PRIZE WINNING GEMS

February 1998

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

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

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, Sarasota, FL.

(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

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

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

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.

 


 

Honorable Mentions

 

Division I

Fire opal, boulder opal and tanzanite neckpiece set in platinum and 18k yellow gold by Anthony James Vela of A. James Ltd., Glendora, CA.

Division II

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.

Division III

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.

Division IV

Tourmaline ring set in platinum and 18k pink gold by Lee Charles Buckingham of Norris Design Studio, Santa Barbara, CA.

Division V

Garnet, citrine, peridot, topaz, and amethyst pendant set in 18k yellow gold by Steven James of Kosmos Design, New York, NY.

- by Lorraine M. Suermann





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