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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

AGTA's 2011 Spectrum Awards™ Winners Announced!



The Spectrum Awards™ competition is a 27 year tradition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association.

In a conversation reported by Jennifer Heebner for JCK, AGTA President Doug Hucker said that the response this year was up from last year and there were 35 new artist submissions for the 2011 event. "Trends among entries this year included blackened metals, black diamonds, diamond slices, and fewer moonstones than last year. “The overall quality of entries was up, and pieces in the men’s division were also a lot nicer,” he told JCK."

The competition was held October 23-24, in New York, NY at a penthouse studio in
Greenwich Village.

Judges for the 2011 competition included Tanya Dukes of Elite Traveler magazine, Jennifer Gandia of Greenwich Jewelers, Glenn Lehrer of Lehrer Designs, Mallary Marks of Mallary Marks, Inc., and Robin Rotenier of Rotenier, Ltd.


The annual AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Media Day was held October 25 and featured all of the jewelry and gemstone submissions. Attendees included top fashion/accessory
editors from the trade and consumer press, stylists, and bloggers. Publications represented included Vogue, W, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, InStyle, Women’s Wear Daily, Marie Claire, Essence, Smart Money, and many more.

(The photo of the Editors Event yesterday is from Cindy Edelstein's brilliant blog! ...as usual Cindy was on the scene.)

The complete list of winners follows - for more photos keep an eye on my AFlyOnTheWall Posterous!

SPECTRUM AWARDS

BEST OF CATEGORY Winners:




Best of Show:
Todd Reed, Todd Reed, Inc.
Palladium cuff bracelet featuring a 22.40 ct. Aquamarine accented with grey Diamonds (6.90 ctw.) and white
Diamonds (2.20 ctw.)





Best Use of Color:
Martin Key, Martin Key Co.
22K yellow gold "Frame" ring featuring a 1.50 ct. blue Tourmaline accented with four Mexican fire Opal baguettes (1.82 ctw.)





Best Use of Platinum and Color:
Judy Evans, Omi Gems, Inc.
Platinum "Princess of Ratnapura" bracelet featuring nine round Sapphires (14.0 ctw.) and round Diamonds
(8.48 ctw.)




Best Use of Pearls:
Llyn L. Strelau, Jewels by Design
Sculpture titled "Who Are You" featuring Two-Tone Gold and Silver with Freshwater Baroque Pearls, South Sea Keshi Pearls, Akoya Seed Pearls, Demantoid Garnets (.25 ctw.), .20 ct. Ruby and Cognac Diamonds (.03 ctw.) on a Crystal Quartz base (242 ctw.)


Fashion Forward:
Gregore Morin, Gregore Joailliers
18K white and yellow gold earrings featuring lemon Chrysoprase (22.0 ctw.) accented with Garnets (2.38 ctw.)

Editor’s Choice:
Katey Brunini, K. Brunini Jewels
18K rose gold and silver ring featuring white Opal accented with blue Sapphires (3.26 ctw.), Diamonds (.13 ctw.) and Rubies (.06 ctw.)

Bridal Wear:

Bridal Wear - 1st Place
Niveet Nagpal, Omi Gems, Inc.: Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 5.55 ct. oval tsavorite Garnet accented with fancy yellow Diamonds (.71 ctw.)

Bridal Wear - 2nd Place
Guilherme Ferreira, Vielle Jewelers, LLC: 18K yellow gold, palladium and titanium ring featuring a 3.14 ct. yellow Tourmaline accented with fancy-colored Diamonds (.74 ctw.)

Bridal Wear - 3rd Place
Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry: Platinum ring featuring a 10.08 ct. cushion-cut Spinel accented with Diamond baguettes (1.09 ctw.)

Bridal Wear - Honorable Mention
Ryan Roberts, Ryan Roberts, Ltd.; 18K white gold ring featuring a 3.02 ct. pink diamond, white diamonds (29.5 ctw.) and pink and brown diamonds (24.5 ctw.)

Bridal Wear - Platinum Honors
Yehouda Saketkhou, Yael Designs: Platinum "Triad" ring featuring a 6.34 ct. unheated blue Sapphire accented with white Diamonds (1.03 ctw.)

Bridal Wear - Entry Platinum Honors
Robert Pelliccia, J.R. Dunn Jewelers: Platinum ring featuring a 1.37 ct. round blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (.46 ctw.) and blue Sapphires (.28 ctw.)

Bridal Wear - Manufacturing Honors
Neda Benham, Diamonds For A Cure: 18K rose gold ring with a 3.80 ct. emerald-shaped, rough-cut pink Diamond and round Diamonds (0.88 ctw.)

Business/Day Wear:

Business/Day Wear - 1st Place and Best of Show
Todd Reed, Todd Reed, Inc.: Palladium cuff bracelet featuring a 22.40 ct. Aquamarine accented with grey Diamonds (6.90 ctw.) and white Diamonds (2.20 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - 2nd Place and Fashion Forward
Gregore Morin, Gregore Joailliers: 18K white and yellow gold earrings featuring lemon Chrysoprase (22.0 ctw.) accented with Garnets (2.38 ctw.)

Business/Day Wear - 3rd Place and Best Use of Color
Martin Key, Martin Key Co.: 22K yellow gold "Frame" ring featuring a 1.50 ct. blue Tourmaline accented with four Mexican fire Opal baguettes (1.82 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Honorable Mention
Eva Cheng, Elite Import: 18K rose gold pendant/brooch featuring a freeform rose Quartz set with a .70 ct. round Diamond and accented with 178 Diamonds (1.20 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Platinum Honors
Maria Canale, Richard Krementz Gemstones: Platinum "Wave" pendant featuring a 2.18 ct. Paraiba Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (3.72 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Platinum Honors
Ron Lodholz, Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery: Platinum ring featuring a 1.41 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (.06 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Manufacturing Honors
Alan Friedman, Alan Friedman: 14K white and rose gold ring featuring a 12.59 ct. emerald-cut Aquamarine.

Classical:

Classical - 1st Place
Samuel Getz, Samuel Getz Designs: Platinum and 18K yellow gold necklace featuring yellow Sapphires (68.77 ctw.), blue Sapphires (24.34 ctw.), red Spinels (24.20 ctw.) and Diamonds (22.38 ctw.).

Classical - 2nd Place
Sean Ryan, Schmitt Jewelers: 18K white and rose gold "Just Peachy" ring featuring a 4.50 ct. oval padparadscha Sapphire accented with white micropave Diamonds (1.13 ctw.).

Classical - 3rd Place
Patricia Van Wagoner, Beija Flor: 22K yellow gold necklace featuring a 17.17 ct. Rhodochrosite briolette and a 3.58 ct. Rhodochrosite kite accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (.45 ctw.).

Classical - Honorable Mention
Frederic Sage, Frederic Sage: 18K white gold "Modern Deco" cufflinks featuring seafoam green
Tourmalines (4.48 ctw.) and Diamonds (.56 ctw.).

Classical - Platinum Honors
Christopher Olson, Molina Fine Jewelers: Platinum "Temple of the Sacred Heart" ring featuring a 10.05 ct. oval untreated Ruby accented with white Diamonds (7.18 ctw.) and Rubies (.22 ctw.).

Classical - Manufacturing Honors
Christopher Duquet, Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry Design : 14K white gold ring featuring a 12.5mm South Sea black Pearl.

Evening Wear:

Evening Wear - 1st Place
Cynthia Renee Zava, Cynthia Renee, Inc.: Palladium necklace featuring a suite of green Tourmalines (75.89 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 2nd Place
Evelyn Clothier, Evelyn Clothier Jewelry: 18K yellow gold earrings featuring Aquamarine briolettes (50.95 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (9.29 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 3rd Place
Samuel Getz, Samuel Getz Designs: 18K white gold ring featuring a 43.05 ct. spherical black Opal accented with tsavorite Garnets (2.70 ctw.), blue Sapphires (2.51 ctw.), Iolites (1.53 ctw.), Paraiba Tourmalines (.71 ctw.) and Diamonds (.63 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention
Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney: 18K yellow gold earrings featuring Tanzanites (77.99 ctw.) and Diamonds (3.38 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Platinum Honors
Ralph Wobito, Zultanite Gems, LLC: Platinum earrings featuring Zultanite (Diaspore) briolettes (25.15 ctw.) accented with white Diamonds (0.95 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Manufacturing Honors
Laura Jackowski-Dickson, LJD Designs: 18K white gold cuff featuring two South Sea cultured Pearls (14.8mm and 11.3mm) and four freshwater pink cultured Pearls accented with Diamonds.

Men's Wear:

Men's Wear - 1st Place
Mark Lauer, Mark Michael Designs: 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring Jasper Agate and Lapis Lazuli composite accented with 2mm spessartite Garnets and Sapphires.

Men's Wear – 2nd Place
Eddie Sakamoto, Schmitt Jewelers: Platinum "Suspense" ring featuring a 14.49 ct. blue star Sapphire accented with Diamond baguettes (3.60 ctw.).

Men's Wear - 3rd Place
Ron Lodholz, Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery: 18K yellow and rose gold cufflinks featuring cone-cut Garnets (10.96 ctw.) with platinum suspensions.

Men's Wear - Honorable Mention
Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry: 22K yellow gold ring featuring an 8.01 ct. purple star Sapphire cabochon.

Men's Wear - Platinum Honors
Alan Friedman, Alan Friedman: Platinum ring with a cushion-cut purple Spinel (6.62 ct.).

Men's Wear - Manufacturing Honors
Oliver Smith, Oliver Smith Jeweler: Sterling silver and rose gold ring featuring Madagascar Ocean Jasper.

...the "Cutting Edge Awards" were also announced - I will be posting as soon as I get my photos together.
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