14 Favorite Jewelry Designs From the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards
What a pleasure to return to the American Gem Trade Association’s (AGTA) Spectrum Awards editor preview earlier this week. Held in a sun-drenched West Village venue in New York City, it’s always a sure thing for discovering fresh talent and tracking colored gemstone trends, as well as reconnecting with colleagues.
I’ll start with this ode to emerald cuts—aquamarines, diamonds, emeralds—in this platinum necklace by Beatrix Laura Jessner below.
Blue—as in dreamy swimming pool aquamarines, luminous opals, and the most vivid zircons and minty Paraiba tourmaline—stood out as the favored color across all submission categories. Clearly the color is only gaining momentum and remains in demand. Very good to know for the upcoming holiday season—and can we bring back zircon as a go-to for December’s birthstone? I, for one, would be into that.
I’m sure I’ve seen the gemstone wulfenite before, but its appearance in the Gregore Morin earrings below seemed like a very novel choice indeed. A little research reveals that the stone is also loaded with healing, restorative properties that can aid in female reproductive health. Good to know.
What an unexpected delight to see designer Suzy Landa’s submission of a belt buckle made of Australian boulder opal (which instantly elevated my pink cotton eyelet dress).
And I’m pretty sure every editor in attendance took the opportunity to try on Omi Privé’s magnificent padparadscha sapphire and diamond ring (earlier immortalized by JCK‘s Brittany Siminitz here), to marvel at is incredible strawberry-tinted color, the exact shade of your favorite rosé wine (Wolffer Estate’s Summer in a Bottle is mine).
See more of my favorites below.
Top: Brooch with 56.18 ct. hexagonal aquamarine cabochon surrounded by 27.87 cts. t.w. kunzites and 0.84 ct. t.w. diamonds in platinum, price on request; Myles Mindham, Mindham Fine Jewellery