6pm.

 

We must note that PONO has a new address.  You can now find the ladies and their gorgeous jewelry pieces at 224 West 30th St. suite 304, conveniently located between Seventh and Eighth Aves. Access can be found with the following Subway lines: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to Herald Square, or the 1, 2, 3, A, C, E to Penn Station. For more information, call (212) 216-0044 or visit www.ponobyjoangoodman.com.

E. Shaw Jewels: Give Mom Something Special this Mother’s Day

Are you thinking of last-minute Mother’s Day gifts for the moms in your life? Who better than a mother and daughter jewelry making duo to give the wonderful mothers you know the perfect gift! E. Shaw Jewels offer unique jewelry featuring precious gemstones and one-of-a-kind designs, all handmade by mother and daughter, Eva and Elizabeth Shaw. Whether you select the gift option yourself or give the moms on your list a gift certificate to select their own gift (E. Shaw has all the birthstones available), both you and your Mother’s day gift recipients will not be disappointed in this amazing fine jewelry brand that is made in America.

Not sure if the moms in your life would love a bracelet or necklace? Gift her with an E. Shaw Jewels Jasmine, Luau, or Clear Sky Wrap Bracelets, $125.00. These versatile pieces, made with a variety of assorted gemstones, convert into five layered bracelets, a long necklace, or a doubled necklace. As with all E. Shaw jewels, they can all be worn alone or layered with your favorite jewelry pieces. If your mom is like ours, maybe she’s a huge fan of earrings. E. Shaw Jewels offer several amazing natural and raw gemstone earrings, as well as polished gemstone earrings. We love the Soleil Hoop Earrings, Delta Earrings, and their famed Tassel Earrings (which are available in a variety of styles, gemstones, and lengths).

Want to gift the mom in your life a complete set, why not try one of the Over the Moon Necklaces, and matching Over the Moon Earrings. Give her either the 14-kt gold-filled or sterling silver and sparkling cubic zirconia necklace and pearl earrings or go extra special and give her both pieces encrusted with diamonds.

Would the moms on your list love an E. Shaw Jewels piece? Would you love one or two pieces for yourself? Head over to their website, visit the NYC-based store at 107 Sullivan Street, or one of the retailers that carry E. Shaw Jewels.

The Season of Style: Zenzii Jewelry and Accessories Collection

As you may or may not have recently heard, the bi-annual fashion weeks are headed towards being an in-season event. While the fashion and accessory industries have several items that are seasonless, there are many stylish things we have to patiently wait for to be in season. Luckily the jewelry and accessory label we’re highlighting today is not one of those. Zenzii Jewelry has always been way ahead of the game, offering seasonless pieces that you can enjoy year’ round. We had the pleasure of being introduced to the Zenzii Jewelry and Accessories Collection by a very stylish friend of ours, and to say it was love, at first sight, is an understatement.

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The stunning range of jewelry is the brainchild of very stylish couple, Shawn and Jenny Li, who combined their individual design ideas (her fashion, him analytical) to create this beautiful collection of striking and impactful jewelry.  Zenzii is teeming with bold, statement jewelry that screams of regality, and celebrates the woman that is confident in her beauty and style. We see each Zenzii piece as a crown, a spotlight on the details that shows off a women’s personality, whether she’s into bold, bright pieces, neutral or classic tones.

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You can’t help but be enamored and completely under the spell of these pieces fashioned in metals, pearls, resin, and fabric, many with beads and gemstones adding even more to their stunningly ostentatious design details. The true beauty and reason for the success of the  Zenzii Jewelry and accessories brand is, it does not rely on just one design aesthetic, instead focusing on what makes a woman happy……we love to be noticed of course, and to celebrate our distinct style.

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The line does a fantastic service of offering women a choice of statement, and more delicate pieces. It also absolutely has a great selection for the women who fall somewhere in between those two style personalities. We’ve personally tried to select our favorite pieces but that is an impossible feat when every piece of jewelry is a standout.

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What’s even more amazing about Zenzii Jewelry and Accessories’s is its price point. Their classic collection ranges from $20.00-$150.00, and their high-end, luxury collection ranges from $75.00 – $300.00. Both collections are available on www.zenzii.com. Are you ready to enjoy seasonless style?