Dallas—For a second year in a row, jewelry designer Todd Reed won top honors at the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA)’s annual Spectrum Awards.
Given in recognition of “outstanding use colored gemstones or cultured pearls in artful, trend-setting jewelry, the Spectrum Awards have become one of the most sought-after prizes in the fine jewelry industry.
Boulder, Colorado-based designer Reed won “Best of Show” for his palladium and 22K gold locket covered in moonstones, diamonds and sapphires that opens to reveal a 76.03-carat, carved Moldavite Buddha.
This year’s competition, which marks the 28th anniversary of the awards, was judged Oct. 22 to 23 in New York by master goldsmith Klaus Burgel, Sylvain Chervin of Carvin French, Cindy Edelstein of the Jewelers Resource Bureau, Patricia Faber of Aaron Faber Gallery, and Clay Zava of Zava Master Cuts.
Douglas Hucker, chief executive officer of AGTA (which serves the industry as “The Authority on Color”), shared some thoughts on how color is trending:
“There is a big trend back into block colors. Blue is a perennial favorite with sapphire still riding the Kate Middleton wave, greens and yellows have overshadowed the pastels that predominated the last couple of years, and red has emerged as this year’s darling with many exquisite ruby entries. However, more accessible and affordable red spinel and red (rubellite) tourmaline seem to be the tunes everyone is adding to their playlists.”
2012 Spectrum Award Winners
Best of Show: Todd Reed, Todd Reed, Inc. for his 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.
Best Use of Color: Deirdre Featherstone, Featherstone Design, for platinum earrings featuring removable opal enhancers (15.64 ctw.) accented with blue zircons (3.27 ctw.), Tanzanites (3.53 ctw.),Paraibatourmalines (.40 ctw.) and diamonds (5.79 ctw.).
Best Use of Platinum and Color: Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry, for a platinum ring featuring a 19.05 ct. cushion-cut aquamarine with pave-set diamonds (.41 ctw.).
Best Use of Palladium & Color: Dennis de Jonghe for a palladium pendant featuring a 16.39 ct. aquamarine accented with a 2.09 ct. moonstone, diamonds (.26 ctw.) and pearls.
Best Use of Pearls: Anil Maloo, Baggins, Inc., for 18K white gold and black rhodium plated earrings encrusted with light cognac diamonds (8.16 ctw.) and 13.3-millimeter cultured South Sea Pearls.
Fashion Forward: Belle Brooke Barer, Belle Brooke Designs, Inc. for her oxidized sterling necklace featuring an approximately 30 ct. blue chalcedony cabochon accented with diamonds (.55 ctw.).
Top Winners by Category:
1st Place Classical: James Currens, J.W. Currens, Inc., for a platinum ring featuring a 14.25 ct. unheated ruby cabochon accented with diamonds (7.97 ctw.).
1st Place Evening Wear: Ion Ionescu, Ionescu Design, Inc., for a palladium and black rhodium “Pillow for Dreaming” ring featuring a 36 carat carved Labradorite accented with Paraiba tourmalines (1.50 ctw.).
1st Place Bridal Wear: Maria Canale, Richard Krementz Gemstones, for the platinum “Lace” ring featuring a 4.10 ct. blue sapphire accented with diamonds (.77 ctw.).
1st Place Business/Day Wear: Belle Brooke Barer, Belle Brooke Designs, Inc. for her oxidized sterling necklace featuring an approximately 30 ct. blue chalcedony cabochon accented with diamonds (.55 ctw.).
1st Place Men’s Jewelry: Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design, for a platinum engraved ring featuring channel-set ruby melee (59 ctw) and yellow diamonds (.115 ctw).
The AGTA Spectrum Awards will be presented during the 2012 AGTA GemFair inTucsonwhich runs January 31 to February 5 next year. Winning entries will be displayed during the show and AGTA Spectrum Awards recipients will be recognized during the AGTA Dinner Dance and Awards Gala on February 4.
The Dallas-based The American Gem Trade Association is a not-for-profit association serving the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry since 1981. www.agta.org