2015 Spectrum

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is an annual natural colored gemstone & cultured pearl jewelry design competition. Here are the winners from the 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition.

All AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and Cutting Edge Award Winner photos by Brian Moghadam Photography.

     
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Best Of...

Platinum Honors

WJA Gem Diva

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Bridal

Business/Day Wear

Classical

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Evening

Men's Wear

Classic Gemstones

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All Other Faceted

Phenomenal

Pairs and Suites

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Innovative Faceting

Carving

Objects of Art

2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum Awards™


Best Ofs

 

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Best of Show and 1st Place Pairs & Suites
Ruben Bindra
B & B Fine Gems
Los Angeles, CA

Suite of round, brilliant Russian demantoid Garnets (24.67 ctw.).

 

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Best Use of Color
Derek Katzenbach
Katzenbach Designs
Farmington, ME

14K white gold ring featuring a 4.97 ct. bicolored Tourmaline accented with tsavorite Garnets, Tourmalines and Diamonds (.69 ctw.).

 

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Best Use of Pearls
Judy Evans
Oliver & Espig Gallery of Fine Arts
Santa Barbara, CA

Platinum pendant featuring a 13.44mm golden South Sea cultured Pearl accented with Diamonds.

 

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Best Use of Platinum and Color
Kathy Kinev
Jewel Creations, Inc.
Atlanta, GA

Platinum "St. Chapelle" ring featuring Rubies, Sapphires, tsavorite Garnets and blue and white Diamonds.

 

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Fashion Forward
Lorenzo Chavez
Geogem-USA
Glenns Ferry, ID

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.).

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Editors' Choice
Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg, Inc.
Century City, CA

18K rose gold ring featuring two sugarloaf Tanzanites (23.26 ctw.) accented with Opal, tsavorite Garnets (1.71 ctw.) and Diamonds (.06 ctw.).


Platinum Honors

 

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Platinum Honors
Bridal Wear

Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg, Inc.
Century City, CA

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.).

 

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Entry Platinum Innovation
Bridal Wear

William Travis
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC

Platinum band featuring blue Sapphires (.54 ctw.), cognac Diamonds (.18 ctw.) and colorless Diamonds (.18 ctw.).

 

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Platinum Honors
Business/Day Wear

John Ford
Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford
Galveston, TX

Platinum "Mirror" ring featuring a 3.65 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (.69 ctw.).

 

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Entry Platinum Innovation
Business/Day Wear

Jill Maurer
Jill Maurer
Raleigh, NC

Platinum "Verge" ring featuring a 11.19 ct. golden Zircon accented with natural colored Diamonds (1.23 ctw.).

 

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Platinum Honors
Classical

Zoltan David
Zoltan David, LLC
Austin, TX

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.).

 

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Entry Platinum Innovation
Classical

Lindsay Jane
Lindsay Jane Designs
Paso Robles, CA

Platinum ring featuring a 7.77 ct. Moonstone accented with purple and blue Sapphires (0.97 ctw.). and Diamonds (0.52 ctw.).

 

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Platinum Honors
Evening Wear

John Ford
Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford
Galveston, TX

Platinum "Electric Blue" necklace featuring black Opal (197 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (6.27 ctw.).

 

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Platinum Honors
Men's Wear

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

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.).


WJA Gem Diva Award

 

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Gem Diva Award
Bridal Wear

Heena Chheda Shah
Real Gems, Inc.
New York, NY

18K white gold "Rosalyn" earrings featuring eight pear-shaped Emeralds (15.89 ctw.) accented with fancy and round Diamonds (3.49 ctw.).

 

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Gem Diva Award
Business/Day Wear

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

18K palladium white gold "Confetti Heart" ring featuring multicolored Diamonds, Sapphires, Rubies and Amethysts.

 

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Gem Diva Award
Classical

Heena Chheda Shah
Real Gems, Inc.
New York, NY

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.).

 

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Gem Diva Award
Evening Wear

Alexia Connellan
Alexia Connellan Luxury Jewelry
San Francisco, CA

Platinum "The Fringe Earrings" featuring bicolored Tourmalines (20.32 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.50 ctw.).


Bridal Wear

 
 

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1st Place
Bridal Wear

Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg, Inc.
Century City, CA

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.).

 

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2nd Place
Bridal Wear

Alexia Connellan
Alexia Connellan Luxury Jewelry
San Francisco, CA

Platinum "Regency Earrings" featuring mint Tourmalines (8.63 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.50 ctw.).

 

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3rd Place
Bridal Wear

Caroline Chartouni
Caroline C
New York, NY

18K white gold earrings featuring red Spinels (2.21 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (5.01 ctw.).

 

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Honorable Mention
Bridal Wear

Jessica Neiwert
Jessica Nei
Seattle, WA

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.).

 

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Honorable Mention
Bridal Wear

Samuel Sulimanov
Samuel Sylvio Designs
New York, NY

18K white gold earrings featuring Paraiba Tourmalines (3.0 ctw.) accented with Paraiba Tourmaline melee (.68 ctw.) and Diamonds.

 

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Manufacturing Honors
Bridal Wear

Dennis de Jonghe
deJonghe Original Jewelry
Saratoga Springs, NY

Platinum ring featuring a 2.20 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (0.40 ctw.).


Business/Day Wear

 

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1st Place
Business/Day Wear

Ricardo Basta
E. Eichberg, Inc.
Century City, CA

18K yellow gold and platinum "Honey" ring featuring a 13.58 ct. Heliodor accented with Sapphires (.82 ctw.) and Diamonds (.96 ctw.).

 

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2nd Place
Business/Day Wear

T. Foster & Co, Fine Jewelers
T. Foster & Co, Fine Jewelers
Yardley, PA

18K yellow gold and platinum ring featuring a 22.93 ct. orange Sapphire accented with Diamonds.

 

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3rd Place
Business/Day Wear

Zoltan David
Zoltan David, LLC
Austin, TX

Palladium and 22K yellow gold ring featuring a 4.12 ct. Danburite accented with blue Sapphires (.42 ctw.).

 

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Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear

Shuang Feng
Fon Shon Jewellery Art & Design
Toronto, ON

14K white gold with 18K rose gold plating ring featuring an oval Morganite accented with Diamonds.

 

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Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear

Patrick King
Jewelsmith
Durham, NC

14K white and yellow gold pendant featuring a 31.94 ct. lemon Quartz accented with a 2.96 ct. Opal and Diamonds (.15 ctw.).

 

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Manufacturing Honors
Business/Day Wear

Llyn Strong
llyn strong fine art jewelry
Greenville, SC

18K yellow gold earrings featuring bezel-set Rubies (1.56 ctw).


Classical

 

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1st Place
Classical

Niveet Nagpal
Omi Gems, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

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.

 

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2nd Place
Classical

Niveet Nagpal
Omi Gems, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

Platinum and black rhodium ring featuring three Alexandrites (6.99 ctw.) accented with Alexandrite melee (1.64 ctw.) and Diamonds (.91 ctw.).

 

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3rd Place
Classical

Alexia Connellan
Alexia Connellan Luxury Jewelry
San Francisco, CA

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.).

 

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Honorable Mention
Classical

Lindsay Jane
Lindsay Jane Designs
Paso Robles, CA

Platinum ring featuring a 7.77 ct. Moonstone accented with purple and blue Sapphires (0.97 ctw.). and Diamonds (0.52 ctw.).

 

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Honorable Mention
Classical

Heena Chheda Shah
Real Gems, Inc.
New York, NY

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.).

 

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Manufacturing Honors
Classical

Dominique Israileff
ASBA USA, INC.
Sarasota, FL

14K rose gold pendant featuring a 13mm Tahitian cultured Pearl accented with Diamonds (.37 ctw.).


Evening Wear

 

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1st Place
Evening Wear

David Gross
David Gross Group
New York, NY

Platinum necklace featuring 21 unheated Mozambique Rubies (29.33 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (21.61 ctw.).

 

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2nd Place
Evening Wear

Phillip Dismuke
Jewelsmith
Durham, NC

18K yellow gold and platinum ring featuring a 13.53 ct. black Opal accented with Sapphires (1.01 ctw.) and Diamonds (.07 ctw.).

 

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3rd Place
Evening Wear

Robert Pelliccia
J.R. Dunn Jewelers
Lighthouse Point, FL

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.

 

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Honorable Mention
Evening Wear

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

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.).

 

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Honorable Mention
Evening Wear

Sinork Agdere
Lord Jewelry
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold and platinum "Ballerina" ring featuring a 65.0 ct. specialty-cut lemon Citrine accented with Diamonds and enamel.

 

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Manufacturing Honors
Evening Wear

Llyn Strong
llyn strong fine art jewelry
Greenville, SC

18K rose gold "Calla Lily" ring featuring a 5.17 ct. rose-cut green Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (0.03 ctw).


Men's Wear

 

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1st Place
Men's Wear

Mark Schneider
Mark Schneider Design
Long Beach, CA

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.).

 

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2nd Place
Men's Wear

William Travis
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC

Silver and 18K yellow gold ring a featuring 17.67 ct. carved Lapis Lazuli scarab beetle accented with orange Sapphires (.96 ctw.).

 

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3rd Place
Men's Wear

Craig Slavens
Studio 247 Fine Jewelry
Appleton, WI

Carbon fiber, platinum and 18K rose gold ring featuring a 4.52 ct. unheated Padparadscha Sapphire accented with Diamonds (.39 ctw.).

 

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Honorable Mention
Men's Wear

William Travis
William Travis Jewelry
Chapel Hill, NC

Platinum band featuring blue Sapphires (.54 ctw.), cognac Diamonds (.18 ctw.) and colorless Diamonds (.18 ctw.).

2016 Summer AGTA Cutting Edge Awards


Classic Gemstones

 

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1st Place
Classic Gemstone

Ruben Bindra
B & B Fine Gems
Los Angeles, CA

10.11 ct. Sri Lankan cushion-cut orange Sapphire.

 

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2nd Place
Classic Gemstone

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

20.03 ct. unheated emerald-cut yellow Sapphire.

 

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3rd Place
Classic Gemstone

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

15.01 ct. emerald-cut blue Sapphire.

 

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Honorable Mention
Classic Gemstone

Ruben Bindra
B & B Fine Gems
Los Angeles, CA

7.22 ct. cushion-cut Padparadscha Sapphire.


All Other Faceted

 

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1st Place
All Other Faceted

Jeffrey R. Hapeman
Earth's Treasury LLC
Westtown, PA

42.47 ct. brilliant square cushion specialty-cut Apatite.

 

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2nd Place
All Other Faceted

Maxim Stepanov
Nomad's
New York, NY

12.44 ct. square cushion tsavorite Garnet.

 

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3rd Place
All Other Faceted

Ambassador Gems
Ambassador Gems
Carlsbad, CA

24.12 ct. cushion-cut blue Zircon.

 

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Honorable Mention
All Other Faceted

Hemant Phophaliya
A G Color, Inc.
New York, NY

48.62 ct. sugarloaf Tanzanite.


Phenomenal

 

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1st Place
Phenomenal

Gil
Gil Int'l
New York, NY

5.56 ct. untreated Alexandrite.

 

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2nd Place
Phenomenal

Robert Shapiro
Robert Shapiro
Madison, WI

10.05 ct. oval boulder Opal.

 

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3rd Place
Phenomenal

Manu Nichani
Blue Moon Ent.
Carlsbad, CA

19.07 ct. royal blue rectangular, cushion-cut Moonstone.

 

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Honorable Mention
Phenomenal

Robyn Dufty
DuftyWeis Opals, Inc.
Maysville, KY

103.80 ct. cabochon boulder Opal.


Pairs & Suites

 

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1st Place
Pairs & Suites

Ruben Bindra
B & B Fine Gems
Los Angeles, CA

Suite of round, brilliant Russian demantoid Garnets (24.67 ctw.).

 

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2nd Place
Pairs & Suites

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

Suite of pear-shaped unheated Mozambique Rubies (18.77 ctw.).

 

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3rd Place
Pairs & Suites

Ben Kho
Kho International, Ltd.
Decatur, GA

Suite of round Rhodochrosite (17.26 ctw.).

 

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Honorable Mention
Pairs & Suites

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

Earring suite of oval pink and purple (unheated) Sapphires (17.23 ctw.).


Innovative Faceting

 

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1st Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

79.78 ct. specialty-cut Ametrine.

 

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2nd Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

175.37 ct. deep concave cushion-cut Morganite titled "Mozambique Sunset."

 

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3rd Place
Innovative Faceting

Ryan Joseph Anderson
Ryan Joseph Gems
Graegle, CA

89.41 ct. Amethyst, titled "Efflorescence."

 

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Honorable Mention
Innovative Faceting

Glenn Wm. Lehrer
Lehrer Designs, Inc.
Larkspur, CA

30.79 ct. Danburite and a 1.03 ct. Ruby titled "KaleidosCut." When placed together, they create an 8-pointed star in the Danburite.


Carving

 

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1st Place
Carving

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

Hand-carved Ametrine (297 ctw.).

 

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2nd Place
Carving

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

Aquamarine carving titled 'Sydney Symphony" (53.63 ctw.).

 

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3rd Place
Carving

Meg Berry
Mega Gem
Fallbrook, CA

21.70 ct. pyrope Garnet titled "Rooster."

 

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Honorable Mention
Carving

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

Rutilated Quartz carving (1375 ctw.).


Objects of Art

 

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Honorable Mention
Objects of Art

Brenda Smith
Brenda Smith Jewelry
Woodstock, GA

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

 

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Honorable Mention
Objects of Art

Neda Behnam
Samuel B. Collection
New York, NY

18K yellow gold "Stallion" statue featuring champagne Diamonds (7.81 ctw.) accented with tsavorite Garnets and Mother-of-Pearl on an Onyx base.