Gemstones & Pearls: New Products
PRIZE WINNING GEMS
1998 AGTA Spectrum Award Winners
Mixed metal, tourmaline, platinum and rings were the major trends among
entries in the 1998 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Award Competition.
The contest garnered more then 300 entries from around the world, up 18%
from last year.
The Spectrum awards recognize excellence in the creative use of natural
colored gemstones in jewelry designs. They traditionally serve as an industry
barometer of colored gemstone jewelry design trends. Along with the various
combinations of yellow, white, rose, green and red gold seen among the entries,
30% of all submissions used tourmaline. Forty-one percent used platinum,
reflecting the metal's growth across all jewelry sectors. And rings were
the most popular type of jewelry entered in the competition (128 entries);
they won 11 of the 25 awards.
WINNERS: Division I
(Over $10,000 retail value)
(Above left) 1st
place: Tanzanite, onyx, citrine, white and yellow diamond enhancer set in
platinum with black and white South Sea pearl bolo tie by Mark Schneider
of Schneider Design Studio, Long Beach, CA.
(Top right) 2nd
place: Tanzanite and red beryl brooch set in platinum and 18k green gold
by Mia Brattan of Lindsay + Brattan, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.
(Lower right) 3rd
place: Red beryl and diamond ring set in platinum by Paul Gross of Designer
Gold, Hanover, NH.
WINNERS: Division II
($5,001-$10,000 retail value)
(Top) 1st place
and Best of Color: Amethyst, rhodolite, tourmaline, sapphire and spessartine
garnet brooch set in 18k yellow gold by Glen J. Engelbrecht, G.J. Designs,
(Lower left) 2nd
place: Amethyst, garnet and diamond ring set in 18k yellow gold and platinum
by Bradley D. Weber of Weber Goldsmith Gallery, Wailea, HI.
(Lower right) 3rd
place: Mozambique tourmaline ring set in platinum and 22k gold by Zoltan
David of Zoltan David, Austin, TX.All jewelry photos by John Parrish.
WINNERS: Division III
($2,501-$5,000 retail value)
(Left) 1st place
and Best of Show: Rutilated quartz and lapis lazuli brooch/pendant set in
18k yellow gold by Karl Feer, Gemstar Jewelers, New York, NY.
(Lower right) 2nd
place: Amethyst and diamond brooch set in platinum and 18k gold by Michael
Wyckoff of Montanari Fine Art Jewelers, Kansas City, MO.
(Upper right) 3rd
place: Citrine pendant set in palladium and 18k white and yellow gold by
Kevin Pope of Napa Valley Jewelers, Napa, CA.
WINNERS: Division IV
($1,001-$2,500 retail value)
(Left) 1st place:
Black South Sea baroque pearl and diamond earrings set in 18k yellow gold
by Linda K. McGill of Jewelsmith Inc., Durham, NC.
(Upper right) 2nd
place: Black Tahitian pearl and diamond ring set in 18k gold by Britt Anderson
of Britt Anderson Designs, Effington, IL.
(Lower right) 3rd
place: Amethyst, citrine, peridot and diamond ring set in 14k yellow gold
by Jimmy Eriksson of J. Eriksson Jewelers, Scottsdale, AZ.
WINNERS: Division V
(Up to $1,000 retail value)
(Top left) 1st place: Peridot
and white and yellow diamond ring set in 18k white and yellow gold by Jane
Bohan of Jane Bohan Inc., New York City.
(Right) 2nd place: Pyrite and
ruby earrings set in platinum and 18k yellow gold by Robert Hallett of Robert
Hallett Goldsmiths Inc., Oakmont, PA.
(Lower left) 3rd place: Peridot
and citrine earrings set in 14k green gold by Robert Leser of Robert Leser
Designs, a division of Leser Enterprises Ltd., New York, NY.
WINNER: International Division
1st place: Fire opal and diamond ring set in
yellow gold by Tom Munsteiner, Stipshausen, Germany.
Fire opal, boulder opal and tanzanite neckpiece set in platinum and 18k
yellow gold by Anthony James Vela of A. James Ltd., Glendora, CA.
Tourmaline, sapphire and diamond ring set in 18k yellow and white gold
by Scott A. Gauthier of Jewelry by Gauthier, Scottsdale, AZ.
Also, yellow beryl, sapphires and diamond brooch set in platinum and
18k yellow and white gold by Christoph Krahenmann, Santa Barbara, CA.
Tourmaline and diamond ring set in 18k yellow and white gold by Bradley
D. Weber of Weber Goldsmith Gallery, Wailea, HI. Also, topaz, peridot, pearl
and diamond ring set in 18k yellow gold by Michael J. Boillot of Michael's
Creative Jewelry, Phoenix, AZ.
Tourmaline ring set in platinum and 18k pink gold by Lee Charles Buckingham
of Norris Design Studio, Santa Barbara, CA.
Garnet, citrine, peridot, topaz, and amethyst pendant set in 18k yellow
gold by Steven James of Kosmos Design, New York, NY.Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.
- by Lorraine M. Suermann