2013 AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards Announced
By Erika Winters
The American Gem Trade Association has announced the winners of its 2013 AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards. This year marked the 29th anniversary of the Spectrum Awards, which recognize jewelry designers working in natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls in fine jewelry designs. The Cutting Edge Awards honor lapidary artists who facet, carve, and create objects of art with colored stones and pearls.
Highlights from the competition, which was judged from October 20-21 in New York, are shown below. Visit AGTA Spectrum Awards for the full list of winners.
AGTA Spectrum Awards • Best of Category Winners
Best of Show • James Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc. • Platinum "Lava" ring featuring a 12.99-carat ruby cabochon and diamonds
Best Use of Color • Erica Courtney • 18K yellow gold earrings featuring opals (36.70 ctw.), apatites, and tsavorite garnets
Fashion Forward • Jennifer Dawes, Dawes Design • 18K yellow gold necklace featuring aquamarines, emeralds, and diamonds
Best Use of Platinum and Color • Deirdre Featherstone, Featherstone Design • Platinum "Shangri-La" earrings featuring opals (15.86 ctw.) and tanzanite cabochon drops (48.54 ctw.) accented with purple and blue sapphires, tourmalines, tsavorite garnets, diamonds, and turquoise briolettes
AGTA Cutting Edge Awards • 1st Place Winners
1st Place Classic Gemstones • Stephen Kotlowski, Uniquely K Custom Gems • 3.46-carat magenta custom-mixed oval sapphire
1st Place Pairs & Suites • Nandu Nichani, Temple Trading Co. • graduated necklace, earring and ring suite of blue moonstones in pear and heart-shaped cabochons (137.50 ctw.)
1st Place All Other Faceted Gemstones • Ben Kho, Kho International, Inc. • 16.02-carat rhodochrosite
1st Place Carving • Naomi Sarna, Naomi Sarna Designs • "L'Heure Bleu" tanzanite (725 ctw.) carving on a sterling silver base