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AGTA announces winners of Spectrum AwardsTM
The competition was held in New York
By: Diamond World News Service
Jul 30 2016 4:14PM
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The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) announced winners of the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM. Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. “The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ always showcases the best, most innovative and the most exciting evolutions in the design and colored gemstone industry and this year was certainly no exception. Unquestionably the quality of the gemstones and metals in the craftsmanship was elevated this year in all of the entries we received, and that was evident in the choices our expert judges made.”

Judges for the competition this year included eminent personalities - Gail Brett-Levine of National Association of Jewelry Appraisers; Diane Garmendia of 33 Jewels at El Paseo; Jay Mednikow of J.H. Mednikow & Co., Inc.; Victor Velyan of Victor-Christy Studios; and Lew Wackler of Lew Wackler Gem Co.

The competition was held in New York on July 23rd and 24th. Among the winners in various categories of the 2016 Summer AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM were: Ruben Bindra, B & B Fine Gems (category: Best of Show) for a Suite of round, brilliant Russian demantoid Garnets (24.67 ctw.). Derek Katzenbach, Katzenbach Designs won in the category of Best Use of Color for a 14K white gold ring featuring a 4.97 ct. bicolored Tourmaline accented with tsavorite Garnets, Tourmalines and Diamonds (.69 ctw.).

Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. took the first place and Platinum Honors in the Bridal Wear category for a Platinum "Royal Blue" ring featuring a 12.00 ct. blue Sapphire and diamonds (2.59 ctw.). The ring features a detachable 18K yellow gold "Quilt" jacket featuring Turquoise accented with Diamonds (.43 ctw.) and tsavorite Garnets (.16 ctw.).

Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. also took the first place for Business/Day Wear with a 18K yellow gold and platinum "Honey" ring featuring a 13.58 ct. Heliodor accented with Sapphires (.82 ctw.) and Diamonds (.96 ctw.).

David Gross, David Gross Group stood first in the Evening Wear category for a - Platinum necklace featuring 21 unheated Mozambique Rubies (29.33 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (21.61 ctw.). Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design won in the Men's Wear category and also took the Platinum Honors for a Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 8.76 ct. Maw Sit Sit accented with black, white and yellow Diamonds (2.27 ctw.) and tsavorite Garnets (.93 ctw.).

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