Eight Platinum Greats
For the 12th year, Platinum Guild International honored a selection of entrants in the American Gem Trade Association’s 2011 Spectrum Awards (the 27th year of the awards). Of 74 entries in the platinum categories, eight designs earned recognition; there were two winners in the Platinum Innovation category, which highlighted price-point-sensitive styles (under $5,000 retail). “For a competition that usually only attracts big, over-the-top pieces, we were thrilled to see people innovating entry platinum designs,” Huw Daniel, PGI-USA president, said. All eight winners received a prize package—including professional photography of winning pieces and placement on PGI’s consumer website, PreciousPlatinum.com—valued at more than $15,000.
Aquamarine and diamond ring; Ron Lodholz for Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery
Best Use of Platinum and Color: Sapphire and diamond Princess of Ratnapura bracelet; $110,000; Judy Evans for Omi Gems Inc., Los Angeles
Platinum Bridal Wear: Triad sapphire and diamond ring; $49,500; Yehouda Saketkhou for Yael Designs, San Francisco
Platinum Innovation Bridal Wear: Sapphire and diamond ring; $2,350; Robert Pelliccia for J.R. Dunn Jewelers, Lighthouse Point, Fla.
Day Wear: Wave pendant with Paraiba tourmaline and diamonds; $29,500; Maria Canale for Richard Krementz Gemstones, Newark, N.J.
Zultanite diamond earrings; Ralph Wobito for Zultanite Gems
Platinum Innovation Day Wear: Aquamarine and diamond ring; $2,000; Ron Lodholz for Stonehaven Jewelry Gallery, Cary, N.C.
Evening Wear: Zultanite (diaspore) and diamond earrings; $19,850; Ralph Wobito for Zultanite Gems LLC, Milas, Turkey
Classical: Temple of the Sacred Heart ruby and diamond ring; $500,000; Christopher Olson for Molina Fine Jewelers, Phoenix
Men’s Wear: Purple spinel ring; $15,000; Alan Friedman for Alan Friedman, Beverly Hills, Calif.
Out of This Whirl
Soft-serve ice cream, antique marble…so many delightful objects exist in beautifully swirled forms. Now platinum-jewelry makers are doing the twist with new diamond mountings. Simple and sweet—with just a touch of embellishment—the curlicue details add a distinct flourish to understated looks.
|Paramour platinum mounting with 0.38 ct. t.w. diamonds; $8,200; Mark Schneider, Long Beach, Calif.; 800-452-5804; markschneiderdesign.com|
|Metropolitan style platinum Heritage collection mounting with 0.26 ct. t.w. diamonds; $1,990; A. Jaffe, New York City; 212-843-7464; ajaffe.com |
|Contemporary platinum mounting with 0.35 ct. t.w. diamonds; $2,860; Simon G., Glendale, Calif.; 818-500-8595; simongjewelry.com|
“I do a lot of custom designs in platinum, and I spend a lot of time
with my customers to find out what they want. I designed a tennis ring
in platinum for a couple who play tennis—the ring had two tennis racket
handles and diamonds in the net. I make engagement rings and wedding
bands in platinum. I engrave phrases into some rings—they end up being
dimensional, almost like sculptures.”
—Milton Krasner, owner, Krasner Jewelers, San Diego