AGTA Announces the 2021 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Winners

DALLAS, TX (October 25, 2021) – The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is happy to announce the much-anticipated winners of the 2021 AGTA Spectrum Awards™. The competition was held on October 23rd and 24th in Dallas, Texas.  The expert panel of judges included:  Judy Evans, Judy Evans Design Studio; Amber Gustafson, Amber’s Designs Fine Jewelry; Tony Logan, Jay Dean Winchester; Kelly Mitchell, Kelly Mitchell Fine Jewelry; and Matthew Trent, Matthew Trent.

“After a year and a half of dealing with the fallout from the Covid pandemic, we are gratified that the colored gemstone and cultured pearl community responded with strong support for our Spectrum Awards competition,” said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA, CEO. “The entries this year, once again, showcased the creativity and resilience of lapidarists, designers and manufacturers who participated in our industry’s premier design competition.  We are very excited we will be able to showcase over sixty stunning works of art at AGTA GemFair™ Tucson, February 1 – 6, 2022.  Additional accolades go to our incredibly generous and professional panel of judges”.

 

Winners of the 2021 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ are:

Best of… Awards

Best of Show
Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry

Best Use of Color
Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry

Best Use of Pearl
Michael Tope, Raintree, LLC

Fashion Forward
Stanislav Petrov

Best of Single Entries – Cutting Edge
Misael Angel Rodriguez, Gem Arts International

Best of Single Entries – Spectrum
Scott Keating, Somewhere In The Rainbow

Best Use of Platinum and Color
Llyn Strelau, Somewhere In The Rainbow

Best Use of Platinum Crown
Lindsay Jane Chatham, K. Jons Jewelry Co.

 

AGTA Spectrum Awards™

Bridal Wear
1st:                                 Suna Bros.
2nd:                                Susan Helmich, Somewhere In The Rainbow
3rd:                                 Nikki Swift, Nicole Mera, LLC
Honorable Mention:        Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive
Honorable Mention:        Benjamin Javaheri, Uneek Jewelry
Manufacturing Honors:    Nikki Swift, Nicole Mera, LLC
Platinum Honors™:         Suna Bros.
Platinum Innovation:        Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry
WJA Gem DIVA™:         Sherry Bender, The Goldsmith, Ltd., of Chicago

Business / Day Wear
1st:                                  Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive
2nd:                                 Stanislav Petrov, Stanislav Petrov, Inc.
3rd:                                  Llyn Strelau, Somewhere In The Rainbow
Honorable Mention:        Robin Callahan, Robin Callahan Designs, LLC
Manufacturing Honors:   Timothy Foster, T. Foster & Company
Platinum Honors™:        Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry 
Platinum Innovation:       Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry
WJA Gem DIVA™:         Rosa Van Parys, Rosa Van Parys Jewelry

Classical
1st:                                Llyn Strelau, Jewels by Design
2nd:                               Raja Mehta, AG Gems & Jewelry, Inc.
3rd:                                Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive
Honorable Mention:       Joseph Murawski, Joden World Resources, LLC
Platinum Honors™:       Craig Slavens, Luxe Fine Jewelry 
WJA Gem DIVA™:        Beatrix Laura Jessner, B & W Jewels, LLC

Evening Wear:
1st:                                 Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry
2nd:                                Leon Mege, Leon Mege, Inc.
3rd:                                 Scott Keating, Somewhere In The Rainbow
Honorable Mention:        Paula Crevoshay, MELLIKA, Inc.
Honorable Mention:       Tariq Riaz, Tariz Riaz, LLC
Manufacturing Honors:  Tariq Riaz, Tariz Riaz, LLC
Platinum Honors™:        Robert Glenn, Geogem-USA 
WJA Gem DIVA™:         Caroline Chartouni, Caroline C

Men’s Wear
1st:                                 Rodney Rahmani, Brilliant Stars
2nd:                                Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry
3rd:                                 Gaston Rives, Gaston Jewelry Studio, Inc.
Honorable Mention:        Robert Pelliccia, J.R. Dunn Jewelers
Manufacturing Honors:   Llyn Strelau, Jewels by Design
Platinum Honors™:        Lindsay Jane Chatham, K. Jons Jewelry Co.

 

AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™
 

Classic Gemstones
1st:                Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co.
2nd:                Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp.
3rd:                Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co.

All Other Cut Gemstones
1st:                Sailesh Lakhi, Sparkles and Colors USA, Inc.
2nd:                David Nassi, 100% Natural, Ltd.
3rd:                Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp.
Honorable Mention:        Kenneth Blount, 100% Natural, Ltd. 

Carving
1st:                Larry Woods, Gem Arts International
2nd:                Desmond Chan, Gem Arts International
3rd:                Meg Berry, Megagem
Honorable Mention:        Yanqing Zhang Asdurian, Yanqing Asdurian

Innovative Faceting
1st:                Larry Woods, Gem Arts International
2nd:                Brett Kosnar, Dudley Blauwet Gems
3rd:                Dalan Hargrave, Robin Callahan Designs, LLC
Honorable Mention:        John Burleyson, GemRite

North American Mined Gemstones
1st:                Brad Payne, Somewhere In The Rainbow
2nd:                Derek Katzenbach, Katzenbach Designs
3rd:                Joyce Wang, Obsessed Over Gems
Honorable Mention:        Dalan Hargrave, Robin Callahan Designs, LLC

Objects of Art
1st:                Yanqing Zhang Asdurian, Yanqing Asdurian
2nd:                Christopher Wolfsberg, Christopher Wolfsberg
3rd:                Sharon Khazzam, Sharon Khazzam Studio
Honorable Mention:        Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry

Pairs and Suites
1st:                                 Hemant Phophaliya, A.G. Color, Inc.
2nd:                                Bryan Lichtenstein, 3090 Gems, LLC
3rd:                                Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry
Honorable Mention:        Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp.
Honorable Mention:        Hemant Phophaliya, A.G. Color, Inc.

Phenomenal
1st:                Misael Angel Rodriguez, Gem Arts International
2nd:                David Nassi, 100% Natural, Ltd.
3rd:                Brett Kosnar, Dudley Blauwet Gems            

Professional photos of the winners will follow.

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ entries were judged based on overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, and quality of workmanship, broad‐based consumer appeal, and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones. 

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

Platinum Honors™, sponsored by Platinum Guild International (PGI), recognized the outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone and/or cultured pearl jewelry in the five Spectrum Awards categories and for the Platinum Honors Innovation Awards in Bridal Wear, Business/Day Wear, and Evening Wear. Platinum Innovation honors entries with a value under $3,500, excluding the main gemstone.  PGI also awards two “Best of” awards – Best Use of Platinum and Color and Best Use of Platinum Crown.

WJA Gem DIVA™ Awards, sponsored by the Womens Jewelry Association presented awards in the Bridal Wear, Evening Wear, Classical, and Business/Day Wear categories. All women who entered the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition were eligible for this category.

Manufacturing Honors recognizes outstanding use of colored gemstones and cultured pearls in jewelry appropriate to be manufactured in production quantities. All designs that qualify for judging in the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition will also automatically be qualified for Manufacturing Honors judging.

Fashion Forward Honors recognizes the outstanding use of colored gemstone and/or cultured pearl in artful, trend‐setting jewelry. All designs that qualified for judging in the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition were eligible for Fashion Forward Honors judging. 

For more information regarding the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition, please contact Kami Swinney at (800) 972‐1162 or spectrum@agta.org. For further information regarding the 2022 AGTA GemFair™ Tucson or the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Gala, please call (800) 972‐1162 or visit our website at www.agta.org. 

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. 

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