AGTA Names Spectrum Awards Winners


October 12, 2005

AGTA Names Spectrum Awards Winners

The winners of the 2006 AGTA Spectrum Awards have been selected. The Spectrum Awards are sponsored by the American Gem Trade Association and the competition was held October 3-5 in Carlsbad, CA, at the Gemological Institute of America campus.

Winners were selected in the following categories:

Spectrum Awards
Best of Show: Samuel Getz , Samuel Getz Private Jewelers, Coral Gables, FL.

Best Use of Color: Jack Demerjian, J. Demere Designs, Livonia, MI.

Fashion Forward Honors: Men's Division: Avi Raz, A & Z Peals Inc., Los Angeles, CA; Women's Division: Devta Doolan, Devta Doolan Jewelry, Portland, ME.

Bridal Wear: First – Robert Peliccia, J. R. Dunn Jewellers, Light House Point, FL; Second – Garo Demirjian, Demirjian Jewelry Design, Phoenix, AZ; Third – Brenda J. Warburton, Austin & Warburton, Ann Arbor, MI; Honorable Mention – Robert Peliccia, J. R. Dunn Jewellers, Light House Point, FL.

Business Wear: First – Jack Demerjian, J. Demere Designs, Livonia, MI; Second – Troels D. Larsen, Jacobus Goldsmiths, Laguna Beach, CA; Third– Mark Schneider, Schneider Design Studio, Long Beach, CA; Manufacturing Honors –Khai Le, Charles Koll Jewellers, San Diego, CA.

Casual Wear: First– Darius Brasky, Paul C. Lirot Jewelers, Madison, CT; Second – Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz, Spring Branch, TX; Third – Jack Demerjian, J. Demere Designs, Livonia, MI; Manufacturing Honors – Cornelis Hollander, Cornelis Hollander Designs Inc., Scottsdale, AZ.

Evening Wear: First – Thomas Dailing, Thomas Dailing Designs, Stevens Point, WI; First – Samuel Getz , Samuel Getz Private Jewelers, Coral Gables, FL; Third – Frederic Sage, Frederic Sage, Great Neck, NY; Manufacturing Honors – Bayot Heer, Jewels by Design, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Men's Wear: First – Mark Schneider, Schneider Design Studio, Long Beach, CA; Second – Gregore Morin, Gregore Joailliers, Santa Barbara, CA; Third – Garo Demirjian, Demirjian Jewelry Design, Phoenix, AZ.

Cutting Edge
Best of Show: Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co., Boulder, CO.

Open Category – Classic Gemstone Division: First – Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co., Boulder, CO; Second – Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp., New York, NY; Third – Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp., New York, NY; Honorable Mention – Philip Zahm, Philip Zahm & Associates, Aptos, CA.

Open Category – All Other Faceted Gemstones Division; First – Brent Malgarin, ARINI, Kent, WA, Second – John Dyer, Precious Gemstones Co., Eau Claire, WI; Third – Philip Zahm, Philip Zahm & Associates, Aptos, CA.

Open Category – Phenomenal Gemstones Division: First – Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co., Boulder, CO; Second – Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp., New York, NY.

Pairs and Suites Division: First – Ben Kho, Kho International, Decatur, GA; Second – Second – Douglas Mays, Wild & Petsch USA, Camas, WA; Third – Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp., New York, NY; Honorable Mention – Thomas Trozzo, Trozzo, Culpeper, VA.

Faceting Division: First – John Dyer, Precious Gemstones Co., Eau Claire, WI; Second – Ben Kho, Kho International, Decatur, GA; Third – John Dyer, Precious Gemstones Co., Eau Claire, WI.

Carving Division: First – Larry Woods, Jewels From The Woods, Blanco, TX; Second – Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz, Spring Branch, TX; Third – John Dyer, Precious Gemstones Co., Eau Claire, WI.

Combination Division: First – Larry Woods, Jewels From The Woods, Blanco, TX; Second – Dalan Hargrave, Dust Devil Mining Co., Plush, OR; Third – Michael M. Dyber, Ledge Art Studio, Rumney, NH.

This year's AGTA Spectrum Awards will be presented during the 2006 AGTA GemFair Tucson to be held February 1-6, 2006, at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, AZ. Winning entries will be displayed during the show and AGTA Spectrum Awards recipients will be recognized at the opening night reception and awards gala, Feb. 1, 6-9 p.m., Tucson Convention Center in the Leo Rich Theater. The 2006 AGTA Spectrum Awards winners will be recognized at 7:30 p.m. The reception is free to anyone in the industry and a RSVP is not required.

The AGTA Spectrum Awards are judged on the basis of 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.

AGTA Cutting Edge Awards honor excellence and creativity of the lapidary arts, including natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, carvings, other gem materials and objects of art in North America.

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.

Fashion Forward Honors recognizes the outstanding use of colored gemstone and/or cultured pearl beads in artful, trend-setting jewelry. All necklaces, earrings, bracelets or other jewelry that qualified for judging in the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition automatically qualified for Fashion Forward Honors judging.

Judges for the 2005 competition included Robert Ackermann, GIA; Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg Jewelers; Larry McCoy, Larry McCoy; Jack Seibert, Jack Seibert Goldsmith & Jeweler; and Tom Stacy, Soap Opera Digest.



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