On October 24th I attended the AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) Awards™ Media Day at Ramscale Studio, 463 West Street. The media preview featured all of the jewelry and gemstone submissions and 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards™ winners.
The competition was judged on October 22-23rd, with entries judged on the basis of overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-base consumer appeal and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones.
Here are some of my favorites pieces below, with the most exquisite piece by Todd Reed, who won Best of Show. Todd Reed's jewelry amazes me every time. How did he think this one up?
Best of Show: Todd Reed, Todd Reed, Inc.
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
Left: Michael Endlich Pave Fine Jewelry Oakland, CA
22K yellow gold pendant featuring a 29.88 ct. long bar-cut bi-color Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.18 ctw.)
Right: Ricardo Basta E. Eichberg, Inc. Century City, CA
Art Deco Platinum and 18K yellow gold necklace featuring two triangular cabochon Jade pieces (4.08 ctw.), nine pear-shaped Rubies (1.65 ctw.), custom-cut Onyx, round tsavorite Garnets and round Diamonds (1.38 ctw.)
Left: Glenn Bradford What's Your Sign by Glenn Bradford Port Washington, NY18K green gold pendant featuring pave blue Sapphires (2.50 ctw.) depicting the constellations and Diamonds (.35 ctw.) along with zodiac charms of Sapphires (.45 ctw.) and Diamonds (.35 ctw.) on a strand of faceted Sapphire beads (70 ctw.)
Right: Erica Courtney Erica Courtney Los Angeles, CA"Lotus" bracelet featuring Zultanite (30.48 ctw.), pink Sapphires (5.62 ctw.) and Diamonds (6.94 ctw.) set in yellow gold
Left: 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.)
Right: 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.)
All images courtesy of agta.org
- Kim Weling