American Gem Trade Association Announces 2019 Spectrum Award Winners

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced the winners of its 2019 Spectrum Awards. The colored gemstone and cultured pearl design competition was held in New York City Aug. 3–4. The judging panel included John Carter of Jack Lewis Fine Jewelers, Paula Crevoshay of Mellika Co./Crevoshay, Myriam Galli of Gemveto Co., Brett Kosnar of Kosnar Gem Co., and Naomi Sarna of Naomi Sarna Designs.

Douglas K. Hucker, chief executive officer of AGTA, said that judging the Spectrum Awards is the highlight of the year and that the awards resulted in a number of first-time winners and that the materials used were “absolutely superb.”

“When we see the entries coming into our office and those submitted during our New York City drop-off program, there’s always a lot of internal speculation about how the judges will respond to each piece,” he said in a statement. “After all of these years, one thing is certain, and that is that there is no way we can anticipate the dynamics that will develop within the panel, nor the pieces they will ultimately select after hours of contemplation and discourse.”

A number of other first-place winners were announced, including Bella Campbell for bridal wear, Ricardo Basta for business/day wear, Jeffrey Bilgore for classical, Tanja Schuetz for evening wear, and David White for menswear.

David Nassi red spinel
Best of Show winner: David Nassi’s 30.19 ct. cushion-cut Tanzanian red spinel
David White cufflinks
Best Use of Color winner: David White’s 18k yellow and white gold cufflinks with 3.09 cts. t.w. sapphires, 2.36 cts. t.w. diamonds, and 1.37 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets
Chris Faber pearl cufflinks
Best Use of Pearls: Chris Faber’s 18k rose and white gold cufflinks with 12-15 mm South Sea cultured pearls and 5.69 cts. t.w. black diamonds and rubies
Roland Krainz cuff
Best Use of Platinum and Color: Roland Krainz’s Emergence cuff bracelet with 9.23 cts. t.w. sapphires, 1.41 cts. t.w. emeralds, 1.08 cts. t.w. rubies, and 1.17 cts. t.w. diamonds
Adam Neeley tourmaline earrings
Fashion Forward winner: Adam Neeley’s Aria 14k white gold earrings with 41.45 cts. t.w. tourmaline, 3.34 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets, and 2.42 cts. t.w. diamonds


Top: Heena Shah’s Nova ring, which won Best Use of Platinum Crown, features a 7.17 ct. hexagon emerald with 0.98 ct. t.w. kite-shape emeralds and 2.63 cts. t.w. diamonds

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Kristin Young

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