Spectrum Awards

The winning designs in this year’s contest show skillful combinations of colors and metals The 1997 Spectrum Awards serve up a palette of vibrant colored gemstones in spectacular designer jewelry. If the results of the American Gem Trade Association’s annual competition is a harbinger of things to come, you can expect this year to be robust for saturated, vibrant colored gems. The winning designs show an exciting use of gems and gem combinations, as well as an innovative and skilled use of precious metals. The “Best of Show” award-winner – a ring by Brian Sholdt of B. Sholdt, Seattle, Wash. – is a good example. Sholdt combined aquamarine, Paraíba tourmaline, platinum and 18k yellow gold with “precise craftsmanship [that] enhanced the exceptional stone combination,” says judge Mark Loren, a designer and retailer in Fort Myers, Fla., and former Spectrum Award r

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