(PRESS RELEASE) DALLAS, TX - The American Gem Trade Association announces the winners of the 2018 AGTA Spectrum Awards. The competition was held in New York on Aug. 4 and 5 and is regarded as the world's preeminent colored gemstone and cultured pearl design competition. The distinguished panel of judges included: Darryl Alexander, Alexander's Jewelers; Randy Coffin, Coffin & Trout Jewellers, Inc.; Andre Hahn, Vielle Jewelers, LLC; Peiter Hye, Pieter Andries Jewelers; and Dallas Prince, Dallas Prince & Company.

"As someone who has nurtured a lifelong love affair with colored gemstones and pearls, the AGTA Spectrum Awards judging week is unbridled pleasure.  It feeds my color jones and it is one of the most important endeavors AGTA pursues in its mission to spread the gospel of color," said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "This year we had the perfect trifecta of components that make our Spectrum Awards a memorable success. First, the judges were exquisitely professional, with strong resumes and strong personalities, but they worked in tandem to appraise the work, creativity, and ingenuity of the over 400 entries to the competition. Secondly, we had a wave of new designers and first-time entrants - young people with fresh perspectives that were willing to embrace creative risk in their work. Over a dozen of our awards will be presented to first time winners!  The third component was the growing breadth of material entered. We saw an increase in loose gemstones in all of the categories in the Cutting Edge Division and that diversity was evidenced in the absolute cornucopia of color and variety in the jewelry divisions."

Winners of the 2018 AGTA Spectrum Awards are: 


Best of Show
Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 7.16 ct. untreated Russian Emerald accented with Diamonds.


Best Use of Color
Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Phoenix Rising" necklace featuring Mandarin Garnets (28.04 ctw.) accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (1.55 ctw.), Sapphires (4.68 ctw.), Rubies (3.17 ctw.), fire Opals (1.35 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (.02 ctw.) and a .77 ct. Turquoise.


Best Use of Pearls
Avi Raz, A & Z Pearls, Inc. - Necklace featuring 15-18mm multicolored natural baroque freshwater Pearls accented with 14K rose, yellow and rhodium gold beads.


Best Use of Platinum and Color
Deirdre Featherstone, Featherstone Design - Platinum "Wonder Woman" cuff featuring Aquamarines (4.54 ctw.), Tanzanites (2.44 ctw.), blue Zircons (1.60 ctw.), lavender Spinels (.46 ctw.), Tourmalines (.68 ctw.) and star-set Diamonds (2.64 ctw.)


Best Use of Platinum Crown
John Haynes, Schmitt Jewelers - Platinum "Solar Blossom" ring featuring a 14.73 ct. orange Zircon accented with tsavorite Garnets (.67 ctw.) and Diamonds (.65 ctw.)

 
Fashion Forward
Patrick King, Jewelsmith, Inc. - 14K white and rose gold pendant featuring a 13.31 ct. Sapphire accented with Sapphires (.98 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.91 ctw.).

AGTA Spectrum Awards
Bridal Wear


Bridal Wear - 1st Place
Zoltan David, Zoltan David - 22K and 18K rose gold necklace featuring a 46.12 ct. Opal accented with a 3.60 ct. round Opal and blue Sapphires (2.40 ctw.). 

Bridal Wear - 2nd Place
Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. - Platinum "Take the Plunge" ring featuring a 21.86 ct. oval Tanzanite cabochon accented with Diamonds (2.13 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - 3rd Place
Niveet Nagpal, Somewhere In The Rainbow - Platinum and black rhodium "Hi, I'm Alex - And You Are?" ring featuring a 6.12 ct. Alexandrite cabochon accented with Alexandrite and Diamond melee.

Bridal Wear - Honorable Mention
Heath London, Heath London Jewelry - 18K gold and aluminum earrings featuring Tahitian, freshwater and Akoya cultured Pearls accented with a .40 ct. Aquamarine, a .40 ct. pink Sapphire and Diamonds (.60 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Manufacturing Honors
Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - 18K rose gold ring featuring three Padparadscha Sapphires (7.17 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (.88 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Platinum Honors
Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry - Platinum "Green Valley" ring featuring a 1.22 ct. tsavorite Garnet accented with Diamonds (.13 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation
Michael Jakubowski, Gem Fanatic - Platinum ring featuring a 3.88 ct. gray cushion-cut Spinel accented with Diamonds (1.03 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - WJA Gem DIVA Award
Beatrix Laura Jewels, LLC, B & W Jewels - Platinum earrings featuring triangular Aquamarines (7.37 ctw.) accented with trapezoid and shield-cut Diamonds (3.47 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear


Business/Day Wear - 1st Place
Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Emerald City" necklace featuring a 105.99 ct. pear-shaped Emerald accented with Diamonds (4.42 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - 2nd Place
Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - Platinum and 18K rose gold pendant featuring a 9.39 ct. pear-shaped black Opal accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (.90 ctw.) and a .25 ct. pear-shaped Diamond. 

Business/Day Wear - 3rd Place
Beatrix Laura Jewels, LLC, B & W Jewels - 18K white gold reversible earrings featuring pink Sapphires (2.71 ctw.) and Diamonds (3.84 ctw.). 

Business/Day Wear - Honorable Mention
Bella Campbell, Campbellian Collection / BHI - 18K white gold "Phoenix Feathers" earrings featuring Mexican fire Opals (2.19 ctw.) accented with Rubies (4.93 ctw.) and Diamonds (.56 ctw.). 

Business/Day Wear - Manufacturing Honors
Michael Tope, Raintree, LLC - Platinum and 18K rose gold ring featuring a 3.74 ct. Aquamarine accented with a .241 ct. Ruby. 

Business/Day Wear - Platinum Honors
John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum necklace featuring a 10.67 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (1.07 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation
Joseph A. Murawski, Joden World Resources, LLC - Platinum earrings featuring round brilliant cut Diamonds (1.44 ctw.) surrounded by 10mm round black Onyx.

Business/Day Wear - WJA Gem DIVA Award
Belle Brooke Barer, Belle Brooke - 18K royal yellow gold pendant featuring a 3.74 ct. pear-shaped indicolite Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.18 ctw.).

Classical


Classical - 1st Place
Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - Platinum ring featuring a 10.23 ct. cuprian Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (2.57 ctw.), Paraiba Tourmalines (1.54 ctw.) and a .01 ct.Alexandrite.

Classical - 2nd Place
Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 7.16 ct. untreated Russian Emerald accented with Diamonds.

Classical - 3rd Place
Swapna Pinnamaneni, Dream Choice Jewelry - 18K yellow gold "The Dancer" brooch featuring a 2.75 ct. Tanzanite accented with yellow Diamonds (2.75 ctw.), Rubies (14.36 ctw.) and white Diamonds (1.41 ctw.).

Classical - Honorable Mention
John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum necklace featuring black Opal cabochons (38.43 ctw.) accented with Sapphires (.95 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (.95 ctw.) and Diamonds (6.76 ctw.). 

Classical - Manufacturing Honors and WJA Gem DIVA Award
Lindsay Jane, Lindsay Jane Designs - Platinum ring featuring a 6.78 ct. bicolored Sapphire accented with French-cut Diamonds (1.84 ctw.), brilliant-cut Diamonds (.44 ctw.) and Sapphires (.06 ctw.).

Classical - Platinum Honors
Benjamin Javaheri, Uneek Jewelry, Inc. - Platinum ring featuring a 6.53 ct. oval blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (1.39 ctw.).

Evening Wear


Evening Wear - 1st Place
Gross & Currens, David Gross Group - Platinum ring featuring a 20.26 ct. cushion-cut unheated yellow Sapphire accented with Diamonds (3.60 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 2nd Place
Susan Helmich, Somewhere In the Rainbow - 18K white and yellow gold "Le Dauphin" necklace featuring a 101.85 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (1.34 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 3rd Place
Zoltan David, Somewhere In The Rainbow - Platinum and palladium "Candy on Ice" necklace featuring rubellite Tourmalines (83.00 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (5.97 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention
Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Shakti" pendant featuring a 28.6 ct. Chrysoberyl accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (1.96 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (2.43 ctw.) and canary Tourmalines (1.75 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention
Helen Kim Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc. - Platinum "Remember" ring featuring a 9.25 ct. square Moonstone cabochon accented with Moonstones (2.85 ctw.), multi-cut Diamonds (7.20 ctw.), Opals (.47 ctw.) and Tanzanites (.51 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Manufacturing Honors
Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Hera" earrings featuring Tanzanites (5.01 ctw.) accented with chrome Tourmalines (7.97 ctw.), Paraiba Tourmalines (.63 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.10 ctw.). 

Evening Wear - Platinum Honors
Paul Klecka, Somewhere In the Rainbow - Platinum "Coco Verde" two-finger ring featuring a 66.03 ct. specialty-cut lemon Citrine accented with Diamonds (6.30 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation
Jacob Wosinski, Jacob Raymond Custom Jewelry - Platinum ring featuring a 2.11 ct. blue Sapphire accented with blue Sapphires (.03 ctw.).

Evening Wear - WJA Gem DIVA Award
Gina Ferranti, GiGi Ferranti - 18K rose and white gold "Cleopatra-Geometric" ring featuring a 1.55 ct. Emerald accented with Emeralds (.53 ctw.), purple Sapphires(3.03 ctw.) and Diamonds (.72 ctw.).

Men's Wear


Men's Wear - 1st Place
Zoltan David, Zoltan David - Steel and 24K gold ring featuring a 25.53 ct. blue Zircon.

Men's Wear - 2nd Place
Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design - Platinum and 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring hand-carved rock crystal Quartz and Mother-of-Pearl moons (53.06 ctw.) accented with blue Sapphire cabochons (1.76 ctw.), yellow and white Diamond melee (.66 ctw.).

Men's Wear - 3rd Place
Pheap Lorn-Canossi, Phenomenon Jewels - 14K white gold and 18K yellow gold "Take Me Away to Paradise" ring featuring a 15.0 0ct. green Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.87 ctw.), Alexandrites and Sapphires (3.22 ctw.).

Men's Wear - Honorable Mention
Klaus Kutter, A Jour Jewelry - 18K rose and white gold cufflinks featuring Moonstones (13.08 ctw.) accented with Sapphires (2.50 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (1.80 ctw.) and Onyx.

Men's Wear - Manufacturing Honors
Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry - Platinum and 18K yellow gold "Halryon" ring featuring a 19.14 ct. Zircon accented with Diamonds (1.23 ctw.).

Men's Wear - Platinum Honors
Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - Platinum cufflinks featuring blue Sapphires (2.15 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.02 ctw.).

AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
All Other Faceted


All Other Faceted - 1st Place
Mikola Kukharuk, Nomad's - 80.25 ct. oval tsavorite Garnet.

All Other Faceted - 2nd Place
Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - 6.58 ct. untreated Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline.

All Other Faceted - 3rd Place
Christopher Wolfsberg, Fox Tail Gallery - 44.19 ct. octagonal modified brilliant cut Tanzanite.

All Other Faceted - Honorable Mention
Jose Rocha, Jewelry Television - 46.75 ct. round, Portuguese-cut Spanish Sphalerite.

Carving


Carving - 1st Place
Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry - "Frog Prince" featuring Sunstone (160 ctw.) accented with Sapphires, Diamonds, Opals, black Jade, green Jade, Chalcedony, Calcite and 14K yellow gold.

Carving - 2nd Place
Swapna Pinnamaneni, Dream Choice Jewelry - 1080.50 ct. Citrine carving, titled "Ganesha".

Carving - 3rd Place
Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry - 110 ct. Amethyst carving, titled "Amethstine Chapel".

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Classic Gemstone


Classic Gemstone - 1st Place
Kenneth Blount, 100% Natural, Ltd. - 91.36 unheated yellow Ceylon Sapphire.

Classic Gemstone - 2nd Place
Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - 5.24 ct. untreated Colombian Emerald.

Classic Gemstone - 3rd Place
Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co. - 21.04 ct. oval unheated Sri Lankan blue Sapphire.

Innovative Faceting


Innovative Faceting - 1st Place
Mark Gronlund, Mark Gronlund - 96.30 ct. round spiral brilliant-cut blue Topaz. 

Innovative Faceting - 2nd Place
Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry - 21.27 specialty-cut Tourmaline.

Innovative Faceting - 3rd Place
John Dyer, Somewhere In the Rainbow - 37.30 ct. Sunstone, titled "Colorful Cascade".

Innovative Faceting - Honorable Mention
Christopher Wolfsberg, Nirinjan - 25.45 ct. octagonal concave-cut Sunstone Labradorite.

Objects of Art


Objects of Art - 1st Place
Nicolai Medvedev, Impressions in Stone - Intarsia box with vaulted lid. Materials include: Malachite, Turquoise, Malachite/Azurite, Sugelite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, cultured Pearl, Emeralds and Diamonds.

Objects of Art - 2nd Place
Somewhere In The Rainbow - "Go Fly A Kite" featuring a 175.01 ct. green-yellow Beryl in 18K yellow gold accented with a .26 ct. Diamond.

Objects of Art - 3rd Place
Somewhere In The Rainbow - Agate wild boar with black Onyx eye and white Chalcedony tusks, titled "Grey Matter".

Pairs & Suites

 

Pairs & Suites - 1st Place
Stephen M. Avery, Stephen M. Avery - Pair of indicolite Tourmalines (41.45 ctw.).

Pairs & Suites - 2nd Place
Sean P Sweeney, Razzcal Enterprises LLC - Suite of 30 green Tourmalines (116.57 ctw.), titled "Boxing Day Pocket".

Pairs & Suites - 3rd Place
Mikola Kukharuk, Nomad's - Matched pair of round bicolored Tourmalines (19.74 ctw.). 

Pairs & Suites - Honorable Mention
Alexander Arnoldi, Arnoldi International - Suite of three bicolored emerald-cut green Tourmalines (148.46 ctw.).

Phenomenal


Phenomenal - 1st Place
Joel Price, Joel Price - 34.63 ct. oval harlequin Opal.

Phenomenal - 2nd Place
Robyn Dufty, DuftyWeis Opals, Inc. - 60.20 ct. boulder Opal cabochon.

Phenomenal - 3rd Place
Robert Shapiro, Robert Shapiro - 7.30 ct. boulder Opal.

This year's AGTA Spectrum Awards will be presented during the 2019 AGTA GemFair Tucson to be held February 5 -10, at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona. Winning entries will be displayed during the show and the 2018 AGTA Spectrum Awards recipients will be recognized during the 2018 AGTA Spectrum Awards Gala, on Saturday, February 9. Tickets for the gala are $100 and cocktail attire is encouraged. 

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