Professional Jeweler Archive: AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Honors

February 2002

Gemstones & Pearls/News


AGTA Spectrum™ & Cutting Edge™ Honors

Extraordinary color and exceptional cut combine to set the trends in colored gemstone jewelry and art


Color and cut – essential components of nearly every consumer product – are never more important than in colored gemstones. Color captures the wearer’s imagination, and cut determines how well that color plays to the human eye. To recognize the best use of colored gems in jewelry and to honor the best gem cutters, the American Gem Trade Association has announced winners of its 2002 Spectrum Awards.™ Together, the winning entries establish the trends that will interest your most sophisticated customers this year.

The Spectrum Awards have a new look for the new century. Entries are now judged in five fashion categories: Evening, Business/Day, Casual, Bridal and Men’s. First-, second- and third-place and honorable mention awards are presented, as well as manufacturing honors, which recognize outstanding use of natural colored gems and elegance of construction that would be attractive to mainstream production manufacturers.

The competition also now includes the Cutting Edge™ division, formerly a separate contest. Entries in this division are judged in six lapidary arts categories: Classic Gemstone, Faceting, Carving, Combination, Pairs and Suites, and Objects of Art.

The Platinum Honors division is jointly sponsored by AGTA and the Platinum Guild International. For coverage of that division, see the March issue.

Awards will be presented at a dinner dance during the AGTA GemFair this month in Tucson, AZ.

Judges for the Spectrum Awards were Alan Revere of the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts, San Francisco, CA; Jeff Johnson of Johnson Family’s Diamond Cellar, Dublin, OH; Michael Dyber, a gem designer in Rumney, NH; and Bob Ahrens, a design instructor at the Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA. For information on next year’s competitions, contact AGTA, Dallas, TX; (800) 972-1162 or (214) 742-4367, fax (214) 742-7334.

All photos by John Parrish.


BEST OF SHOW

GREGORY MORIN
Silverhorn
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 969-0442
fax (805) 969-5535
Sponsor: Silverhorn
Setting: Thomas Heys

Brooch depicts a Japanese woman with fan. The platinum and 18k red and white gold brooch has Japanese akoya pearls, 5.15 carats of opal, 19.25 carats of black chalcedony, 3.53 carats of sapphire and 0.81 carat of diamonds.

BEST USE OF COLOR

ALAN FRIEDMAN
Alan Friedman Co.
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 278-4944
fax (310) 278-5449

Floral brooch/pendant features 8 carats of garnets and 4.47 carats of colorless and fancy colored diamonds in platinum and 18k yellow and rose gold.


Evening Division

First Place

SAHO KINOSHITA
Carlsbad, CA
(760) 434-3391, phone and fax

18k white and yellow gold necklace contains two natural freshwater pearls and 3.64 carats of diamonds. Pearls are from Kinoshita Pearl.

Second Place

LARRY SIEGER
L.S. Hancock Design
Studio
Cary, NC
(919) 303-1111
fax (919) 303-0063

18k green gold “orchid” ring is topped with a 7.86-ct. tanzanite surrounded by 1.31 carats of demantoid garnets.

Third Place

BRADLEY D. WEBER
Weber Goldsmith Gallery
Pebble Beach, CA
(831) 626-7600
fax (831) 626-7616

Carved conch shell ring features an 18k yellow gold sleeve, platinum bead-set pink diamonds totaling 0.84 carat and 13 akoya pearls ranging from 2.5mm to 9.5mm.

Honorable Mention

ALEX SOLDIER
Alex Soldier Designs
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 491-1616
fax (718) 833-2777

Platinum and 18k yellow and white gold snail ring is covered with diamonds, yellow sapphires, Madeira citrines and garnets.

Manufacturing Honors

SCOTT HODSON
Hodson Jewelry
Galleries
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 488-2296
fax (480) 488-6069

Earrings are rendered in 18k white and yellow gold with 2.72 carats of rubellite tourmalines and 0.05 carat of diamonds.


Business Division

First Place

PAUL DERRICKSON
The Jewelers Touch
Placentia, CA
(714) 579-1616
fax (714) 579-1397
Cutter: Stephen Avery

18k white and yellow gold earrings hold 3.86 carats of spessartite garnets and 1.28 carats of diamonds.

Second Place

JOHN RIPPE
Opalesce
Santa Fe, NM
(505) 992-1712
fax (505) 992-3502

“Choya” platinum ring, named for cholla cactus, has a 2.02-ct. pink sapphire and eight 2mm blue sapphires. Pink sapphires from Geokey Inc.; blue sapphires from Omi Gems.

Third Place

CORNELIS HOLLANDER
Cornelis Hollander
Designs Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 941-1136
fax (480) 994-5932

A 5.43-ct. spessartite garnet tops this 18k white and yellow gold ring with 0.47 carat of diamond accents.

Honorable Mention

YAROSLAV SHUKEL
Aurora Studio
Boston, MA
(617) 331-2507

Brooch is made of oxidized graduated, bent and interwoven sterling silver tubing with 22k gold accents and features a 13mm-by-27mm meteorite and 0.70 carat of diamonds.0

Manufacturing Honors

KIM KOCH
Kim Koch Designs
Mequon, WI
(262) 241-8244
fax (262) 241-1360

18k yellow gold bracelet holds 12.22 carats of garnets.


Casual Division

First Place

DARIUS M. BRASKY
Paul C. Lirot Jewelers
Madison, CT
(203) 245-0320
fax (203) 245-5913

18k yellow gold and platinum pendant features a 30.95-ct. citrine and 0.66 carat of diamonds.

Second place

BRENDA J. WARBURTON
Austin Warburton
Ann Arbor, MI
(734) 663-3327
fax (734) 665-3994
Manufacturer: Chris Unger

Platinum and 18k yellow gold ring holds a 1.66-ct. tanzanite, 1.39-ct. rubellite tourmaline and 0.76 carat of yellow sapphires.

Third Place

PHILLIP B. DISMUKE
Jewelsmith
Durham, NC
(919) 286-2990
fax (919) 286-4350

4.35-ct sapphire is set into a platinum ring with diamond accent. Gems are from Atlantic Gem Corp.

Honorable Mention

LINDA POTICHKE
Linda Potichke Jewelry
Design
Laguna Beach, CA
(949) 494-6694
fax (949) 497-8514

18k yellow gold pendant features a 4.30-ct. trillion spessartite garnet and 0.70 carat of princess-cut tsavorites.

Manufacturing Honors

JOHN STEPHAN
GARFOLO
Stephan-Hill Jewelry
Designers
San Rafael, CA
(415) 459-5808
fax (415) 459-8922

“Paradise Series” 18k yellow gold pendant has a 4.24-ct. buff-top marquise peridot and 0.22 carat of diamonds.


Bridal Division

First Place

ROBERT ACKERMANN
Robert Ackermann Inc.
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
(514) 939-5651, fax (514) 939-5879

“Parallels” ring features a 1.20-ct. antique cushion-cut tsavorite garnet and 0.71 carat of diamonds. The garnet is from Julian Dromlewicg.

Second Place

MARK SCHNEIDER
Mark Schneider Inc.
Long Beach, CA
(562) 437-0448, fax (562) 437-0593

A 5.56-ct. tanzanite tops a platinum ring that also has 0.54 carat of tsavorite garnets and 0.21 carat of diamonds.

Third Place

BURDETT A. MILKINS
BAM Designs by
Burdett A. Milkins
Monroe, MI
(734) 242-1023, fax (734) 242-1155

18k white gold Rainbow Boundaries™ eternity wedding band has 1.34 carat of rainbow-colored sapphires from Nafco Gems.

Manufacturing Honors

RONALD DAVIDSON
Davidson Designs
West Vancouver, British Columbia,
Canada
(604) 926-4841, fax (604) 926-4798.

Platinum and 18k gold ring showcases a 2-ct. pink sapphire, 0.38 carat of blue sapphires and 0.29 carat of diamonds. Gems supplied by Harry Adams.


Men's Division

First Place

PHIL DELANO
Delano Designs
Glendale, WI
(414) 540-6717
Cutter: Kevin Lane Smith

20-ct. andradite garnet tops this 14k white gold ring.

Second Place

MARK SCHNEIDER
Mark Schneider Inc.
Long Beach, CA
(562) 437-0448, fax (562) 437-0593
Tanzanite Cutter: Stephen Avery

Platinum ring features a 7.03-ct. diamondback-cut tanzanite, 1.44 carats of yellow princess-cut diamonds, 1.24 carats of round brilliant-cut diamonds and 0.10 carat of demantoid garnets.

Third Place

DAVID TROUT
Coffin & Trout, Chandler, AZ
(480) 763-1300
fax (480) 753-4367
Metalsmith: Wayne Cook

18k white and yellow gold ring with platinum ports from the “Post Modern” collection features an 11.9mm-by-6mm meteorite.

Manufacturing Honors

JANE WULLBRANDT
Joseph M. Menzie Inc./Miranda George Inc.
New York City
(800) 899-1818, fax (212) 302-7046

18k white and yellow gold cuff links have 2.32 carats of tourmalines and 0.25 carat of diamonds.


Cutting Edge – Best of Show

PHILLIP YOUNGMAN
Los Osos, CA
(805) 528-4616

Blue and orange zircons featuring the rose brilliant cut total 170.09 carats.


Classic Gemstone

First Place

JEFFREY BILGORE
Oscar Heyman & Bros.
New York City
(212) 593-0400, fax (212) 759-8612

12.93-ct. emerald-cut unheated Madagascar blue sapphire.

Second Place

RAY ZAJICEK
Equatorian Imports
Dallas, TX
(972) 250-2055, fax (972) 250-0710

1.41-ct. “Raydiantz” cut emerald.

Third Place

ALLEN KLEIMAN
A. Kleiman & Co.
Boulder, CO
(303) 440-7478, fax (303) 440-7486

3.18-ct. oval Burma ruby.


Faceting

First Place

JOHN A. RHOADS
D&J Rare Gems Ltd.
Salida, CO
(719) 530-0628
fax (719) 539-5232

15.89-ct. brilliant round flower cut Mozambique pink tourmaline.

Second Place

JOHN D. DYER
Precious Gemstones Co.
Zumbrota, MN
(507) 732-4262 phone and fax

37.16-ct. split-facet super trillion Pakistani peridot.

Third Place

JOHN A. RHOADS
D&J Rare Gems Ltd., Salida, CO
(719) 530-0628
fax (719) 539-5232

58.33-ct. brilliant cushion-cut Brazilian pink morganite.

Honorable Mention

DAVID A. BRACKNA
David A. Brackna
Gemcutter
Germantown, MD
(301) 972-2201 phone and fax

56.62-ct. skewed lozenge cut untreated Tajikistani heliodor (golden beryl).


Combination

First Place

SOOSAI PROSPER
Byrex Gems Inc.
Toronto, Ontario,
Canada
(416) 947-1431
fax (416) 947-0279

20.16-ct. “Le Soleil” concave-cut citrine with 65 facets.

Second Place

THOMAS TROZZO
TROZZO
Culpeper, VA
(540) 829-8494
fax (540) 829-8494
#99

32.46-ct. Snowphia-cut citrine.


Pairs & Suites

First Place

PHILLIP YOUNGMAN
Los Osos, CA
(805) 528-4616

Blue and orange zircons featuring the rose brilliant cut total 170.09 carats.

Second Place

MEG BERRY
Pala International
Fallbrook, CA
(800) 854-1898

Two 2-ct. trillion windmill-cut tourmalines & a 4.60-ct. trillion double windmill spessartine garnet.
Honorable Mention

JEFFREY KRASNER
Ballerina Gem Co.
New York City
(212) 391-8007

35-gem suite of 5mm sapphires in pastel rainbow colors.


Carving

First Place

DON BUFORD
Dust Devil Mining Co.
Cloverdale, OR
(503) 965-7707, fax (503) 965-7706
Carver: William Cox

47.20-ct. Oregon sunstone carving.

Honorable Mention

KRISTA McMILLAN
Vineland, Ontario, Canada
(905) 563-8525

15mm-by-57mm carved reverse intaglio green phantom quartz.


Objects of Art

First Place

DALAN J. HARGRAVE
Hargrave Manufacturing Co.
San Antonio, TX
(210) 344-8580
Sponsor: R.A. “Art” Guyon

Essence bottle was carved from white to blue-white chalcedony. The 18k white and yellow gold stopper features a 40-ct. carved Lightning Ridge opal, 0.05-ct. pink diamond and 13mm South Sea cultured pearl.

Second Place

ANGELA CONTY
Angela Conty Designs
Schenectady, NY
(518) 377-2173

Pen features 163.28 carats of black jade, a 0.25-ct. sapphire and a black Tahitian keshi pearl in 18k gold.

Third Place

ROBERT CHAPLIN
Robert Chaplin B.F.A.
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
(604) 731-0148, fax (604) 732-5669

122.25-ct. obsidian carving represents the North Wind. The 0.03-ct. diamond in the mouth represents the first snowflake of winter.

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