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Contact:  Joyann Cooke October 17, 2007
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Winners Announced for AGTA's Spectrum Awards Competition

DALLAS, October 17—Winners have been named in the 2008 AGTA Spectrum Awards competition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association.

The competition was held October 13 in New York, NY at a photography studio in Greenwich Village. Judges for the 2008 competition included Jane Bohan, Jane Bohan, Inc.; Peter Roth, David Yurman; Andrea Linett, Lucky Magazine; and Rudi Wobito, Wobito Gems, Ltd.

Entries in the AGTA Spectrum Awards were 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. Spectrum Award categories included Bridal, Business/Day, Classical, Evening and Men's Wear.

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 the United States and Canada. Categories included: Open Category - Classic Gemstone Division, Open Category – All Other Faceted Gemstones Division, Open Category – Phenomenal Gemstones Division, Pairs & Suites, Faceting, Carving, Combination and Objects of Art.

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.

After judges reviewed 500 submissions of incredible jewelry and lapidary designs for the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition, winners were selected in the following categories:

Spectrum  
Bridal Wear  
agta 1st Place - Bridal Wear: Arun Bohra, Arunashi, Los Angeles, CA
18K white gold ring featuring a 13.77 ct. silver Moonstone accented with champagne Diamonds (2.11 ctw.).
   
agta 2nd Place - Bridal Wear: Carley McGee-Boehm, Carley, Solana Beach, CA
18K white gold "Chimera" ring featuring a 13.75 ct. oval Cuprian Tourmaline cabochon accented with black Spinel and Diamond.
   
agta 3rd Place - Bridal Wear: Julie Buckareff, JJ Buckar, Toronto, ON
Platinum earrings featuring Aquamarines (24.83 ctw.), white Diamond heart and arrow (1.95 ctw.) and champagne Diamonds (1.54 ctw.).
   
Business/Day Wear  
agta 1st Place - Business/Day Wear: Gennadiy Berdnik, Andrew Sarosi, Los Angeles, CA
18K yellow gold and vitreous enamel pendant featuring a 9.41 ct. oval blue Zircon accented with Diamonds (.50 ctw.).
   
agta 2nd Place - Business/Day Wear: Katy Briscoe, Katy Briscoe, Inc., Houston, TX
18K yellow gold earrings featuring carved Rose Quartz, freshwater Pearls and Diamonds (.30 ctw.).
   
agta 3rd Place - Business/Day Wear: Jeffrey Bilgore, Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC, New York, NY
Platinum brooch featuring a 7.15 ct. Fire Opal accented with yellow Diamonds (.10 ctw.).
   
agta Honorable Mention - Business/Day Wear: Frederic Sage, Frederic Sage, Great Neck, NY
18K white and green gold "Empress" ring featuring a 32.05 ct. Moonstone accented with Diamonds (1.04 ctw.).
   
agta Manufacturing Honors - Business/Day Wear: Yahouda Saketkhou, Yael Designs, San Francisco, CA
18K rose gold ring featuring a 12mm black Tahitian cultured Pearl accented with Diamonds (.51 ctw.).
   
Classical  
agta 1st Place - Classical: Richard Krementz Gemstones, Newark, NJ
Platinum ring featuring an antique-faceted yellow Sapphire accented with Diamonds (15.66 ctw.).
   
agta 2nd Place - Classical: Robert Wander, Robert Wander for Winc Creations, Honolulu, HI
18K yellow gold brooch featuring a lizard of multi-colored Sapphires (4.86 ctw.), Garnets (6.01 ctw.) and chocolate Diamonds (.11 ctw.) atop a red Coral branch.
   
agta 3rd Place - Classical: Jeffrey Bilgore, Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC, New York, NY
Platinum ring featuring a 9.05 ct. natural Padparadscha Sapphire accented with Diamonds (1.41 ctw.).
   
agta Honorable Mention - Classical: Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA
Palladium "Zebra" brooch featuring black Diamonds (7.86 ctw.), white Diamonds (3.95 ctw.), Rubies (1.05 ctw.), Emeralds (.38 ctw.) and Tsavorite Garnets (.30 ctw.).
   
Evening Wear  
   
agta 1st Place - Evening Wear: Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA
18K yellow gold and platinum necklace featuring mulit-colored Diamonds (39.98 ctw.).
   
agta 2nd Place - Evening Wear: Andrew Costen, Costen Catbalue Goldsmiths, Vancouver, BC
19K white gold earrings featuring free-form Fire Opals (20.25 ctw.) accented with two Tsavorite Garnets (1.19 ctw.) and Diamonds (.78 ctw.).
   
agta 3rd Place and Fashion Forward - Evening Wear: James Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc., New York, NY
"The Big Bang" platinum amulet featuring a 424 ct. Crystal accented with Moonstones (24.81 ctw.), Opals (9.41 ctw.) and pink, white and yellow Diamonds (21.46 ctw.).
   
agta Honorable Mention and Best Use of Color - Evening Wear: Jennifer Rabe Morin, Jennifer Rabe Morin, Santa Barbara, CA
18K white and yellow gold ring featuring a 19.53 ct. mauve Agate cabochon accented with Amethysts (1.84 ctw.) and Diamonds (.85 ctw.).
   
Men's Wear  
agta 1st Place - Men's Wear: Cynthia Nockold, J. Yontef Diamonds & Jewelry, Nashville, TN
Platinum ring featuring blue Sapphires accented with Diamonds (2.73 ctw.).
   
agta 2nd Place - Men's Wear: Shant Dakessian, Simone & Son, Huntington Beach, CA
Platinum and 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring green Tourmalines (4.92 ctw.) accented with natural yellow Diamonds (.62 ctw.).
   
agta 3rd Place - Men's Wear: Andrew Costen, Costen Catbalue Goldsmiths, Vancouver, BC
19K white gold, 18K yellow gold and steel necklace featuring a 22.02 ct. Sapphire crystal pendant.
   
agta Honorable Mention - Men's Wear: Robert Wander, Robert Wander for Winc Creations, Honolulu, HI
18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring Aquamarines (87.20 ctw.) and chocolate Diamonds (1.58 ctw.).
   
Cutting Edge  
A1 - Open Category  
agta 1st Place - A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone: John Blair, Blair Brothers Goldsmiths, Williamsport, PA
10.34 ct. step-cut natural pink Sapphire.
   
agta 2nd Place - A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone: Jeffrey Bilgore, Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC, New York, NY
12.38 ct. natural cushion-cut Sapphire.
   
agta 3rd Place - A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone: Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co., San Francisco, CA
4.03 ct. cushion-cut Ruby.
   
agta Honorable Mention - A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone: Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co., San Francisco, CA
32.05 ct. natural cushion-cut yellow Sapphire.
   
A2 - Open Category  
agta 1st Place - A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted: Ben Kho, Kho International, Ltd., Decatur, GA
40.46 ct. fancy trilliant Morganite.
   
agta 2nd Place - A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted: Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co., San Francisco, CA
17.83 ct. oval green Cuprian Tourmaline.
   
agta 3rd Place - A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted: Justina DeVries, Beija Flor Gems, Haiku, HI
6.62 ct. cushion-cut Rhodochrosite.
   
agta Honorable Mention - A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted: John D. Dyer, John D. Dyer/P.G. Co., Edina, MN
6.97 ct. radiant-cut Tourmaline.
   
agta Honorable Mention - A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted: Allen Pung, Parade Designs, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
46.98 ct. Peridot.
   
A3 - Open Category  
agta 1st Place - A3 - Open Category Phenomenal: Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co., San Francisco, CA
21.71 ct. cat's eye Chrysoberyl.
   
agta 2nd Place - A3 - Open Category Phenomenal: Jeffrey Bilgore, Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC, New York, NY
54.93 ct. oval Star Sapphire.
   
agta 3rd Place - A3 - Open Category Phenomenal: Jeffrey Bilgore, Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC, New York, NY
15.54 ct. natural oval Star Ruby.
   
B - Pairs & Suites  
agta 1st Place - B - Pairs & Suites: John D. Dyer, John D. Dyer/P.G. Co., Edina, MN
Pair of Ametrines (28.91 ctw.).
   
agta 2nd Place - B - Pairs & Suites: Hemant Phophaliya, AG Color, Inc., New York, NY
Pair of Tanzanite faceted drops (44.35 ctw.).
   
agta 3rd Place - B - Pairs & Suites: Douglas Mays, Wild & Petsch, Camas, WA
Pair of baguette Peridots (24.32 ctw.).
   
C - Faceting  
agta 1st Place - C - Faceting: Ben Kho, Kho International, Ltd., Decatur, GA
22.75 ct. fantasy cushion-cut Sphalerite.
   
agta 2nd Place - C - Faceting: Stephen Kotlowski, Zultanite Gems, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL
11.27 ct. emerald square-cut Zultanite™ Diaspore.
   
agta 3rd Place - C - Faceting: John D. Dyer, John D. Dyer/P.G. Co., Edina, MN
30.28 ct. Citrine.
   
agta Honorable Mention - C - Faceting: John A. Rhoads, D & J Rare Gems, Ltd., Salida, CO
39.67 ct. brilliant-cut Beryl.
   
D - Carving  
agta 1st Place - D - Carving: Dalan Hargrave, Dust Devil Mining, Spring Branch, TX
217 ct. "Sweet Nectar" Sunstone carving.
   
agta 2nd Place - D - Carving: Chu-Alice Chan, AJ Art Land, Inc., Chicago, IL
29.80 ct. "Indigo Blossom" Aquamarine carving.
   
agta 3rd Place - D - Carving: Chu-Alice Chan, AJ Art Land, Inc., Chicago, IL
80.0 ct. carved Aquamarine cabochon.
   
E - Combination  
agta 1st Place - E - Combination: John D. Dyer, John D. Dyer/P.G. Co., Edina, MN
37.74 ct. "Pink Jubilation" Morganite.
   
agta 2nd Place - E - Combination: Larry Woods, Jewels from the Woods, Blanco, TX
57.12 ct. four directions radiant-cut Aquamarine.
   
agta 3rd Place - E - Combination: Dalan Hargrave, Gem Starz, Spring Branch, TX
85.25 ct. "graphix-cut" Ametrine.
   
agta Honorable Mention - E - Combination: John D. Dyer, John D. Dyer/P.G. Co., Edina, MN
53.08 ct. "Golden Reflections" golden Beryl.
   
F - Objects of Art  
agta 1st Place and Best of Show - F - Objects of Art: James Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc., New York, NY
"The American Queen" honeycomb box featuring orange and blue Sapphires (3.91 ctw.), Citrines (3.02 ctw.), Rubies (.15 ctw.), Tsavorite Garnets (.24 ctw.) and yellow and white Diamonds (1.98 ctw.)

An editor event was held October 15 which featured all of the jewelry and gemstone submissions. Attendees included top fashion/accessory editors. The event provided a perfect venue for industry and consumer professionals to view the entire collection.

This year's AGTA Spectrum Awards will be presented during the 2008 AGTA GemFair Tucson to be held February 6 - February 11 at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona. Winning entries will be displayed during the show and AGTA Spectrum Awards recipients will be recognized during the AGTA Dinner Dance and Awards Gala. The event starts at 7:00 pm Saturday night. Tickets for the gala are $100 and cocktail attire is encouraged.

For further information on the 2008 AGTA GemFair Tucson or the AGTA Dinner Dance and Awards Gala, please call (800) 972-1162 or visit our website at www.agta.org. For inquiries regarding the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition, please contact Joyann Cooke at (800) 972-1162.

The American Gem Trade Association is a not-for-profit Association serving the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry since 1981. The AGTA serves the industry as "The Authority In Color" and has its headquarter office in Dallas, Texas and the world-renowned Gemological Testing Center in New York, New York.

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