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Coloured gems galore on the 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards.

Good morning, my darlings!!! I’m past excited to inform you that I lately attended the 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards Editor’s Day, aka coloured gemstone heaven. And sure, I took photos for you!

The 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards entries were displayed at Arkenstone Fine Mineral gallery for the press to admire.

AGTA stands for the American Gemstone Commerce Affiliation, which represents the coloured stone and cultured pearl industries within the US and Canada. AGTA and its members lead the trade in instructional sources, moral practices, and the best coloured gems and cultured pearls.

AGTA stands for the American Gemstone Commerce Affiliation, which represents the coloured stone and cultured pearl industries within the US and Canada. The Spectrum Awards is AGTA’s legendary annual jewellery design contest, which was created to acknowledge and promote each jewelers who use coloured gems and cultured pearls in distinctive positive jewellery designs and likewise lapidary artists who create extraordinary faceted gems and pearls, carvings, and objects of artwork.

I first attended the Spectrum Awards Editor’s Day in 2015 and I had the respect of internet hosting the Spectrum Awards Gala Pink Carpet throughout AGTA Gem Honest Tucson in 2017.

The Arkenstone is a magical playground for gem nerds. Any time I appeared up from the tables stuffed with completed jewellery, I used to be greeted by cabinets crammed with otherworldly mineral specimens, uncooked gems, and fossils. The juxtaposition between how these minerals emerge from the earth and what they’re able to when labored by human fingers made your entire expertise much more poignant.

Shout out to the stunning Mr. DitL, my superb husband (above), who got here alongside to assist out!

Sufficient discuss. Let’s get to the jewellery!

Kicking issues off with probably the most memorable items from the 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards…that is The Underworld Ring by Third Eye Meeting. Constructed from 18K yellow gold, platinum, 22k rose and inexperienced gold, 24K yellow gold and 18K white gold, The Underworld Ring includes a 1.62 ct. black Opal, tsavorite Garnets, sapphires, and diamonds and is exquisitely detailed with mythological and astrological scenes.

In response to Third Eye Meeting’s Instagram, this outstanding piece is supposed to be an “astrological self portrait” of the artist (a Scorpio). Within the designer’s personal phrases:

“Depictions of Hades and Hecate, the female and male greek gods of the underworld, flank the east and west sides of the ring. Earth and Mars are depicted on the North and South sides of the ring together with diamonds and sapphires that align with the Scorpio star constellation.”

18K white gold floral earrings with diamonds and pink sapphires. By Caroline Chartouni of Caroline C Jewelry, at the 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards.

I didn’t see fairly as a lot pink as I’d have anticipated, given the colour’s present recognition, however the pink I did see was extraordinarily noteworthy. Have a look at the almost-neon Barbie shade of the pink sapphires in these earrings!!

These pretty floral earrings are by Caroline Chartouni of Caroline C Jewellery and have two luscious pink sapphires totaling 10.94 carats, surrounded by 14.75 carats of diamonds and an additional 9.45 cts of pink sapphire. Are you able to think about these on a bride, or with a purple carpet robe? Sure please.

Sapphire engagement rings from the AGTA Spectrum Awards! By J.R. Dunn Jewelers, Skatell's Manufacturing Jewelers, and Nicole Mera.

What I did see loads of was attractive sapphire engagement rings. A few pinks, one actually jaw-dropping purple, after which a sea of enchanting vibrant blue. These three sapphire engagement rings are by J.R. Dunn Jewelers, Skatell’s Manufacturing Jewelers, and Nicole Mera.

The sapphire middle stones themselves had been breathtaking, however I additionally beloved the creativity evident within the design particulars of the settings. Have a look at these two, by Pompos Jewellery (left) and Robert Pelliccia of J.R. Dunn Jewelers (proper).

The Pompos Jewellery ring includes a 6.29 ct Ceylon sapphire and the J.R. Dunn ring options an 11.32 ct cushion minimize sapphire. These are severe stones.

18K green gold 'Princess of the Sea' necklace with Mother of Pearl, diamonds, ruby, tsavorite Garnet, and sapphire. Almaza Jewelers

This necklace was one other considered one of my private favorites. I’ve all the time beloved the bewitching iridescence of Mom of Pearl, and I beloved how this inexperienced gold Almaza Jewelers necklace consists of complimentary diamonds, rubies, tsavorite garnets, and sapphires to assist convey out the entire Mom of Pearl’s various hues.

One of many coolest issues about this necklace was the again, which I by some means didn’t {photograph}! Every of these Mom of Pearl ovals has a gently wrought gold sea creature on the again. It’s attractive and so enjoyable! Hold an eye fixed out on Instagram – I’ll publish a video of this necklace and add a hyperlink to it right here

Not technically a bit of bijou, this unbearably lovable object d’artwork was one of many first items that caught my eye. Isn’t it unimaginable? It’s an itty bitty Harley Davidson motorbike made from 18K rose gold, lined in diamonds and a 1.59 ct. blue pure Burma sapphire as its seat.

This little magnificence is the work of Rodney Rahmani of Sensible Stars. The wheels actually flip, the handlebar actually steers, and sure, I did drive it up and down my arm whereas making “vroom vroom” noises.

18K yellow gold and ruthenium-plated with Tourmaline (4.84 ctw.), round Tourmaline, and diamonds. By Ian Delucca of Khobe Delucca.

This tourmaline ring by Ian Delucca of Khobe Delucca gained the 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards Editor’s Selection Award, which that the members of the press (together with yours actually) thought this piece deserved recognition. Isn’t it nice? I like the colours, the adverse area, and the minimalist however eye-catching silhouette.

The ring is made out of ruthenium-plated 18K yellow gold and includes a 4.84 ct tourmaline accented with additional tourmaline and diamonds.

I’ve adopted Gary Roe Jewellery on Instagram for a while, however this necklace was the primary piece of the jeweler’s work I’ve seen in individual. Isn’t it simply gorgeous? It makes me need to frolic in a forest with a captivating elf prince.

This attractive piece is 22K yellow gold and includes a 33 ct. bicolor Tourmaline, a pear-shape Tourmaline, and Tsavorite Garnets.

18K gold earrings with cushion-cut blue Zircons (10.8 ctw), Diamonds, and a carved Turquoise. By Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry.

Are you prepared for an additional pair of earrings? We’ve acquired extra attractive blue right here on this entry from Pamela Froman Superb Jewellery. That texture on the 18K gold is the designer’s signature look. These earrings function two gorgeous cushion-cut blue Zircons (10.8 ctw) and a pair of carved turquoise drops accented with diamonds.

Pamela Froman had two pairs of earrings within the 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards, however these had been my favorites.

I used to be so excited to be round jewellery once more that I weirdly forgot to strive on very many items? I used to be so targeted on touching it and photographing it that I didn’t mannequin a lot of it!

I did keep in mind strive on this necklace – and thank goodness I did, as a result of it’s so excellent with my costume! It’s by Eddie Sakamoto for Someplace within the Rainbow and it’s known as the ‘A Rose by Any Different Title’ necklace. It options 18K gold and platinum with a 21.83 ct rose-colored step-cut Tourmaline and diamonds.

Black opal ring with blue and yellow Diamonds and Opal necklace with Paraiba Tourmaline, Alexandrite, and Spinel. By Llyn Strong, entered in the  2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards.

How about two items in a single photograph? These two opal stunners are by the identical designer, Llyn Robust. The opal necklace options Paraiba tourmaline, alexandrite, and spinel accents, whereas the ring is a black opal accented with blue and yellow diamonds. I like how the accent stones of each items choose up the precise play of colour in every middle stone. You’ll be able to inform how a lot thought went into these.

Llyn Robust really had considered one of my favourite items within the first AGTA Spectrum Awards I ever attended, a stunning opal insect brooch I noticed in 2015. I all the time take pleasure in seeing her inventive designs.

This Uneek Jewellery ring was considered one of my favourite design moments on the 2022 Spectrum Awards. Have a look at its polka-dot shank! Certain, that 2.62 ct oval emerald within the middle is gorgeous, but it surely’s the Tsavorite garnet accents among the many pave diamonds on the aspect that actually get me. So inventive and enjoyable!

Jeffrey Bilgore peacock jewel pendant brooch with Padparadscha sapphire, bi-color Tourmaline, spinels, peridot, and diamonds.

How about this glamorous peacock brooch/pendant?

This magnificence is by Jeffrey Bilgore and includes a Padparadscha sapphire, bi-color Tourmaline, spinels, peridot, and diamonds. Considered one of two very pretty bird-themed items I noticed on the 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards.

Right here’s a better take a look at the cowboy hat you’ll have glimpsed on the desk within the high photograph! Isn’t it great? And so applicable for a Texas-based AGTA Spectrum Awards.

The hat includes a superbly detailed 14K yellow gold and turquoise hat band, crafted by Eric E. Wright of Village Goldsmith and Antiques. Yeehaw!

Platinum heart necklace with a 2.74 ct natural  purplish-red Tanzanian Spinel accented with rubies and diamonds. By Nicole Mera.

Probably the most outstanding gemstone pattern of the 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards was jaw-droppingly gorgous spinels. Like many individuals, I spent a few years not understanding the phrase “spinel” in any respect, however they’ve develop into considered one of my very favourite stones lately. That is considered one of a number of spinels that took my breath away. Have a look at that coronary heart! It’s incendiary.

This platinum coronary heart necklace includes a 2.74 ct pure purplish-red Tanzanian Spinel accented with rubies and diamonds, and is by Nicole Mera.

For a direct distinction: right here’s one other gorgeous spinel!

That is the platinum ‘Stadium’ ring by Benny Hayoun of B&V Diamonds. It featires a 6.66 ct pure Spinel with graduated rows of platinum lined in diamonds (3.77 ctw.) and sapphires (.72 ct) alongside the aspect.

An incredible pair of cowboy boot shaped amethyst geodes on display at Arkenstone Fine Mineral Gallery in Dallas, TX during the 2022 AGTA Spectrum Awards.
A pair of cowboy boot formed amethyst geodes on show at Arkenstone Superb Mineral Gallery in Dallas, TX.

I believe this publish has gotten lengthy sufficient…so it’s going to must be a two-parter! Click on right here for Half 2, which is now reside!

When you like what you see right here, you need to try my AGTA Archive to see treasures from different AGTA occasions I’ve attended.

AGTA generously took care of my journey bills for this journey, however my opinions stay my very own.

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