AGTA American Gem Trade Association* Spectrum 2016 Award winners

AGTA American Gem Trade Association* Spectrum 2016 Award winners

The American Gem Association held it’s annual press day Monday October 26th at Ramscale Studio penthouse.  To honor excellence in Jewelry design and Lapidary, from designers in and around the USA whose work utilizes natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls.

The day was perfect and clear. With the statue of Liberty as the back drop and the sun gleaming through the penthouse windows. It was a perfect day for gem watching.  The Gem awards is jewelry’s version of fashion week. Taking it’s cues from the fashion runway, the gem awards identifies coming trends in color and design. Each piece was a master piece.  The categories were many, from best in color to fashion forward. There was something for everyone.

Awards are judged on the basis of overall beauty, wearability, innovative design and use of materials, quality of gemstones and workmanship, and broad-based consumer appeal with the potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones. Winners are stated below by category, and pictures available at press time are shown.

Best In Show

By; Allen Kleiman of A. Kleiman & Co. -Suite of 58.07 cts. t.w. Paraiba tourmalines carved into nautilus shells

Agta Best Of show

Best Use Of Color

By: Bella Campbell of Campbellian Collection -Earrings in 18k yellow gold with blue-green tourmalines,emeralds and diamonds.

AGTA Best Of Color

Best Use of Pearls

By: Naomi Sarna of Naomi Sarna Designs- Strand of freshwater baroque cultured pearls with 18k white gold, diamonds, and a freshwater baroque cultured pearl pendant

Best Use of Platinum and Color

By: Andrew Costen of Costen Catbalue- Symphony of Colour bracelet in platinum with yellow zircon, a Indicolite tourmaline, a

Best Use of Silver and Color

By: William Travis Kukovich of William Travis Jewelry- Pendant necklace in oxidized silver and gold with and brown diamond and rose-cut diamonds

AGTA Best Use Silver and Color

Fashion Forward

By: Brian Cook of Nature’s Geometry – Wheel of Light Numinous pendant necklace with 24k gold, Paraiba tourmaline, hauyn, ruby, spessartite garnet, golden rutilated quartz, and fire agate beads

AGTA FashionForward Winner

Spectrum Award Winners


Bridal WearFirst Place

By: Tony Nemyer of Grimball Jewelers- in platinum and 18k gold with a 3.55 ct. round purple spinel and  diamonds


AGTA Bridal Wear First place


Second Place

Earrings in 18k white gold with blue topaz, mint tourmaline, and diamonds with interchangeable dangles by Laurence Bruyninckx of Laurence Bruyninckx


Third Place

By: Caroline Chartouni of Caroline Cin 18k white gold with 12.07 Paraiba tourmalines and  diamonds


Business/Day WearFirst Place By: Ricardo Basta of E. EichbergEnchanted Frog ring in 18k gold with carnelian, tsavorite garnets, and diamonds

AGTA Business :Day Wear first Place


Classical  First Place By: Brent Malgarin of Elegant Gems-  Necklace in platinum with natural pearls, blue zircon, and diamonds 


AGTA Clasical


Evening WearFirst Place By: Claudia Kretchmer for Somewhere in the Rainbow pendant necklace in platinum and 24k gold with color-shift blue zircon and  diamonds


AGTA -Evening Wear


Men’s First Place By: Mark Schneider of Mark Schneider Design in platinum and 18k yellow gold with peridot, spessartite garnets, tsavorite garnets, colorless diamonds, and  yellow diamond


AGTA Mens Wear



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