10 Jewels That Deserve to Win Awards

Apologies to anyone who follows me on Instagram (@vikavickyvictoria) and is not a jewelry lover. Last week, I blew up my feed with jewelry photos. Between the 2016 AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards presentation, the second CFDA Jewelry Showcase, and a visit to the new Belperron salon, where I saw vintage pieces by 20th-century jeweler Suzanne Belperron and contemporary styles inspired by her drawings, I couldn’t help it. If I had my own awards competition, these pieces would be my winners:


Coolest Cuff (Spectrum)

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Oxidized sterling silver and 18k yellow gold Cyclone cuff with 52 cts. t.w. aquamarine and heliodor; Elizabeth Garvin Fine; elizabethgarvin.com

Most Original Earrings (Spectrum)

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18k yellow gold earrings with 79.2 cts. t.w. lapis lazuli and 7.2 cts. t.w. pink tourmalines; Gregore Morin; gregorejoailliers.com 

Best Use of Tourmalines (Spectrum)

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18k white gold Simply Love earrings featuring 140 cts. t.w. polychromatic rubellite tourmalines with amethysts, rubies, multicolored sapphires, and diamonds; Sandra Muller, Status Collection & Co.; sandramuller.com

Most Interesting Stone Setting (Spectrum)

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18k two-tone gold Sentience bangle with 26.44 ct. aquamarine, 6.95 ct. tanzanite, 6.19 cts. t.w. moonstones, and 6.95 cts. t.w. diamonds; Yehouda Saketkhou, Yael Designs; yaeldesigns.com

Best Carving (Cutting Edge)


63.63 ct. Celestial City sunstone carving; Dalan Hargrave, Sunstone Butte Mining; gemstarz.com

Funkiest Bangles (CFDA)

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Repurposed cow horn bangles; Ashley Pittman; ashleypittman.com (Courtesy Ashley Pittman)

Best Homage to Ancient Egypt (CFDA)

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Lapis lazuli and faience pendant with diamonds; Coomi; coomi.com 

Coolest Geometry (CFDA)

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Helix Frame diamond and gold ring; John Brevard; johnbrevard.com (Courtesy John Brevard)

Most Inspired Mix of Materials (CFDA)

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Tiger’s eye and mint tourmaline earrings; Nicholas Varney Jewels; nicholasvarneyjewels.com

Best in Show (Belperron)


Rock crystal bangle; Suzanne Belperron; belperron.com