Professional Jeweler Archive: Spectrum Platinum Honors

March 2003

Precious Metals/News

Spectrum Platinum Honors

Designers marry colored gemstones and platinum

Fourteen designers were recognized in the 2003 AGTA Spectrum Platinum Honors awards competition. This division of the Spectrum Awards is sponsored by the American Gem Trade Association and Platinum Guild International-USA.

This year’s competition included these categories: Bridal Wear, Business/Day Wear, Casual Wear, Evening Wear and Men’s Wear.

Entries were considered for judging if they met the qualifications for the AGTA Spectrum Competition and if at least 75% of the metal was 90% or 95% pure platinum. Entries were judged on beauty and originality plus effective and innovative use of platinum. Winning entries were shown during the AGTA GemFair Feb. 5-10 in Tucson, AZ, and will be seen at various trade shows throughout the year.

Judges were Jeffrey Mathews of Jeffrey Mathews Designs and Lee Duren of Stuart Moore.

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Photos by John Parrish, courtesy of AGTA

Bridal Wear Division

Mark Schneider

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

Black faceted acorn-shape 11mm
cultured Tahitian pearl tops this platinum ring with 0.70 carat of diamond accents.

Lee Charles Buckingham

Neiman Marcus
Dallas, TX
(214) 573-5363

Platinum butterfly engagement ring features a 15.38-ct. butterfly-shaped rhodolite garnet accented with 0.57 carat of diamonds. Band is platinum and features 1.31 carats of diamonds.

Alan Friedman

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

Platinum and 18k ring has a 6.156-ct. blue sapphire and diamond accents.

Business/Day Division

Jack Demerjian

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

Platinum and 18k yellow gold ring features a 9.5mm cultured Tahitian pearl and 0.60 carat of diamond accents.

Kenneth A. Gehrkens

Gehrkens Fine Jewelry & Design
Los Gatos, CA
(408) 354-2557

Hand-fabricated platinum ring has hand-drawn tubular rivets and a 2.11-ct. magenta sapphire and 0.74 carat of diamonds.

Joseph C. DeBella

DeBella Fine Gems & Jewelry Arts
Santa Fe, NM
(505) 984-0692

A 10.78-ct. blue sapphire tops this platinum ring and is flanked by two crescent-shaped diamonds totaling 3.03 carats. It also has 0.24 carat of sapphires and 0.47 carat of diamonds.

Casual Wear Division

Apichart Warrachart

Catskill, NY
(518) 943-3109

Platinum and 18k yellow gold pendant has a 40.64-ct. fancy cut citrine, 0.25-ct. ruby and 0.33 carat of diamond accents.

Gary Dulac

Gary Dulac Goldsmith
Vero Beach, FL
(772) 234-3344

Ring has an 8.93-ct. negative optic kite-cut amethyst, three emeralds (0.37 carat) and three diamonds (0.09 carat).

Mark Schneider

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

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

Evening Wear Division

Tracy Rose

Gallery Flux
San Francisco, CA
(415) 863-5892

Reversible and interchangeable ring features a 5.20-ct. green-blue tourmaline, 1.92-ct. tanzanite, 1.88-ct. pink tourmaline and 0.89 carat of diamonds.

Mark Schneider

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

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

Holly K. Croft

For Lily
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 435-7227

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

Men’s Wear Division

Khai Le

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

Platinum wedding band set set with round Mozambique garnets.

Mark Schneider

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

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

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