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AGTA Announces the 2018 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Winners

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"As someone who has nurtured a lifelong love affair with colored gemstones and pearls, the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ judging week is unbridled pleasure.  It feeds my color jones and it is one of the most important endeavors AGTA pursues in its mission to spread the gospel of color," said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "This year we had the perfect trifecta of components that make our Spectrum Awards a memorable success.  First, the judges were exquisitely professional, with strong resumes and strong personalities, but they worked in tandem to appraise the work, creativity, and ingenuity of the over 400 entries to the competition. Secondly, we had a wave of new designers and first-time entrants - young people with fresh perspectives that were willing to embrace creative risk in their work. Over a dozen of our awards will be presented to first time winners!  The third component was the growing breadth of material entered.  We saw an increase in loose gemstones in all of the categories in the Cutting Edge Division and that diversity was evidenced in the absolute cornucopia of color and variety in the jewelry divisions."

Winners of the 2018 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM are:

Best of….

Best of Show

Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 7.16 ct. untreated Russian Emerald accented with Diamonds.

Best Use of Color

Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Phoenix Rising" necklace featuring Mandarin Garnets (28.04 ctw.) accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (1.55 ctw.), Sapphires (4.68 ctw.), Rubies (3.17 ctw.), fire Opals (1.35 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (.02 ctw.) and a .77 ct. Turquoise.

Best Use of Pearls

Avi Raz, A & Z Pearls, Inc. - Necklace featuring 15-18mm multicolored natural baroque freshwater Pearls accented with 14K rose, yellow and rhodium gold beads.

Best Use of Platinum and Color

Deirdre Featherstone, Featherstone Design - Platinum "Wonder Woman" cuff featuring Aquamarines (4.54 ctw.), Tanzanites (2.44 ctw.), blue Zircons (1.60 ctw.), lavender Spinels (.46 ctw.), Tourmalines (.68 ctw.) and star-set Diamonds (2.64 ctw.).

Best Use of Platinum Crown

John Haynes, Schmitt Jewelers - Platinum "Solar Blossom" ring featuring a 14.73 ct. orange Zircon accented with tsavorite Garnets (.67 ctw.) and Diamonds (.65 ctw.).

Fashion Forward

Patrick King, Jewelsmith, Inc. - 14K white and rose gold pendant featuring a 13.31 ct. Sapphire accented with Sapphires (.98 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.91 ctw.).

AGTA Spectrum Awards™

Bridal Wear

Bridal Wear - 1st Place

Zoltan David, Zoltan David - 22K and 18K rose gold necklace featuring a 46.12 ct. Opal accented with a 3.60 ct. round Opal and blue Sapphires (2.40 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - 2nd Place

Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. - Platinum "Take the Plunge" ring featuring a 21.86 ct. oval Tanzanite cabochon accented with Diamonds (2.13 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - 3rd Place

Niveet Nagpal, Somewhere In The Rainbow - Platinum and black rhodium "Hi, I'm Alex - And You Are?" ring featuring a 6.12 ct. Alexandrite cabochon accented with Alexandrite and Diamond melee.

Bridal Wear - Honorable Mention

Heath London, Heath London Jewelry - 18K gold and aluminum earrings featuring Tahitian, freshwater and Akoya cultured Pearls accented with a .40 ct. Aquamarine, a .40 ct. pink Sapphire and Diamonds (.60 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Manufacturing Honors

Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - 18K rose gold ring featuring three Padparadscha Sapphires (7.17 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (.88 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Platinum Honors

Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry - Platinum "Green Valley" ring featuring a 1.22 ct. tsavorite Garnet accented with Diamonds (.13 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation

Michael Jakubowski, Gem Fanatic - Platinum ring featuring a 3.88 ct. gray cushion-cut Spinel accented with Diamonds (1.03 ctw.).

Bridal Wear – WJA Gem DIVA™ Award

Beatrix Laura Jewels, LLC, B & W Jewels - Platinum earrings featuring triangular Aquamarines (7.37 ctw.) accented with trapezoid and shield-cut Diamonds (3.47 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear

Business/Day Wear - 1st Place

Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Emerald City" necklace featuring a 105.99 ct. pear-shaped Emerald accented with Diamonds (4.42 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - 2nd Place

Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - Platinum and 18K rose gold pendant featuring a 9.39 ct. pear-shaped black Opal accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (.90 ctw.) and a .25 ct. pear-shaped Diamond.

Business/Day Wear - 3rd Place

Beatrix Laura Jewels, LLC, B & W Jewels - 18K white gold reversible earrings featuring pink Sapphires (2.71 ctw.) and Diamonds (3.84 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Honorable Mention

Bella Campbell, Campbellian Collection / BHI - 18K white gold "Phoenix Feathers" earrings featuring Mexican fire Opals (2.19 ctw.) accented with Rubies (4.93 ctw.) and Diamonds (.56 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Manufacturing Honors

Michael Tope, Raintree, LLC - Platinum and 18K rose gold ring featuring a 3.74 ct. Aquamarine accented with a .241 ct. Ruby.

Business/Day Wear - Platinum Honors

John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum necklace featuring a 10.67 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (1.07 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation

Joseph A. Murawski, Joden World Resources, LLC - Platinum earrings featuring round brilliant cut Diamonds (1.44 ctw.) surrounded by 10mm round black Onyx.

Business/Day Wear - WJA Gem DIVA™ Award

Belle Brooke Barer, Belle Brooke - 18K royal yellow gold pendant featuring a 3.74 ct. pear-shaped indicolite Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.18 ctw.).

Classical

Classical - 1st Place

Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - Platinum ring featuring a 10.23 ct. cuprian Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (2.57 ctw.), Paraiba Tourmalines (1.54 ctw.) and a .01 ct. Alexandrite.

Classical - 2nd Place

Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 7.16 ct. untreated Russian Emerald accented with Diamonds.

Classical - 3rd Place

Swapna Pinnamaneni, Dream Choice Jewelry - 18K yellow gold "The Dancer" brooch featuring a 2.75 ct. Tanzanite accented with yellow Diamonds (2.75 ctw.), Rubies (14.36 ctw.) and white Diamonds (1.41 ctw.).

Classical - Honorable Mention

John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum necklace featuring black Opal cabochons (38.43 ctw.) accented with Sapphires (.95 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (.95 ctw.) and Diamonds (6.76 ctw.).

Classical - Manufacturing Honors and WJA Gem DIVA™ Award

Lindsay Jane, Lindsay Jane Designs - Platinum ring featuring a 6.78 ct. bicolored Sapphire accented with French-cut Diamonds (1.84 ctw.), brilliant-cut Diamonds (.44 ctw.) and Sapphires (.06 ctw.).

Classical - Platinum Honors

Benjamin Javaheri, Uneek Jewelry, Inc. - Platinum ring featuring a 6.53 ct. oval blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (1.39 ctw.).

Evening Wear

Evening Wear - 1st Place

Gross & Currens, David Gross Group - Platinum ring featuring a 20.26 ct. cushion-cut unheated yellow Sapphire accented with Diamonds (3.60 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 2nd Place

Susan Helmich, Somewhere In the Rainbow - 18K white and yellow gold "Le Dauphin" necklace featuring a 101.85 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (1.34 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 3rd Place

Zoltan David, Somewhere In The Rainbow - Platinum and palladium "Candy on Ice" necklace featuring rubellite Tourmalines (83.00 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (5.97 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention

Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Shakti" pendant featuring a 28.6 ct. Chrysoberyl accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (1.96 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (2.43 ctw.) and canary Tourmalines (1.75 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention

Helen Kim Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc. - Platinum "Remember" ring featuring a 9.25 ct. square Moonstone cabochon accented with Moonstones (2.85 ctw.), multi-cut Diamonds (7.20 ctw.), Opals (.47 ctw.) and Tanzanites (.51 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Manufacturing Honors

Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Hera" earrings featuring Tanzanites (5.01 ctw.) accented with chrome Tourmalines (7.97 ctw.), Paraiba Tourmalines (.63 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.10 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Platinum Honors

Paul Klecka, Somewhere In the Rainbow - Platinum "Coco Verde" two-finger ring featuring a 66.03 ct. specialty-cut lemon Citrine accented with Diamonds (6.30 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation

Jacob Wosinski, Jacob Raymond Custom Jewelry - Platinum ring featuring a 2.11 ct. blue Sapphire accented with blue Sapphires (.03 ctw.).

Evening Wear - WJA Gem DIVA™ Award

Gina Ferranti, GiGi Ferranti - 18K rose and white gold "Cleopatra-Geometric" ring featuring a 1.55 ct. Emerald accented with Emeralds (.53 ctw.), purple Sapphires (3.03 ctw.) and Diamonds (.72 ctw.).

Men's Wear

Men's Wear - 1st Place

Zoltan David, Zoltan David - Steel and 24K gold ring featuring a 25.53 ct. blue Zircon.

Men's Wear - 2nd Place

Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design - Platinum and 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring hand-carved rock crystal Quartz and Mother-of-Pearl moons (53.06 ctw.) accented with blue Sapphire cabochons (1.76 ctw.), yellow and white Diamond melee (.66 ctw.).

Men's Wear - 3rd Place

Pheap Lorn-Canossi, Phenomenon Jewels - 14K white gold and 18K yellow gold "Take Me Away to Paradise" ring featuring a 15.0 0ct. green Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.87 ctw.), Alexandrites and Sapphires (3.22 ctw.).

Men's Wear - Honorable Mention

Klaus Kutter, A Jour Jewelry - 18K rose and white gold cufflinks featuring Moonstones (13.08 ctw.) accented with Sapphires (2.50 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (1.80 ctw.) and Onyx.

Men's Wear - Manufacturing Honors

Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry - Platinum and 18K yellow gold "Halryon" ring featuring a 19.14 ct. Zircon accented with Diamonds (1.23 ctw.).

Men's Wear - Platinum Honors

Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - Platinum cufflinks featuring blue Sapphires (2.15 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.02 ctw.).

AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™

All Other Faceted

All Other Faceted - 1st Place

Mikola Kukharuk, Nomad's - 80.25 ct. oval tsavorite Garnet.

All Other Faceted - 2nd Place

Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - 6.58 ct. untreated Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline.

All Other Faceted - 3rd Place

Christopher Wolfsberg, Fox Tail Gallery - 44.19 ct. octagonal modified brilliant cut Tanzanite.

All Other Faceted - Honorable Mention

Jose Rocha, Jewelry Television - 46.75 ct. round, Portuguese-cut Spanish Sphalerite.

Carving

Carving - 1st Place

Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry - "Frog Prince" featuring Sunstone (160 ctw.) accented with Sapphires, Diamonds, Opals, black Jade, green Jade, Chalcedony, Calcite and 14K yellow gold.

Carving - 2nd Place

Swapna Pinnamaneni, Dream Choice Jewelry - 1080.50 ct. Citrine carving, titled "Ganesha".

Carving - 3rd Place

Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry - 110 ct. Amethyst carving, titled "Amethstine Chapel".

Classic Gemstone

Classic Gemstone - 1st Place

Kenneth Blount, 100% Natural, Ltd. - 91.36 unheated yellow Ceylon Sapphire.

Classic Gemstone - 2nd Place

Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - 5.24 ct. untreated Colombian Emerald.

Classic Gemstone - 3rd Place

Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co. - 21.04 ct. oval unheated Sri Lankan blue Sapphire.

Innovative Faceting

Innovative Faceting - 1st Place

Mark Gronlund, Mark Gronlund - 96.30 ct. round spiral brilliant-cut blue Topaz.

Innovative Faceting - 2nd Place

Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry - 21.27 specialty-cut Tourmaline.

Innovative Faceting - 3rd Place

John Dyer, Somewhere In the Rainbow - 37.30 ct. Sunstone, titled "Colorful Cascade".

Innovative Faceting - Honorable Mention

Christopher Wolfsberg, Nirinjan - 25.45 ct. octagonal concave-cut Sunstone Labradorite.

Objects of Art

Objects of Art - 1st Place

Nicolai Medvedev, Impressions in Stone - Intarsia box with vaulted lid. Materials include: Malachite, Turquoise, Malachite/Azurite, Sugelite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, cultured Pearl, Emeralds and Diamonds.

Objects of Art - 2nd Place

Somewhere In The Rainbow - "Go Fly A Kite" featuring a 175.01 ct. green-yellow Beryl in 18K yellow gold accented with a .26 ct. Diamond.

Objects of Art - 3rd Place

Somewhere In The Rainbow - Agate wild boar with black Onyx eye and white Chalcedony tusks, titled "Grey Matter".

Pairs & Suites

Pairs & Suites - 1st Place

Stephen M. Avery, Stephen M. Avery - Pair of indicolite Tourmalines (41.45 ctw.).

Pairs & Suites - 2nd Place

Sean P Sweeney, Razzcal Enterprises LLC - Suite of 30 green Tourmalines (116.57 ctw.), titled "Boxing Day Pocket".

Pairs & Suites - 3rd Place

Mikola Kukharuk, Nomad's - Matched pair of round bicolored Tourmalines (19.74 ctw.).

Pairs & Suites - Honorable Mention

Alexander Arnoldi, Arnoldi International - Suite of three bicolored emerald-cut green Tourmalines (148.46 ctw.).

Phenomenal

Phenomenal - 1st Place

Joel Price, Joel Price - 34.63 ct. oval harlequin Opal.

Phenomenal - 2nd Place

Robyn Dufty, DuftyWeis Opals, Inc. - 60.20 ct. boulder Opal cabochon.

Phenomenal - 3rd Place

Robert Shapiro, Robert Shapiro - 7.30 ct. boulder Opal.

This year's AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM will be presented during the 2019 AGTA GemFairTM Tucson to be held February 5 -10, at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona. Winning entries will be displayed during the show and the 2018 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM recipients will be recognized during the 2018 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM Gala, on Saturday, February 9. Tickets for the gala are $100 and cocktail attire is encouraged.

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

AGTA Cutting Edge AwardsTM 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, recognizes outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone and/or cultured pearl jewelry in the five Spectrum Awards categories and for the Platinum Honors Innovation – Bridal Wear under $2,500 (semi-mount only), Platinum Honors Innovation – Classical under $3,500 and Platinum Honors Innovation – Day Wear under $2,000.  PGI also awards two "Best of" awards – Best Use of Platinum and Color and Best Use of Platinum Crown.

WJA Gem DIVA TM Awards celebrated its seventh year of association with the competition.  WJA GEM DIVATM Awards were presented in the Bridal Wear, Evening Wear, Classical and Business/Day Wear categories. All women who entered the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM 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 necklaces, earrings, bracelets or other jewelry that qualified for judging in the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM competition automatically qualified for Fashion Forward Honors judging.

For further information regarding the 2018 AGTA GemFairTM Tucson or the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM Gala, please call (800) 972‐1162 or visit our website at www.agta.org. For more information regarding the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM competition, please contact the Marketing Department at (800) 972‐1162 or spectrum@agta.org.

The American Gem Trade Association is a notforprofit 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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"As someone who has nurtured a lifelong love affair with colored gemstones and pearls, the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ judging week is unbridled pleasure.  It feeds my color jones and it is one of the most important endeavors AGTA pursues in its mission to spread the gospel of color," said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "This year we had the perfect trifecta of components that make our Spectrum Awards a memorable success.  First, the judges were exquisitely professional, with strong resumes and strong personalities, but they worked in tandem to appraise the work, creativity, and ingenuity of the over 400 entries to the competition. Secondly, we had a wave of new designers and first-time entrants - young people with fresh perspectives that were willing to embrace creative risk in their work. Over a dozen of our awards will be presented to first time winners!  The third component was the growing breadth of material entered.  We saw an increase in loose gemstones in all of the categories in the Cutting Edge Division and that diversity was evidenced in the absolute cornucopia of color and variety in the jewelry divisions."

Winners of the 2018 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM are:

Best of….

Best of Show

Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 7.16 ct. untreated Russian Emerald accented with Diamonds.

Best Use of Color

Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Phoenix Rising" necklace featuring Mandarin Garnets (28.04 ctw.) accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (1.55 ctw.), Sapphires (4.68 ctw.), Rubies (3.17 ctw.), fire Opals (1.35 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (.02 ctw.) and a .77 ct. Turquoise.

Best Use of Pearls

Avi Raz, A & Z Pearls, Inc. - Necklace featuring 15-18mm multicolored natural baroque freshwater Pearls accented with 14K rose, yellow and rhodium gold beads.

Best Use of Platinum and Color

Deirdre Featherstone, Featherstone Design - Platinum "Wonder Woman" cuff featuring Aquamarines (4.54 ctw.), Tanzanites (2.44 ctw.), blue Zircons (1.60 ctw.), lavender Spinels (.46 ctw.), Tourmalines (.68 ctw.) and star-set Diamonds (2.64 ctw.).

Best Use of Platinum Crown

John Haynes, Schmitt Jewelers - Platinum "Solar Blossom" ring featuring a 14.73 ct. orange Zircon accented with tsavorite Garnets (.67 ctw.) and Diamonds (.65 ctw.).

Fashion Forward

Patrick King, Jewelsmith, Inc. - 14K white and rose gold pendant featuring a 13.31 ct. Sapphire accented with Sapphires (.98 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.91 ctw.).

AGTA Spectrum Awards™

Bridal Wear

Bridal Wear - 1st Place

Zoltan David, Zoltan David - 22K and 18K rose gold necklace featuring a 46.12 ct. Opal accented with a 3.60 ct. round Opal and blue Sapphires (2.40 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - 2nd Place

Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. - Platinum "Take the Plunge" ring featuring a 21.86 ct. oval Tanzanite cabochon accented with Diamonds (2.13 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - 3rd Place

Niveet Nagpal, Somewhere In The Rainbow - Platinum and black rhodium "Hi, I'm Alex - And You Are?" ring featuring a 6.12 ct. Alexandrite cabochon accented with Alexandrite and Diamond melee.

Bridal Wear - Honorable Mention

Heath London, Heath London Jewelry - 18K gold and aluminum earrings featuring Tahitian, freshwater and Akoya cultured Pearls accented with a .40 ct. Aquamarine, a .40 ct. pink Sapphire and Diamonds (.60 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Manufacturing Honors

Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - 18K rose gold ring featuring three Padparadscha Sapphires (7.17 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (.88 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Platinum Honors

Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry - Platinum "Green Valley" ring featuring a 1.22 ct. tsavorite Garnet accented with Diamonds (.13 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation

Michael Jakubowski, Gem Fanatic - Platinum ring featuring a 3.88 ct. gray cushion-cut Spinel accented with Diamonds (1.03 ctw.).

Bridal Wear – WJA Gem DIVA™ Award

Beatrix Laura Jewels, LLC, B & W Jewels - Platinum earrings featuring triangular Aquamarines (7.37 ctw.) accented with trapezoid and shield-cut Diamonds (3.47 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear

Business/Day Wear - 1st Place

Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Emerald City" necklace featuring a 105.99 ct. pear-shaped Emerald accented with Diamonds (4.42 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - 2nd Place

Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - Platinum and 18K rose gold pendant featuring a 9.39 ct. pear-shaped black Opal accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (.90 ctw.) and a .25 ct. pear-shaped Diamond.

Business/Day Wear - 3rd Place

Beatrix Laura Jewels, LLC, B & W Jewels - 18K white gold reversible earrings featuring pink Sapphires (2.71 ctw.) and Diamonds (3.84 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Honorable Mention

Bella Campbell, Campbellian Collection / BHI - 18K white gold "Phoenix Feathers" earrings featuring Mexican fire Opals (2.19 ctw.) accented with Rubies (4.93 ctw.) and Diamonds (.56 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Manufacturing Honors

Michael Tope, Raintree, LLC - Platinum and 18K rose gold ring featuring a 3.74 ct. Aquamarine accented with a .241 ct. Ruby.

Business/Day Wear - Platinum Honors

John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum necklace featuring a 10.67 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (1.07 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation

Joseph A. Murawski, Joden World Resources, LLC - Platinum earrings featuring round brilliant cut Diamonds (1.44 ctw.) surrounded by 10mm round black Onyx.

Business/Day Wear - WJA Gem DIVA™ Award

Belle Brooke Barer, Belle Brooke - 18K royal yellow gold pendant featuring a 3.74 ct. pear-shaped indicolite Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.18 ctw.).

Classical

Classical - 1st Place

Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - Platinum ring featuring a 10.23 ct. cuprian Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (2.57 ctw.), Paraiba Tourmalines (1.54 ctw.) and a .01 ct. Alexandrite.

Classical - 2nd Place

Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 7.16 ct. untreated Russian Emerald accented with Diamonds.

Classical - 3rd Place

Swapna Pinnamaneni, Dream Choice Jewelry - 18K yellow gold "The Dancer" brooch featuring a 2.75 ct. Tanzanite accented with yellow Diamonds (2.75 ctw.), Rubies (14.36 ctw.) and white Diamonds (1.41 ctw.).

Classical - Honorable Mention

John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum necklace featuring black Opal cabochons (38.43 ctw.) accented with Sapphires (.95 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (.95 ctw.) and Diamonds (6.76 ctw.).

Classical - Manufacturing Honors and WJA Gem DIVA™ Award

Lindsay Jane, Lindsay Jane Designs - Platinum ring featuring a 6.78 ct. bicolored Sapphire accented with French-cut Diamonds (1.84 ctw.), brilliant-cut Diamonds (.44 ctw.) and Sapphires (.06 ctw.).

Classical - Platinum Honors

Benjamin Javaheri, Uneek Jewelry, Inc. - Platinum ring featuring a 6.53 ct. oval blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (1.39 ctw.).

Evening Wear

Evening Wear - 1st Place

Gross & Currens, David Gross Group - Platinum ring featuring a 20.26 ct. cushion-cut unheated yellow Sapphire accented with Diamonds (3.60 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 2nd Place

Susan Helmich, Somewhere In the Rainbow - 18K white and yellow gold "Le Dauphin" necklace featuring a 101.85 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (1.34 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 3rd Place

Zoltan David, Somewhere In The Rainbow - Platinum and palladium "Candy on Ice" necklace featuring rubellite Tourmalines (83.00 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (5.97 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention

Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Shakti" pendant featuring a 28.6 ct. Chrysoberyl accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (1.96 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (2.43 ctw.) and canary Tourmalines (1.75 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention

Helen Kim Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc. - Platinum "Remember" ring featuring a 9.25 ct. square Moonstone cabochon accented with Moonstones (2.85 ctw.), multi-cut Diamonds (7.20 ctw.), Opals (.47 ctw.) and Tanzanites (.51 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Manufacturing Honors

Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Hera" earrings featuring Tanzanites (5.01 ctw.) accented with chrome Tourmalines (7.97 ctw.), Paraiba Tourmalines (.63 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.10 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Platinum Honors

Paul Klecka, Somewhere In the Rainbow - Platinum "Coco Verde" two-finger ring featuring a 66.03 ct. specialty-cut lemon Citrine accented with Diamonds (6.30 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation

Jacob Wosinski, Jacob Raymond Custom Jewelry - Platinum ring featuring a 2.11 ct. blue Sapphire accented with blue Sapphires (.03 ctw.).

Evening Wear - WJA Gem DIVA™ Award

Gina Ferranti, GiGi Ferranti - 18K rose and white gold "Cleopatra-Geometric" ring featuring a 1.55 ct. Emerald accented with Emeralds (.53 ctw.), purple Sapphires (3.03 ctw.) and Diamonds (.72 ctw.).

Men's Wear

Men's Wear - 1st Place

Zoltan David, Zoltan David - Steel and 24K gold ring featuring a 25.53 ct. blue Zircon.

Men's Wear - 2nd Place

Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design - Platinum and 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring hand-carved rock crystal Quartz and Mother-of-Pearl moons (53.06 ctw.) accented with blue Sapphire cabochons (1.76 ctw.), yellow and white Diamond melee (.66 ctw.).

Men's Wear - 3rd Place

Pheap Lorn-Canossi, Phenomenon Jewels - 14K white gold and 18K yellow gold "Take Me Away to Paradise" ring featuring a 15.0 0ct. green Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.87 ctw.), Alexandrites and Sapphires (3.22 ctw.).

Men's Wear - Honorable Mention

Klaus Kutter, A Jour Jewelry - 18K rose and white gold cufflinks featuring Moonstones (13.08 ctw.) accented with Sapphires (2.50 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (1.80 ctw.) and Onyx.

Men's Wear - Manufacturing Honors

Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry - Platinum and 18K yellow gold "Halryon" ring featuring a 19.14 ct. Zircon accented with Diamonds (1.23 ctw.).

Men's Wear - Platinum Honors

Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive - Platinum cufflinks featuring blue Sapphires (2.15 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.02 ctw.).

AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™

All Other Faceted

All Other Faceted - 1st Place

Mikola Kukharuk, Nomad's - 80.25 ct. oval tsavorite Garnet.

All Other Faceted - 2nd Place

Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - 6.58 ct. untreated Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline.

All Other Faceted - 3rd Place

Christopher Wolfsberg, Fox Tail Gallery - 44.19 ct. octagonal modified brilliant cut Tanzanite.

All Other Faceted - Honorable Mention

Jose Rocha, Jewelry Television - 46.75 ct. round, Portuguese-cut Spanish Sphalerite.

Carving

Carving - 1st Place

Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry - "Frog Prince" featuring Sunstone (160 ctw.) accented with Sapphires, Diamonds, Opals, black Jade, green Jade, Chalcedony, Calcite and 14K yellow gold.

Carving - 2nd Place

Swapna Pinnamaneni, Dream Choice Jewelry - 1080.50 ct. Citrine carving, titled "Ganesha".

Carving - 3rd Place

Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry - 110 ct. Amethyst carving, titled "Amethstine Chapel".

Classic Gemstone

Classic Gemstone - 1st Place

Kenneth Blount, 100% Natural, Ltd. - 91.36 unheated yellow Ceylon Sapphire.

Classic Gemstone - 2nd Place

Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. - 5.24 ct. untreated Colombian Emerald.

Classic Gemstone - 3rd Place

Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co. - 21.04 ct. oval unheated Sri Lankan blue Sapphire.

Innovative Faceting

Innovative Faceting - 1st Place

Mark Gronlund, Mark Gronlund - 96.30 ct. round spiral brilliant-cut blue Topaz.

Innovative Faceting - 2nd Place

Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry - 21.27 specialty-cut Tourmaline.

Innovative Faceting - 3rd Place

John Dyer, Somewhere In the Rainbow - 37.30 ct. Sunstone, titled "Colorful Cascade".

Innovative Faceting - Honorable Mention

Christopher Wolfsberg, Nirinjan - 25.45 ct. octagonal concave-cut Sunstone Labradorite.

Objects of Art

Objects of Art - 1st Place

Nicolai Medvedev, Impressions in Stone - Intarsia box with vaulted lid. Materials include: Malachite, Turquoise, Malachite/Azurite, Sugelite, Lapis Lazuli, Opal, cultured Pearl, Emeralds and Diamonds.

Objects of Art - 2nd Place

Somewhere In The Rainbow - "Go Fly A Kite" featuring a 175.01 ct. green-yellow Beryl in 18K yellow gold accented with a .26 ct. Diamond.

Objects of Art - 3rd Place

Somewhere In The Rainbow - Agate wild boar with black Onyx eye and white Chalcedony tusks, titled "Grey Matter".

Pairs & Suites

Pairs & Suites - 1st Place

Stephen M. Avery, Stephen M. Avery - Pair of indicolite Tourmalines (41.45 ctw.).

Pairs & Suites - 2nd Place

Sean P Sweeney, Razzcal Enterprises LLC - Suite of 30 green Tourmalines (116.57 ctw.), titled "Boxing Day Pocket".

Pairs & Suites - 3rd Place

Mikola Kukharuk, Nomad's - Matched pair of round bicolored Tourmalines (19.74 ctw.).

Pairs & Suites - Honorable Mention

Alexander Arnoldi, Arnoldi International - Suite of three bicolored emerald-cut green Tourmalines (148.46 ctw.).

Phenomenal

Phenomenal - 1st Place

Joel Price, Joel Price - 34.63 ct. oval harlequin Opal.

Phenomenal - 2nd Place

Robyn Dufty, DuftyWeis Opals, Inc. - 60.20 ct. boulder Opal cabochon.

Phenomenal - 3rd Place

Robert Shapiro, Robert Shapiro - 7.30 ct. boulder Opal.

This year's AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM will be presented during the 2019 AGTA GemFairTM Tucson to be held February 5 -10, at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona. Winning entries will be displayed during the show and the 2018 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM recipients will be recognized during the 2018 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM Gala, on Saturday, February 9. Tickets for the gala are $100 and cocktail attire is encouraged.

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

AGTA Cutting Edge AwardsTM 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, recognizes outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone and/or cultured pearl jewelry in the five Spectrum Awards categories and for the Platinum Honors Innovation – Bridal Wear under $2,500 (semi-mount only), Platinum Honors Innovation – Classical under $3,500 and Platinum Honors Innovation – Day Wear under $2,000.  PGI also awards two "Best of" awards – Best Use of Platinum and Color and Best Use of Platinum Crown.

WJA Gem DIVA TM Awards celebrated its seventh year of association with the competition.  WJA GEM DIVATM Awards were presented in the Bridal Wear, Evening Wear, Classical and Business/Day Wear categories. All women who entered the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM 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 necklaces, earrings, bracelets or other jewelry that qualified for judging in the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM competition automatically qualified for Fashion Forward Honors judging.

For further information regarding the 2018 AGTA GemFairTM Tucson or the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM Gala, please call (800) 972‐1162 or visit our website at www.agta.org. For more information regarding the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM competition, please contact the Marketing Department at (800) 972‐1162 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The American Gem Trade Association is a notforprofit 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.

SOURCE American Gem Trade Association

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