Professional Jeweler Archive: The Full Spectrum

February 2005

Merchandise / Gemstones


The Full Spectrum

Gemstone rings and earrings dominate AGTA's Spectrum Awards competition

BY ROBERT WELDON, G.G.


The colored gem forecast for this year is warm, if winners of the 2005 Spectrum Awards are any indication. Green, yellow, orange and red gems far outnumber cooler blues and purples among the winning designs in the annual competition sponsored by the American Gem Trade Association, Dallas, TX. Rings and earrings are the dominate jewelry categories.

The winners represent the best use of colored gems in jewelry design and can indicate color trends you’ll see in your store in the coming year. Only 6% of entries are chosen for awards, based on beauty, wearability, innovation and execution in the following categories: Bridal Wear, Business/Day Wear, Casual Wear, Evening Wear and Men’s Wear. Prizes were awarded in first, second and third places; platinum honors; and, in some cases, honorable mention and manufacturing honors. Winners of Cutting Edge Awards, a separate section of the competition, will appear in our March issue.

Judges were Mark Gronlund of Umatilla, FL, an award-winning lapidary artist and jeweler; Alice Keller, editor in chief of Gems & Gemology, the quarterly publication of the Gemological Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA; Mark Mann of Visual Communications Inc., Corvallis, MT, jewelry bench expert and monthly contributor to Professional Jeweler; William Richey of Portland, ME, award-winning jewelry designer; and Eric Wright of Village Goldsmith, Dallas, TX, gem cutter and jewelry designer.

ALL PHOTOS BY JOHN PARRISH

BEST OF SHOW

Glen J. Engelbrecht
GJ Designs, Sarasota, FL; (941) 951-6658

18k yellow gold necklace features a 33.33-ct. orthoclase feldspar, 1.90-ct. demantoid garnet and 0.62 carats of diamond accents on a chain of demantoid garnets totaling 11.52 carats.

BEST USE OF COLOR

Andrew Paetzold
Philip Zahm & Associates Inc., Aptos, CA; (831) 662-3533

18k white gold ring showcases a 4.13-ct. blue sapphire surrounded by 3.20 carats of fancy colored corundum and 0.10 carat of diamonds.

Bridal Wear

First Place

Michael Zacharakis
D’Errico Jewelers, Scarsdale, NY; (914) 722-1940

9.5mm to 16.5mm South Sea cultured pearls swim around this platinum necklace.

Second Place

Garo Demirjian
Demirjian Jewelry, Scottsdale, AZ; (480) 201-3838

9.5 mm South Sea cultured pearls center these 18k white gold earrings with diamond accents.

Third Place

Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg Jewelers, Beverly Hills, CA; (310) 271-4796

Platinum necklace holds 5.23 carats of topaz accented with 11 tsavorite garnets and diamonds.

Honorable Mention

Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg Jewelers, Beverly Hills, CA; (310) 271-4796

Yellow, pink, green, blue, red and white diamonds totaling 17.22 carats add color to this lacy platinum and 18k yellow gold necklace.

Platinum Honors

Robert Pelliccia
J.R. Dunn Jewelers, Light House Point, FL; (954) 782-5000

Ring features a 2.96-ct. blue sapphire circled by 0.76 carat of smaller blue sapphires in a platinum ring with 0.34 carat of diamonds.

Business/Day Wear

First Place

Samuel Getz
Samuel Getz Private Jewelers & Designers, Coral Gables, FL; (305) 448-4567

18k yellow and white gold necklace has a 30.21-ct. golden beryl, 0.26-ct. garnet and 0.68 carat of diamonds. Matching earrings have 9.20 carats of golden beryls, 0.23 carat of garnets and 0.22 carat of diamonds.

Second Place

Robert Bruce Henderson
Plateau Jewelers Inc., Sammamish, WA; (425) 313-0657

A 7.46-ct. grossularite garnet highlights this 18k yellow gold and 14k white gold pendant with a 1.26-ct. tsavorite garnet and 1.06 carats of diamonds.

Third Place

Maria Canale
Richard Krementz Gemstones, Newark, NJ; (973) 621-8300

Platinum and 18k gold pin features a 2.28-ct. tanzanite and 2.75-ct. rubellite tourmaline with 1.68 carats of diamond accents.

Honorable Mention

Julie Buckareff
American Jewelry Artworks, London, Ontario, Canada; (519) 649-4227

18k rose gold and platinum brooch features 60.41 carats of quartz, 1.64 carats of tsavorite garnets, 0.14 carat of blue topazes, 0.49 carat of spessartite garnets plus pink and white diamond accents.

Manufacturing Honors

Lee Charles Buckingham
Nieman Marcus, Dallas, TX; (214) 573-5363

An 11.54-ct. amethyst tops this 18k yellow gold ring with 1.60 carats of diamond accents.

Platinum Honors

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design, Long Beach, CA; (562) 437-0448

Platinum and 18k yellow gold ring features a 0.90-ct. emerald accented with 0.18 carat of yellow diamonds and 0.65 carat of white diamonds.

Casual Wear

First Place

Alan Friedman
Alan Friedman Designs,
Beverly Hills, CA; (310) 278-4944

Eight pink sapphires dot this 18k white gold bracelet with yellow and white diamond accents.

Second Place

William Trevor Kukovich
William Travis Jewelry, Chapel Hill, NC; (919) 968-0011

18k yellow gold and platinum ring features a 4.71-ct. mint green tourmaline and two purple sapphires totaling 0.15 carat.

Third Place

Mark Lauer
Mark Michael Design, Maple Grove MN; (763) 494-5726

18k yellow gold and platinum pendant holds a 16.63-ct. citrine, 0.29-ct. tsavorite garnet and two diamond accents.

Honorable Mention

Lee Charles Buckingham
Nieman Marcus, Dallas TX; (214) 573-5363

11.52-ct. quartz with a rutile center tops this platinum “Bat” ring with 0.49 carat of diamond accents.

Honorable Mention

Paul Derrickson
Federico’s Design Jewelers, Traverse City, MI; (231) 946-4252

18k rose gold and platinum ring holds a 5.84-ct. indicolite tourmaline and two pink sapphires totaling 2.08 carats with yellow and white diamond accents.

Manufacturing Honors

An Nguyen
Lisa Kaye & Co., Durham, NC; (919) 416-0010

18k yellow gold ring features
a 1.02-ct. sapphire in ebony wood.

Platinum Honors

David Hrubec
Dal Pezzo Design Inc, Miami, FL; (305) 251-7718

A 2.5-ct. cabochon moonstone seems to rise above this platinum ring accented with two small cultured pearls, 1.08 carats of pink sapphires and white and yellow diamond accents

Evening Wear

First place

Glen J. Engelbrecht
GJ Designs, Sarasota, FL; (941) 951-6658

18k yellow gold necklace features a 33.33-ct. orthoclase feldspar, 1.90-ct. demantoid garnet and 0.62 carats of diamond accents on a chain of demantoid garnets totaling 11.52 carats.

This also won Best of Show.

Second Place

Llyn Strelau
Strelau Jewels by Design Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada; (403) 228-0644

“Fall of Angels” necklace features a 6.23-ct. rubellite tourmaline, 4.96-ct. spessartite garnet, 12.66-ct. golden South Sea cultured pearl and six diamond accents in 18k yellow and white gold.

Third Place

Samuel Getz
Samuel Getz Private Jewelers & Designers, Coral Gables, FL; (305) 448-4567

76.26-ct. aquamarine and 1.39 carats of diamond accents hang from a bezel-set diamond necklace.

Honorable Mention

Sally Lynn Mitschke
Montanari Fine Art Jewelers, Kansas City, MO; (816) 531-0750

18k yellow gold earrings hold 12mm golden South Sea cultured pearls with 1.53 carats of yellow sapphires and 0.56 carat of diamonds.

Manufacturing Honors

Marisa Goebel La Belle
La Belle Atelier Marisa, Santa Monica, CA; (310) 829-1210

0.54 carat of diamonds set in 18k white gold orbit 15mm Tahitian cultured pearls in these earrings.

Platinum Honors

Ron Lodholz
Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery, Cary, NC; (919) 462-8888

18k yellow gold and platinum necklace holds a 27.73-ct. citrine, 4.53 carats of tourmalines and 0.51 carat of diamonds.

Men’s Wear

First Place

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design, Long Beach, CA; (562) 437-0448

Platinum cuff links hold 11mm black South Sea cultured pearls, 1.20 carats of pink sapphires and 1.61 carats of diamonds.

Second Place

Lee Charles Buckingham
Nieman Marcus, Dallas, TX; (214) 573-5363

Rubies totaling 9.65 carats center these platinum cuff links with 0.96 carat of diamond accents.

Third Place

Lee Charles Buckingham
Nieman Marcus, Dallas, TX; (214) 573-5363

18k yellow gold and platinum cuff links feature matching citrines totaling 13.67 carats and 0.85 carat of diamond accents.

Platinum Honors

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design, Long Beach, CA ; (562) 437-0448

Platinum ring holds jade, tsavorite garnets and yellow diamonds.

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