Spectrum Awards: Platinum


Winners represent the best in platinumand colored stone jewelry designThirteen designers received 1997 AGTA Spectrum Platinum Honors.

The competition is sponsored by the Platinum Guild International USA Jewelry Inc. and the American Gem Trade Association and held as part of the AGTA Spectrum Award Competition. Designs are eligible if they meet AGTA Spectrum guidelines and if their metal content is at least 75% platinum.

The 43 entries were judged on beauty, originality and effective and innovative use of platinum. Judges were Lisa Labrado, marketing coordinator of the Platinum Guild International USA Jewelry Inc.; Mary Haltom of Mary Haltom Jeweler, Fort Worth, Tex.; and Hedda T. Schupak, fashion editor of JCK magazine.

“It is a privilege to honor the most innovative platinum jewelry designs using colored gemstone,” says Laurie Hudson, president of PGI-USA. “The Platinum Guild was most impressed with the expansive and creative use of platinum, as well as the level of workmanship the entries displayed this year.”

By creating a separate category for platinum and colored stones in the AGTA Spectrum Competition, says PGI, fine jewelry retailers have the examples they need to effectively merchandise and promote platinum jewelry. The 1997 winning pieces will be shown at the AGTA GemFair in Tucson this month and at the PGI-USA booth at the JCK International Jewelry Show in Las Vegas in May, the JA International Jewelry Show in July and the L.A. Jewelry Show in August.

PGI-USA is the U.S. jewelry marketing arm of the worldwide platinum industry. AGTA is a not-for-profit trade association.

  • The winning designs are by:

  • Jane Bohan of Jane Bohan Inc., New York, N.Y.

  • Jack Demerjian of J. Demere Designs Inc., Lavonia, Mich.

  • Marty Simone of R.M. Simone Studios Inc., Fort Myers, Fla.

  • Robert Hallett of Robert Hallett-Goldsmiths, Oakmont, Pa.

  • Joseph C. DeBella of DeBella Fine Gems & Jewelry Arts, Santa Fe., N.M.

  • Kyriakos Somos of Somos Creations, Valley Cottage, N.Y.

  • Judith Evans of Krementz Gemstones, Newark, N.J.

  • Brian Sholdt of B. Sholdt Designs, Seattle, Wash.

  • Dave Trout of Coffin & Trout, Mesa, Ariz.

  • Kim Yanke of Yanke Designs, Franklin, Mich.

  • Jan Levin of Pentimento, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

  • Marion Isaac of Marion Isaac Inc., Beverly Hills, Cal.

  • Chad Elliott of Chad Elliott Studio Inc., South Beach, Fla.

Photographs supplied by PGI-USA.

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