2015 Spectrum

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is an annual natural colored gemstone & cultured pearl jewelry design competition. Here are the winners from the 2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition.

All AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™ Winner photos property of AGTA; taken by Brian Moghadam Photography.

     
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Best Of Winners

Bridal Wear

Business/Day Wear

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Classical

Evening Wear

Men's Wear

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Platinum Honors™

WJA Gem DIVA™

Classic Gemstones

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All Other Faceted

Phenomenal

Pairs and Suites

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Innovative Faceting

Carving

Objects of Art

2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards™


Best Of Winners

 

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Best of Show
Mikola Kukharuk
Nomad's
New York, NY

Pair of neon blue Tourmalines (53.56 ctw.).

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Best Use of Color
Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

18K and 24K yellow and 18K white gold maple leaf earrings featuring multicolored Diamonds, Sapphires and Garnets.

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Best Use of Pearls
Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

Freshwater cultured Pearls strung with Sunstone beads with an 18K yellow gold and black rhodium clasp set with white, pink and green Diamonds.

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Best Use of Platinum and Color
Eddie Sakamoto
Somewhere in the Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

Platinum "Dancing Waves" neck collar featuring a 57.0 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (8.0 ctw.).

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Editors' Choice
Mark Loren
Mark Loren Designs, Inc.
Fort Myers, FL

14K yellow and white gold earrings featuring polyhedral Agate druzy slices and green Tourmalines (7.01 ctw), pink Topaz (8.51 ctw.), Amethysts (2.24 ctw.) and Diamonds (.08 ctw.).

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Fashion Forward
Ardeshir Dabestani
Asha Gallery, Ltd.
Scottsdale, AZ

18K white and yellow gold "Solar Flare" back-drop necklace featuring a 436.0 ct. Citrine accented with Aquamarines (44.50 ctw.), yellow Beryls (87.30 ctw.) and Diamonds (23.54 ctw.).


Platinum Honors™ Sponsored by Platinum Guild International

 

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Platinum Honors™
Bridal Wear

Craig Slavens
Studio 247 Fine Jewelry
Appleton, WI

Platinum ring featuring a 4.15 ct. Paraiba Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (1.25 ctw.).

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Entry Platinum Innovation
Bridal Wear

Leon Mege
Leon Mege, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum "Bellflower" ring featuring a 3.28 ct. blue Sapphire cabochon accented with Diamonds (.80 ctw.) and a blue Sapphire (.03 ctw.).

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Platinum Honors™
Business/Day Wear

John Ford
Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford
Galveston, TX

Platinum bracelet featuring black Opals (24.02 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.72 ctw.).

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Entry Platinum Innovation
Business/Day Wear

Leon Mege
Leon Mege, Inc.
New York, NY

Platinum "La Petite" bracelet with nine ring charms featuring Rubies, Aquamarines, Garnets, Amethysts, Sapphires, Tourmalines and Spinels.

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Platinum Honors™
Classical

Michael Endlich
Pave Fine Jewelry
Oakland, CA

Platinum "Deep Lagoon" ring featuring an 8.33 ct. Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.46 ctw.).

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Entry Platinum Innovation
Classical

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

Platinum and 18K rose gold "Queen of Sheba" ring featuring a 2.59 ct. red Spinel accented with mutli-cut Diamonds (1.57 ctw.).

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Platinum Honors™
Evening Wear

John Ford
Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford
Galveston, TX

Platinum earrings featuring oval black Opals (11.70 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.0 ctw.).

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Platinum Honors™
Randy Coffin
Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers
Chandler, AZ

Platinum ring featuring an 8.52 ct. cushion-cut violet Spinel accented with red Spinels (1.48 ctw.) and Diamonds (.27 ctw.) and inlaid with Gibeon Meteorite.


WJA Gem DIVA™ Award

 

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Gem DIVA™ Award
Bridal Wear

Lindsay Jane
Lindsay Jane Designs
Paso Robles, CA

Platinum "Butterfly" earrings featuring detachable drops of boulder Opal (39.92 ctw.) accented with Zoisites (2.10 ctw.), Diamonds (1.02 ctw.) and Paraiba Tourmalines (.10 ctw.).

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Gem DIVA™ Award
Business/Day Wear

Pam Harris
Lost Bird Designs
Culver City, CA

14K pink gold bracelet featuring an 8x15mm peach Moonstone, oval and marquise-cut Coral, Turquoise and black Diamonds.

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Gem DIVA™ Award
Classical

Beatrix Laura Jessner
B & W Jewels
New York, NY

18K yellow gold ring featuring a 13.60 ct. Mandarin Garnet accented with square and baguette Diamonds (1.82 ctw.).

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Gem DIVA™ Award
Evening Wear

Dallas Prince
Dallas Prince Designs
Los Angeles, CA

14K white gold "Pink Peony" ring featuring multi-shades of pink Spinels (12.93 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.45 ctw.).


Bridal Wear Sponsored by The Knot

 
 

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1st Place
Bridal Wear

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

18K white gold and rhodium "Double the Love" ring featuring a 12.62 ct. heart-shaped blue Zircon accented with a .75 ct. heart-shaped Diamond and Diamond pave (1.53 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Bridal Wear

Lindsay Jane
Lindsay Jane Designs
Paso Robles, CA

Platinum "Butterfly" earrings featuring detachable drops of boulder Opal (39.92 ctw.) accented with Zoisites (2.10 ctw.), Diamonds (1.02 ctw.) and Paraiba Tourmalines (.10 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Bridal Wear

Judy Evans
Oliver and Espig Gallery of Fine Arts
Santa Barbara, CA

Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 15.3mm South Sea golden cultured Pearl accented with white Diamonds (1.17 ctw.) and yellow Diamonds (1.12 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Bridal Wear

Zoltan David
Somewhere In The Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

Knight steel, 18K and 24K yellow gold and platinum "Falling Waters" necklace featuring 1mm - 3.20mm keshi cultured Pearls accented with Diamonds (1.70 ctw.).

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Manufacturing Honors
Bridal Wear

Randy Coffin
Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers
Chandler, AZ

Platinum ring featuring a 4.42 ct. oval red Spinel accented with round red Spinels (1.41 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.27 ctw.).


Business/Day Wear

 

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1st Place
Business/Day Wear

Adam Neeley
Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry
Laguna Beach, CA

18K rose and 14K rose and white gold "Cosmos" pendant featuring a 24.06 ct. specialty-cut Morganite accented with Diamonds (3.14 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Business/Day Wear

Llyn Strong
llyn strong fine art jewelry
Greenville, SC

Lapis Lazuli necklace (155.0 ctw.) featuring an 18K yellow gold clasp and a 30.90 ct. boulder Opal accented with black Diamonds (.75 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (.20 ctw.), Rubies (.12 ctw.) and Sapphires (.07 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Business/Day Wear

Mimi Favre
Mimi Favre Studio
Malvern, PA

Platinum "Waterdrop" earrings featuring detachable Tanzanite drops (25.50 ctw.) on Sapphire studs (1.75 ctw.) with white Sapphires (.58 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear

Omi Prive
Somewhere In The Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

18K rose gold "Le 'Elegance'" ring featuring a red Tourmaline accented with Diamonds and tsavorite Garnets.

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Honorable Mention
Business/Day Wear

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

18K yellow and white gold "Desert Moon" ring featuring a 13.03 ct. Moonstone cabochon accented with blue Sapphires (.90 ctw.) and Diamonds (.95 ctw.).

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Manufacturing Honors
Business/Day Wear

Gregore Morin
Gregore & Jennifer-Rabe Jewelers
Santa Barbara, CA

18K white gold and aluminum earrings featuring freshwater cultured Pearls (32.10 ctw.) accented with purple Garnets (12.98 ctw.).


Classical

 

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1st Place
Classical

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

Platinum and 18K pink gold earrings featuring unheated oval pink Sapphires (36.65 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (5.09 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Classical

Niveet Nagpal
Omi Prive
West Covina, CA

Platinum and black rhodium ring featuring a 20.03 ct. cushion-cut blue Sapphire accented with blue Sapphires (.76 ctw.), baguette Diamonds (1.07 ctw.) and round Diamonds (.63 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Classical

Oscar Heyman
Oscar Heyman
New York, NY

Platinum ring featuring a 32.30 ct. Cat's-Eye Chrysoberyl accented with Diamonds.

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Honorable Mention
Classical

Oscar Heyman
Oscar Heyman
New York, NY

Platinum ring featuring a 19.40 ct. bicolored Tourmaline accented with Diamonds.

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Honorable Mention
Classical

Varouj Tabakian
Jewellery by Varouj
Toronto, ON

18K tricolored gold and platinum "Northern Lights" pendant featuring a 3.79 ct. specialty-cut rubellite Tourmaline accented with baguette Diamonds (.68 ctw.) and round Diamonds (1.61 ctw.).

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Manufacturing Honors
Classical

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

18K yellow and rhodium "Blue Lagoon" ring featuring a 13.99 ct. cushion-cut blue Zircon accented with Diamond melee (1.32 ctw.).


Evening Wear

 

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1st Place
Evening Wear

Eddie Sakamoto
Somewhere in the Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

Platinum "Dancing Waves" neck collar featuring a 57.0 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (8.0 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Evening Wear

Naomi Sarna
Naomi Sarna Designs
New York, NY

18K and 24K yellow and 18K white gold maple leaf earrings featuring multicolored Diamonds, Sapphires and Garnets.

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3rd Place
Evening Wear

Caroline Chartouni
Caroline C
New York, NY

Platinum ring featuring an 8.09 ct. oval pink Sapphire accented with round and pear pink Sapphires (9.84 ctw.) and Diamonds (8.67 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Evening Wear

Zoltan David
Somewhere In The Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

24K and 18K yellow gold, palladium and purple steel "Star Flower" necklace featuring a 28.14 ct. Tourmaline accented with gray Sapphires (.58 ctw.) and color-change Garnets (.73 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Evening Wear

Erica Courtney
Erica Courtney, Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

18K yellow gold "Genie" earrings featuring a pair of mint grossular Garnets (5.22 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (5.69 ctw.) and mint grossular Garnets (1.90 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Evening Wear

Victoria Tse
VTse, Inc.
Pasadena, CA

18K white gold ring featuring a 33.41 ct. harlequin Australian black Opal accented with baguette Diamond pave (6.54 ctw.) and Diamond melee (2.11 ctw.).


Men's Wear

 

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1st Place
Men's Wear

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

18K yellow gold with black rhodium "Estrella" ring featuring a 7.50 ct. starburst trapiche Sapphire accented with black Diamonds (.64 ctw.) and yellow Sapphire melee (.52 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Men's Wear

Peter Schmid
French Designer Jeweler
Scottsdale, AZ

18K rose gold and platinum ring featuring a 15.74 ct. Garnet accented with a pink Diamond, green Diamond and white Diamonds (.04 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Men's Wear

Dawn Muscio
D. Muscio Designs
Atlanta, GA

18K yellow gold and stainless steel ring featuring a 4.39 ct. emerald-cut green Tourmaline accented with Amethysts (.06 ctw.) and Diamonds (.05 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Men's Wear

Llyn Strelau
Jewels by Design
Calgary, AB

18K yellow and 19K white gold "Man Cave" cufflinks featuring Octahedrite Meteorite carvings accented with blue Sapphires (1.55 ctw.), yellow Sapphires (1.46 ctw.) and yellow Diamonds (.75 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Men's Wear

Randy Coffin
Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers
Chandler, AZ

Platinum ring featuring an 8.52 ct. cushion-cut violet Spinel accented with red Spinels (1.48 ctw.) and Diamonds (.27 ctw.) and inlaid with Gibeon Meteorite.

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Manufacturing Honors
Men's Wear

Niveet Nagpal
Omi Prive
West Covina, CA

18K white gold with black rhodium ring featuring a 1.07 ct. emerald-cut Alexandrite accented with Diamonds (.60 ctw.) and Alexandrites (.08 ctw.).

2017 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™


Classic Gemstones

 

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1st Place
Classic Gemstone

David Nassi
100% Natural, Ltd.
New York, NY

15.30 ct. unheated Ceylon pink Sapphire.

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2nd Place
Classic Gemstone

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

38.48 ct. unheated oval Madagascan blue Sapphire.

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3rd Place
Classic Gemstone

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

5.80 ct. untreated Colombian step-cut Emerald.

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Honorable Mention
Classic Gemstone

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

12.56 ct. unheated Ceylon oval Padparadscha Sapphire.


All Other Faceted

 

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1st Place
All Other Faceted

Brett Kosnar
Beija Flor Wholesale
Haiku, HI

24.26 ct. round, Portuguese-cut Rhodochrosite.

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2nd Place
All Other Faceted

Ruben Bindra
B & B Fine Gems
Los Angeles, CA

6.49 ct. square East African natural tsavorite Garnet.

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3rd Place
All Other Faceted

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

22.15 ct. fancy-shaped Tanzanite, titled "Superman."

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Honorable Mention
All Other Faceted

Ruben Bindra
B & B Fine Gems
Los Angeles, CA

5.06 ct. triangular-cut natural Benitoite.


Phenomenal

 

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1st Place
Phenomenal

Joel Price
Joel Price
New York, NY

100.66 ct. harlequin pattern black Opal.

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2nd Place
Phenomenal

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

7.31 ct. emerald-cut Brazilian Alexandrite.

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3rd Place
Phenomenal

Robert Shapiro
Robert Shapiro
Madison, WI

7.60 ct. boulder Opal.

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Honorable Mention
Phenomenal

Ruben Bindra
B & B Fine Gems
Los Angeles, CA

16.08 ct. round Sri Lankan unheated Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl.

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Honorable Mention
Phenomenal

David Nassi
100% Natural, Ltd.
New York, NY

21.56 ct. oval Opal.


Pairs & Suites

 

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1st Place
Pairs & Suites

Mikola Kukharuk
Nomad's
New York, NY

Pair of neon blue Tourmalines (53.56 ctw.).

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2nd Place
Pairs & Suites

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

Pair of fancy pear-shaped Tanzanites (49.38 ctw.).

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3rd Place
Pairs & Suites

Robyn Dufty
DuftyWeis Opals, Inc.
Maysville, KY

Pair of black Opals (17.61 ctw.), titled "Tears of the Gods."

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Honorable Mention
Pairs & Suites

Phillip Youngman
Phillip Youngman
Los Osos, CA

Suite of 36 specialty-cut Zircons (140.27 ctw.).

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Honorable Mention
Pairs & Suites

Joseph Ambalu
Amba Gem Corp.
New York, NY

Pair of unheated Pigeon Blood Burmese oval Rubies (4.08 ctw.).


Innovative Faceting

 

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1st Place
Innovative Faceting

Christopher Wolfsberg
Chris Wolfsberg
Carver, MA

32.75 ct. specialty-cut Quartz with Chrysoprase and Opal.

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2nd Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

21.58 ct. red Spinel hexagon.

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3rd Place
Innovative Faceting

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

63.86 ct. specialty-cut Tourmaline.

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Honorable Mention
Innovative Faceting

Dalan Hargrave
Jewels From The Woods
Blanco, TX

32.98 ct. specialty-cut Kunzite.


Carving

 

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1st Place
Carving

Meg Berry
Pala International
Fallbrook, CA

625.0 ct. Chyrsocolla with druzy Quartz carving, titled "Metamorphosis."

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2nd Place
Carving

Dalan Hargrave
GemStarz Jewelry
Spring Branch, TX

Freestyle carved Sunstone chameleon named "Henry."

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3rd Place
Carving

John Dyer
John Dyer & Co.
Edina, MN

115.71 ct. Morganite carving, titled "Joyful Morganite."

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Honorable Mention
Carving

Bernie Benavidez
Master Jewelers
Rochester, MN

72.07 ct. Opal freeform carving, titled "Aussie Crystal Anenome."

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Honorable Mention
Carving

Larry Woods
Jewels From The Woods
Blanco, TX

17.60 ct. black Opal carving.


Objects of Art

 

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1st Place
Objects of Art

Derek Katzenbach
Katzenbach Designs
Farmington, ME

"Colors of Maine" kaleidoscope featuring multicolored Maine Tourmalines (71.74 ctw.) and Maine Quartz lenses (24.92 ctw.) set in 18K yellow and white gold.

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2nd Place
Objects of Art

Susan Helmich
Somewhere in the Rainbow
Scottsdale, AZ

"Straight on to Neverland" pendulum and brooch featuring a 14.01 ct. rubellite Tourmaline, an 8.94 ct. rubellite Tourmaline, a 4.08 ct. indicolite Tourmaline, a 13.8mm golden cultured Pearl and Diamonds (5.24 ctw.) on a carved frosted Quartz base.

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3rd Place
Objects of Art

Liam Powers
Liam Powers Jewelry, LLC
Miami Beach, FL

Sterling silver and multi-karat gold chalice featuring Diamonds, Alexandrites, Sapphires, Moldavites and Phenakites.