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The AGTA Spectrum Awards jewelry design competition, created in 1984, celebrates excellence in jewelry featuring natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Entries in the annual Spectrum Awards competition are evaluated by a panel of distinguished industry judges on the basis of: overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, and broad-based consumer appeal. All North American designers, manufacturers, and gem cutters are eligible to enter.

Spectrum Award Categories include: evening wear, business/day wear, casual wear, bridal wear, and men's wear, Platinum Honors are awarded to innovative jewelry designs incorporating a minimum of 75% platinum. Manufacturing Honors are awarded for outstanding use of colored gemstones and pearls in jewelry appropriate to be manufactured in production quantities. AGTA Cutting Edge Awards honor excellence and creativity in the production of loose, natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, carvings, other gem materials and objects of art.

2005 AGTA Spectrum Awards

Spectrum - Best of Show
Glen J. Engelbrecht
GJ Designs
Sarasota, FL

18K yellow gold necklace that features a 33.33 ct. Orthoclase accented with a 1.90 ct. Demantoid Garnet and Diamonds. Pendant is suspended from a Demantoid Garnet necklace (11.52 ctw).
Spectrum - Best Use of Color
Andrew Paetzold
Philip Zahm & Associates, Inc.
Aptos, CA

18K white gold ring featuring a 4.13 ct. blue Sapphire surrounded by fancy colored corundum (3.20 ctw) and Diamonds.

Spectrum - 1st Place Bridal Wear
Michael Zacharakis
D'Errico Jewelers
Scarsdale, NY

Platinum necklace featuring a variety of 9.5mm to 16.5mm South Sea Cultured Pearls.

Spectrum - 2nd Place Bridal Wear
Garo Demirjian
Demirjian Jewelry Design
Scottsdale, AZ

18K white gold spiral earrings featuring two 9.5 mm South Sea Cultured Pearls accented with Diamonds.

Spectrum - 3rd Place Bridal Wear
Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg Jewelers
Beverly Hills, CA

Platinum necklace featuring seven graduating topaz (5.23 ctw) unified with diamonds. Tsavorite garnets hang from diamonds at the bottom.
Spectrum - Honorable Mention
Bridal Wear
Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg Jewelers
Beverly Hills, CA

Platinum and 18K yellow gold necklace featuring yellow, pink, green, blue, red and white Diamonds (17.22 ctw).

Spectrum - Platinum Honors
Bridal
Robert Pelliccia
J. R. Dunn Jewelers
Light House Point, FL

Platinum ring featuring a 2.96 ct. blue Sapphire accented with blue Sapphires (.76 ctw) and Diamonds (.34 ctw).

Spectrum - 1st Place Business/Day Wear
Samuel Getz
Samuel Getz Private Jewelers & Designers
Coral Gables, FL

18K yellow & white gold suite. Necklace features a 30.21 ct. golden Beryl accented with a .26 ct. Garnet and Diamonds (.68 ctw). Earrings feature two golden Beryls (9.20 ctw) and two Garnets (.23 ctw) accented with Diamonds (.22 ctw).

Spectrum - 2nd Place Business/Day Wear
Robert Bruce Henderson
Plateau Jewelers Inc.
Sammamish, WA

18K yellow and 14K white gold "pinwheel" pendant featuring a 7.46 ct. Grossularite accented with a 1.26 ct. Tsavorite Garnet and Diamonds (1.06 ctw).

Spectrum - 3rd Place Business/Day Wear
Maria Canale
Richard Krementz Gemstones
Newark, NJ

Platinum and 18K gold pin featuring a 2.28 ct. Tanzanite and a 2.75 ct. Rubellite Tourmaline accented with yellow Sapphires and Diamonds.

Spectrum - Manufacturing Honors
Business/Day Wear
Lee Charles Buckingham
Neiman Marcus
Dallas, TX

18K yellow gold ring featuring an 11.54 ct. Amethyst accented with inlay and Diamonds (1.60 ctw).

Spectrum - Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear
Julie Buckareff
American Jewelry Artworks
London, ON

18K rose gold and platinum hand carved rock crystal Quartz flower brooch (60.41 ctw) with Tsavorite garnets, pink Diamonds and white Diamonds.

Spectrum - Platinum Honors
Business/Day Wear
Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a .90 ct. Emerald accented with yellow Diamonds (.18 ctw) and white Diamonds (.65 ctw).

Spectrum - 1st Place Casual Wear
Alan Friedman
Alan Friedman Designs
Beverly Hills, CA

18K white gold bracelet featuring eight torus cut pink Sapphires accented with yellow Diamonds (.66 ctw) and white Diamonds (.83 ctw).

Spectrum - 2nd Place Casual Wear
William Travis Kukovich
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC

18K yellow gold and platinum ring featuring a  4.71 ct. mint green Tourmaline and two purple Sapphires (.15 ctw).

Spectrum - 3rd Place Casual Wear
Mark Lauer
Mark Michael Design
Maple Grove, MN

18K yellow gold and platinum pendant featuring a 16.63 ct. Citrine and a .29 ct. Tsavorite Garnet accented with two Diamonds.

Spectrum - Manufacturing Honors
Casual Wear
An D. Nguyen
Lisa Kaye & Company, Inc.
Durham, NC

African ebony wood and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 1.02 ct. Sapphire.

Spectrum - Honorable Mention
Casual Wear
Paul Derrickson
Federico's Design Jewelers
Traverse City, MI

18K rose gold and platinum ring featuring a 5.84 ct. Indicolite Tourmaline and two pink Sapphires (2.08 ctw) accented with yellow and white Diamonds.

Spectrum - Honorable Mention
Casual Wear
Lee Charles Buckingham
Neiman Marcus
Dallas, TX

Platinum "bat" ring featuring an 11.52 ct. Quartz with one rutile in the center that forms a web. Accented with diamonds and a bat on each side.

Spectrum - Platinum Honors
Casual Wear
David G. Hrubec
Dal Pezzo Design Inc.
Miami, FL

Platinum ring featuring a 2.5 ct. cabochon rainbow Moonstone accented with two small Cultured Pearls, pink Sapphires (1.08 ctw), white Diamonds and yellow Diamonds.

Spectrum - 1st Place Evening Wear
Glen J. Engelbrecht
GJ Designs
Sarasota, FL

18K yellow gold necklace that features a 33.33 ct. Orthoclase accented with a 1.90 ct. Demantoid Garnet and Diamonds. Pendant is suspended from a Demantoid Garnet necklace (11.52 ctw).
Spectrum - 2nd Place Evening Wear
Llyn L.Strelau
Llyn L. Strelau Jewels by Design Ltd.
Calgary, AB

"Fall of Angels." 18K yellow & white gold necklace featuring a 6.23 ct. Rubellite Tourmaline,  a 4.96 ct. Spessartite Garnet, a 12.66 ct. golden South Sea cultured Pearl accented with six Diamonds.

Spectrum - color=" 2" arial" #000000">3rd Place
Evening Wear
Samuel Getz
Samuel Getz Private Jewelers & Designers
Coral Gables, FL

18K white gold necklace featuring a 76.26 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (1.39 ctw). Suspended from a bezel set diamond necklace (1.65 ctw) with a Diamond on the clasp.

Spectrum - Manufacturing Honors
Evening Wear
Marisa Goebel La Belle
Atelier Marisa
Santa Monica, CA

18K white gold earrings featuring two 15mm Tahitian Pearls accented with Diamonds (.54 ctw).

Spectrum - Honorable Mention
Evening Wear

Sally Lynn Mitschke
Montanari Fine Art Jewelers
Kansas City, MO

18K yellow gold drop earrings featuring 12mm golden South Sea Pearls accented with yellow Sapphires (1.53 ctw) and Diamonds (.56 ctw).

Spectrum - Platinum Honors
Evening Wear

Ron Lodholz
Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery Ltd.
Cary, NC

18K yellow gold and platinum hand fabricated necklace featuring a 27.73 ct. Citrine and three Tourmalines (4.53 ctw) accented with Diamonds (.51 ctw).

Spectrum - 1st Place Men's Wear
Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Rotating platinum cufflinks featuring two 11mm black South Sea Pearls and 30 pink Sapphires (1.20 ctw) accented with Diamonds (1.61 ctw).

Spectrum - 2nd Place Men's Wear
Lee Charles Buckingham
Neiman Marcus
Dallas, TX

Platinum cufflinks featuring two sugar loafRubies (9.65 ctw) accented with Diamonds (.96 ctw).

Spectrum - 3rd Place
Men's Wear
Lee Charles Buckingham
Neiman Marcus
Dallas, TX

18K yellow gold and platinum cufflinks featuring two matching Citrines (13.67 ctw) accented with Diamonds (.85 ctw).
Spectrum - Platinum Honors
Men's Wear
Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Platinum ring featuring Jade, Tsavorite Garnets and yellow Diamonds.

AGTA Cutting Edge Awards

Cutting Edge - Best of Show
Dalan Hargrave
Stephanie Michael Young
Spring Branch, TX

125 ct. spirographic cut mint green Beryl with a concave pavilion and flat faceted crown.

Cutting Edge - 1st Place
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
Boulder, CO

12.36 ct. oval unheated blue Sapphire.

Cutting Edge - 2nd Place
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone

Michael Arnstein
Walter Arnstein Inc.
New York, NY

24.90 ct. natural, untreated yellow Sapphire.
Cutting Edge - 3rd Place
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone

Ashok Kumar Sancheti
Pioneer Gems
New York, NY

1.24 ct. natural, fancy cut Emerald.

Cutting Edge - 1st Place A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted
Ben Kho
Kho International Ltd.
Decatur, GA

11.22 ct. fancy cushion cut Rhodochrosite.

Cutting Edge - 2nd Place A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted
Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
Boulder, CO

6.31 ct. pear shaped Paraiba Tourmaline.

Cutting Edge - 3rd Place A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted
James Alger
James Alger Co.
Bedford, NH

17.73 ct. octagon shaped Peridot.

Cutting Edge - Honorable Mention
A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted

James Alger
James Alger Co.
Bedford, NH

14.47 ct. rose cut, oval green Tourmaline.

Cutting Edge - 1st Place A3 - Open Category Phenomenal
Jeffrey Bilgore
Jeffrey Bilgore LLC
New York, NY

16.21 ct. oval star Ruby.

Cutting Edge - 1st Place
B - Pairs & Suites

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

Pair of round Tanzanite drops, 30.37 ctw.

Cutting Edge - 2nd Place
B - Pairs & Suites

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

Pair of sugar loaf, cushion cut Tanzanites, 33.03 ctw.
Cutting Edge - 3rd Place B - Pairs & Suites
Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
Boulder, CO

Suite of 19 graduated brilliant, cushion cut Spessartite Garnets, 76.76 ctw.

Cutting Edge - Honorable Mention
B - Pairs & Suites

Ralph Wobito
Custom Gem Cutting Ltd.
Stouffville, ON

Pair of cushion cut pink Tourmalines, 10.22 ct. and 10.04 ct..

Cutting Edge - 1st Place
C - Faceting

John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI

20.61 ct. opposed bar cut Imperial Topaz.

Cutting Edge - 2nd Place
C - Faceting

John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI

28.34 ct. radiant cut, diamond shaped Madeira Citrine.
Cutting Edge - 3rd Place
C - Faceting

John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI

15.88 ct. sparkler cut Tsavorite Garnet.

Cutting Edge - color=" 2" arial" #000000">Honorable Mention
C - Faceting
John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI

26.21 ct. multifaceted, pear shaped natural Aquamarine.

Cutting Edge - 1st Place
D - Carving

Glenn Lehrer
Lehrer Designs
Larkspur, CA

194.19 ct. sculpted and faceted Aquamarine. Combination cut, carved and faceted with waffle cut and natural crystal faces.

Cutting Edge - 2nd Place
D - Carving

Dalan Hargrave
Dust Devil Mining Co.
Cloverdale, OR

"Emerging Flower." 73.55 ct. Oregon Sunstone with copper feathers and green highlights.
Cutting Edge - 3rd Place D - Carving
William Cox
Dust Devil Mining Co.
Cloverdale, OR

84.90 ct. freeform Oregon Sunstone with copper inclusions.

Cutting Edge - 1st Place
E - Combination
Dalan Hargrave
Stephanie Michael Young
Spring Branch, TX

125.0 ct. spirographic cut mint green Beryl with a concave pavilion and flat faceted crown.

Cutting Edge - 2nd Place
E - Combination
Christopher Wolfsberg
Colored Creations
Manchester, TN

"Pink Lady." 35.56 ct. concave, flat-faceted freeform kunzite.

Cutting Edge - 3rd Place
E - Combination

Richard P. Homer
Columbia Gem House, Inc.
Vancouver, WA

38.69 ct. round concave tube-set brilliant cut mint green Tourmaline.
Cutting Edge - Honorable Mention
E - Combination

Michael M. Dyber
Ledge Art Studio
Rumney, NH

"Atom." 281.20 ct. Beryl. Hand fashioned faceting and carving.

Cutting Edge - 1st Place
F - Objects of Art
Philip E. Louer, Jr.
North American Gem Carvers
Riner, VA

18K gold intarsia box featuring Lapis, Jasper, Malachite, Turquoise, Sugilite and exotic woods.

Cutting Edge - 2nd Place
F - Objects of Art
Susan Allen
E. F. Watermelon
Old Lyme, CT

Quartz featuring an elephant motif.

Cutting Edge - 3rd Place
F - Objects of Art
William S. Holman
William S. Holman Design Group
Dallas, TX

18K green gold sculpture featuring a 36.16 ct. Citrine accented with fancy colored Sapphires (2 ctw).
Cutting Edge - Honorable Mention
F - Objects of Art
Lawrence Stoller
Crystal Works
Bend, OR

"Insight." 3.75 pound carved quartz on a bronze base.

 
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