Professional Jeweler Archive: Cavalcade of Color

February 2004

Gemstones/News


Cavalcade of Color

Spectrum™ and Cutting Edge™ competitions reveal latest trends in colored gemstone jewelry and cutting


Blues and greens still dominate the colored gemstone landscape, but the horizon is warming to shades of red, yellow and orange, based on winning entries in the 2004 American Gem Trade Association’s Spectrum™ and Cutting Edge™ competitions. The warmer shades commanding the attention of jewelry designers and gem cutters come primarily from garnet, rubellite, sunstone, beryl and fancy colored diamonds.

The Spectrum Awards were judged on overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-base consumer appeal and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones. Awards were presented in these categories: evening, business/ day, casual, bridal and men’s wear.

The Cutting Edge Awards honor excellence and creativity of the lapidary arts, including natural colored gems and cultured pearls, carvings, other gem material and objects of art in North America. Categories are classic gemstone, faceting, carving, combination, and pairs and suites.

The winning entries in both contests tend to foreshadow design trends, so a close examination can put you a step ahead in the quest for consumers’ attention – and dollars.

(Winners of the Platinum Honors division will be announced in the March issue of Professional Jeweler.)

Judges were Alan Friedman of Alan Friedman Co., Beverly Hills, CA; John Hatleberg of Big Gems, New York City; Michael Ridding of Silverhorn, Santa Barbara, CA; Mark Schneider of Schneider Design Studio, Long Beach, CA; and Carrie Soucy of JCK magazine, King of Prussia, PA.

SPECTRUM

Best Use of Color

Stephen G. Wright
American Jewelry
Artworks
London,
Ontario, Canada
(519) 649-4227
fax (519) 649-2937

18k yellow gold and platinum necklace features a 21.25-ct. aquamarine, 10.7-ct. topaz, 10.10-ct. citrine and 9.05-ct. rubellite tourmaline with diamond accents.
CUTTING EDGE

Best of Show

Dalan Hargrave
Gemstarz
Spring Branch, TX
(830) 438-8688
fax (830) 438-8689

“Genesis 1:16” celestial city is a sunstone carving with diamonds and moldavite (91.0 carats t.w.).

Spectrum / EVENING WEAR

1st Place

George Kocsis
Spectrum Gems Inc.
New York City
(212) 813-0435
fax (212) 826-2910

Rubellite tourmaline drops totaling 53.25 carats hang from diamond and platinum caps to form these earrings.

2nd Place

Zoltan David
Zoltan David Precious Metal Art
Austin, TX
(512) 372-8888
fax (512) 372-9333

Platinum and 24k gold ring showcases a 10.85-ct. rubellite tourmaline with 0.45 carat of diamonds.

3rd Place

Jack Demerjian
J. Demere Designs
Livonia, MI
(734) 462-2555
fax (734) 464-4063

18k yellow and white gold pendant shows its colors with a 14.75-ct. bicolor tourmaline, 111 pink sapphires totaling 2.40 carats, 111 blue sapphires totaling 2.33 carats and 1.72 carats of diamonds.

Manufacturing Honors

Philip H. Stone
Hyde Park Jewelers
Denver, CO
(303) 331-7760
fax (303) 331-7798

18k white and yellow gold bracelet features 8.5mm Tahitian cultured pearls, 5.56 carats of multicolor sapphires and 0.60 carat of diamonds.

Honorable Mention

Anita Dickey
Simplisity Co.
Dallas, TX
(214) 522-7889 phone/fax

White feathers accent these 18k white gold “Snow White” earrings with South Sea cultured pearls and 6.58 carats of diamonds.


Spectrum / MEN'S WEAR

1st Place

David Trout
Coffin & Trout
Chandler, AZ
(480) 763-1300
fax (480) 753-4367

Platinum and 18k yellow gold ring holds an 11.4mm golden South Sea cultured pearl and 1.50 carats of diamonds.

2nd Place

Helen Shved
New York City
(917) 974-1291

A 6.98-ct. rough diamond tops this 18k white gold ring with 0.80 carat of yellow diamonds and 0.60 carat of white diamonds.

3rd Place

William S. Holman
William S. Holman Design Group Inc.
Dallas, TX
(972) 782-0606

18k yellow gold cuff links feature 1.25-ct. blue sapphires set in blue-dyed agate with 24k deposits on the crystals.

Manufacturing Honors

William Richey
William Richey Designs
Portland, ME
(207) 772-5252
fax (207) 846-8006

22K and 18k yellow gold cuff links hold 0.30 carat of amethyst.

Honorable Mention

Lee Charles Buckingham
Neiman Marcus
Dallas, TX
(214) 573-5363
fax (214) 573-5982

Citrines totaling 14.32 sit atop these 18k yellow gold cuff links with diamond accents totaling 1.08 carats.


Spectrum / BRIDAL WEAR

1st Place

Safdie Basta
E. Eichberg Inc.
Beverly Hills,CA
(310) 271-4796
fax (310) 271-7909

Platinum ring features a 12.65-ct. orange garnet accented with diamonds totaling 1.20 carats.

2nd Place

Barbara M. Berk
Barbara Berk Designs
Foster City, CA
(650) 349-4137
fax (650) 349-4042

“Streamers” platinum pendant features three South Sea cultured pearls suspended from a white silk ribbon.

3rd Place

Lee Charles Buckingham
Neiman Marcus
Dallas, TX
(214) 573-5363, fax (214) 573-5982

Platinum and 18k earrings hold two white and two yellow South Sea cultured pearls accented with 0.20 carat of diamonds.

Manufacturing Honors

Yaroslav Shukel
Aurora Studio
Boston, MA
(617) 448-2099

A 1.64-ct. peach diamond tops this platinum and 18k rose gold ring. The matching wedding band is platinum also.


Spectrum / BUSINESS/DAY WEAR

1st Place

Jack Demerjian
J. Demere Designs
Livonia, MI
(734) 462-2555
fax (734) 464-4063

18k yellow and white gold pendant features a 12.52-ct. bicolor citrine, 67 yellow diamonds totaling 1.40 carats and 67 white diamonds totaling 1.43 carats.

2nd Place

Llyn Strelau
Jewels by Design
Calgary, AB, Canada
(403) 228-0644
fax (403) 228-0633

Platinum and 18k yellow and white gold and stainless steel necklace has 6.42 carats of indicolite tourmalines, a black South Sea cultured pearl and a 0.10-ct. diamond.

3rd Place

Yaroslav Shukel
Aurora Studio
Boston, MA
(617) 448-2099

Platinum and 18k rose gold earrings hold 3.54 carats of purple sapphires and pink 0.18 carat of pink sapphires.

Manufacturing Honors

Scott Keating
Scott Keating Design
Aspen, CO
(970) 927-4347, fax (970) 927-1329

18k white gold hoop earrings cradle two white South Sea cultured pearls accented with eight diamonds totaling 0.20 carat.


Spectrum / CASUAL WEAR

1st Place

Lisa Nolta
Gabrielle Ferrar
Chico, CA
(530) 345-1500
fax (530) 345-1599

18k yellow gold and platinum necklace features a 13.5mm yellow South Sea cultured pearl and 114 Ceylon yellow sapphires.

2nd Place

Garo Demirjian
Demirjian Jewelry Design
Scottsdale, AZ
(480) 538-8789
fax (480) 538-8788

A 13mm Tahitian cultured pearl tops this 18k white and rose gold bangle accented with 3.57 carats of sapphires and 0.84 carat of diamonds.

3rd Place

Marya Dabrowski
Marya Dabrowski Inc.
Providence, RI
(401) 726-4848
fax (401) 383-0633

18k yellow gold earrings sparkle with amethyst, pink tourmaline, peridot, tanzanite and apatite.

Manufacturing Honors

Jane Wullbrandt
Jane Wullbrandt Designs Inc.
Atlanta, GA
(770) 395-9034 phone/fax

18k white and rose gold ring holds a 1.68-ct. aquamarine, 0.13 carat of yellow sapphires and 0.31 carat of pink sapphires.

Honorable Mention

Safdie Basta
E. Eichberg Inc.
Beverly Hills, CA
(310) 271-4796
fax (310) 271-7909

18k yellow gold and platinum ring features a 15.61-ct. emerald cabochon accented with 0.93 carat of blue sapphires, 0.33 carat of rubies and 1.26 carats of yellow and white diamonds.

Honorable Mention

Mark Loren
Mark Loren Designs Inc.
Fort Myers, FL
(239) 482-4664
fax (239) 482-3308

14k yellow gold earrings hold 6.98 carats of matched bicolor tourmalines.


Cutting Edge / CLASSIC GEMSTONE

1st Place

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

11.91-ct. cushion-cut natural pink sapphire.

2nd Place

Michael Arnstein
Walter Arnstein Inc.
New York City
(212) 869-5285
fax (212) 869-5286

43.79-ct. unheated yellow sapphire.

3rd Place

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York City
(212) 840-6860
fax (212) 944-0360

7.15-ct. cushion-cut natural blue sapphire.

Honorable Mention

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York City
(212) 840-6860
fax (212) 944-0360

5.38-ct. emerald-cut pink sapphire.


Cutting Edge / PAIRS & SUITES

1st Place

Matt Casteen
Raleigh, NC
(919) 754-9231

Suite features a 4.30-ct. pink tourmaline, 7.92-ct. blue-green tourmaline and 4.49-ct. pink tourmaline.

2nd Place

Larry Woods
Jewels From The Woods
Blanco, TX
(830) 833-2091 phone/fax

11-piece suite comprises 32.25 carats of spessartite garnets.

3rd Place

John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI
(715) 830-0126

“Dreamscapes” suite of pink and green tourmalines totals 12.48 carats.

Honorable Mention

Andrew Gulij
Gemfix
Big Bear City, CA
(909) 584-8505 phone/fax

“Timeless” pair features citrine bonded to mother of pearl, black onyx and Australian opal (103.57 carats t.w.).

Cutting Edge / FACETING

1st Place

John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI
(715) 830-0126

31.66-ct. modified super trillion-cut natural aquamarine.

2nd Place

Arthur Lee Anderson
Arthur Lee Anderson/GemArts
Fredericksburg, VA
(540) 370-0937

20.92-ct. “Vin Cut” citrine.

3rd Place

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

30.38-ct. striated horizon-cut amethyst.

Honorable Mention

Bobbie Lorett
Originals by Bobbie
Pine, CO
(303) 838-4292
fax (303) 838-7180

7.40-ct. checker fan cut tanzanite.


Cutting Edge / ALL OTHER FACETED

1st Place

Ben Kho
Kho Int’l. Ltd.
Decatur, GA
(770) 491-7150
fax (770) 491-7146

13.96-ct. trillion-cut natural rhodochrosite.

2nd Place

Darrell Jang
San Rafael, CA
(415) 459-3324

13.21 ct. cushion-cut neon green Afghani tourmaline.

3rd Place

Hemant Phophaliya
A.G. Color Inc.
New York City
(212) 207-3905
fax (212) 207-4877

23.58-ct. oval tanzanite cabochon.


Cutting Edge / PHENOMENAL STONES

1st Place

Jeffrey Bilgore
Jeffrey Bilgore LLC
New York City
(212) 398-2785
fax (212) 398-2788

15.29-ct. natural cat’s-eye chrysoberyl.

2nd Place

David Cohen
Rafco Int’l. Gem Corp.
New York City
(212) 221-3435
fax (212) 398-0609

2.26-ct. Burmese star ruby.

3rd Place

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

5.04-ct. oval Brazilian alexandrite shown in different lighting (greenish in daylight, reddish in incandescent.


Cutting Edge / CARVING

1st Place

Dalan Hargrave
Gemstarz
Spring Branch,TX
(830) 438-8688
fax (830) 438-8689

“Genesis 1:16” celestial city sunstone carving with diamonds and moldavite (91.0 carats t.w.). Also won Best of Show, p. 41.

2nd Place

Michael M. Dyber
Ledge Art Studio
Rumney, NH
(603) 744-2161
fax (603) 744-8612

142.88-ct. ametrine with polished and frosted areas that play light and images against each other.

3rd Place

Dalan Hargrave
Dust Devil Mining
Spring Branch, TX
(830) 438-8688
fax (830) 438-8689

7.0-ct. spirographic-cut bicolor sunstone.


Cutting Edge / COMBINATION

1st Place

Andrew Gulij
Gemfix
Big Bear City, CA
(909) 584-8505
phone/fax

“Aquarium” features a 59.63-ct. aquamarine with lapis, sugilite, coral, tiger-eye, turquoise and malachite inserted using gem intrusion.

2nd Place

Larry Woods
Jewels From The Woods
Blanco, TX
(830) 833-2091 phone/fax

32.25-ct. spessartite garnet medicine wheel.

3rd Place

Larry C. Winn
AJS Enterprises Inc.
Grand Junction, CO
(970) 523-0815

53.52-ct. combination-cut green Mozambique aquamarine.

Honorable Mention

Dalan Hargrave
Gemstarz
Spring Branch, TX
(830) 438-8688
fax (830) 438-8689

75.0-ct. ametrine.

Honorable Mention

Michael Edwards
Sunstones & Such
Ramona, CA
(760) 789-5471

Mixed-cut orange/red sunstone.


Cutting Edge / OBJECTS OF ART

1st Place

Ralph Wobito
Wobito Gems Ltd.
Stouffville, Ontario, Canada
(905) 642-8777
fax (905) 642-7032

18k yellow gold perfume bottle carved from yellow beryl.

2nd Place

Philip E. Louer Jr.
North American Gem Carvers
Blacksburg, VA
(540) 953-7001 fax (540) 953-7003

Intarsia box features gold and quartz malachite, azurite, sugilite, rhodochrosite, turquoise, opal, lapis and fossilized wood.

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