The 1999 AGTA Spectrum Awards: Structural Integrity

As many a maturing Baby Boomer has discovered, it’s good to have a little structure in your life. This year, the Spectrum Award judges have indicated that it’s also good to have structure in your jewelry. A highly architectural tourmaline brooch was named Best of Show in the annual jewelry-design competition sponsored by the Dallas-based American Gem Trade Association.The sharp-angled brooch, designed by Maria Christin Canale of Krementz Gemstones, Newark, N.J., features 34.51 cts. t.w. rectangular-cut green tourmalines and .70 ct. t.w. princess-cut diamonds, set in platinum with a center of 22k gold. “The architectural lines were a big reason for giving it the award,” says AGTA Spectrum judge Linda McGill, owner of Jewelsmith Inc., a retail American Gem Society store in Durham, N.C., specializing in custom-designed jewelry.Canale’s piece was designed around the unusually shape

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