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Extra coloured gems from AGTA’s 2022 Spectrum Awards.


I promised you a Half 2 with extra coloured gems from AGTA’s 2022 Spectrum Awards Editor’s Day and I’m right here to ship!

As a refresher, the American Gemstone Commerce Affiliation (AGTA) Spectrum Awards are a yearly competitors that collect jewellery and gemstone submissions from among the most interesting jewelers and lapidary artists within the nation. Earlier than they despatched this 12 months’s contest entries again, AGTA flew me to Texas to (very fastidiously and respectfully) play with all of them.

The occasion was held on the wonderful Arkenstone Gallery of Effective Minerals, which I strongly advocate visiting in case you get pleasure from this kind of factor. What you see above is me and Mr. DitL geeking out over Arkenstone’s T. Rex cranium – and naturally introducing my T.Rex skeleton necklace to its historical cousin.

To revisit Half 1 of my 2022 Spectrum Awards recap, please click on right here.

Spinel engagement ring by Omi Prive. With 3.11 ct cushion-cut cobalt blue Spinel, accented with Hauyne, Paraiba Tourmaline, and diamonds. Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

I instructed you in my first recap publish that spinel was one of many standout stones of the 2022 Spectrum Awards, however I didn’t have an opportunity to point out you the entire spinels I fell for.

This engagement ring was certainly one of my favourite spinel items. It’s by Omi Prive, who’s rightfully well-known for his or her extraordinary gems. Take a look at it glow! It includes a 3.11 ct cushion-cut cobalt blue Spinel, accented with hauyne, Paraiba tourmaline, and diamonds. Uncommon and extraordinary.

Lots of the most enjoyable design moments within the 2022 Spectrum Awards got here from the boys’s class, like this modern tourmaline ring. Take a look at its angles, its particulars!

That is the SpectraGold Atlantis ring by Adam Neeley Effective Artwork Jewellery, that includes a 13.50 ct Indicolite tourmaline accented with diamonds in 14K yellow gold. The tourmaline is nice, however it’s the considerate placement of these aspect diamonds that basically slays me.

18K rose gold Hummingbird necklace with blue Sapphires, green Garnets, pink Sapphires, and Diamonds. By LeVian. Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

This one is simply so fairly, isn’t it?

It’s an 18K rose gold Hummingbird necklace with blue sapphires, inexperienced garnets, pink sapphires, and diamonds, by LeVian. I particularly love the colour distinction between the hummingbird’s pink sapphire throat and emerald eyes.

It simply isn’t an AGTA occasion till I’ve discovered a brand new Campbellian Assortment piece to fall in love with. Aren’t these dreamy? I like the moonstones themselves, however the frilled settings and pale blue sapphires are the right accents to the exceptional heart stones.

This Campbellian Assortment moonstone ring includes a 11.03 ct moonstone, 24 blue sapphires, and diamonds; whereas the earrings function 11.45 carats of moonstone, together with 4.36 cts of blue sapphires and diamonds.

Platinum and 18K gold Je T'Aime ring with a hidden message! Featuring 2.55 cts of blue-green Sapphire and a  cabochon Ruby. By Remy Rotenier. Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

At first look, this ring seems to be a thick males’s band lined in blue-green sapphires. However in case you look extra carefully, you’ll uncover there’s a secret door that opens to disclose a gold-lined compartment with a ruby coronary heart and the candy message, “je t’aime.”

This platinum and 18K gold ring is by Remy Rotenier and options 2.55 cts of blue-green sapphire and a cabochon ruby. One of many coolest design moments within the 2022 Spectrum Awards.

This magnificence was one of many day’s winners: it took first place within the Enterprise/Day Put on class.

Made by Zoltan David, this “Into the Mystic” cuff bracelet by is comprised of colourful metal, platinum, and gold and options Tsavorite garnets, blue sapphires, and diamonds.

18K yellow gold and black ceramic ring with a 4.03 ct. natural fancy deep yellow Diamond and tsavorite Garnets. By Jeffrey Bilgore. Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

We completely should talk about this ring, which made AGTA historical past by profitable first place within the 2022 Spectrum Awards Night Put on class…as a diamond.

I didn’t even notice that diamonds had been eligible to win Spectrum Awards, however I spoke to this 12 months’s judges they usually all agreed that this piece had been so exceptional that it simply needed to get the highest spot.

This showstopper of a hoop includes a 4.03 ct. pure fancy deep yellow diamond in 18K yellow gold and black ceramic with tsavorite Garnets. It’s by Jeffrey Bilgore and I feel it’s spectacular.

Named the “Shrine” ring, this 18K white & yellow gold ring by Raja Mehta of AG Gems facilities a 5.13 ct blue sapphire and is accented with blue sapphires and diamonds set across the face but additionally all alongside the setting and shank, with swirls of engraving.

The middle sapphire is gorgeous, however it’s the engraving and the aspect stones that slay me.

 Essence bottle made by Dalan Gargrave of GemStarz Jewelry, featuring a 900 ct. Ametrine accented with Citrine and Chrome Diopside. Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

This otherworldly vessel took first place within the objects d’artwork class of the 2022 Spectrum Awards.

This extraordinary essence bottle was made by Dalan Gargrave of GemStarz Jewellery and includes a jaw-dropping a 900 ct ametrine accented with citrine and chrome diopside. I used to be afraid to raise this one as much as {photograph} it, so right here it’s sitting safely on a desk.

Brenda Smith Jewelry 'Whimsy' necklace with a purple Launa Agate, Pearls, Tourmaline, and diamonds.

That is Brenda Smith Jewellery’s Whimsy necklace. Isn’t it intelligent? It includes a purple Laguna agate with pearls, tourmaline, and diamonds.

I do know I’ve mentioned this a number of occasions already, however: right here is one other certainly one of my favourite 2022 AGTA Spectrum spinels. This one may truly be my very favourite? Don’t inform the others.

That is the “Elysian Crimson,” an 11.34 ct cushion-cut pink Spinel ring in platinum with spinel and diamond accent stones. It’s by Chalmer’s Jewelers and I adore it passionately.

Simply look at it. LOOK AT IT. It’s a captured sundown. It’s a ever-burning ember. It glows like no one’s enterprise. I can’t get sufficient.

White gold pendant with a 27.15 ct tricolor Tourmaline and baguette Diamonds (2.43 ctw.) Malissa Kuznicki, A Cutting Edge Gallery.  Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

How about this glamorous, trendy tourmaline necklace? I like its modern geometry and the middle stone’s charming gradient of coloration.

This white gold pendant with a 27.15 ct tricolor tourmaline and baguette diamonds (2.43 ctw) is by Malissa Kuznicki of A Reducing Edge Gallery.

Did you acknowledge the middle stone of this ring? That’s proper: it’s meteorite. Sure, like from area.

This platinum ring is by Sheridan Conrad of A Jewelers’ Artwork and it includes a 4.20 ct hexagonal-cut Meteorite in gold, accented by white and coloured diamonds. I like its solidity, its geometry, and its delicate coloration distinction.

18K yellow gold earrings with boulder Opal,  Tanzanite, and Diamonds. By Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry.  Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

I discussed in Half One that there have been two pairs of Pamela Froman earrings I liked within the 2022 Spectrum Awards! Right here’s quantity two.

These swirling beauties are 18K yellow gold earrings with boulder opal, tanzanite, and diamonds; by Pamela Froman Effective Jewellery.

It isn’t the AGTA Spectrum Awards with out some beautiful Paraiba tourmaline! Listed below are two very completely different Paraiba rings I met and liked on the 2022 Spectrum Awards.

On the correct, we have now a stupendous behemoth by Beatrix Laura Jessner of B & W Jewels. It includes a 4.25 ct. Brazilian Paraiba tourmaline accented with 279 Brazilian Paraiba tourmalines. On the left is Dallas Value Designs’ 18K white gold engagement ring with a 6.28 ct. Paraiba tourmaline accented with spherical and pear-shape diamonds.

14K rose gold and Tourmaline ring featuring blue and green Tourmalines (.89 ctw.), millgrain and engraving. By Cecile Raley Designs.  Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

And another tourmaline ring for good measure! This one isn’t Paraiba, however it’s an identical pretty blue inexperienced coloration. This14K rose gold and Tourmaline ring that includes blue and inexperienced Tourmalines (.89 ctw.), millgrain and engraving. By Cecile Raley Designs.

One other piece I actually liked, that includes certainly one of my favourite stones: demantoid garnet. Isn’t its vibrant inexperienced stunning in that swirling yellow gold design?

That is the “Sacred Mandala” necklace by Nolan Sponsler. It’s a platinum and 18K yellow gold pendant with demantoid garnets, blue sapphire, and diamonds, on a satisfyingly thick gold rolo chain. It was entered within the menswear class, however I feel a jewellery lover of any gender might rock this.

22K and 18K gold and platinum lily and butterfly brooch pendant with Quartz flowers, Opal butterfly. Sheridan Conrad, A Jewelers Art  Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

This lily pendant/brooch has a quiet magnificence that feels nearly poetic. I like the feel of the gold and the translucence of the flowers.

It’s a by Sheridan Conrad of A Jewelers Artwork and includes a 22K and 18K gold and platinum lily with carved quartz flowers and an opal butterfly.

I hope you’re not uninterested in tourmaline but, as a result of I’ve bought just a few extra nice ones to point out you.

This magnificence is an 18K gold and platinum ring with a 21.70 ct bi-color Tourmaline, diamonds, turquoise, sapphires, and lavender jade. It’s by Michael Tope of Raintree. I like that contact of purple jade on the aspect. So considerate and sudden.

Uneek Jewelry's 'Serene Fauna' necklace with carved blue-green tourmaline and diamonds.  Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

This pendant options one of the crucial unusually lower stones in noticed in any completed piece of knickknack on the 2022 Spectrum Awards. It’s Uneek Jewellery’s “Serene Fauna” necklace, which includes a rectangular concave tartan carved blue-green tourmaline and diamonds.

These cocktail rings are each by the stunning Dallas Prince Jewellery, and each exhibit the designer’s skill to create jewellery that’s as glamorous as it’s elegant.

On the left, is the Dallas Prince 18K yellow gold “Inferno’ ring that includes a 6.35 ct oval Mandarin spessartite garnet accented with spherical diamonds (2.03 ctw.). On the correct is a Dallas Prince 14K white gold Glacier aquamarine ring with a 22.27 ct. octagon-shape aquamarine and with diamonds (.65 ctw.).

18K yellow gold face cufflinks by Brenda Smith Jewelry, with Tourmaline (3.30 ctw.), spessartite Garnet (2.00 ctw.) and Pearls. Seen at AGTA's 2022 Spectrum Awards.

And now for one thing full completely different…how about these cufflinks? They’re by Brenda Smith Jewellery and alongside the faces, they function inexperienced tourmaline (3.30 ctw), spessartite garnet (2.00 ctw) and pearls in 18k yellow gold.

That is the “Tree of Life” ring by Ellie Lee Effective Jewellery. Its uncommon platinum setting has strategic openwork behind the gem to create a partly-hidden tree silhouette that’s seen via the middle stone. This ring additionally includes a 1.98 ct sapphire with green-blue sapphire and diamond accents.

Remarkable mineral and fossils on display at the Arkenstone Fine Mineral Gallery in Dallas, TX.

I’ll go away you with one final picture of The Arkenstone’s treasures. Such a cool place!

Thanks a lot for becoming a member of me for this recap of the treasures I noticed on the AGTA’s 2022 Spectrum Awards!! When you’d like to return and see Half Considered one of this recap, please click on right here.

When you like what you see right here, it’s best to take a look at 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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