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«AGTA Announces 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Winners Dallas, Texas, July 25, 2016 - The American Gem Trade Association is delighted to announce ...»

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AGTA Announces 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Winners

Dallas, Texas, July 25, 2016 - The American Gem Trade Association is delighted to

announce the winners of the prestigious AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM. The competition was

held in New York on July 23rd and 24th and is regarded as the world's preeminent colored

gemstone and cultured pearl design competition. The prestigious judges for the

competition this year were the following: Gail Brett-Levine of National Association of

Jewelry Appraisers; Diane Garmendia of 33 Jewels at El Paseo; Jay Mednikow of J.H.

Mednikow & Co., Inc.; Victor Velyan of Victor-Christy Studios; and Lew Wackler of Lew Wackler Gem Co.

"What a spectacular collection of winners!" said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. "The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ always showcases the best, most innovative and the most exciting evolutions in the design and colored gemstone industry and this year was certainly no exception. Unquestionably the quality of the gemstones and metals in the craftsmanship was elevated this year in all of the entries we received, and that was evident in the choices our expert judges made."

Winners of the 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM are:

Best of.....

Best of Show Ruben Bindra, B & B Fine Gems - Suite of round, brilliant Russian demantoid Garnets (24.67 ctw.).

Best Use of Color Derek Katzenbach, Katzenbach Designs - 14K white gold ring featuring a 4.97 ct. bicolored Tourmaline accented with tsavorite Garnets, Tourmalines and Diamonds (.69 ctw.).

Best Use of Pearls Judy Evans, Oliver & Espig Gallery of Fine Arts - Platinum pendant featuring a 13.44mm golden South Sea cultured Pearl accented with Diamonds.

Best Use of Platinum and Color Kathy Kinev, Jewel Creations, Inc. - Platinum "St. Chapelle" ring featuring Rubies, Sapphires, tsavorite Garnets and blue and white Diamonds.

Fashion Forward Lorenzo Chavez, Geogem-USA - Platinum and 18K yellow and rose gold "Gift from the Abyss" pendant featuring a 124.73 ct. carved Kunzite accented with blue Zircons and Diamonds (.82 ctw.).

Spectrum Bridal Wear Bridal Wear - 1st Place and Platinum Honors Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. - Platinum "Royal Blue" ring featuring a 12.00 ct. blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (2.59 ctw.). The ring features a detachable 18K yellow gold "Quilt" jacket featuring Turquoise accented with Diamonds (.43 ctw.) and tsavorite Garnets (.16 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - 2nd Place Alexia Connellan, Alexia Connellan Luxury Jewelry - Platinum "Regency Earrings" featuring mint Tourmalines (8.63 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.50 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - 3rd Place Caroline Chartouni, Caroline C - 18K white gold earrings featuring red Spinels accented with Diamonds.

Bridal Wear - Honorable Mention Jessica Neiwert, Jessica Nei - 18K rose gold "Snow Blossom" convertible earrings featuring lavender Chalcedony (13.50 ctw.) accented with Moonstones (1.66 ctw.), pink Sapphires (.41 ctw.), Amethysts (.29 ctw.) and Diamonds (.54 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - Honorable Mention Samuel Sulimanov, Samuel Sylvio Designs - 18K white gold earrings featuring Paraiba Tourmalines (3.0 ctw.) accented with Paraiba Tourmaline melee (.68 ctw.) and Diamonds.

Bridal Wear - Manufacturing Honors Dennis de Jonghe, deJonghe Original Jewelry - Platinum ring featuring a 2.20 ct.

Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (0.40 ctw.).

Bridal Wear - GEM DIVA Award Heena Chheda Shah, Real Gems, Inc. - 18K white gold "Rosalyn" earrings featuring eight pear-shaped Emeralds (15.89 ctw.) accented with fancy and round Diamonds (3.49 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear Business/Day Wear - 1st Place Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. - 18K yellow gold and platinum "Honey" ring featuring a

13.58 ct. Heliodor accented with Sapphires (.82 ctw.) and Diamonds (.96 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - 2nd Place T. Foster & Co, Fine Jewelers, T. Foster & Co, Fine Jewelers - 18K yellow gold and platinum ring featuring a 22.93 ct. orange Sapphire accented with Diamonds.

Business/Day Wear - 3rd Place Zoltan David, Zoltan David, LLC - Palladium and 22K yellow gold ring featuring a 4.12 ct.

Danburite accented with blue Sapphires (.42 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Honorable Mention Shuang Feng, Fon Shon Jewellery Art & Design - 14K white gold with 18K rose gold plating ring featuring an oval Morganite accented with Diamonds.

Business/Day Wear - Honorable Mention Patrick King, Jewelsmith - 14K white and yellow gold pendant featuring a 31.94 ct. lemon Quartz accented with a 2.96 ct. Opal and Diamonds (.15 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Manufacturing Honors Llyn Strong, llyn strong fine art jewelry - 18K yellow gold earrings featuring bezel-set Rubies (1.56 ctw).

Business/Day Wear - Platinum Honors John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum "Mirror" ring featuring a

3.65 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (.69 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - Entry Platinum Innovation Jill Maurer, Jill Maurer - Platinum "Verge" ring featuring an 11.19 ct. golden Zircon accented with natural colored Diamonds (1.23 ctw.).

Business/Day Wear - GEM DIVA Award Naomi Sarna, Naomi Sarna Designs - 18K palladium white gold "Confetti Heart" ring featuring multicolored Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies and Amethysts.

Classical Classical - 1st Place Niveet Nagpal, Omi Gems, Inc. - 18K rose gold ring featuring a 4.01 ct. cushion-cut pink Spinel accented with Spinel melee (.52 ctw.), Diamond melee (.82 ctw.) and a.01 ct.





Alexandrite.

Classical - 2nd Place Niveet Nagpal, Omi Gems, Inc. - Platinum and black rhodium ring featuring three Alexandrites (6.99 ctw.) accented with Alexandrite melee (1.64 ctw.) and Diamonds (.91 ctw.).

Classical - 3rd Place Alexia Connellan, Alexia Connellan Luxury Jewelry - 18K rose gold "Spiral Earrings" featuring Morganites (9.50 ctw.) accented with Akoya cultured Pearls (8.02 ctw.), Sapphires (1.08 ctw.) and Diamonds (.85 ctw.).

Classical - Honorable Mention and Entry Platinum Innovation Lindsay Jane, Lindsay Jane Designs - Platinum ring featuring a 7.77 ct. Moonstone accented with purple and blue Sapphires (0.97 ctw.) and Diamonds (0.52 ctw.).

Classical - Honorable Mention and GEM DIVA Award Heena Chheda Shah, Real Gems, Inc. - 18K white gold "Bridget" ring featuring a 3.08 ct.

oval Ruby accented with round Rubies (.31 ctw.) and round and pear Diamonds (3.87 ctw.).

Classical - Manufacturing Honors Dominique Israileff, ASBA USA, INC. - 14K rose gold pendant featuring a 13mm Tahitian cultured Pearl accented with Diamonds (.37 ctw.).

Classical - Platinum Honors Zoltan David, Zoltan David, LLC - Platinum pendant featuring a 35.63 ct. marquis Moonstone cabochon set in blue patina bronze on a strand of cabochon Moonstones (18.20 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.20 ctw.).

Evening Wear Evening Wear - 1st Place David Gross, David Gross Group - Platinum necklace featuring 21 unheated Mozambique Rubies (29.33 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (21.61 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 2nd Place Phillip Dismuke, Jewelsmith - 18K yellow gold and platinum ring featuring a 13.53 ct. black Opal accented with Sapphires (1.01 ctw.) and Diamonds (.07 ctw.).

Evening Wear - 3rd Place Robert Pelliccia, J.R. Dunn Jewelers - 18K yellow and white gold pendant featuring a 23.94 ct. boulder Opal accented with blue and pink Sapphires (.58 ctw.) and Diamonds (.92 ctw.) on a black Diamond bead necklace.

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. - 18K yellow gold "Easter Egg" ring featuring a 7.46 ct.

Paraiba Tourmaline accented with Paraiba Tourmalines (1.09 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.45 ctw.).

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention Sinork Agdere, Lord Jewelry - 18K yellow gold and platinum "Ballerina" ring featuring a

65.0 ct. specialty-cut lemon Citrine accented with Diamonds and enamel.

Evening Wear - Manufacturing Honors Llyn Strong, llyn strong fine art jewelry - 18K rose gold "Calla Lily" ring featuring a 5.17 ct.

rose-cut green Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (0.03 ctw).

Evening Wear - Platinum Honors John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum "Electric Blue" necklace featuring black Opal (197 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (6.27 ctw.).

Evening Wear - GEM DIVA Award Alexia Connellan, Alexia Connellan Luxury Jewelry - Platinum "The Fringe Earrings" featuring bicolored Tourmalines (20.32 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.50 ctw.).

Men's Wear Men's Wear - 1st Place and Platinum Honors Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design - Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a

8.76 ct. Maw Sit Sit accented with black, white and yellow Diamonds (2.27 ctw.) and tsavorite Garnets (.93 ctw.).

Men's Wear - 2nd Place William Travis, William Travis Jewelry - Silver and 18K yellow gold ring a featuring 17.67 ct.

carved Lapis Lazuli scarab beetle accented with orange Sapphires (.96 ctw.).

Men's Wear - 3rd Place Craig Slavens, Studio 247 Fine Jewelry - Carbon fiber, platinum and 18K rose gold ring featuring a 4.52 ct. unheated Padparadscha Sapphire accented with Diamonds (.39 ctw.).

Men's Wear - Honorable Mention and Entry Platinum Innovation William Travis, William Travis Jewelry - Platinum band featuring blue Sapphires (.54 ctw.), cognac Diamonds (.18 ctw.) and colorless Diamonds (.18 ctw.).

Cutting Edge All Other Faceted All Other Faceted - 1st Place Jeffrey R. Hapeman, Earth's Treasury LLC - 42.47 ct. brilliant square cushion specialty-cut Apatite.

All Other Faceted - 2nd Place Mikola Kukharuk, Nomad's - 12.44 ct. square cushion tsavorite Garnet.

All Other Faceted - 3rd Place Ambassador Gems, Ambassador Gems - 24.12 ct. cushion-cut blue Zircon.

All Other Faceted - Honorable Mention Hemant Phophaliya, A G Color, Inc. - 48.62 ct. sugarloaf Tanzanite.

Carving Carving - 1st Place Naomi Sarna, Naomi Sarna Designs - Hand-carved Ametrine (297 ctw.).

Carving - 2nd Place John Dyer, John Dyer & Co. - Aquamarine carving titled 'Sydney Symphony" (53.63 ctw.).

Carving - 3rd Place Meg Berry, Mega Gem - 21.70 ct. pyrope Garnet titled "Rooster."

Carving - Honorable Mention Naomi Sarna, Naomi Sarna Designs - Rutilated Quartz carving (1375 ctw.).

Classic Gemstone Classic Gemstone - 1st Place Ruben Bindra, B & B Fine Gems - 10.11 ct. Sri Lankan cushion-cut orange Sapphire.

Classic Gemstone - 2nd Place Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co. - 20.03 ct. unheated emerald-cut yellow Sapphire.

Classic Gemstone - 3rd Place Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co. - 15.01 ct. emerald-cut blue Sapphire.

Classic Gemstone - Honorable Mention Ruben Bindra, B & B Fine Gems - 7.22 ct. cushion-cut Padparadscha Sapphire.

Innovative Faceting Innovative Faceting - 1st Place John Dyer, John Dyer & Co. - 80.29 ct. specialty-cut Ametrine.

Innovative Faceting - 2nd Place John Dyer, John Dyer & Co. - 175.37 ct. deep concave cushion-cut Morganite titled "Mozambique Sunset."

Innovative Faceting - 3rd Place Ryan Joseph Anderson, Ryan Joseph Gems - 89.41 ct. Amethyst, titled "Efflorescence."

Innovative Faceting - Honorable Mention Glenn Wm. Lehrer, Lehrer Designs, Inc. - 30.79 ct. Danburite and a 1.03 ct. Ruby titled "KaleidosCut." When placed together, they create an 8-pointed star in the Danburite.

Objects of Art Objects of Art - Honorable Mention Brenda Smith, Brenda Smith Jewelry - "Light My Fire" object of art featuring Opalized wood (250 ctw.) accented with a hand-carved 75.0 ct. Sunstone flame, 40.0 ct. handcarved Mexican fire Opal and Diamonds (.20 ctw.).

Objects of Art - Honorable Mention Neda Behnam, Samuel B. Collection - 18K yellow gold "Stallion" statue featuring champagne Diamonds (7.81 ctw.) accented with tsavorite Garnets and Mother-of-Pearl on an Onyx base.

Pairs & Suites Pairs & Suites - 1st Place and Best of Show Ruben Bindra, B & B Fine Gems - Suite of round, brilliant Russian demantoid Garnets (24.67 ctw.).

Pairs & Suites - 2nd Place Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co. - Suite of pear-shaped unheated Mozambique Rubies (18.77 ctw.).

Pairs & Suites - 3rd Place Ben Kho, Kho International, Ltd. - Suite of round Rhodochrosite (17.26 ctw.).

Pairs & Suites - Honorable Mention Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co. - Earring suite of oval pink and purple (unheated) Sapphires (17.23 ctw.).

Phenomenal Phenomenal - 1st Place Gil, Gil Int'l - 5.56 ct. untreated Alexandrite.

Phenomenal - 2nd Place Robert Shapiro, Robert Shapiro - 10.05 ct. oval boulder Opal.

Phenomenal - 3rd Place Manu Nichani, Blue Moon Ent. - 19.07 ct. royal blue rectangular, cushion-cut Moonstone.

Phenomenal - Honorable Mention Robyn Dufty, DuftyWeis Opals, Inc. - 103.80 ct. cabochon boulder Opal.

This year's AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM will be presented during the 2017 AGTA GemFairTM Tucson to be held January 31 - February 5 at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona. Winning entries will be displayed during the show and AGTA Spectrum Awards TM recipients will be recognized during the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM Gala, on Saturday, February 4. 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-base 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.

Bridal Wear sponsored by The Knot - The Knot sponsored the Bridal Wear division of the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ for the fifth year. As the #1 wedding network in the U.S., reaching 80% of brides, The Knot represents an opportunity for unprecedented exposure for Spectrum entrants.Whether gracing the bridesmaids or donning the bride, herself, this category captures all looks coming down the aisle. Engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and tiaras should be considered.

Platinum Honors™, sponsored by Platinum Guild International, recognizes outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone and/or pearl jewelry in the five Spectrum Awards categories and for the Best Use of Color and Platinum. Platinum Honors™ Entry Platinum Honors - Bridal Wear under $2,500 (semi-mount only), Platinum Honors Innovation Classical under $3,500 and Platinum Honors Innovation - Day Wear under $2,000.

WJA GEM DIVA TM Awards celebrated its fifth year of association with the competition.



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