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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.

2006 AGTA Spectrum Awards

Best of Show
Samuel Getz
Samuel Getz Private Jewelers & Designers
Coral Gables, FL

"Caribbean Dream Suite." Platinum necklace and earring suite featuring Aquamarine, Tsavorite Garnet, Chrysoberyl (22.74 ctw) and Diamonds (8.41 ctw).

Best Use of Color
Jack Demerjian
J. Demere Designs
Livonia, MI

18K yellow and white gold pendant featuring an 8.80 ct. green Tourmaline, two Rhodolite Garnets (1.92 ctw), 194 yellow Diamonds (1.21 ctw), and 21 white Diamonds (0.18 ctw). The chain features 32 Tsavorite Garnets (0.22 ctw) and 32 Rubies (0.20 ctw).

Fashion Forward Honors-Men's
Avi Raz
A & Z Pearls, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Rubber cord necklace featuring a 14K white gold geometrical diamond shaped pendant set with an 11-12 mm natural colored Tahitian Cultured Pearl.

Fashion Forward Honors-Women's
Devta Doolan
Devta Doolan Jewelry
Portland, ME

"Black and Gold" necklace featuring 22K yellow gold and hammered and chiseled black Onyx (360.0 ctw).

 

1st Place
Bridal Wear

Robert Peliccia
J. R. Dunn Jewellers
Ligth House Point, FL

Platinum ring featuring a 1.51 ct. Paraiba Tourmaline, six tycoon Diamonds (1.34 ctw) and 109 brilliant cut Diamonds (0.43 ctw).

2nd Place
Bridal Wear

Garo Demirjian
Demirjian Jewelry Design
Phoenix, AZ

18K white gold drop earrings featuring two pink 10 mm South Sea Cultured Pearls and Diamonds (1.46 ctw).

3rd Place
Bridal Wear

Brenda J. Warburton
Austin & Warburton
Ann Arbor, MI

18K white gold necklace featuring a 2.43 ct. pink Sapphire, a 1.16 ct. Alexandrite, a 0.91 ct. yellow Sapphire and Diamonds (2.94 ctw).

Honorable Mention
Bridal Wear

Robert Peliccia
J. R. Dunn Jewellers
Ligth House Point, FL

Platinum ring featuring a 5.30 ct. oval blue Sapphire and two oval brilliant cut Diamonds (1.68 ctw). Accented with 263 brilliant cut Diamonds (1.14 ctw).

1st Place
Business/Day Wear

Jack Demerjian
J. Demere Designs
Livonia, MI

18K yellow and white gold pendant featuring an 8.80 ct. green Tourmaline, two Rhodolite Garnets (1.92 ctw), 194 yellow Diamonds (1.21 ctw), and 21 white Diamonds (0.18 ctw). The chain features 32 Tsavorite Garnets (0.22 ctw) and 32 Rubies (0.20 ctw).

2nd Place
Business/Day Wear

Troels D. Larsen
Jacobus Goldsmiths
Laguna Beach, CA

18K yellow gold pendant featuring a 10.23 ct. emerald cut Tourmaline and two trillion cut Rubellite Tourmalines (1.45 ctw).

3rd Place
Business/Day Wear

Mark Schneider
Schneider Design Studio
Long Beach, CA

18K yellow and white gold pendant featuring a 35.13 ct. black drusy Onyx, a 12.72 ct. bubble cut rutilated Quartz and Mandarin Garnet (7.52 ctw). Accented with white and yellow Diamonds (1.31 ctw).

Manufacturing Honors
Business/Day Wear

Khai Le
Charles Koll Jewellers
San Diego, CA

Platinum and 18K yellow gold earrings featuring two pink Sapphires (2.09 ctw), two Tsavorite Garnets (0.48 ctw) and 48 Diamonds (0.40 ctw).

1st Place
Casual Wear

Darius Brasky
Paul C. Lirot Jewelers
Madison, CT

18K yellow and white gold pin/pendant featuring a 9.01 ct. green Tourmaline and 56 Diamonds (1.92 ctw).

2nd Place
Casual Wear

Dalan Hargrave
GemStarz
Spring Branch, TX

14K white and yellow gold 4-way reversible pendant featuring a 30.0 ct. Ametrine, square cabochon Garnets and diamond tucked black Jade. Accented with green 
Diamonds and white Diamonds.

3rd Place
Casual Wear

Jack Demerjian
J. Demere Designs
Livonia, MI

18K yellow and white gold pendant featuring an 11 mm golden Cultured Pearl, a 3.95 ct. green Tourmaline, 66 yellow Diamonds (0.52 ctw) and white Diamonds (0.40 ctw).

Manufacturing Honors
Casual Wear

Cornelis Hollander
Cornelis Hollander Designs, Inc.
Scottsdale, AZ

16" white to orange Chinese Freshwater Cultured Pearl necklace (4 mm-8.5 mm) with an 18K white gold pendant. Pendant features an 8.5 mm orange Chinese  Freshwater Cultured Pearl, an 11 mm white Cultured Pearl and Diamonds (.07 ctw).

1st Place
Evening Wear

Thomas Dailing
Thomas Dailing Designs
Stevens Point, WI

18K yellow and white gold pendant featuring a 3.70 ct. red Tourmaline and Diamonds (1.12ctw).

1st Place
Evening Wear

Samuel Getz
Samuel Getz Private Jewelers & Designers
Coral Gables, FL

"Caribbean Dream Suite." Platinum necklace and earring suite featuring Aquamarine, Tsavorite Garnet, Chrysoberyl (22.74 ctw) and Diamonds (8.41 ctw).

3rd Place
Evening Wear

Frederic Sage
Frederic Sage
Great Neck, NY

18K white gold "Deco Drop" necklace featuring an 18.67 ct. Peridot and Diamonds (3.56 ctw) pendant.

Manufacturing Honors
Evening Wear

Bayot Heer
Jewels by Design
Calgary, AB

"Grand Slalom." Platinum drop, hand crafted earrings featuring a rainbow suite of claw set straight-sided triangle cut Sapphires (7.00 ctw) accented with bezel set Diamonds (0.72 ctw).

1st Place
Men's Wear

Mark Schneider
Schneider Design Studio
Long Beach, CA

18K white gold ring featuring an 11.48 ct. Tanzanite, blue Sapphires (1.70 ctw.) and yellow Diamonds (0.43 ctw).

2nd Place
Men's Wear

Gregore Morin
Gregore Joailliers
Santa Barbara, CA

"Bombay Sapphire." 18K white and yellow gold martini pin featuring a 22.50 ct. Aquamarine, 0.14 ct. Peridot, 0.02 ct. pink Sapphire and Diamonds.

3rd Place
Men's Wear

Garo Demirjian
Demirjian Jewelry Design
Phoenix, AZ

18K yellow and white gold ring featuring a 1.02 ct. Sapphire and Diamonds (0.64 ctw).

 2006 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards

Best of Show
Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
Boulder, CO

5.02 ct. oval cut Ruby.

1st Place
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
Boulder, CO

5.02 ct. oval cut Ruby.

2nd Place
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

5.20 ct. emerald cut pink Sapphire.

3rd Place
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

14.33 ct. oval cut blue Sapphire.

Honorable Mention
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone

Philip Zahm
Philip Zahm & Associates
Aptos, CA

20.14 ct. emerald radiant cut yellow Sapphire.

1st Place
A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted

Brent Malgarin
ARINI
Kent, WA

39.09 ct. oval mixed cut Kunzite.

2nd Place
A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted

John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI

119.60 ct. fancy radiant cushion cut Morganite.

3rd Place
A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted

Philip Zahm
Philip Zahm & Associates
Aptos, CA

9.69 ct. trilliant cut Tourmaline.

1st Place
A3 - Open Category Phenomenal

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
Boulder, CO

4.46 ct. oval cut Alexandrite.

2nd Place
A3 - Open Category Phenomenal

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

5.49 ct. star Ruby.

1st Place
B - Pairs & Suites

Ben Kho
Kho International
Decatur, GA

Three antique cushion cut Rhodochrosites (13.75 ctw).

2nd Place
B - Pairs & Suites

Douglas Mays
Wild & Petsch USA
Camas, WA

Matched pair of marquise cut red Spinels (9.75 ctw).

3rd Place
B - Pairs & Suites

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

Pair of cushion cut pink Sapphires (6.69 ctw).

Honorable Mention
B - Pairs & Suites

Thomas A. Trozzo
Trozzo
Culpeper, VA

"Angels" featuring two Aquamarines (22.0 ct. and 18.81 ct.) and two Citrines (34.07 ct. and 38.10 ct.). Aquamarine fits inside Citrine.

1st Place
C - Faceting

John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI

114.48 ct. long tritop trillion cut Morganite.

2nd Place
C - Faceting

Ben Kho
Kho International
Decatur, GA

68.05 ct. fancy cushion cut Aquamarine.

3rd Place
C - Faceting

John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI

11.04 ct. modified Barion shield cut Tsavorite Garnet.

1st Place
D - Carving

Larry Woods
Jewels From The Woods
Blanco, TX

"Abstract Organic Carving" featuring a 49.72 ct. green Tourmaline.

2nd Place
D - Carving

Dalan Hargrave
GemStarz
Spring Branch, TX

29.60 ct. tricolor Ametrine. Carving creates 3-D illusion of a table, vase and flowers suspended within the gemstone.

3rd Place
D - Carving

John Dyer
Precious Gemstones Co.
Eau Claire, WI

"Sea Beauty" featuring a 26.40 ct. Aquamarine.

1st Place
E - Combination

Larry Woods
Jewels From The Woods
Blanco, TX

"Four Directions Oval" featuring a 26.19 ct. golden Beryl.

2nd Place
E - Combination

Dalan Hargrave
Dust Devil Mining Co.
Plush, OR

"Super Nova" featuring a 62.0 ct. free form, combination cut bicolor Sunstone.

3rd Place
E - Combination

Michael M. Dyber
Ledge Art Studio
Rumney, NH

81.64 ct. hand carved and faceted Amethyst.

 
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