2015 Spectrum

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is an annual natural colored gemstone & cultured pearl jewelry design competition. Here are the winners from the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition.

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

  Click to see 2016 Winners  

 

Best Of...

 

Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners

Platinum Honors

Savor Silver

WJA Gem Diva

Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners

Bridal

Business/Day Wear

Classical

Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners

Evening

Mens Wear

Classic Gemstones

Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners

All Other Faceted

Phenomenal

Pairs and Suites

Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners
Click to see 2016 Winners

Innovative Faceting

Carving

Objects of Art

2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards™


Best Ofs

 

“Click

Best of Show and 1st Place
Carving

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
San Francisco, CA

Suite of Paraiba Tourmalines (58.07 ctw.) Nautilus shell carvings .

“Click

Best Use of Color

Bella Campbell
Campbellian
Morristown, NJ

18K pink gold earrings featuring blue-green Tourmalines (17.05 ctw.) accented with Emeralds (4.14 ctw.).

“Click

Best Use of Pearls

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

Strand of freshwater baroque cultured Pearls with 18K white gold and Diamonds and a freshwater baroque cultured Pearl pendant.

“Click

Best Use of Platinum and Color

Andrew Costen
Costen Catbalue
Vancouver, BC

Platinum "Symphony of Colour" bracelet featuring a 3.85 ct. green Tourmaline, a 4.88 ct. yellow Zircon, a 4.68 ct. indicolite Tourmaline and a 3.52 ct. rubellite Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.70 ctw.).

 

“Click

Best Use of Silver and Color

William Travis Kukovich
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC

Oxidized silver and mixed gold pendant featuring a 4.74 ct. brown Diamond accented with rose cut Diamonds (.40 ctw.).

 

“Click

Editors' Choice

Eclat Jewels
Eclat Jewels, Inc.
New York, NY

18K yellow gold and enamel cuff featuring a 105 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds.

“Click

Fashion Forward

Brian Cook
Nature's Geometry
Tucson, AZ

24K yellow gold "Wheel of Light" numinous pendant featuring an 825 ct. Quartz, Paraiba Tourmaline, Hauyn, Ruby, spessartite Garnet, golden rutilated Quartz and fire Agate beads.


Platinum Honors

 

 

“Click

Platinum Honors
Bridal Wear

Kathy Kinev
Jewel Creations, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Platinum "Chartres" ring featuring a 4.65 ct. blue Zircon accented with Diamonds (0.73 ctw.).

“Click

Entry Platinum Innovation
Bridal Wear

Michael Endlich
Pave Fine Jewelry
Oakland, CA

Platinum "Sweetness" ring featuring a 1.65 ct. lavender oval Sapphire accented with Diamonds (.06 ctw.).

“Click

Platinum Honors
Business/Day Wear

Michael Endlich
Pave Fine Jewelry
Oakland, CA

Platinum "Moon Beam" ring featuring a 3.58 ct. Moonstone cabochon accented with Diamonds (.30 ctw.).

“Click

Entry Platinum Innovation
Business/Day Wear

Heena Chheda-Shah
VALANI
New York, NY

Platinum "Rival" ring featuring two pear-shaped blue Sapphires (1.10 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (.27 ctw.).

“Click

Platinum Honors
Classical

Wick & Greene Jewelers
Wick & Greene Jewelers
Asheville, NC

Platinum fleur de lis pendant/pin featuring an unheated 2.66 ct. oval blue Sapphire.

“Click

Entry Platinum Innovation
Classical

Lorenzo Chavez
Geogem-USA
Glenns Ferry, ID

Platinum and 18K yellow gold "Big Sky" pendant featuring carved black Jade and a 5.63 ct. freeform faceted Sapphire accented with Diamonds (1.06 ctw.).

“Click

Platinum Honors
Evening Wear

Eddie Sakamoto
Somewhere in the Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

Platinum "Ice-Ice Baby" bracelet featuring a 24.15 ct. Tanzanite accented with Diamonds (6.50 ctw.).

“Click

Platinum Honors
Men's Wear

David Hines
Nvit Blanche
New York, NY

Platinum with 18K white gold "Cobra" ring featuring Alexandrites (.25 ctw.).


Savor Silver Award

 

 

“Click

Savor Silver Award
Bridal Wear

Hisano Shepherd
little h
Los Angeles, CA

Sterling silver cufflinks featuring sliced 12 x 13mm Tahitian baroque Pearls accented with black Diamonds (2.0 ctw.).

“Click

Savor Silver Award
Business/Day Wear

Elizabeth Garvin
Elizabeth Garvin Fine
New York, NY

Oxidized sterling silver and 18K yellow gold "Cyclone" cuff featuring Aquamarine and Heliodor (52.0 ctw.) in asymmetrical mirror cuts.

“Click

Savor Silver Award
Classical

William Travis Kukovich
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC

Oxidized silver and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 14.36 ct. Prehnite cabochon.

“Click

Savor Silver Award
Evening Wear

Priyanka Murthy
ARYA ESHA
Houston, TX

Sterling silver ring featuring a 16.6 ct. blue Topaz accented with Diamonds (.70 ctw.).

“Click

Savor Silver Award
Men's Wear

William Travis Kukovich
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC

Oxidized silver and 18K yellow and rose gold ring featuring a 20.98 ct. golden sheen Sapphire.


WJA Gem Diva Award

 

 

“Click

Gem Diva Award
Bridal Wear

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Platinum "Champagne Bubble" wedding ring set featuring a 5.54 ct. blue Sapphire cabochon accented with round blue Sapphires (1.0 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.58 ctw.).

“Click

Gem Diva Award
Business/Day Wear

Gurmit Kaur Campbell
SRW
New York, NY

18K yellow gold "Betwixt and Between" ring featuring a South Sea cultured Pearl accented with Diamonds.

“Click

Gem Diva Award
Classical

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

18K white gold petal brooch featuring white, yellow, pink, brown and green Diamonds accented with Amethysts and multicolored Sapphires.

“Click

Gem Diva Award
Evening Wear

Lisa Linhardt
Linhardt Design
New York, NY

Oxidized sterling silver "Tempest" sculptural duster ring featuring yellow Sapphires.


Bridal Wear

 

“Click

1st Place
Bridal Wear

Tony Nemyer
Grimball Jewelers
Chapel Hill, NC

Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 3.55 ct. round purple Spinel accented with Diamonds (.86 ctw.).

“Click

2nd Place
Bridal Wear

Laurence Bruyninckx
Laurence Bruyninckx
Chicago, IL

18K white gold earrings featuring blue Topaz, mint Tourmaline and Diamond tops with interchangeable dangles with Diamonds or mint Tourmalines, blue Topaz and Diamonds.

“Click

3rd Place
Bridal Wear

Caroline Chartouni
Caroline C
New York, NY

18K white gold earrings featuring Paraiba Tourmalines (12.07 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (10.62 ctw.).

“Click

Manufacturing Honors
Bridal Wear

Michael Jakubowski
Gem Fanatic
San Diego, CA

14K white and rose gold ring featuring a 2.58 ct. unheated pink Sapphire accented with white and pink Diamonds (.81 ctw.).


Business/Day Wear

 

“Click

1st Place
Business/Day Wear

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

18K yellow gold "Enchanted Frog" ring featuring Carnelian, tsavorite Garnets and Diamonds (.18 ctw.).

“Click

2nd Place
Business/Day Wear

Heath London
Heath London Jewelry
Santa Barbara, CA

18K white gold earrings featuring rock crystal Quartz (31.18 ctw.) and rubellite Tourmalines (11.34 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (.91 ctw.).

“Click

3rd Place
Business/Day Wear

Kim Hurlbert-Sarosi
Sarosi by Timeless Gems
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold ring featuring a 16.10 ct. Imperial Topaz accented with Diamonds (.56 ctw.).

“Click

Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear

Heath London
Heath London Jewelry
Santa Barbara, CA

18K yellow gold "Rajasthani Dreams" earrings featuring Paraiba Tourmalines (24.51 ctw.) and pink Tourmalines (16.20 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (.34 ctw.).

“Click

Manufacturing Honors
Business/Day Wear

Stuller, Inc.
Stuller, Inc.
Lafayette, LA

Platinum ring featuring an 18mm pear-shaped Topaz.


Classical

 

“Click

1st Place
Classical

Brent Malgarin
Elegant Gems, Ltd.
Edmonds, WA

Platinum necklace featuring a 12.63mm natural Pearl and a 15.22mm natural Pearl accented with a 4.64 ct. blue Zircon accented with Diamonds (1.05 ctw.).

“Click

2nd Place
Classical

Lindsay Jane
Ambassador Gems
Carlsbad, CA

Platinum ring featuring a 6.26 ct. unheated Padparadscha Sapphire accented with orange and pink Sapphires (.31 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.01 ctw.).

“Click

3rd Place
Classical

Gil
Gil Int'l
New York, NY

Platinum ring featuring a 3.24 ct. Alexandrite accented with Diamonds (1.11 ctw.).

“Click

Honorable Mention
Classical

Josette Patterson
Mark Patterson
Corona del Mar, CA

18K white gold "Aura" earrings featuring pear-shaped rubellite Tourmalines (12.69 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (.86 ctw.).


Evening Wear

 

“Click

1st Place
Evening Wear

Claudia Kretchmer
Somewhere in the Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

Platinum and 24K crystallized gold "RockStar2" pendant featuring a 37.31 ct. color-shift blue Zircon accented with Diamonds (1.95 ctw.).

“Click

2nd Place
Evening Wear

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

18K rose gold ring featuring a 10.41 ct. rubellite Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.23 ctw.) and Ruby melee (.05 ctw.).

“Click

3rd Place
Evening Wear

Randy Coffin
Somewhere in the Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

Platinum ring featuring a 17.76 ct. bicolor Tourmaline accented with pink Sapphires (.38 ctw.), Paraiba Tourmalines (.29 ctw.) and Diamonds (.13 ctw.).

“Click

Honorable Mention
Evening Wear

Alexia Connellan
Alexia Connellan, LLC
San Francisco, CA

18K rose gold "Victoria" bracelet featuring a 16.06 ct. purple-pink Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (1.51 ctw.) and purple Sapphires (1.50 ctw.).

“Click

Manufacturing Honors
Evening Wear

Troels D. Larsen
Troels D. Larsen Jewelry
Laguna Beach, CA

18K yellow and white gold necklace featuring a 10.75 ct. trillion-cut Tanzanite and 23 round Tanzanites (27.80 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.75 ctw.).


Men's Wear

 

“Click

1st Place
Men's Wear

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 5.42 ct. Peridot and a pair of spessartite Garnets (3.66 ctw.) accented with tsavorite Garnets (.75 ctw.), white Diamonds (.38 ctw.) and a .16 ct. yellow Diamond.

“Click

2nd Place
Men's Wear

Llyn L. Strelau
Jewels by Design
Calgary, AB

18K yellow and 19K white gold "Paddle Your Own Canoe" reversible cufflinks featuring carved black Onyx and rock Crystal accented with black and white South Sea keshi Pearls and Diamonds (.24 ctw.).

“Click

3rd Place
Men's Wear

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Sterling silver mens ring featuring a 7.98 ct. freeform fire Opal accented with tsavorite Garnets (.66 ctw.), colored Diamonds (.14 ctw.) and white Diamonds (.06 ctw.).

“Click

Manufacturing Honors
Men's Wear

Craig Slavens
Studio 247 Fine jewelry
Appleton, WI

18K yellow gold and platinum ring featuring a 7.29 ct. unheated Sri Lankan color-change violet-blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (.93 ctw.).

2016 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards


Classic Gemstones

 

“Click

1st Place
Classic Gemstone

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

8.06 ct. unheated Burmese Sapphire.

“Click

2nd Place
Classic Gemstone

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

22.73 ct. unheated yellow Sapphire from Sri Lanka.

“Click

3rd Place
Classic Gemstone

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

13.28 ct. unheated Burmese royal blue Sapphire.


All Other Faceted

“Click

1st Place
All Other Faceted

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

21.96 ct. multi-faceted cushion-cut Imperial Topaz.

“Click

2nd Place
All Other Faceted

Hemant Phophaliya
A G Color, Inc.
New York, NY

40.58 ct. round checkerboard Tanzanite.

“Click

3rd Place
All Other Faceted

Darrell Jang
Darrell Jang
San Rafael, CA

42.39 ct. cut-corner octagon Tourmaline.


Phenomenal

“Click

1st Place
Phenomenal

Robert Shapiro
Robert Shapiro
Madison, WI

Oval black Opal (14.29 ctw.).

“Click

2nd Place
Phenomenal

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

14.93 ct. Moonstone.

“Click

3rd Place
Phenomenal

Steve Wallner
Westview Gems
Shoreview, MN

5.29 ct. green-blue color-shift Sapphire.


Pairs & Suites

“Click

1st Place
Pairs & Suites

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
San Francisco, CA

Pair of unheated oval Morganites from Madagascar.

 

“Click

2nd Place
Pairs & Suites

Mikola Kukharuk
Nomad's
New York, NY

Suite of vintage pear-cut grossular mint Garnets (50.26 ctw.).

 

“Click

3rd Place
Pairs & Suites

Ajay Bansal
Best In Gems
Dublin, OH

Pair of matched pear-shaped cabochon Opals (84.63 ctw.).


Innovative Faceting

“Click

1st Place
Innovative Faceting

Dalan Hargrave
Sunstone Butte Mining
Spring Branch, TX

63.63 ct. "Celestial City" Sunstone carving.

“Click

2nd Place
Innovative Faceting

Dalan Hargrave
B. Harju
Spring Branch, TX

22.45 ct. herringbone cut Tourmaline.

“Click

3rd Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

120.98 ct. "New Era" Tanzanite, cut with inverse facets.


Carving

“Click

Best of Show and 1st Place
Carving

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
San Francisco, CA

Suite of Paraiba Tourmalines (58.07 ctw.) Nautilus shell carvings .

“Click

2nd Place
Carving

Glenn Lehrer
Lehrer Designs, Inc.
Larkspur, CA

48.86 ct. "Soul Angel" Opal carving.

“Click

3rd Place
Carving

Rodney Rahmani
Brilliant Stars
Great Neck, NY

67.11 ct. carved unheated Burmese Sapphire.

“Click

Honorable Mention
Carving

Glenn Lehrer
Lehrer Designs, Inc.
Larkspur, CA

53.57 ct. "Georgia's Dream" transparent gem silica Chrysocolla carving.


Objects of Art

“Click

1st Place
Objects of Art

Ziad H. Noshie
Almaza Jewelers
Houston, TX

The "Hanging Panda" featuring Mother-of-Pearl with 18K rose gold. The panda is made of 18K white gold with black and white Diamonds (3.69 ctw.). The bamboo is made of white Diamonds (.20 ctw.) and tsavorite Garnets (.28 ctw.). It sits on a silver stand.

“Click

2nd Place
Objects of Art

Ralph Wobito
Wobito Gems, Ltd.
Stouffville, ON

Perfume bottle featuring colorless Topaz (109.61 ctw.) and Diaspore (36.78 ctw).