The American Gem Trade Association, which represents the colored-gem industry, just announced the winners of the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards, its annual jewelry design competition. Yesterday, I went to check out all the submissions (including the winners!) and present to you stunning, wedding-worthy finds.
Photo: Sandro Art & Photography
The following pieces took top honors in the "Bridal Wear" category: First place went to Maria Canale of Richard Krementz Gemstones for the platinum "Lace" ring (above) featuring a 4.10-carat blue sapphire accented with diamonds. Erica Courtney earned second place with 18k yellow gold earrings (below left) featuring diaspore (a color-changing gemstone), demantoid garnets, and diamonds. And third place went to Craig Slavens of AuRTWORK Jewelry for a platinum and 18k yellow gold pendant (below right) featuring a 3.92-carat rose-cut black diamond accented with black-and-white-diamond melee on an 18k white gold chain set with additional black and white diamonds.
Photos: Justin Katz Photography
My personal favorites included the Best in Show-winning palladium locket with blue Moonstones, gray- and white-diamonds, blue sapphires, and a Moldavite Buddha, designed by Todd Reed; a gold-and-platinum ring featuring a 15-carat (!!!) spiral-cut natural chrysoberyl with pave-set diamonds; and—my top pick—the 13.24-carat floating opal pendant accented with diamonds by Michael Nemeth.
Click here to view all the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Award winners, and let us know which are your favorites by posting a comment. —Danine Alati