AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is an annual natural colored gemstone & cultured pearl jewelry design competition. Here are the winners from the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition.

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

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2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards™

Best Ofs
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Best of Show
Todd Reed
Todd Reed, Inc.
Boulder, CO

Palladium and 22K yellow gold locket featuring blue Moonstones, grey Diamonds (24.51 ctw.), blue Sapphires (17.34 ctw.) and white Diamonds (5.10 ctw.) opening to reveal a 76.03 ct. Moldavite Buddha.

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Best Use of Color
Deirdre Featherstone
Featherstone Design
New York, NY

Platinum earrings featuring removable Opal enhancers (15.64 ctw.) accented with blue Zircons (3.27 ctw.), Tanzanites (3.53 ctw.), Paraiba Tourmalines (.40 ctw.) and Diamonds (5.79 ctw.).

 
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Best Use of Platinum and Color
Michael Endlich
Pave Fine Jewelry
Oakland, CA

Platinum ring featuring a 19.05 ct. cushion-cut Aquamarine with pave-set Diamonds (.41 ctw.).

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Best Use of Palladium & Color
Dennis de Jonghe
Dennis de Jonghe
Saratoga Springs, NY

Palladium pendant featuring a 16.39 ct. Aquamarine accented with a 2.09 ct. Moonstone, Diamonds (.26 ctw.) and Pearls.

 
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Best Use of Pearls
Anil Maloo Baggins, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

18K white gold and black rhodium plated earrings encrusted with light cognac Diamonds (8.16 ctw.) and 13.3mm cultured South Sea Pearls.

 
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Fashion Forward
Belle Brooke Barer
Belle Brooke Designs, Inc.
Del Mar, CA

Oxidized sterling necklace featuring an approximately 30 ct. blue Chalcedony cabochon accented with Diamonds (.55 ctw.).

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Editors' Choice
Todd Reed
Todd Reed, Inc.
Boulder, CO

Palladium and 22K yellow gold locket featuring blue Moonstones, grey Diamonds (24.51 ctw.), blue Sapphires (17.34 ctw.) and white Diamonds (5.10 ctw.) opening to reveal a 76.03 ct. Moldavite Buddha.

 
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Editors' Choice
Manya Tessler
Manya & Roumen, LLC
South Orange, NJ

18K yellow gold ring featuring a carved black Jade fish (38.0 ctw.) accented with fire Opals (.30 ctw.).

 
Platinum Honors
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Platinum Honors
Bridal Wear
James W. Currens
J.W. Currens, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum ring featuring a 16.80 ct. sugarloaf Ruby accented with Diamonds (4.54 ctw.).

 
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Entry Platinum Innovation
Bridal Wear

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Platinum ring featuring a 1.81 ct. round blue Sapphire accented with white Diamonds (.14 ctw.).

 
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Platinum Honors
Business/Day Wear
Leon Mege
Leon Mege, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum ring featuring a 16.76 ct. Paraiba Tourmaline cabochon accented with antique cushion-cut Diamonds and Diamond melee (3.10 ctw.).

 
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Entry Platinum Innovation
Business/Day Wear

Susan Drake
Spectrum Art & Jewelry
Wilmington, NC

Platinum and yellow gold ring featuring a 1.08 ct. emerald-cut red Spinel accented with Diamonds (.18 ctw.).

 
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Platinum Honors
Classical
Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney
Los Angeles, CA

Platinum ring featuring an 11.19 ct. Imperial pink Topaz accented with Diamonds.

 
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Entry Platinum Innovation
Classical

Steph Farber
LeRoy Jewelers
Tacoma, WA

Platinum "Waterfall" pendant featuring a 16.9 ct. carved rutilated Quartz and three rainbow Moonstones accented with Diamonds (.25 ctw.).

 
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Platinum Honors
Evening Wear
Evelyn Clothier
Evelyn Clothier Jewelry
Philadelphia, PA

Platinum butterfly brooch featuring brown Sapphire slices (104.42 ctw.) accented with a 5.06 ct. brown Diamond and white Diamonds (3.04 ctw.).

 
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Platinum Honors
Men's Wear

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Platinum ring featuring a 15.0 ct. shield-cut rubellite Tourmaline accented with white Diamonds (.90 ctw.) and yellow Diamonds (.22 ctw.).

 
Palladium Prestige
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Palladium Prestige Award
Bridal Wear

Mirjam Butz-Brown
Adorn Gallery
San Diego, CA

Palladium and 14K yellow gold earrings featuring Quartz and Mother-of-Pearl accented with Diamonds (.16 ctw.) with detachable mirror-cut Amethyst drops (21.50 ctw.).

 
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Palladium Prestige Award
Business/Day Wear
Dawn Muscio
D. Muscio Designs
Atlanta, GA

Palladium and 14K rose gold "Isis" ring featuring a 19.98 ct. buff-top Chrysocolla accented with Peridots (.36 ctw.) and Diamonds (.11 ctw.).

 
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Palladium Prestige Award
Classical

Dennis de Jonghe
Dennis de Jonghe
Saratoga Springs, NY

Palladium ring featuring a 16.5mm white South Sea Pearl accented with round Diamonds (.71 ctw.).

 
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Palladium Prestige Award
Evening Wear

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

Palladium ring featuring a 35.0 ct. carved Topaz accented with Diamonds (.63 ctw.).

 
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Palladium Prestige Award
Men's Wear
Evelyn K. Huang
evelynH. Jewelry, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Palladium "Zultan" ring featuring a 12.54 ct. color-change Zultanite accented with radiant-cut Diamonds (.43 ctw.).

 
 
Bridal Wear
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1st Place
Bridal Wear
Maria Canale
Richard Krementz Gemstones
Springfield, NJ

Platinum "Lace" ring featuring a 4.10 ct. blue Sapphire accented with Diamonds (.77 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Bridal Wear
Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold earrings featuring Zultanite (2.99 ctw.), demantoid Garnets (2.71 ctw.) and Diamonds (2.81 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Bridal Wear
Craig Slavens
AuRTWORK Jewelry
Bella Vista, AR

Platinum and 18K yellow gold pendant featuring a 3.92 ct. rose-cut black Diamond accented with black and white Diamond melee (.52 ctw.) on an 18K white gold chain set with black and white Diamonds (.71 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Bridal Wear
Leonard A. McCue
L.A.M. Goldsmiths
S. Dennis, MA

Platinum "Hearts and Arrows" ring featuring a 19.0 ct. pear-shaped Moonstone accented with Diamonds (2.37 ctw.).

 
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Honorable Mention
Bridal Wear

Yehouda Saketkhou
Yael Designs
San Francisco, CA

18K white gold "Baroness" earrings featuring trillion-cut Tanzanites (10.15 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (5.29 ctw.).

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Manufacturing Honors
Bridal Wear
Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

Platinum earrings featuring 12mm black Tahitian Pearls and 8mm cultured freshwater Pearls accented with white Diamonds (.99 ctw.) and black Diamonds (.53 ctw.).

 
Business/Day Wear
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1st Place
Business/Day Wear

Belle Brooke Barer
Belle Brooke Designs, Inc.
Del Mar, CA

Oxidized sterling necklace featuring an approximately 30 ct. blue Chalcedony cabochon accented with Diamonds (.55 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Business/Day Wear
Michele Mercaldo
Michele Mercaldo Contemporary Jewelry
Boston, MA

Palladium ring featuring a 2.64 ct. pink Sapphire accented with Diamonds (.17 ctw.)

 

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3rd Place
Business/Day Wear

Heather Moore
Heather B. Moore, Inc.
Cleveland, OH

14K yellow gold "I Love You More than the Moon, the Stars and the Sun" necklace featuring a 54.70 ct. rubellite Tourmaline cabochon accented with Diamonds (3.50 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear
Pamela Froman
Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow and pink gold "Crushed Frame" ring featuring a 14.11 ct. Opal accented with Diamond pave (.32 ctw.).

 
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Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear
Sylva Yepremian
Sylva & Cie.
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold necklace featuring a cross pendant of trapiche Emeralds (54.65 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.5 ctw.)

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Manufacturing Honors
Business/Day Wear
Norman Turgeon
Turgeon-Raine Jewellers
Seattle, WA

18K rose gold earrings featuring "passion-flower"-cut Amethysts (6.92 ctw.) accented with chrome Tourmalines (.34 ctw.) and Diamonds (.40 ctw.).

 
Classical
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1st Place
Classical

James W. Currens
J.W. Currens, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum ring featuring a 14.25 ct. unheated Ruby cabochon accented with Diamonds (7.97 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Classical

Ashok Sancheti
Pioneer Gems
New York, NY

Platinum earrings featuring Emerald cabochon drops (18.45 ctw.) accented with Emeralds (18.21 ctw.) and Diamonds (4.81 ctw.)

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

Platinum pendant featuring an 11.80 ct. pear-shaped Morganite accented with fancy-colored and white Diamonds (7.09 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Classical
Frank Caballero
Frank Caballero
Miami, FL

18K white and yellow gold ring featuring a 9.11 ct. round Madeira Citrine accented with white round Diamonds (.62 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Classical
Christo Kiffer
Sissy's Log Cabin
Little Rock, AR

Platinum art-deco ring featuring a 4.84 ct. oval black Opal cabochon accented with Emeralds (1.0 ctw.), blue Sapphire melee (.88 ctw.) and Diamonds (.93 ctw.)

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Manufacturing Honors
Classical
Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg, Inc.
Century City, CA

18K yellow gold and platinum tri-color eternity set bands featuring Rubies (0.34 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (0.28 ctw.) and Sapphires (0.21 ctw.).

Evening Wear
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1st Place
Evening Wear

Ion Ionescu
Ionescu Design, Inc.
New York, NY

Palladium and black rhodium "Pillow for Dreaming" ring featuring a 36 ct. carved Labradorite accented with paraiba Tourmalines (1.50 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Evening Wear
Adam Neeley
Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry
Laguna Beach, CA

14K black rhodium-plated white gold ring featuring an 11.54 ct. Peridot accented with blue Sapphires (12.01 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Evening Wear
Robert Pelliccia
J.R. Dunn Jewelers
Lighthouse Point, FL

18K white gold dangle earrings featuring natural blue Jade accented with Sapphires (6.76 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.18 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Evening Wear

Lawrence Gordon
Aspire Designs, Ltd.
New York, NY

18K white gold ring featuring a 17.62 ct. Moonstone cabochon accented with blue Sapphires (2.28 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.59 ctw.).

 

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Honorable Mention
Evening Wear
Colette Steckel
Colette Jewelry
Beverly Hills, CA

18K blackened yellow gold pendant featuring a 6.03 ct. blue checkerboard Moonstone accented with Diamonds (3.59 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Evening Wear
Michael Hezar
Michael John IMAGE
Los Angeles, CA

18K white gold bracelet featuring Aquamarines (37.0 ctw.) and Diamonds (9.75 ctw.).

 
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Manufacturing Honors
Evening Wear

Yehouda Saketkhou Yael Designs
San Francisco, CA

18K white gold "Lave" ring featuring a 5.49 ct. Mexican fire Opal accented with Diamonds (0.90 ctw.).

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

Platinum engraved ring featuring channel-set Ruby melee (.59 ctw.) and yellow Diamonds (.115 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Men's Wear
Ryan Roberts
Ryan Roberts, Ltd.
Chimayo, NM

18K yellow gold and platinum ring featuring a 6.42 ct. Indicolite Tourmaline and a 0.59 ct. tsavorite Garnet accented with Diamonds (.19 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Men's Wear
Llyn L. Strelau
Jewels by Design
Calgary, AB CANADA

19K white gold "Green Arrow" cufflinks featuring bezel-set black Onyx and Gibeon Meteorite carvings centered by tsavorite Garnets (.90 ctw.) and accented with black Diamonds (.15 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Men's Wear

Link Wachler
Link Wachler Designs
Troy, MI

Silver and 14K rose gold "Eye to Eye" ring featuring the fish versus the worm. The ring has a 4.5mm Pearl and is accented with Sapphires (.38 ctw.), Rubies (.22 ctw.) and Emeralds (.07 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Men's Wear
Matt Conable
William Henry
McMinnville, OR

Pocketknife with wave damascus blade. Frame is carved 22K yellow gold over sterling silver inlaid with fossil walrus Ivory accented with Rubies on the button lock and thumb stud.

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Manufacturing Honors
Men's Wear
Ashleigh Branstetter
Ashleigh Branstetter
New Orleans, LA

Sterling silver cufflinks featuring 10mm grey Tahitian Pearls and round blue Sapphires (1.34 ctw.).

 
2012 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards

Classic Gemstones
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1st Place
Classic Gemstone

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

30.04 ct. unheated oval yellow Sapphire.

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2nd Place
Classic Gemstone

Phillip Youngman
Richard Krementz Gemstones
Springfield, NJ

7.66 ct. cushion-cut blue Sapphire.

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3rd Place
Classic Gemstone

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

6.07 ct. unheated Ruby.

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Honorable Mention
Classic Gemstone

Phillip Youngman
Richard Krementz Gemstones
Springfield, NJ

19.18 ct. antique-cut yellow Sapphire.

 
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Honorable Mention
Classic Gemstone
Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

8.06 ct. oval Padparadscha Sapphire.

 
All Other Faceted
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1st Place
All Other Faceted

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

10.07 ct. oval purple Spinel.

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2nd Place
All Other Faceted
Roger L. Dery
Spectral Gems, Inc.
Royal Oak, MI

8.77 ct. trillion, step-cut Merelani mint Garnet.

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3rd Place
All Other Faceted

Phillip Youngman
Richard Krementz Gemstones
Springfield, NJ

15.20 ct. cushion-cut Sphene.

 
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Honorable Mention
All Other Faceted

Ben Kho
Kho International, Inc.
Decatur, GA
18.80 ct. round Portuguese-cut Rhodochrosite.

 
Phenomenal
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1st Place
Phenomenal
Robyn Dufty
DuftyWeis Opals, Inc.
Maysville, KY

27.30 ct. black Opal cat's eye.

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2nd Place
Phenomenal

Sailesh Lakhi
Sparkles and Colors, Inc.
New York, NY

17.0 ct. oval Moonstone cabochon.

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3rd Place
Phenomenal
Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

8.51 ct. oval Alexandrite.

 
Pairs & Suites
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1st Place
Pairs & Suites

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

Pair of oval red Spinels (22.28 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Pairs & Suites

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

Cushion-cut mint Tourmaline suite (158.74 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Pairs & Suites
Aivan Pham
Commercial Mineral - Somewhere in the Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

"My Fair Lady" pair of fan-cut rubellite Tourmalines (26.75 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Pairs & Suites
Aivan Pham
Commercial Mineral - Somewhere in the Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

"Razzle Dazzle" graduated suite of Asscher-cut rubellite Tourmalines (26.74 ctw.).

Innovative Faceting
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1st Place
Innovative Faceting

Dalan Hargrave
Geogem-USA
Glenns Ferry, ID

30.0 ct. "Hugs and Kisses" Morganite.

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2nd Place
Innovative Faceting
John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

63.57 ct. "Super Citrine" featuring flat facets and micro-grooving for brilliance.

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3rd Place
Innovative Faceting
Darrell Jang
Darrell Jang
San Rafael, CA

9-10 ct. elongated octagon and concave-cut Tourmaline.

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Honorable Mention
Innovative Faceting
Richard P. Homer
Gems by Design, Inc.
Kent, OH

30.95 ct. rutilated Quartz with a single natural needle in the center.

 
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Honorable Mention
Innovative Faceting
Darryl Alexander
Sunstone Butte Mining Co.
Gilbert, AZ

"Sea Foam and Sunset" 70.0 ct. bubble-cut Sunstone.

 
Carving
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1st Place
Carving
Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

368.50 ct. carved Amethyst.

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2nd Place
Carving
Darryl Alexander
Alexander's Jewelers
Gilbert, AZ

"Immortal Flight" carved Agate feather.