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December 2008

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Winners Announced for AGTA's Spectrum
Awards Competition

Winners have been named in the 2009 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition hosted by the American Gem Trade Association. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the competition.

The competition was held October 25-26 in New York, NY at a penthouse studio in Greenwich Village. Judges for the 2009 competition included Tom Heyman of Oscar Heyman, Donna Sturm of Verdura, Claudia Mata of Town & Country, and lapidarist Walter Casaravilla.

Best of Category Winners:
Best of Show: Frederic Sage, Frederic Sage, Great Neck, NY
"Enchanted Stallion" brooch featuring 158.26 ct. hand-carved enhanced Turquoise, white Diamonds (3.77 ctw.) and demantiod Garnets (.16 ctw.) set in 18K green and white gold.


Best Use of Color: James W. Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc., New York, NY
Platinum "Kaleidoscope X2" ring featuring an 85 ct. Crystal surrounding Diamonds (10.13 ctw.), Amethysts (2.50 ctw.), Aquamarines (1.45 ctw.), fire Opals (.90 ctw.), Topaz (1.10 ctw.), Citrines (4.89 ctw.), Garnets (2.13 ctw.) & Tourmalines (2.85 ctw.).

Best Use of Platinum and Color: Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Los Angeles, CA
Platinum necklace featuring a 112.84 ct. Aquamarine briolette accented with Diamonds and Aquamarines (4.79 ctw.).

Best Use of Pearls: James W. Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc., New York, NY
Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring "Celebration" ring featuring a 16mm South Sea white Pearl, a 12.5mm South Sea golden Pearl, a 14.4mm Tahitian black Pearl and a 10.15mm Tahitian black Pearl accented with white and yellow Diamonds (3.76 ctw.).

SPECTRUM AWARDS
Bridal Wear

1st Place: Judy Evans, Richard Krementz Gemstones, Springdale, NJ
Platinum earrings featuring Morganite briolettes (27.08 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.35 ctw.).

2nd Place: Evelyn Clothier, Evelyn Clothier Jewelry, Philadelphia, PA
Platinum earrings featuring white donut Agates accented with Diamonds (4.15 ctw.).

3rd Place: Carley McGee-Boehm, Carley Jewels, Solana Beach, CA
Palladium earrings featuring cuprian Tourmalines (18.09 ctw.) accented with black Spinel and rock Crystal Quartz helioliths.


Manufacturing Honors: Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry, Oakland, CA
Platinum ring featuring a 2.85 ct. rainbow Moonstone cabochon accented with Diamonds (.20 ctw.).

Platinum Honors: Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Los Angeles, CA
Platinum necklace featuring a 112.84 ct. Aquamarine briolette accented with Diamonds and Aquamarines (4.79 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear
1st Place: Devta Doolan, Devta Doolan Jewelry, Portland, ME
24K yellow and 14K rose gold necklace featuring Jasper cabochons (630 ctw.).

2nd Place: Jennifer Rabe Morin, Jennifer Joailliers, Santa Barbara, CA
18K white gold ring featuring a 38.67 ct. star rose Quartz cabochon accented with pink Sapphires (7.19 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.04 ctw.).

3rd Place: Ashleigh Branstetter, Ashleigh Branstetter, LLC, New Orleans, LA
18K yellow gold ring featuring a 32.10 ct. pink Tourmaline cabochon accented with Diamonds (.58 ctw.).

Honorable Mention: Glen J. Engelbrecht, G J Designs, Sarasota, FL
18K yellow gold pendant featuring a drusy Quartz leaf accented with Diamonds (1.13 ctw.).


Manufacturing Honors: Yehouda Saketkhou, Yael Designs, San Francisco, CA
Platinum ring featuring a 13mm black Tahitian Pearl accented with pave Diamonds.

Platinum Honors: Evelyn Clothier, Evelyn Clothier Jewelry, Philadelphia, PA
Platinum earrings featuring triangle-cut green Tourmalines (13.68 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.50 ctw.).

Classical
1st Place: Gregore Morin, Gregore Joailliers, Santa Barbara, CA
18K white and yellow gold frog brooch featuring Opals (2.32 ctw.), Moonstones (1.08 ctw.) and pink Sapphires (.03 ctw.).

2nd Place: Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Los Angeles, CA
18K yellow gold ring featuring a 17.51 ct. Chalcedony cabochon accented with Turquoise cabochons (3.10 ctw.) and Diamonds.

3rd Place: Jeffrey Bilgore, Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC, New York, NY
Platinum ring featuring a 14.80 ct. cushion-cut blue-green Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.70 ctw.).


Honorable Mention: Julie Buckareff, JJ Buckar, Toronto, ON Canada
18K yellow gold cameo featuring a carved shell accented with white Diamonds (2.03 ctw.), tsavorite and spessartite Garnets (1.08 ctw.), pink, blue and yellow Sapphires (3.08 ctw.) and Paraiba Tourmalines (.30 ctw.).

Manufacturing Honors: Richard Krementz Gemstones Design Team, Richard Krementz Gemstones, Springfield, NJ
Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 5.37 ct. blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (1.05 ctw.).

Platinum Honors: Aron Suna, Suna Bros. Inc., New York, NY
Platinum ring featuring a 7.74 ct. antique cushion-cut Topaz accented with Diamonds (.62 ctw.).

Evening Wear
1st Place: Frederic Sage, Frederic Sage, Great Neck, NY
"Enchanted Stallion" brooch featuring 158.26 ct. hand-carved enhanced Turquoise, white Diamonds (3.77 ctw.) and demantiod Garnets (.16 ctw.) set in 18K green and white gold.

2nd Place: Julie Buckareff, JJ Buckar, Toronto, ON Canada
Platinum "Ribbons" ring featuring an 11.50 ct. Tanzanite accented with ideal-cut diamonds (3.50 ctw.).

3rd Place: Evelyn Clothier, Evelyn Clothier Jewelry, Philadelphia, PA
Platinum earrings featuring green Beryl drops (70.86 ctw.) accented with square and round-cut Tourmalines (4.23 ctw.) and Diamonds (.78 ctw.).


Honorable Mention: Yehouda Saketkhou, Yael Designs, San Francisco, CA
18K white and yellow gold ring featuring a 60.0 ct. yellow Sapphire accented with white and yellow Diamonds (10.0 ctw.).

Manufacturing Honors: Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Los Angeles, CA
18K yellow gold earrings featuring pear-shaped and antique cushion-cut Tanzanites (17.56 ctw.).

Platinum Honors: Michael daCosta, Fortune's Fine Jewellery, Ltd., Toronto, ON Canada
Platinum brooch featuring a .57 ct. brown Diamond accented with yellow Diamonds (.52 ctw.), Rubies, pink and yellow Sapphires (9.15 ctw.) and white Diamonds (1.58 ctw.).

Men's Wear
1st Place: Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA
18K yellow gold and platinum cufflinks featuring lavender Chalcedony cabochons (14.70 ctw.), round yellow Sapphires (1.57 ctw.), round Diamonds (0.17 ctw.) and round Rubies (0.08 ctw.).


2nd Place: Robert Pelliccia, J.R. Dunn Jewelers, Lighthouse Point, FL
Platinum and 22K yellow gold ring featuring a 1.75 ct. emerald-cut Alexandrite accented with Diamond baguettes (.69 ctw.).

3rd Place: Jack Bigio, Basser & Bigio, LLC, New York, NY
22K and 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring bi-color watermelon Tourmaline slices (30.50 ctw.).

Manufacturing Honors: Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc., Beverly Hills, CA
Palladium ring featuring a 19.68 ct. oval brown Zircon.

Platinum Honors: Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design, Long Beach, CA
Platinum ring featuring an 11.54 ct. indicolite Tourmaline accented with white and yellow Diamonds (1.58 ctw.).

Fashion Forward Honors: James W. Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc., New York, NY
Platinum "Kaleidoscope X2" ring featuring an 85 ct. Crystal surrounding Diamonds (10.13 ctw.), Amethysts (2.50 ctw.), Aquamarines (1.45 ctw.), fire Opals (.90 ctw.), Topaz (1.10 ctw.), Citrines (4.89 ctw.), Garnets (2.13 ctw.) & Tourmalines (2.85 ctw.).

CUTTING EDGE AWARDS

A1 - Open Category Classic
1st Place: John M. Bachman, John M. Bachman, Inc., Boulder, CO
29.92 ct. natural yellow Sapphire.

2nd Place: Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp., New York, NY
6.05 ct. emerald-cut natural blue Sapphire.

3rd Place: Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co., San Francisco, CA
9.13 ct. heart-shaped natural yellow Sapphire.

 

A2 - Open Category All Other
1st Place: Jeffrey Bilgore, Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC, New York, NY
11.44 ct. oval-cut red Spinel.

2nd Place: Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp., New York, NY
10.45 ct. natural elbaite Tourmaline.

3rd Place: Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp., New York, NY
8.62 ct. oval-cut natural Paraiba Tourmaline.

 

A3 - Open Category Phenomenal
1st Place: James W. Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc., New York, NY
34.80 ct. natural boulder Opal fancy cabochon.

2nd Place: Omi Nagpal, Omi Gems, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
5.98 ct. cushion-cut Alexandrite.

3rd Place: Stephen Kotlowski, Zultanite Gems, LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL
80.25 ct. oval Zultanite.

 

B - Pairs & Suites
1st Place: Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co., San Francisco, CA
Pair of cushion-cut Peridot (28.47 ctw.).

2nd Place: Nandu Nichani, Temple Trading Co., Encinitas, CA
Pair of silver pear-shaped Moonstones (107.09 ctw.).

3rd Place: Thomas Trozzo, Trozzo, Culpeper, VA
Suite of dimple-cut round Citrines (46.98 ctw.).

Honorable Mention: David Brackna, David A. Brackna, Gemcutter, Germantown, MD
"Carousel"-cut assembled Opal inlaid and surrounded by Heliodor (17.58 ctw.).

 

C - Faceting
1st Place: Ben Kho, Kho International, Ltd., Decatur, GA
15.05 ct. cushion-cut Rhodochrosite.

2nd Place: Shawn Maddox, Jewels From the Woods, Blanco, TX
19.01 ct. "Celestial Compass" Peridot.

3rd Place: Christopher Wolfsberg, K.S. Export, LLC, Castle Hayne, NC
41.65 ct. modified square-cut Heliodor.

 

D - Carving
1st Place: Larry Woods, Jewels From the Woods, Blanco, TX
40.47 ct. Lightning Ridge Opal carving.

2nd Place: Glenn Lehrer, Lehrer Designs, Inc., Larkspur, CA
"Solar Flare" 70.13 ct. carved transparent-orange Brazilian Opal.

3rd Place: Darryl Alexander, Alexander's Jewelers, Gilbert, AZ
25.7 ct. "Autumn Forming" Agate free-form carving.

 

E - Combination
1st Place: Michael M. Dyber, Michael M. Dyber dba Ledge Art Studio, Rumney, NH
89.79 ct. carved Aquamarine.

2nd Place: Cheng Ming, Milani Jewelry Co., Ltd., Coquitlam, BC Canada
11.0 ct. round Citrine.

3rd Place: John Dyer, John Dyer & Co., Edina, MN
106.84 ct. "Aqua Exuberance" Aquamarine.

Honorable Mention: John Dyer, John Dyer & Co., Edina, MN
27.12 ct. concave-cut trillion Aquamarine.

 

F - Objects of Art
1st Place: Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz, Spring Branch, TX
Executive desk set featuring Lightning Ridge Opal, black Galaxy, black Jade and Quartz (1500 ctw.).

2nd Place: Dalan Hargrave, Juniper Ridge Opal, Spring Branch, TX
"Cheese" carving featuring a full variety of Juniper Ridge Opal (2400 ctw.).

3rd Place: R.A. "Art" Guyon, International Gem Mart, Southlake, TX
“Moods" sculpture of Jasper.

Honorable Mention: Robert Wander, Robert Wander for Winc Creations, Honolulu, HI
Walking stick with an 18K yellow gold flamingo handle featuring multi-colored Sapphires (95.58 ctw.) and chocolate Diamonds (1.57 ctw.).

 

An editor's event was held October 27 and 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 2009 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson to be held February 4 - February 9 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, February 7. Tickets for the gala are $100 and cocktail attire is encouraged.

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ entries 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 Wear, Classical, Evening and Men's Wear.

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

Platinum Honors was relaunched this year through the involvement of Platinum Guild International. All entries whose primary metal was platinum were eligible in this category.

Consumers Choice Honors, sponsored by the Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council, will be determined through an online research study involving the jewelry-buying public. The judging just finished and winners were announced in the story below.

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.

For further information on the 2009 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson or the AGTA Dinner Dance and Awards Gala, please call (800) 972-1162 or visit our website at www.agta.org.

To see all Spectrum Winning Entries and the entire Spectrum Collection, please click here.

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JCOC & AGTA Announce Consumer's Choice
Honors Awards

As a part of this year's AGTA Spectrum Awards™, AGTA, in conjunction with MVI Marketing's Jewelry Consumer Opinion Council (JCOC) division, introduced the new Consumer's Choice Honors awards and the results are in!

The JCOC created and deployed a consumer market research study to select the winning choices for the Consumer’s Choice Honors awards. One winning style, selected by JCOC consumer panel members, was identified in the five categories of the traditional AGTA Spectrum Awards™.


"The consumer is the most important voice in the jewelry industry and their opinion affects everything we do," MVI President Liz Chatelain said in a media release issued on Tuesday. "We are excited by the choices our JCOC panelists have made and we congratulate the creative minds behind the winning jewelry designs."

"The addition of consumer research though the JCOC to the Spectrum Awards has provided us with insight in to what consumer’s desire," added Douglas K. Hucker, CEO of AGTA. "We are thrilled with the results and look forward to presenting the Consumer’s Choice Honors award to our talented winning designers."

Bridal
Khai Le, Charles Koll Jewellers, San Diego, CA
Platinum ring featuring a 2.71 ct. cushion-cut blue Sapphire accented with
Diamonds (.15 ctw.)

Business/Day Wear
Pamela Froman, Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry, Los Angeles, CA
18K white, rose and green gold necklace featuring a 10.4mm golden South
Sea Pearl, a blue-grey Tahitian Pearl and a green-grey Tahitian Pearl
accented with Diamonds (.45 ctw.).

Classical
Richard Krementz Gemstones, Richard Krementz Gemstones, Springfield, NJ
Platinum ring featuring a 3.44 ct. champagne Diamond accented with
white Diamonds (1.29 ctw.).

Evening Wear
Dennis deJonghe, deJonghe, Saratoga Springs, NY
Platinum pendant featuring a 17.06 ct. Aquamarine accented with an
Iolite and Diamonds (.13 ctw.) on a strand of freshwater Pearls.

Men's Wear
Robert Pelliccia, J.R. Dunn Jewelers, Lighthouse Point, FL
Platinum and 22K yellow gold ring featuring a 1.75 ct. emerald-cut
Alexandrite accented with Diamond baguettes (.69 ctw.).

For complete report details please visit www.jcoc.info.

The JCOC will make a presentation to the five winning designers at the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson in February 2009 during the AGTA Spectrum Awards Dinner Dance. The AGTA will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Spectrum Awards at the event.

For more details about the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ visit www.agta.org/awards, or contact Adam Graham at (214)742-4367 ext. 18 or adam@agta.org.

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Aharanoff Passes
It is with sadness that the Aharanoff family announces the passing of Sam Aharanoff on November 30 after a long battle with cancer. Sam, his father, and his brothers established a thriving colored gemstone business in the 1960's, called Royal Stones Corp. They were Charter Members of the American Gem Trade Association in 1981.

Sam was always full of life and energy, and proved it to the last days of his life. He enjoyed outdoor activities and regularly participated with his children in sports. He enjoyed life to the fullest and always had a helping hand for others, whether in need or not. He had many friends and was loved and appreciated by all family, friends and business associates.

Sam is survived by his wife Anita and 4 children, Arella, Emanuel, Natti and Rachel. He is also survived by his mother, three brothers, and three sisters. Sam was only 52 years old.

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AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Education Update
Along with being the source for colored gemstones, cultured pearls and finished jewelry, the AGTA GemFair™ Tucson is also an excellent venue for you and your staff to attend seminars.

Take a look at this year's lineup:

Keynote Speaker Lee Eiseman – the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute and known as the "international color guru" will be presenting two sessions at AGTA GemFair. She is the author of seven books related to color and will provide timely information on color trends and how to use that information in your merchandising and design.

AGTA Free Seminar Program – over 40 sessions featuring top speakers from in and out of the trade. The program kicks off with the popular session "Best Buys in Tucson" with Richard Drucker and offers classes by the AGTA GTC, Platinum Guild International, GIA, American Gemological Laboratories, the Diamond Council of America, the Palladium Alliance, and Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company to name a few. Judith Whitehead is back to offer her Yoga for Jewelers class – always a great way to unwind at the end of the day!

Stuller Learning Institute – a comprehensive, hands-on demonstration program that no bench jeweler should miss. Stuller experts, along with other bench jewelry instructors provide daily demonstrations in GemHall II.

GIA Seminars and Classes – take the opportunity to do your Diamond Grading Lab, join John Koivula for the Microscope Challenge, or get up to speed on Identifying Synthetics with Andy Lucas. Fee based – www.gia.edu.

AGS Sales Training – Intensive fee-based retail sales training program by the American Gem Society. AGS members only. For more information contact www.ags.org.

Attend the show and take advantage of the educational opportunities to learn new and innovative ways to improve your business.

Please go to www.agta.org/tradeshows or call AGTA at 800-972-1162 for the most up-to-date information.

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Attention AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Exhibitors
Hopefully you have received your AGTA GemFair™ Tucson Exhibitor Manual on CD. Unfortunately, there are four order forms provided by GES on the CD that have incorrect information. GES has sent you an email with the following corrected forms:

Furniture and Accessories Form

Installation and Dismantling Form

Graphics and Signage Form

Material Handling Form

2009 prices are the same as the 2008 prices. The Exhibitor Manual is located on the AGTA website. Please click here to view the Exhibitor Manual.

Please contact the show department with any questions you may have or request that the correct forms be faxed to you. See you in Tucson.

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Attention Retail Members
You should have received a Retail Kit compliments of the AGTA. The kit includes our brochures (A Guide to Colored Gemstones and Gemstone Enhancements – What You Should Know), GemCards (with Lucite counter stand), the Birthstone Collection CD and the Electronic Source Directory. This kit is just our way of saying "thank you" to all of our Members and making sure you have all of the valuable sales tools you need to improve your success with your colored gemstone or cultured pearl sales– this season and beyond.

 

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AGTA GTC Update
This is a great time of year to submit your gemstones to the AGTA Gemological Testing Center for analysis. Whether you are trying to get a report on a gemstone or pearl for a client quickly or preparing your inventory for the early show season, the AGTA GTC will get your pieces back to you in 3-5 business days.

The AGTA GTC also stays open right through the season. The only days we're closed are December 25-26 and January 1-2. The take-in window is open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The JewelFolio™ is proving to be a great selling tool on high value gemstones. Retailers love the product as it adds a significant amount of credibility to the sales presentation. Currently turnaround time on the JewelFolio™ is 3-4 weeks.

The AGTA GTC is located at 18 East 48th St., Ste. 502, New York, NY or call 212-752-1717 for current turnaround times.

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