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At the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards, the Prestige Professional Jewellery award went to “Medusa’s Sting” by Paloma Sanchez for The National Opal Collection. The prize, donated by Down to Earth Opals Pty Ltd, was a beautiful double sided Lightning Ridge 27.77 carat, crystal opal, valued at approximately $5,400.
This 30.19 ct. untreated cushion-cut Tanzanian red spinel from David Nassi of 100% Natural, Ltd. was named "Best of Show" as well as the first-place winner in the "All Other Cut Gemstones" category at the AGTA Spectum Awards on August 6, 2019.
These 18K yellow and white gold cufflinks featuring sapphires (3.09 ctw.) accented with diamonds (2.36 ctw.) and tsavorite garnets (1.37 ctw.) from David White of Aucoin Hart Jewelers won the AGTA Spectrum Award for "Best Use of Color" on August 6, 2019.
Chris Faber of Stuller Inc. won "Best Use of Pearls" for these 18K rose and white gold cufflinks featuring 12-15mm South Sea cultured pearls accented with black diamonds (5.69 ctw.) and rubies at the AGTA Spectrum Awards on August 6, 2019.
Roland Krainz of Krainz Creations took home the prize for "Best Use of Platinum and Color" at the AGTA Spectrum Awards for his platinum "Emergence" cuff bracelet featuring sapphires (9.23 ctw.), emeralds (1.41 ctw.), rubies (1.08 ctw.) and diamonds (1.17 ctw.) set on a stingray cuff.
Heena Shah of Valani won "Best Use of Platinum Crown" at the AGTA Spectrum Awards for this platinum "Nova" ring featuring 7.17 ct. hexagon emerald accented with kite-shaped emeralds (.98 ctw.) and diamonds (2.63 ctw.).
Adam Neeley of Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry earned AGTA Spectrum's "Fashion Forward" award for this purple titanium, 14K white gold and green VeraGold "Aria" earrings featuring indicolite tourmalines (41.45 ctw.) accented with tsavorite garnets (3.34 ctw.) and diamonds (2.42 ctw.).
This 18K white gold bracelet featuring rainbow moonstones (20.00 ctw.), blue sapphires (2.0 ctw.) and diamonds (2.51 ctw.) won first place in the "Bridal Wear" category for Bella Campbell of Campbellian Collection/BHI at the AGTA Spectrum Awards.
Ricardo Basta of E. Eichberg, Inc. took home top honors in the category of "Business/Day Wear" at the AGTA Spectrum Awards for this 18K yellow gold "Karma Chameleon" ring featuring a 15.27 ct. barrel facet top tourmaline accented with sapphires (1.58 ctw.), tsavorite garnets (1.46 ctw.), rubies (.28 ctw.) and spessartite garnets (.02 ctw.).
Jeffrey Bilgore of Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC won first prize in the "Classical" category at the AGTA Spectrum Awards for this platinum bracelet featuring a 3.00 ct. Russian demantoid garnet accented with Russian demantoid garnets (12.20 ctw.) and diamonds (4.18 ctw.).
David White of Aucoin Hart Jewelers earned top honors in the "Men's Wear" category of the AGTA Spectrum Awards for these 18K yellow and white gold cufflinks featuring sapphires (3.09 ctw.) accented with diamonds (2.36 ctw.) and tsavorite garnets (1.37 ctw.).
In the "Carving" category of the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards, announced August 6, 2019, Meg Berry of Fallbrook Gem & Mineral Society won first place for this 69.0 ct. carved rubellite tourmaline, titled "Himalaya Rose."
"Best of Show" winner David Nassi of 100% Natural, Ltd. won an additional first prize in the "Classic Gemstone" category of the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards for this 7.34 ct. untreated emerald-cut Zambian emerald.
Mark Gronlund took home first place in the "Innovative Faceting" category of the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards for this 119.65 ct. specialty-cut aquamarine, titled "Beyond."
In the "Objects of Art" category of the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards, Logan Cutshall of Hunt Country Jewelers won first place for this 18K white, yellow and rose gold "Treasure Hunt" pendant featuring a 180 ct. rough aquamarine accented with heliodor, aquamarine, opals, emeralds, rubies, sapphires, spinels and andalusite.
Ben Kho of Kho International, Ltd. earned first place in the "Pairs and Suites" category of the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards for this suite of princess-cut multicolored beryl (181.44 ctw.).
John Ford of Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford won first place in the "Phenomal" category of the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards for this 6.90 ct. black opal, titled "Lucky #7."
This glamorous Flex cuff by Assael in New York City was selected as winner in the new Spotlight Award for Akoya Pearls (U.S. Division) category at the 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition from the Cultured Pearl Association of America. The cuff was made in 18k gold by way of the anticlastic raising technique for flexibility and has akoya pearls.
These classic KC Designs earrings won one of this year's Centurion Design awards. It's a 14K gold and diamond arc earrings with leaf design. MSRP: $1725
These Rivoli earrings by Adam Neeley of Adam Neeley Designs in Laguna Beach, CA, won the President's Trophy (U.S. Division) at the 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC), held by the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) and announced on November 1. The earrings were made using 14k, 18k, and 22k gold with golden South Sea pearls, cream-to-white akoya pearls, and diamonds. The piece was also named the winner in the Wedding Day Pearls category.
The Day-to-Night pendant necklace by Hisano Shepherd of Little h Jewelry in Los Angeles won the Luster Award (U.S. Division) at the 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC), held by the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) and announced on November 1. This winning piece represents the evolution of a best-selling pearl jewelry design and bears a covetable and marketable concept with wide appeal for the marketplace. The design is made in 14k gold with sliced and carved Tahitian pearls and black and colorless diamonds.
Winning the Orient Award (U.S. Division) at the 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition, this Orbit pendant by Timo Krapf of Timo Krapf Jewelry in Pittsford, NY is made in platinum with a Tahitian pearl and cord and inspired by anticlastic raising. The awards were held by the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) and announced on November 1.
The bold, eye-catching Time is Now Convertible Skull necklace by Jennifer Pusenkoff of Jennifer Pusenkoff Designs in Essexville, MI won the Visionary Award for Classic Styles (U.S. Division) at the 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC), held by the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) and announced on November 1. The piece features Tahitian pearls, a white South Sea pearl, a white freshwater pearl, a carved howlite skull, diamonds, and 18k gold components. The piece transforms for wear in many different ways.
These eerily beautiful Sea Star earrings by Mary Kay and Patrick Mohs of Patrick Mohs Jewelry in Wayzata, MN were honored with the Fashion Award (U.S. Division) at the 9th Annual International Pearl Design Competition (IPDC), held by the Cultured Pearl Association of America (CPAA) and announced on November 1. The design was created in 18k gold with golden South Sea pearls and diamond accents.
Paloma Sanchez Takes Top Prize in Opal Jewelry Design Competition … Plus More Award Winners

Paloma Sanchez Takes Top Prize in Opal Jewelry Design Competition … Plus More Award Winners

At the International Opal Jewellery Design Awards, the Prestige Professional Jewellery award went to “Medusa’s Sting” by Paloma Sanchez for The National Opal Collection. The prize, donated by Down to Earth Opals Pty Ltd, was a beautiful double sided Lightning Ridge 27.77 carat, crystal opal, valued at approximately $5,400.