2015 Spectrum

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is an annual natural colored gemstone & cultured pearl jewelry design competition. Here are the winners from the 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition.

All AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and Cutting Edge Award Winner Photography by John Parrish.

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Best Of...

Platinum Honors

WJA Gem Diva

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Bridal

Business/Day Wear

Classical

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Evening

Men's Wear

Classic Gemstones

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All Other Faceted

Phenomenal

Pairs and Suites

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Innovative Faceting

Carving

Objects of Art


2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards™

Best Ofs

Best of Show
Classical

James Currens
J.W. Currens, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum "Tropical Storm" ring featuring a 22.10 ct. Emerald accented with Diamonds (11.47 ctw.).

Best Use of Color
Business/Day Wear

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold earrings featuring boulder Opals (22.84 ctw.) and fire Opals (2.62 ctw.) accented with orange Sapphires (1.75 ctw.) and Paraiba Tourmalines (.70 ctw.).

Best Use of Platinum and Color
Classical

Deirdre Featherstone
Featherstone Design
New York, NY

Platinum "Coleman's Smokey Blues" earrings featuring cushion-cut blue Spinels (3.86 ctw.) and lavender Spinels (4.02 ctw.) accented with multi-colored Sapphires, Garnets, Tourmalines and Diamonds.

Best Use of Pearls
Bridal Wear

Anil Maloo
Baggins, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

18K white gold drop earrings featuring 32 Japanese Akoya cultured Pearls accented with round brilliant Diamonds (4.43 ctw.).

Fashion Forward/Editors' Choice
1st Place

Katey Brunini
K. Brunini Jewels
Solana Beach, CA

Sterling and 18K yellow gold "Robot Heart" necklace featuring a 1363.96 ct. Opal heart accented with Diamonds (1.53 ctw.). The heart lights up in several patterns.

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2nd Place

Lydia Courteille
Meridian Jewelers
Aspen, CO

18K oxidized white gold Seahorse cocktail ring featuring an Opal accented with Garnets, Sapphires and Amethysts.

Fashion Forward
3rd Place

Lauren Harper
Lauren Harper Collection
Winnetka, IL

18K yellow gold "Kryptonite Pyramid" necklace featuring Chrysoprase and Diamonds.

Platinum Honors

Platinum Honors
Bridal Wear

Bella Campbell
Campbellian
Morristown, NJ

Platinum earrings featuring Rubies (6.00 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.05 ctw.).

Entry Platinum Innovation
Bridal Wear

William Travis
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC

Platinum ring featuring a 1.38 ct. cushion-cut yellow Sapphire.

Platinum Honors
Business/Day Wear

Michael Endlich
Pave Fine Jewelry
Oakland, CA

Platinum "Venus" ring featuring a 9.35 ct. rainbow Moonstone cabochon accented with Diamonds (.26 ctw.).

Entry Platinum Innovation
Business/Day Wear

William Travis
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC

Platinum earrings featuring Agate (9.56 ctw.) drops accented with blue Sapphire briolettes (4.83 ctw.) and Lapis Lazuli beads (1.18 ctw.).

Platinum Honors
Classical

John W. Ford
John Ford Jewelers
Galveston, TX

"The Maxine" platinum ring from the Lightning Ridge Collection featuring a 5.76 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (2.44 ctw.).

Entry Platinum Innovation
Classical

Richard Nobrega
Bailey's Fine Jewelry
Raleigh, NC

Platinum pendant featuring a 6.80 ct. cushion, brilliant-cut Citrine accented with Diamonds (.03 ctw.).

Platinum Honors
Evening Wear

Howard Donsky
Jeffrey Howard, Inc.
Dallas, TX

Platinum earrings featuring two pear-shaped Tanzanite slabs (48.08 ctw.), Emerald slabs (11.44 ctw.) and Moonstones (2.43 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.84 ctw.).

Platinum Honors
Men's Wear

David Hines
Nvit Blanche
Brooklyn, TX

Platinum "Bloody Knuckles" ring featuring mirror-set Rubies (1.00 ctw.).

WJA Gem Diva Award

Gem Diva Award
Bridal Wear

Deirdre Featherstone
Featherstone Design
New York, NY

Platinum "Eternity" earrings featuring Moonstones (6.33 ctw.) accented with brilliant-cut Diamonds (5.76 ctw.) and gray Tahitian Pearls.

Gem Diva Award
Business/Day Wear

Annie Fensterstock
Annie Fensterstock
Port Washington, NY

22K yellow gold and 18K white, pink, and yellow gold locket featuring a boulder Opal accented with white, pink and yellow Diamonds (2.55 ctw.).

Gem Diva Award
Classical

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold ring featuring a 5.08 ct. Alexandrite accented with round, marquise and half-moon Diamonds (2.53 ctw.).

Gem Diva Award
Evening Wear

Jennifer Rabe Morin
Silverhorn Jewelers
Santa Barbara, CA

18K white gold with black ruthenium plating ring with carved olive Jade and fire Agate, accented with green Garnets (1.07 ctw.), Amethysts (.33 ctw.) and Diamonds (.32 ctw.).

Bridal Wear

1st Place
Bridal Wear

Anil Maloo
Baggins, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

18K white gold drop earrings featuring 32 Japanese Akoya cultured Pearls accented with round brilliant Diamonds (4.43 ctw.).

2nd Place
Bridal Wear

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold "Something Blue" earrings featuring blue Opal drops (29.99 ctw.) accented with Aquamarines (5.03 ctw.), grey Sapphires (.43 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.10 ctw.).

3rd Place
Bridal Wear

Caysie van Bebber
CvB Inspired Design
Mokelumne Hill, CA

Platinum "Aurora" ring featuring a 5.40 ct. unheated lavender Sapphire accented with Diamond melee (.80 ctw.).

Honorable Mention
Bridal Wear

Cynthia Bach
Cynthia Bach, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Platinum drop earrings featuring blue marquise, double-faceted Aquamarines (113.23 ctw.) accented with seed Pearls and Diamonds.

Manufacturing Honors
Bridal Wear

Phillip Dismuke
Jewelsmith
Durham, NC

Platinum "Halo" ring featuring a 1.87 ct. Sapphire accented with Diamonds (.35 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear

1st Place
Business/Day Wear

Jonathan Lee Rutledge
Jonathan Lee Rutledge, Inc.
Evanston, IL

22K and 18K yellow gold "Blue Waters" necklace featuring Opal doublets and Diamonds (1.86 ctw.).

2nd Place
Business/Day Wear

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold earrings featuring boulder Opals (22.84 ctw.) and fire Opals (2.62 ctw.) accented with orange Sapphires (1.75 ctw.) and Paraiba Tourmalines (.70 ctw.).

3rd Place
Business/Day Wear

Gregore Morin
Gregore Joailliers
Santa Barbara, CA

18K white gold "Spring Time" earrings featuring Jade (24.20 ctw.), carved lemon Chrysoprase (17.80 ctw.) and Diamonds (.32 ctw.).

Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear

Marina Mellinas
Metal Kinetics
New York, NY

18K yellow and white gold "Swirling" ring featuring a carved 41.18 ct. white Jade, accented with Peridots (3.94 ctw.), Aquamarines (1.61 ctw), brown and white Diamonds (.52 ctw.).

Manufacturing Honors
Business/Day Wear

Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg, Inc.
Century City, CA

18K rose and yellow gold ring with honeycomb ajour pierced out detail featuring round brilliant Rubies (3.97 ctw.) in a star-point setting.

Classical

1st Place
Classical

James Currens
J.W. Currens, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum "Tropical Storm" ring featuring a 22.10 ct. Emerald accented with Diamonds (11.47 ctw.).

2nd Place
Classical

Maurice Di Biaggio
Di Biaggio LLC
New York, NY

Sterling silver with 24K and 18K plated gold "Butterfly" brooch featuring Agate accented with Tourmalines, Citrines and cubic zirconias.

3rd Place
Classical

Deirdre Featherstone
Featherstone Design
New York, NY

Platinum "Coleman's Smokey Blues" earrings featuring cushion-cut blue Spinels (3.86 ctw.) and lavender Spinels (4.02 ctw.) accented with multi-colored Sapphires, Garnets, Tourmalines and Diamonds.

Honorable Mention
Classical

Mark Patterson
Mark Patterson
Corona del Mar, CA

18K white gold "Zen Snake" earrings featuring two pear-shaped Kunzites (34.94 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.08 ctw.).

Manufacturing Honors
Classical

James Kaya
James Kaya
Boston, MA

Platinum and 18K gold "Stardust" earrings featuring 14mm black Tahitian cultured Pearls, 12mm gold cultured Pearls and 10mm white cultured Pearls accented with Diamonds (1.55 ctw.).

Evening Wear

1st Place
Evening Wear

Leon Mege
Leon Mege, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum and white gold "Blue Fin" ring featuring a 12.75 ct. Paraiba Tourmaline cabochon accented with Diamonds.

2nd Place
Evening Wear

Caroline Chartuni
Caroline C
New York, NY

18K white gold earrings featuring Paraiba Tourmalines (14.10 ctw.), Emeralds (13.70 ctw.), Tanzanites (4.30 ctw.) and Diamonds (6.02 ctw.).

3rd Place
Evening Wear

Gwennie By Michael John
Michael John Jewelry
Los Angeles, CA

18K white gold ring featuring a Diamond (4.12 ctw.) polar bear jumping between Opal icebergs (33.77 ctw.).

Honorable Mention
Evening Wear

Kerri Halpern
Madstone Design
New York, NY

18K white gold with black rhodium plating drop earrings featuring pear-shaped Morganites (65.77 ctw.) accented with white Diamonds (4.69 ctw.).

Manufacturing Honors
Evening Wear

Hector Hassey
Hector Hassey
New York, NY

18K white gold "The Octopus" necklace featuring 12-15mm black Tahitian Pearls accented with Diamonds (11.22 ctw.).

Men's Wear

1st Place
Men's Wear

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

14K white and 18K yellow gold men's lapel pin featuring carved black Jade accented with white Diamonds (.28 ctw), Rubies (.04 ctw.), and cognac and yellow Diamonds (.99 ctw.).

2nd Place
Men's Wear

Llyn Strelau
Jewels by Design
Calgary, AB

18K yellow and 19K white gold "HEXactly" cufflinks featuring Emerald slices (11.80 ctw.) accented with blue Sapphires (1.0 ctw.) and Diamonds (.25 ctw.).

3rd Place
Men's Wear

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring carved Coral Buddhas (2.0 ctw.) accented with color-change Garnets (1.80 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.02 ctw.).

Honorable Mention
Men's Wear

Robin Rotenier
Rotenier, Ltd.
New York, NY

Blackened sterling silver cufflinks featuring tumbled Tanzanite pebbles (16.00 ctw.) accented with black Diamonds (.22 ctw.) and white Diamonds (.06 ctw.).

2014 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards

Classic Gemstones

1st Place
Classic Gemstone

Sailesh Lakhi
Sparkles and Colors USA, Inc.
New York, NY

20.98 ct. octagonal, step-cut unheated yellow Sapphire.

2nd Place
Classic Gemstone

David Nassi
100% Natural, Ltd.
New York, NY

24.69 ct. cushion cut pink Sapphire.

3rd Place
Classic Gemstone

Jeffrey Bilgore
Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC
New York, NY

38.60 ct. sugar loaf cabochon-cut unheated Sapphire.

Honorable Mention
Classic Gemstone

Sailesh Lakhi
Sparkles and Colors USA, Inc.
New York, NY

35.93 ct. octagonal, step-cut unheated yellow Sapphire.

All Other Faceted

1st Place
All Other Faceted

Mikola Kukharuk
Nomad's
New York, NY

20.42 ct. square, cushion-cut natural tsavorite Garnet.

2nd Place
All Other Faceted

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
San Jose, CA

14.44 ct. regal radiant-cut "Lilac" pink Topaz.

3rd Place
All Other Faceted

Ben Kho
Kho International, Inc.
Decatur, GA

7.63 ct. starburst-cut Sphalerite.

Honorable Mention
All Other Faceted

David Nassi
100% Natural, Ltd.
New York, NY

21.97 ct. cushion cut red Spinel.

Phenomenal

1st Place
Phenomenal

Robyn Dufty
DuftyWeis Opals, Inc.
Maysville, KY

36.10 cabochon-cut Opal titled "Aurora Borealis in the Night Sky".

2nd Place
Phenomenal

Ralph Wobito
The Courtney Collection
Los Angeles, CA

88.49 ct. color-change Czarite.

3rd Place
Phenomenal

Jean-Noel Soni
Top Notch Faceting
San Francisco, CA

24.12 ct. color-change Garnet.

Pairs & Suites

1st Place
Pairs & Suites

Ai Van Pham
Gem & Gold Creations
Scottsdale, AZ

Bi-color Amethyst suite titled "Purple Champagne" (114.15 ctw.).

2nd Place
Pairs & Suites

Nandu Nichani
Temple Trading Co.
Encinitas, CA

Graduated blue Moonstone cabochon suite (124.15 ctw.).

3rd Place
Pairs & Suites

Ben Kho
Kho International, Inc.
Decatur, GA

Suite of multi-colored princess-cut Beryl (122.39 ctw.).

Honorable Mention
Pairs & Suites

Mikola Kukharuk
Nomad's
New York, NY

16-piece suite of Aquamarines (106.35 ctw.).

Innovative Faceting

1st Place
Innovative Faceting

Stephen Avery
Stephen M. Avery
Lakewood, CO

32.68 ct. "Tsunami" Aquamarine.

2nd Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
San Jose, CA

10.22 ct. custom-cut, with an "inverse" pavilion Tanzanite, titled "Tanzanian Royal."

3rd Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
Somewhere in the Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

86.53 ct. "SunKissed2" star-brite cut Citrine.

Carving

1st Place
Carving

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

Amethyst carving with silver base.

2nd Place
Carving

Darryl Alexander
Nirinjan
Beverly Hills, CA

61.00 ct. "Loves Flame" carved Sunstone.

3rd Place
Carving

Darryl Alexander
Sunstone Butte Mining Co.
Gilbert, AZ

93.5 ct. "Candy Twist" carved Sunstone.

Objects of Art

1st Place
Objects of Art

Dalan Hargrave
Dust Devil Mining
Spring Branch, TX

"Friendship" sculpture featuring Sunstone (57 ctw.), black Jade, Varasite and black, yellow and white Diamonds.

2nd Place
Objects of Art

Leon Mege
Leon Mege, Inc.
New York, NY

18K gold and sterling silver "Maestro" gramophone ring featuring interchangeable records made of ebony wood with yellow Sapphires, Rubies, black and white Diamonds.

3rd Place
Objects of Art

John Caro
Jewelry by Design
Woodbridge, VA

"Sparkling Pagoda" carving features 48.76 ct. Quartz with Mother of Pearl and 45.97 ct. drusy Agate, and 40.27 ct. white Jadeite accented with Moonstones (2.46 ctw.), white Diamonds (.38 ctw.), yellow Diamonds (.21 ctw.), and Emerald (.04 ctw.).

Honorable Mention
Objects of Art

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

Topaz carving with silver base.