Professional Jeweler Archive: AGTA Spectrum Awards 2003

January 2003

Gemstones & Pearls/News


AGTA Spectrum™ Awards 2003

Phenomenal gems, fantasy cuts and pearls in jewelry are featured among this year's winners


The American Gem Trade Association’s annual Spectrum™ competition awarded its Best of Show to a necklace and earring suite by Alan Friedman Co., Beverly Hills, CA. It features luminescent moonstones with diamond accents and constitutes a defining moment in the history of moonstones and phenomenal gems.

Judges for the Spectrum awards were Glen Engelbrecht of G.J. Designs, Sarasota, FL; William Holman of Holman Designs, Dallas, TX; Alfredo Molina of Molina Fine Jewelers, Mesa, AZ; Tania Riddell of Modern Bride, New York, NY; and Thomas Trozzo of Trozzo, Culpepper, VA.

The Spectrum Awards are judged on overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-based consumer appeal and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones. Spectrum Award categories include Evening, Business/Day, Casual, Bridal and Men’s Wear.

All designs that qualified for the Spectrum Awards competition were considered for Manufacturing Honors. This award celebrates outstanding use of colored gemstones and cultured pearls in jewelry appropriate to be manufactured in production quantities.

Winners of the competition will be honored at the AGTA Dinner Dance and Awards Gala on Feb. 8 at the Marriott University Park Hotel during AGTA GemFair in Tucson, AZ.

AGTA also sponsors a Cutting Edge™ contest, and those winners will be featured in February in Professional Jeweler. A Platinum Honors division, jointly sponsored by AGTA and the Platinum Guild International, also picked winners, who will be featured in an upcoming issue. For information on the 2004 competitions, contact AGTA, Dallas, TX; (800) 972-1162 or (214) 742-4367, fax (214) 742-7334.

– by Robert Weldon, G.G

All photos by John Parrish, courtesy of AGTA

BEST OF SHOW

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

Moonstone and diamond necklace is set with 38 cabochon moonstones totaling 106.9 carats, surrounded by 9.2 carats of diamonds and accented by a pierced back with ebony inlay. Earrings feature 15.03 carats of moonstones and 1.09 carats of diamonds.

BEST USE OF COLOR
(also Third Place, Bridal Division)

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

Fancy colored sapphires are arranged in a rainbow set in a platinum anniversary band. Princess-cut sapphires total 5.18 carats, round sapphires 1.97 carats and diamonds 2.09 carats.

Bridal Division

First Place

ALAN FRIEDMAN

Alan Friedman Co.
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 278-4944

18k and platinum ring is set with a 6.15-ct. blue sapphire and diamonds.

Second Place

ZIAD H. NOSHIE

Almaza Jewelers
Houston, TX
(713) 521-0071

Platinum and 18k gold necklace features a 17mm South Sea cultured pearl surrounded by 1.45 carats of full-cut diamonds.

Honorable Mention

BURDETT A. MILKINS

BAM Designs by Burdett
Monroe, MI
(734) 242-1023

Platinum and 18k gold tiara features natural 0.97-ct. Paraíba tourmaline, rainbow sapphires and diamonds.

Third Place
(see Best Use of Color, above)

JEFFREY KRASNER

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

Manufacturing Honors

PAUL DERRICKSON

Jewelers Touch
Placentia, CA
(714) 579-1616

Split shank platinum and 18k yellow gold ring is set with a 3.93-ct. spessartite garnet accented with 0.30 carat of diamonds.

Business Division

First Place

ROBERT ACKERMANN

Robert Ackermann Inc.
Westmount, Quebec, Canada
(514) 939-5651

Yellow and white gold ear clips feature 6.13-ct. double-mirror-cut rose quartz and 24 diamonds totaling 0.78 carat.

Second Place

CATHLEEN BUNT

Cathleen Bunt
Fine Art Jewelry
Kihei, HI
(808) 874-8855

18k and 20k yellow gold pendant features four green Tahitian cultured pearls, a 1.80-ct. tanzanite, a 0.54-ct. emerald and 0.08 carat of natural fancy yellow diamonds.

Third Place

RITA HYAMS

Designs by Rita Hyams
San Anselmo, CA
(415) 948-3573

22k yellow gold ring has a bezel-set 3.52-ct. malaya garnet accented with 54 yellow-to-orange sapphires totaling 2.59 carats.

Honorable Mention

BETH NEUFELD-SHUTT

Neufelds Glendora Promenade
Glendora, CA
(626) 963-1633

14k yellow gold “Bookworm” pin features a 21x8.8mm freshwater pearl and a 0.12-ct. ruby.

Manufacturing Honors

AARON H. FURLONG

Aaron Henry Designs
Los Angeles, CA
(213) 623-4228

18k yellow gold and platinum earclips feature 22.44 carats of spessartite garnets accented with 0.36 carat of diamonds and 1.92 carats of rubies and warm-colored sapphires.

Casual Division

First Place

MARK SCHNEIDER

Schneider Design Studio
Long Beach, CA
(562) 437-0591

Platinum ring showcases a 12.16-ct. blue-green tourmaline and 0.92 carat of diamonds.

Second Place

GARO DEMIRJIAN

Demirjian Jewelry Design
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 538-8789

18k white and yellow gold ring holds a 7.67-ct. tourmaline and diamonds totaling 1.37 carats.

Third Place

CLAUDIA ENDLER

Claudia Endler Designs
Los Angeles, CA
(310) 559-7347

Platinum fluted earrings each hold a 5-ct. red carnelian drop offset with four orange/brown round diamonds totaling 0.25 carat.

Manufacturing Honors

MELANIE WILLIAMSON

Gemesis Jewelers
Las Vegas, NV
(702) 240-4367

14k yellow gold ring features a 2.65-ct. rubellite tourmaline in a bezel with 0.15 carat of diamonds.

Men's Division

First Place

RAY ZAJICEK

Equatorian Imports Inc.
Dallas, TX
(972) 250-2055

Platinum and 18k ring has a 7.54-ct. chrysoberyl cat’s eye and two trilliant diamonds.

Second Place and Manufacturing Honors

KHAI LE

Charles Koll Jewellers
San Diego, CA
(858) 558-7838

Platinum wedding band is set with round Mozambique garnets.

Third Place

CHRISTO KIFFER

Christo Kiffer Designs
Parker, CO
(720) 851-8853

18k belt buckle features a 4.74-ct. gray tourmaline and 0.96 carat of small diamonds.

Honorable Mention

MARK SCHNEIDER

Schneider Design Studio
Long Beach, CA
(562) 437-0591

Platinum and 18k cuff links hold rutilated quartz totaling 19.12 carats, 0.22 carat of tsavorite garnets, 0.22 carat of yellow diamonds and 1.95 carats of white diamonds.

Evening Division

First Place

WILFRIED KOWOLLICK

Silverhorn
Santa Barbara, CA
(805) 969-0442

18k red gold and platinum ring features a 4.98-ct. Paraíba tourmaline, 0.38 carat of white diamonds and 0.96 carat of brown diamonds.

second Place

MARK SCHNEIDER

Schneider Design Studio
Long Beach, CA
(562) 437-0591

Platinum ring holds a 9.43-ct. trillion tanzanite and 1.0 carat of diamonds.

Third Place

HOLLY CROFT

Lily
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 435-7227

15mm South Sea golden cultured pearl earrings are complemented with yellow diamond accents set in platinum.

Honorable Mention

ERNESTO MOREIRA

Ernesto Moreira Inc.
Houston, TX
(713) 523-2899

18k rose gold earrings feature 1.82 carats of cascading rubies and two 9.5mm cultured akoya pearls.

Manufacturing Honors

JACK DEMERJIAN

J. Demere Designs
Livonia, MI
(734) 462-2555

Platinum bracelet features six 11mm black Tahitian cultured pearls and 4.80 carats of diamonds.

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