February 1998

Precious Metals: New Products




Marriage of platinum and colored gems wins accolades


As part of the 1998 American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards Contest, Platinum Guild International-USA awarded Platinum Honors to 11 innovative jewelry designs featuring platinum and natural colored gemstones.

"Their work validates the increasing popularity of pairing platinum with colored gemstones," says Laurie Hudson, president of PGI-USA. The 1998 AGTA Spectrum Award Platinum Honors Collection is on display at the AGTA Gemfair in Tucson, AZ, on Wednesday, Feb. 4, and at other trade shows PGI attends throughout the year.

- by Lorraine M. Suermann

All photos by John Parrish


Division I

Over $10,000 retail value

Left: Tanzanite platinum necklace - Robert Benowitz of Ben-Dannie Inc., Los Angeles, CA.

Top right: Tanzanite and sapphire platinum ring - Mary Ann Andrews of Mary Ann's Unique Jewels Inc., Erlanger, KY.

Bottom right: Ruby and diamond platinum ring - Mark Loren of Mark Loren Designs, Ft. Myers, FL.




Division II

Over $2,500 to $5,00 retail value

Top left: Tanzanite and chrome diopside platinum ring - Jeffrey Mathews & Howard Donsky, Dallas, TX.

Top right: Peridot and mandarin garnet platinum ring - Mirjam Butz-Brown of Mirjam Butz & Brown Jewelers, San Diego, CA.

Bottom: Tourmaline and diamond platinum pendant/necklace - Joseph Montanari of Montanari Fine Art Jewelers, Kansas City, MO.




Division III

$2,500 to $5,000 retail value

Left: Tourmaline platinum ring - Ernesto Sahagun of Ernesto Sahagun Designs, Tustin, CA

Right: Sapphire platinum brooch, titled "Ivy League" - Llyn Strelau, Jewels by Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.




Division IV

$1,001 to $2,500 retail value

Left: Cultured Tahitian pearl platinum pendant - Jack Demerjian of Demere Designs, J.D.M. Inc.,Livonia, MI.

Right: Cultured Tahitian pearl platinum pendant - Lisa Barends of Jack Seibert Jewelers, Columbus, OH.



Division V

Up to $1,000 retail value

Raspberry tourmaline and diamond platinum pendant - Mike Kelley of NT Ferro Jewelers, Woodstock, VT.



For more information about PGI-USA and Platinum Honors, call Lisa Labrado, PGI-USA, at (714) 760-8279.

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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