I promised you a Part 2 with more colored gems from AGTA’s 2022 Spectrum Awards Editor’s Day and I am here to deliver!
More colored gems from AGTA’s 2022 Spectrum Awards.
As a refresher, the American Gemstone Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards are a yearly competition that gather jewelry and gemstone submissions from some of the finest jewelers and lapidary artists in the country. Before they sent this year’s contest entries back, AGTA flew me to Texas to (very carefully and respectfully) play with them all.
The event was held at the glorious Arkenstone Gallery of Fine Minerals, which I strongly recommend visiting if you enjoy this sort of thing. What you see above is me and Mr. DitL geeking out over Arkenstone’s T. Rex skull – and of course introducing my T.Rex skeleton necklace to its ancient cousin.
I told you in my first recap post that spinel was one of the standout stones of the 2022 Spectrum Awards, but I didn’t have a chance to show you all of the spinels I fell for.
This engagement ring was one of my favorite spinel pieces. It’s by Omi Prive, who is rightfully famous for their extraordinary gems. Look at it glow! It features a 3.11 ct cushion-cut cobalt blue Spinel, accented with hauyne, Paraiba tourmaline, and diamonds. Rare and extraordinary.
Many of the most exciting design moments in the 2022 Spectrum Awards came from the men’s category, like this sleek tourmaline ring. Look at its angles, its details!
This is the SpectraGold Atlantis ring by Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry, featuring a 13.50 ct Indicolite tourmaline accented with diamonds in 14K yellow gold. The tourmaline is great, but it’s the thoughtful placement of those side diamonds that really slays me.
This one is just so pretty, isn’t it?
It’s an 18K rose gold Hummingbird necklace with blue sapphires, green garnets, pink sapphires, and diamonds, by LeVian. I especially love the color contrast between the hummingbird’s pink sapphire throat and emerald eyes.
It just isn’t an AGTA event until I’ve found a new Campbellian Collection piece to fall in love with. Aren’t these dreamy? I love the moonstones themselves, but the frilled settings and pale blue sapphires are the perfect accents to the remarkable center stones.
This Campbellian Collection moonstone ring features a 11.03 ct moonstone, 24 blue sapphires, and diamonds; while the earrings feature 11.45 carats of moonstone, along with 4.36 cts of blue sapphires and diamonds.
At first glance, this ring appears to be a thick men’s band covered in blue-green sapphires. But if you look more closely, you’ll discover there’s a secret door that opens to reveal a gold-lined compartment with a ruby heart and the sweet message, “je t’aime.”
This platinum and 18K gold ring is by Remy Rotenier and features 2.55 cts of blue-green sapphire and a cabochon ruby. One of the coolest design moments in the 2022 Spectrum Awards.Read More