Connect with us


Spectrum’s New Spectrum of Trends




What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago—give or take—I was one of the judges for the annual AGTA “Spectrum Awards.” Every year since—again, give or take—I attend the Editors’ Preview of the winners and entries, which occurs the day immediately following the competition.

But here’s the thing: This year at the Media Event, I was not only entranced (as always) by the incredible designs and lapidary work, but also by the clear sea change in jewelry trends. Really. Ten years ago, would you have seen . . .

As 1st place in “Bridal,” an engagement ring with a neon-green tsavorite? (

As “Best of Show,” a cuff with an aquamarine set in palladium? (

As “Platinum Honors” winner, a pair of earrings spotlighting Zultanite? (

As a black-tie neckpiece (and taking 1st place in “Classical”), a daring mix of three primary colors? (


No question about it, in contemporary jewelry, boundaries have been broken, parameters are passé. And top honorees in the 2011 AGTA Spectrum Awards are brilliant proof. Take a look for yourself at Meantime, I do have one question, though: Is the AGTA ever to going to ask me again to be a judge for Spectrum? A decade ago, they invited me to jury by e-mail. But, as everything has changed since then, I’m thinking perhaps next year they’ll send me an Evite? A text? A message on my Facebook page? I’ll be sure to check.

[componentheading] talking about this year’s spectrum award winners [/componentheading]





Wilkerson Testimonials

Wilkerson Helped This Jeweler to Navigate His Retirement Sale Despite a Pandemic

Hosting a going-out-of-business sale when the coronavirus pandemic hit wasn’t a part of Bob Smith’s game plan for his retirement. Smith, the owner of E.M. Smith Jewelers in Chillicothe, Ohio, says the governor closed the state mid-way through. But Smith chose Wilkerson, and Wilkerson handled it like a champ, says Smith. And when it was time for the state to reopen, the sale continued like nothing had ever happened. “I’d recommend Wilkerson,” he says. “They do business the way we do business.”

Promoted Headlines

Most Popular