2009 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Winners


AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is an annual natural colored gemstone & cultured pearl jewelry design competition. Here are the winners from the 2009 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition.

All AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and Cutting Edge Award Winner Photography by Robert Weldon.

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2009 AGTA Spectrum Awards™
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Best of Show
Frederic Sage
Frederic Sage
Great Neck, NY

"Enchanted Stallion" brooch featuring 158.26 ct. hand-carved natural Turquoise, white Diamonds (3.77 ctw.) and demantoid Garnets (.16 ctw.) set in 18K green and white gold.

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Best Use of Color and Fashion Forward
James W. Currens
J.W. Currens, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum "Kaleidoscope X2" ring featuring an 85 ct. Crystal surrounding Diamonds (10.13 ctw.), Amethysts (2.50 ctw.), Aquamarines (1.45 ctw.), fire Opals (.90 ctw.), Topaz (1.10 ctw.), Citrines (4.89 ctw.), Garnets (2.13 ctw.) & Tourmalines (2.85 ctw.).

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Best Use of Pearls
James W. Currens
J.W. Currens, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring "Celebration" ring featuring a 16mm South Sea white Pearl, a 12.5mm South Sea golden Pearl, a 14.4mm Tahitian black Pearl and a 10.15mm Tahitian black Pearl accented with white and yellow Diamonds (3.76 ctw.).

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Best Use of Platinum and Color
Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney
Los Angeles, CA

Platinum necklace featuring a 112.84 ct. Aquamarine briolette accented with Diamonds and Aquamarines (4.79 ctw.).

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1st Place
Bridal Wear

Judy Evans
Richard Krementz Gemstones
Springdale, NJ

Platinum earrings featuring Morganite briolettes (27.08 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.35 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Bridal Wear
Evelyn Clothier
Evelyn Clothier Jewelry
Philadelphia, PA

Platinum earrings featuring white donut Agates accented with Diamonds (4.15 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Bridal Wear
Carley McGee-Boehm
Carley Jewels
Solana Beach, CA

Palladium earrings featuring cuprian Tourmalines (18.09 ctw.) accented with black Spinel and rock Crystal Quartz helioliths.

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Manufacturing Honors
Bridal Wear

Michael Endlich
Pave Fine Jewelry
Oakland, CA

Platinum ring featuring a 2.85 ct. rainbow Moonstone cabochon accented with Diamonds (.20 ctw.).

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Platinum Honors
Bridal Wear

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney
Los Angeles, CA

Platinum necklace featuring a 112.84 ct. Aquamarine briolette accented with Diamonds and Aquamarines (4.79 ctw.).

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1st Place
Business/Day Wear
Devta Doolan
Devta Doolan Jewelry
Portland, ME

24K yellow and 14K rose gold necklace featuring Jasper cabochons (630 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Business/Day Wear
Jennifer Rabe Morin
Jennifer Joailliers
Santa Barbara, CA

18K white gold ring featuring a 38.67 ct. star rose Quartz cabochon accented with pink Sapphires (7.19 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.04 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Business/Day Wear

Ashleigh Branstetter
Ashleigh Branstetter, LLC
Baton Rouge, LA

18K yellow gold ring featuring a 32.10 ct. pink Tourmaline cabochon accented with Diamonds (.58 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear

Glen J. Engelbrecht
G J Designs
Sarasota, FL

18K yellow gold pendant featuring a drusy Quartz leaf accented with Diamonds (1.13 ctw.).

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Manufacturing Honors
Business/Day Wear

Yehouda Saketkhou
Yael Designs
San Francisco, CA

Platinum ring featuring a 13mm black Tahitian Pearl accented with pave Diamonds.

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Platinum Honors
Business/Day Wear
Evelyn Clothier
Evelyn Clothier Jewelry
Philadelphia, PA

Platinum earrings featuring triangle-cut green Tourmalines (13.68 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.50 ctw.).

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1st Place
Classical
Gregore Morin
Gregore Joailliers
Santa Barbara, CA

18K white and yellow gold frog brooch featuring Opals (2.32 ctw.), Moonstones (1.08 ctw.) and pink Sapphires (.03 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Classical

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold ring featuring a 17.51 ct. Chalcedony cabochon accented with Turquoise cabochons (3.10 ctw.) and Diamonds.

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3rd Place
Classical
Jeffrey Bilgore
Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC
New York, NY

Platinum ring featuring a 14.80 ct. cushion-cut blue-green Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.70 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Classical
Julie Buckareff
JJ Buckar
Toronto, ON CANADA

18K yellow gold cameo featuring a carved shell accented with white Diamonds (2.03 ctw.), tsavorite and spessartite Garnets (1.08 ctw.), pink, blue and yellow Sapphires (3.08 ctw.) and Paraiba Tourmalines (.30 ctw.).

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Manufacturing Honors
Classical
Richard Krementz Gemstones
Richard Krementz Gemstones
Springfield, NJ

Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 5.37 ct. blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (1.05 ctw.).

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Platinum Honors
Classical
Aron Suna
Suna Bros. Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum ring featuring a 7.74 ct. antique cushion-cut Topaz accented with Diamonds (.62 ctw.).

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1st Place
Evening Wear
Frederic Sage
Frederic Sage
Great Neck, NY

"Enchanted Stallion" brooch featuring 158.26 ct. hand-carved natural Turquoise, white Diamonds (3.77 ctw.) and demantoid Garnets (.16 ctw.) set in 18K green and white gold.

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2nd Place
Evening Wear

Julie Buckareff
JJ Buckar
Toronto, ON CANADA

Platinum "Ribbons" ring featuring an 11.50 ct. Tanzanite accented with ideal-cut diamonds (3.50 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Evening Wear
Evelyn Clothier
Evelyn Clothier Jewelry
Philadelphia, PA

Platinum earrings featuring green Beryl drops (70.86 ctw.) accented with square and round-cut Tourmalines (4.23 ctw.) and Diamonds (.78 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Evening Wear
Yehouda Saketkhou
Yael Designs
San Francisco, CA

18K white and yellow gold ring featuring a 60.0 ct. yellow Sapphire accented with white and yellow Diamonds (10.0 ctw.).

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Manufacturing Honors
Evening Wear
Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold earrings featuring pear-shaped and antique cushion-cut Tanzanites (17.56 ctw.).

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Platinum Honors
Evening Wear
Michael daCosta
Fortune's Fine Jewellery, Ltd.
Toronto, ON CANADA

Platinum brooch featuring a .57 ct. brown Diamond accented with yellow Diamonds (.52 ctw.), Rubies, pink and yellow Sapphires (9.15 ctw.) and white Diamonds (1.58 ctw.).

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1st Place
Men's Wear

Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg, Inc.
Beverly Hills, CA

18K yellow gold and platinum cufflinks featuring lavender Chalcedony cabochons (14.70 ctw.), round yellow Sapphires (1.57 ctw.), round Diamonds (0.17 ctw.) and round Rubies (0.08 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Men's Wear
Robert Pelliccia
J.R. Dunn Jewelers
Lighthouse Point, FL

Platinum and 22K yellow gold ring featuring a 1.75 ct. emerald-cut Alexandrite accented with Diamond baguettes (.69 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Men's Wear
Jack Bigio
Basser & Bigio, LLC
New York, NY

22K and 18K yellow gold cufflinks featuring bi-color watermelon Tourmaline slices (30.50 ctw.).

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Manufacturing Honors
Men's Wear

Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg, Inc.
Beverly Hills, CA

Palladium ring featuring a 19.68 ct. oval brown Zircon.

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Platinum Honors
Men's Wear
Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Platinum ring featuring an 11.54 ct. indicolite Tourmaline accented with white and yellow Diamonds (1.58 ctw.).

2009 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards
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1st Place
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone
John M. Bachman
John M. Bachman, Inc.
Boulder, CO

29.92 ct. natural yellow Sapphire.

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2nd Place
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

6.05 ct. emerald-cut natural blue Sapphire.

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3rd Place
A1 - Open Category Classic Gemstone

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
San Francisco, CA

9.13 ct. heart-shaped natural yellow Sapphire.

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1st Place
A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted
Jeffrey Bilgore
Jeffrey Bilgore, LLC
New York, NY

11.44 ct. oval-cut red Spinel.

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2nd Place
A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted
Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

10.45 ct. natural elbaite Tourmaline.

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3rd Place
A2 - Open Category All Other Faceted

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

8.62 ct. oval-cut natural Paraiba Tourmaline.

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1st Place
A3 - Open Category Phenomenal
James W. Currens
J.W. Currens, Inc.
New York, NY

34.80 ct. natural boulder Opal fancy cabochon.

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2nd Place
A3 - Open Category Phenomenal
Omi Nagpal
Omi Gems, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

5.98 ct. cushion-cut Alexandrite.

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3rd Place
A3 - Open Category Phenomenal

Stephen Kotlowski
Zultanite Gems, LLC
Fort Lauderdale, FL

80.25 ct. oval Zultanite.

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1st Place
B - Pairs & Suites

Allen Kleiman
A. Kleiman & Co.
San Francisco, CA

Pair of cushion-cut Peridot (28.47 ctw.).

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2nd Place
B - Pairs & Suites

Nandu Nichani
Temple Trading Co.
Encinitas, CA

Pair of silver pear-shaped Moonstones (107.09 ctw.).

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3rd Place
B - Pairs & Suites
Thomas Trozzo
Trozzo
Culpeper, VA

Suite of dimple-cut round Citrines (46.98 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
B - Pairs & Suites
David Brackna
David A. Brackna, Gemcutter
Germantown, MD

"Carousel"-cut assembled Opal inlaid and surrounded by Heliodor (17.58 ctw.).

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1st Place
C - Faceting
Ben Kho
Kho International, Ltd.
Decatur, GA

15.05 ct. cushion-cut Rhodochrosite.

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2nd Place
C - Faceting

Shawn Maddox
Jewels From the Woods
Blanco, TX

19.01 ct. "Celestial Compass" Peridot.

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3rd Place
C - Faceting

Christopher Wolfsberg
K.S. Export, LLC
Castle Hayne, NC

41.65 ct. modified square-cut Heliodor.

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1st Place
D - Carving
Larry Woods
Jewels From the Woods
Blanco, TX

40.47 ct. Lightning Ridge Opal carving.

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2nd Place
D - Carving

Glenn Lehrer
Lehrer Designs, Inc.
Larkspur, CA

"Solar Flare" 70.13 ct. carved transparent-orange Brazilian Opal.

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3rd Place
D - Carving

Darryl Alexander
Alexander's Jewelers
Gilbert, AZ

25.7 ct. "Autumn Forming" Agate free-form carving.

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1st Place
E - Combination

Michael M. Dyber
Michael M. Dyber dba Ledge Art Studio
Rumney, NH

89.79 ct. carved Aquamarine.

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2nd Place
E - Combination

Cheng Ming
Milani Jewelry Co., Ltd.
Coquitlam, BC CANADA

11.0 ct. round Citrine.

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3rd Place
E - Combination
John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

106.84 ct. "Aqua Exuberance" Aquamarine.

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Honorable Mention
E - Combination

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

27.12 ct. concave-cut trillion Aquamarine.

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1st Place
F - Objects of Art
Dalan Hargrave
GemStarz
Spring Branch, TX

Executive desk set featuring Lightning Ridge Opal, black Galaxy, black Jade and Quartz (1500 ctw.).

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2nd Place
F - Objects of Art
Dalan Hargrave
Juniper Ridge Opal
Spring Branch, TX

"Cheese" carving featuring a full variety of Juniper Ridge Opal (2400 ctw.).

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3rd Place
F - Objects of Art
R.A. "Art" Guyon
International Gem Mart
Southlake, TX

"Moods" sculpture of Jasper.

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Honorable Mention
F - Objects of Art

Robert Wander
Robert Wander for Winc Creations
Honolulu, HI

Walking stick with an 18K yellow gold flamingo handle featuring multi-colored Sapphires (95.58 ctw.) and chocolate Diamonds (1.57 ctw.).