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AGTA Announces The 2017 Winner for EDITOR'S CHOICE!

AGTA Announces The 2017 AGTA 
Spectrum Awards™ Winner for EDITOR'S CHOICE!

The votes are in! We are thrilled to announce this year's #AGTASpectrum17 Editors' Choice Award... Congratulations to Mark Loren of Mark Loren Designs for winning with these gold earrings featuring Agate druzy slices, Tourmalines, Topaz, Amethysts & Diamonds!!!! 🎉 #AGTA


     



AGTA Announces The 2017 AGTA Spectrum & Cutting Edge Awards™ Winners

From Press Release - Photos will be added as they become available



AGTA Announces The 2017 AGTA 
Spectrum Awards™ Winners 

The American Gem Trade Association is pleased to announce the winners of the prestigious 2017 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM. The competition was held in New York on August 5th and 6th and is regarded as the world's preeminent colored gemstone and cultured pearl design competition. 

The prestigious judges for the competition this year were the following: Arun Bohra, Arunashi; Cathy Calhoun, Calhoun Jewelers; Sherris Cottier Shank, Gemscapes; Alishan Halebian, Alishan; Holly Wesche, Wesche Jewelers. 




“The entire staff was immediately impressed as the entries started coming in; it seemed that the quality and artistry of the pieces has ascended to a new level. The number of entries increased and clearly the caliber of entries was exceptional,” said Douglas K. Hucker, AGTA CEO. “It is evident that the entrants take this competition very seriously and that the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ and the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™ continue to be the premier design competition in the world. Of course, this also makes the work of the judges demonstratively more difficult. We were blessed with an outstanding group of judges that were consummate professionals, that demonstrated an amazing level of synergy, and this is apparent in the selections that they made.” 

Winners of the 2017 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM are: 

Best of….. 

Best of Show 




Mikola Kukharuk, Nomad's – Pair of neon blue Tourmalines (53.56 ctw.). 


Best Use of Color 




Naomi Sarna, Naomi Sarna Designs – 18K and 24K yellow and 18K white gold maple leaf earrings featuring multicolored Diamonds, Sapphires and Garnets. 

Best Use of Pearls 



Naomi Sarna, Naomi Sarna Designs – Freshwater cultured Pearls strung with Sunstone beads with an 18K yellow gold and black rhodium clasp set with white, pink and green Diamonds. 

Best Use of Platinum and Color 




Eddie Sakamoto, Somewhere in the Rainbow – Platinum "Dancing Waves" neck collar featuring a 57.0 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (8.0 ctw.). 


Fashion Forward  



Ardeshir Dabestani, Asha Gallery, Ltd. – 18K white and yellow gold "Solar Flare" back-drop necklace featuring a 436.0 ct. Citrine accented with Aquamarines (44.50 ctw.), yellow Beryls (87.30 ctw.) and Diamonds (23.54 ctw.).  


AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Bridal Wear 




Bridal Wear - 1st Place Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. – 18K white gold and rhodium "Double the Love" ring featuring a 12.62 ct. heart-shaped blue Zircon accented with a .75 ct. heart-shaped Diamond and Diamond pave (1.53 ctw.). 

Bridal Wear – 2nd Place Bridal Wear and WJA Gem DIVA™ Award Lindsay Jane, Lindsay Jane Designs - Platinum "Butterfly" earrings featuring detachable drops of boulder Opal (39.92 ctw.) accented with Zoisites (2.10 ctw.), Diamonds (1.02 ctw.) and Paraiba Tourmalines (.10 ctw.). 

Bridal Wear – 3rd Place Judy Evans, Oliver and Espig Gallery of Fine Arts - Platinum and 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 15.3mm South Sea golden cultured Pearl accented with white Diamonds (1.17 ctw.) and yellow Diamonds (1.12 ctw.). 



Bridal Wear – Honorable Mention Zoltan David, Somewhere in the Rainbow - Knight steel, 18K and 24K yellow gold, platinum "Falling Waters" necklace featuring 1mm - 3.20mm keshi cultured Pearls accented with Diamonds (1.70 ctw.). 




Bridal Wear – Manufacturing Honors Randy Coffin, Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers - Platinum ring featuring a 4.42 ct. oval red Spinel accented with round red Spinels (1.41 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.27 ctw.). 

Bridal Wear – Entry Platinum Innovation Leon Mege, Leon Mege, Inc. - Platinum "Bellflower" ring featuring a 3.28 ct. blue Sapphire cabochon accented with Diamonds (.80 ctw.) and a blue Sapphire (.03 ctw.). 

Bridal Wear – Platinum Honors Craig Slavens, Studio 247 Fine Jewelry - Platinum ring featuring a 4.15 ct. Paraiba Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (1.25 ctw.). 


AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Business/Day Wear 



Business/Day Wear - 1st Place Adam Neeley, Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry – 18K rose and 14K rose and white gold "Cosmos" pendant featuring a 24.06 ct. specialty-cut Morganite accented with Diamonds (3.14 ctw.). 


Business/Day Wear – 2nd Place Llyn Strong, llyn strong fine art jewelry – Lapis Lazuli necklace (155.0 ctw.) featuring an 18K yellow gold clasp and a 30.90 ct. boulder Opal accented with black Diamonds (.75 ctw.), tsavorite Garnets (.20 ctw.), Rubies (.12 ctw.) and Sapphires (.07 ctw.). 



Business/Day Wear – 3rd Place Mimi Favre, Mimi Favre Studio – Platinum "Waterdrop" earrings featuring detachable Tanzanite drops (25.50 ctw.) on Sapphire studs (1.75 ctw.) with white Sapphires (.58 ctw.). 

Business/Day Wear – Honorable Mention Leon Mege, Leon Mege, Inc. – Platinum "La Petite" bracelet with nine ring charms featuring Rubies, Aquamarines, Garnets, Amethysts, Sapphires, Tourmalines and Spinels. 




Business/Day Wear – Honorable Mention Omi Prive, Somewhere in The Rainbow – 18K rose gold "Le 'Elegance'" ring featuring a red Tourmaline accented with Diamonds and tsavorite Garnets. 

Business/Day Wear – Manufacturing Honors Gregore Morin, Gregore & Jennifer-Rabe Jewelers – 18K white gold and aluminum earrings featuring freshwater cultured Pearls (32.10 ctw.) accented with purple Garnets (12.98 ctw.). 


Business/Day Wear – Platinum Honors John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford – Platinum bracelet featuring black Opals (24.02 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.72 ctw.). 

Business/Day Wear – Entry Platinum Innovation Leon Mege, Leon Mege, Inc. – Platinum "La Petite" bracelet with nine ring charms featuring Rubies, Aquamarines, Garnets, Amethysts, Sapphires, Tourmalines and Spinels. 

Business/Day Wear – WJA Gem DIVA™ Award Pam Harris, Lost Bird Designs – 14K pink gold bracelet featuring an 8x15mm peach Moonstone, oval and marquise-cut Coral, Turquoise and black Diamonds. 

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Classical 



Classical - 1st Place Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co. – Platinum and 18K pink gold earrings featuring unheated oval pink Sapphires (36.65 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (5.09 ctw.). 


Classical – 2nd Place Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive – Platinum and black rhodium ring featuring a 20.03 ct. cushion-cut blue Sapphire accented with blue Sapphires (.76 ctw.), baguette Diamonds (1.07 ctw.) and round Diamonds (.63 ctw.). 


Classical – 3rd Place Oscar Heyman, Oscar Heyman – Platinum ring featuring a 32.30 ct. Cat's-Eye Chrysoberyl. 

Classical – Honorable Mention Varouj Tabakian, Jewellery by Varouj – 18K tricolored gold and platinum "Northern Lights" pendant featuring a 3.79 ct. specialty-cut rubellite Tourmaline accented with baguette Diamonds (.68 ctw.) and round Diamonds (1.61 ctw.). 

Classical – Honorable Mention Oscar Heyman, Oscar Heyman – Platinum ring featuring a 19.40 ct. bicolored Tourmaline accented with Diamonds. 

Classical – Manufacturing Honors Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. – 18K yellow and rhodium "Blue Lagoon" ring featuring a 13.99 ct. cushion-cut blue Zircon accented with Diamond melee (1.32 ctw.). 



Classical – Platinum Honors Michael Endlich, Pave Fine Jewelry – Platinum "Deep Lagoon" ring featuring an 8.33 ct. Tourmaline accented with Diamonds (.46 ctw.). 

Classical – Entry Platinum Innovation Robert Pelliccia, J.R. Dunn Jewelers – Platinum and 18K rose gold "Queen of Sheba" ring featuring a 2.59 ct. red Spinel accented with multi-cut Diamonds (1.57 ctw.). 

Classical – WJA Gem DIVA™ Award Beatrix Laura Jessner, B & W Jewels – 18K yellow gold ring featuring a 13.60 ct. Mandarin Garnet accented with square and baguette Diamonds (1.82 ctw.). 

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Evening Wear 


Evening Wear – 1st Place and Best Use of Platinum and Color Eddie Sakamoto, Somewhere in the Rainbow – Platinum "Dancing Waves" neck collar featuring a 57.0 ct. Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (8.0 ctw.). 



Evening Wear – 2nd Place and Best Use of Color Naomi Sarna, Naomi Sarna Designs – 18K and 24K yellow and 18K white gold maple leaf earrings featuring multicolored Diamonds, Sapphires and Garnets. 

Evening Wear – 3rd Place Caroline Chartouni, Caroline C – Platinum ring featuring an 8.09 ct. oval pink Sapphire accented with round and pear pink Sapphires (9.84 ctw.) and Diamonds (8.67 ctw.). 



Evening Wear – Honorable Mention Victoria Tse, VTse, Inc. – 18K white gold ring featuring a 33.41 ct. harlequin Australian black Opal accented with baguette Diamond pave (6.54 ctw.) and Diamond melee (2.11 ctw.). 

Evening Wear – Honorable Mention Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney, Inc. – 18K yellow gold "Genie" earrings featuring a pair of mint grossular Garnets (5.22 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (5.69 ctw.) and mint grossular Garnets (1.90 ctw.). 



Evening Wear – Honorable Mention Zoltan David, Somewhere in the Rainbow – 24K yellow gold, palladium, purple steel and 18K yellow gold "Star Flower" necklace featuring a 28.14 ct. Tourmaline accented with gray Sapphires (.58 ctw.) and colorchange Garnets (.73 ctw.). 




Evening Wear – Platinum Honors John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford – Platinum earrings featuring oval black Opals (11.70 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (2.0 ctw.). 

Evening Wear – WJA Gem DIVA™ Award Dallas Prince, Dallas Prince Designs – 14K white gold "Pink Peony" ring featuring multi-shades of pink Spinels (12.93 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (1.45 ctw.). 

AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Men's Wear 




Men's Wear – 1st Place Ricardo Basta, E. Eichberg, Inc. – 18K yellow gold with black rhodium "Estrella" ring featuring a 7.50 ct. starburst trapiche Sapphire accented with black Diamonds (.64 ctw.) and yellow Sapphire melee (.52 ctw.). 

Men's Wear – 2nd Place Peter Schmid, French Designer Jeweler – 18K rose gold and platinum ring featuring a 15.74 ct. Garnet accented with a pink Diamond, green Diamond and white Diamonds (.04 ctw.). 

Men's Wear – 3rd Place Dawn Muscio, D. Muscio Designs – 18K yellow gold and stainless steel ring featuring a 4.39 ct. emerald-cut green Tourmaline accented with Amethysts (.06 ctw.) and Diamonds (.05 ctw.). 

Men's Wear – Honorable Mention Llyn L. Strelau, Jewels by Design – 18K yellow and 19K white gold "Man Cave" cufflinks featuring Octahedrite Meteorite carvings accented with blue Sapphires (1.55 ctw.), yellow Sapphires (1.46 ctw.) and yellow Diamonds (.75 ctw.). 


Men's Wear – Honorable Mention and Platinum Honors Randy Coffin, Coffin & Trout Fine Jewellers - Platinum ring featuring an 8.52 ct. cushion-cut violet Spinel accented with red Spinels (1.48 ctw.) and Diamonds (.27 ctw.) and inlaid with Gibeon Meteorite. 



Men's Wear – Manufacturing Honors Niveet Nagpal, Omi Prive – 18K white gold with black rhodium ring featuring a 1.07 ct. emerald-cut Alexandrite accented with Diamonds (.60 ctw.) and Alexandrites (.08 ctw.). 



AGTA Cutting Edge™ Awards All Other Faceted 




All Other Faceted – 1st Place Brett Kosnar, Beija Flor Wholesale - 24.26 ct. round, Portuguese-cut Rhodochrosite. 

All Other Faceted – 2nd Place Ruben Bindra, B & B Fine Gems – 6.49 ct. square East African natural tsavorite Garnet. 

All Other Faceted – 3rd Place Hemant Phophaliya, A G Color, Inc. – 22.15 ct. fancy-shaped Tanzanite, "Superman." 

All Other Faceted – Honorable Mention Ruben Bindra, B & B Fine Gems – 5.06 ct. triangular-cut natural Benitoite. 


AGTA Cutting Edge™ Awards Carving 




Carving – 1st Place Meg Berry, Pala International – 625.0 ct. Chyrsocolla with druzy Quartz carving, titled "Metamorphosis." 




Carving – 2nd Place Dalan Hargrave, GemStarz Jewelry – Freestyle carved Sunstone chameleon named "Henry." 




Carving – 3rd Place John Dyer, John Dyer & Co. – 115.71 ct. Morganite carving, titled "Joyful Morganite." 

Carving – Honorable Mention Bernie Benavidez, Master Jewelers – Opal freeform carving (72.07 ctw.), titled "Aussie Crystal Anenome." 



Carving - Honorable Mention Larry Woods, Jewels From The Woods – 17.60 ct. black Opal carving. 

AGTA Cutting Edge™ Awards Classic Gemstone 




Classic Gemstone – 1st Place David Nassi, 100% Natural, Ltd. – 15.30 ct. unheated Ceylon pink Sapphire. 

Classic Gemstone – 2nd Place Allen Kleiman, A. Kleiman & Co. – 38.48 ct. unheated oval Madagascan blue Sapphire. 

Classic Gemstone – 3rd Place Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. – 5.80 ct. untreated Colombian step-cut Emerald. 

Classic Gemstone – Honorable Mention Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. – 12.56 ct. unheated Ceylon oval Padparadscha Sapphire. 


AGTA Cutting Edge™ Awards Innovative Faceting 



Innovative Faceting – 1st Place Christopher Wolfsberg, Chris Wolfsberg – 32.75 ct. specialty-cut Quartz with Chrysoprase and Opal. 




Innovative Faceting – 2nd Place John Dyer, John Dyer & Co. – 21.58 ct. red Spinel hexagon. 




Innovative Faceting – 3rd Place John Dyer, John Dyer & Co. – 63.86 ct. specialty-cut Tourmaline. 



Innovative Faceting - Honorable Mention Dalan Hargrave, Jewels From The Woods - 32.98 ct. specialty-cut Kunzite. 


AGTA Cutting Edge™ Awards Objects of Art 




Objects of Art – 1st Place Derek Katzenbach, Katzenbach Designs –"Colors of Maine" kaleidoscope featuring multicolored Maine Tourmalines (71.74 ctw.) and Maine Quartz lenses (24.92 ctw.) set in 18K yellow and white gold. 



Objects of Art – 2nd Place Susan Helmich, Somewhere in the Rainbow – “Straight on to Neverland" pendulum and brooch featuring a 14.01 ct. rubellite Tourmaline, an 8.94 ct. rubellite Tourmaline, a 4.08 ct. indicolite Tourmaline, a 13.8mm golden cultured Pearl and Diamonds (5.24 ctw.) on a carved frosted Quartz base. 

Objects of Art – 3rd Place Liam Powers, Liam Powers Jewelry, LLC – Sterling silver and multi-karat gold chalice featuring Diamonds, Alexandrites, Sapphires, Moldavites and Phenakites. 


AGTA Cutting Edge™ Awards Pairs & Suites 


Pairs & Suites – 1st Place and Best of Show Mikola Kukharuk, Nomad's – Pair of neon blue Tourmalines (53.56 ctw.). 

Pairs & Suites – 2nd Place Hemant Phophaliya, A G Color, Inc. – Pair of fancy pear-shaped Tanzanites (49.38 ctw.). 

Pairs & Suites – 3rd Place Robyn Dufty, DuftyWeis Opals, Inc. – Pair of black Opals (17.61 ctw.), titled "Tears of the Gods." 

Pairs & Suites – Honorable Mention Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. – Pair of unheated Pigeon Blood Burmese oval Rubies (4.08 ctw.). 

Pairs & Suites – Honorable Mention Phillip Youngman, Phillip Youngman – Suite of 36 specialty-cut Zircons (140.27 ctw.). 


AGTA Cutting Edge™ Awards Phenomenal 




Phenomenal – 1st Place Joel Price, Joel Price – 100.66 ct. harlequin pattern black Opal. 

Phenomenal – 2nd Place Joseph Ambalu, Amba Gem Corp. – 7.31 ct. emerald-cut Brazilian Alexandrite. 

Phenomenal – 3rd Place Robert Shapiro, Robert Shapiro – 7.60 ct. boulder Opal. 

Phenomenal – Honorable Mention Ruben Bindra, B & B Fine Gems - 16.08 ct. round Sri Lankan unheated Cat's Eye Chrysoberyl. 

Phenomenal – Honorable Mention David Nassi, 100% Natural, Ltd. – 21.56 ct. oval Opal. 16 

This year's AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM will be presented during the 2018 AGTA GemFairTM Tucson to be held January 30 – February 4 at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Arizona. Tickets for the gala are $100 and cocktail attire is encouraged. 

Winning entries will be displayed during the show and the 2017 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM recipients will be recognized during the 2017 AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM Gala, on Saturday, February 3. 

AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM entries were judged on the basis of overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad‐based consumer appeal and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones. AGTA Cutting Edge AwardsTM honor excellence and creativity in lapidary arts, including natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, carvings and other gem materials. Bridal Wear sponsored by The Knot - The Knot sponsored the Bridal Wear division of the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ for the fifth year. As the #1 wedding network in the U.S., reaching 80% of brides, The Knot represents an opportunity for unprecedented exposure for Spectrum entrants. Whether gracing the bridesmaids or donning the bride herself, this category captures all looks coming down the aisle. Engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and tiaras should be considered. 

Platinum Honors™, sponsored by Platinum Guild International, recognizes outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone and/or pearl jewelry in the five Spectrum Awards categories and for the Best Use of Color and Platinum. Platinum Honors™ Entry Platinum Honors – Bridal Wear under $2,500 (semi-mount only), Platinum Honors Innovation – Classical under $3,500 and Platinum Honors Innovation – Day Wear under $2,000. 

WJA Gem DIVA TM Awards celebrated its sixth year of association with the competition. WJA GEM DIVATM Awards were presented in the Bridal Wear, Evening Wear, Classical and Business/Day Wear categories. All women who entered the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM competition were eligible for this category. 

Manufacturing Honors recognizes outstanding use of colored gemstones and cultured pearls in jewelry appropriate to be manufactured in production quantities. All designs that qualify for judging in the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ competition will also automatically be qualified for Manufacturing Honors judging. Fashion Forward Honors recognizes the outstanding use of colored gemstone and/or cultured pearl in artful, trend‐setting jewelry. All necklaces, earrings, bracelets or other jewelry that qualified for judging in the AGTA Spectrum AwardsTM competition automatically qualified for Fashion Forward Honors judging. 

The American Gem Trade Association is a not‐for‐profit Association serving the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry since 1981. The AGTA serves the industry as "The Authority in Color" and has its headquarter office in Dallas, Texas.
     



#JWLV NEW In 2018 Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch Pavilion Debut Within JCK Las Vegas Show

From a Press Release

Latest Addition to the 2018 JCK Las Vegas Show
Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch Pavilion
Makes its Debut 
Within JCK Las Vegas
 Brought to You by the Palm Beach Show Group
 
The Palm Beach Show Group continues to expand its impressive line-up of shows with the launch of the Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch Pavilion, located in the center of the world renowned JCK Las Vegas show floor. JCK Las Vegas will once again return to the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino next June 1-4, 2018 introducing over 23,000 visitors to the new prestigious Pavilion.

The Pavilion is poised to be an exciting new addition to the already well-established JCK Las Vegas event, showcasing a remarkable array of antique and estate jewelry and pre-owned watches as well as select contemporary pieces. The Pavilion will present the finest jewelry and watch dealers from around the world, showcasing their one-of-a-kind pieces and offering a momentous shopping experience to the trade.



"We are thrilled to be able to work with the Palm Beach Show Group to bring the best antique and estate dealers to the main JCK Show floor at Mandalay Bay in 2018," stated Yancy Weinrich, Senior Vice President of Reed Jewelry Group. "This new content of one-of-a-kind and vintage pieces to offer the buyers of JCK, will be just another reason that they can't miss attending the show. Attendees will now be able to see a fine selection of antique and estate under one roof - at JCK."

Scott Diament, President and CEO of the Palm Beach Show Group, anticipates the announcement of the Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch Pavilion to come as no surprise to the industry.

"The production of a dedicated pavilion within the JCK Las Vegas event has been created in response to high dealer demand," stated Diament, "antique and estate jewelry and watch dealers want the tremendous buying traffic that JCK Las Vegas offers. We could not be more excited about working with Reed Exhibitions"


Over the past three years, Show Director, Andrea Canady has helped the Palm Beach Show Group expand its portfolio of events to include high-end jewelry and watch shows. After successfully launching both the New York City Jewelry & Watch Show in 2015 and the Miami Beach Jewelry & Watch Show in 2017, dealers endlessly encouraged the Palm Beach Show Group to explore participation during Las Vegas Jewelry Week. "Dealers were so impressed with the quality and success our first annual Miami Beach Jewelry & Watch Show," stated Canady , "I had countless of satisfied dealers express interest in exhibiting with us in other cities - reiterating the obvious demand to add Las Vegas to our show schedule."

Exhibiting space in 2018 is very limited - only allowing for 75 of the most prominent dealers. Dealers interested in applying for participation at the 2018 Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch Pavilion can contact the Las Vegas Show Director, Andrea Canady for additional details.

Andrea Canady
Palm Beach Show Group • Show Director
Andrea@palmbeachshow.com • 239-732-6866

Owned and produced by the Palm Beach Show Group, the inaugural Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch Pavilion at JCK Las Vegas is designed to meet the needs of domestic and international dealers alike. The Palm Beach Show Group is committed to creating environments to grow dealer and buyer relationships through exciting experiences, networking opportunities and powerful marketing campaigns.

Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch Pavilion
Date: June 1-4, 2018

Location: Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino 
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89119






About the Palm Beach Show Group:
Palm Beach Show Group is the leading full-service show production company in the world, specializing in fine art, antique & jewelry shows. The Palm Beach Show Group produces high-end events that create unique meeting places for collectors, art advisors, museum curators, interior designers and dealers.
The Palm Beach Show Group believes that bringing together dealers and attendees in major cities throughout the country allows for an incredible culmination of education, entertainment and commerce that cannot be found anywhere else. Whether young or old, seasoned or novice, a Palm Beach Show Group event creates bonds between generations.

The Palm Beach Show Group produces shows in major cities throughout the United States:
  • Hamptons Market Art + Design Show.........................July 6-9, 2017
  • Baltimore Art, Antique & Jewelry Show.............August 24-27, 2017
  • Baltimore Fine Craft Show..................................August 24-27, 2017
  • New York City Jewelry & Watch Show ............October 27-30, 2017
  • LA Art Show ...................................................January 10-14, 2018
  • Miami Beach Jewelry & Antiques Show...............February 1-4, 2018
  • Palm Beach Jewelry, Art & Antique Show........February 14-20, 2018
  • Palm Beach Fine Craft Show...........................February 16-18, 2018
  • Naples Art, Antique & Jewelry Show.................February 23-27, 2018
  • Las Vegas Estate Jewelry & Watch Pavilion...............June 1-4, 2018

For more information, visit www.palmbeachshowgroup.com


About JCK:
JCK is a trusted partner connecting jewelry retailers and manufacturers/suppliers with trends, news, products, education, and partners to build business. Whether attending face-to-face events, building inventory with online and onsite sourcing, or obtaining authoritative news and insights from JCK Magazine - the leading industry publication in print & online - JCK offers a suite of tools and events to deliver sound solutions, innovative opportunities, and essential information. For more information on JCK, visit jckonline.com/lasvegas.
     



#GIA Develops Free Gem Guide for Artisanal Miners #MineToMarket

From a Press Release



GIA Develops Free Gem Guide for Artisanal Miners
Institute works with NGO Pact and women’s mining group in Tanzania for pilot study



GIA’s Robert Weldon, left, instructs a miner from the
Tanzanian Association of Women Miners (TAWOMA)
 in the use of Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners.
Photo by Crystal Nel © GIA
GIA (Gemological Institute of America), working with nonprofit international development organization Pact, recently launched a pilot study to test a new rough gem guide. The guide was developed specifically to offer basic gemological and market knowledge for artisanal miners in gem-producing regions. The illustrated booklet, available in English and Tanzanian Swahili, was distributed to approximately 45 women miners in the Tanga region of Tanzania.

“This project is at the very core of GIA’s mission,” said GIA President and CEO Susan Jacques. “We are moving practical gemstone education as far up the supply chain as possible, to people who can benefit tremendously from greater understanding of the beautiful gems they bring to market.”

The content and form of the booklet, Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners, was developed by a team of GIA gemology, market, education and design staff working in consultation with colored gemstone experts who have extensive experience buying gems in rural areas. The project, originally conceived by GIA Distinguished Research Fellow Dr. James Shigley, is part of the Institute’s mission-driven effort to share gem information and related skills throughout the gem and jewelry industry supply chain and with the public.

Tanzanian Swahili copy of Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide
for Artisanal Miners
 and included translucent tray.
Photo by Robert Weldon © GIA
All costs for the pilot – approximately $120,000 – were paid from the GIA endowment fund. GIA provided the booklet and training at no cost; the booklet will remain free of charge as the Institute expands the training to other small scale rural miners in East Africa later this year.

Participants in GIA’s pilot program for Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners.
Dignitaries include Zepharia M. Nsungi, Tanga Tanzania Resident Mines Officer
(front row, sixth from right) and Eunice Negele, chairperson of the Tanzanian Association
of Women Miners (front row, seventh from right). Photo by Robert Weldon © GIA

A seven-person GIA and Pact team traveled to the Tanga region of Tanzania in January 2017 to conduct training with the booklet for approximately 45 women miners of the Tanzanian Association of Women Miners (TAWOMA). “Because the booklet is very visual with explanations in Tanzanian Swahili, the miners immediately recognized the practical applications and how they can benefit from this easy-to-use information,” said Robert Weldon, GIA manager of photography and visual communications, who helped develop and test the booklet. “It was incredibly fulfilling to see how sharing GIA’s extensive gem knowledge could directly impact the daily lives of artisanal miners.”

Marvin Wambua, GIA GG (right), helps participants in GIA’s pilot program examine a gem in the translucent tray included with the booklet
Selecting Gem Rough: A Guide for Artisanal Miners. GIA and Pact, an NGO based in Washington, D.C., distributed the booklet and plastic trays
to dozens of miners in the Tanga region of Tanzania in January 2017. Photo by Robert Weldon © GIA
Pact, a Washington D.C.-based international development nonprofit, has worked with diverse artisanal and small-scale mining communities throughout Africa for more than 15 years. “There is often a knowledge differential between artisanal miners and those further along the supply chain,” said Cristina Villegas, technical program manager for Pact’s Mines to Markets program. “This new GIA resource will help miners in rural areas better understand the quality and value of their products, which will help reduce that differential and improve their economic development opportunities."

The Tanga region was chosen for the pilot because of its diversity of gemstones and the expressed interest of TAWOMA leadership.  Nearly every gem species mined in East Africa is described in the durable, waterproof booklet that includes illustrations of rough and polished gems. There are also graphical instructions on how to prepare and examine rough under a variety of lighting conditions using an included translucent tray.


About GIA
An independent nonprofit organization, GIA (Gemological Institute of America), established in 1931, is recognized as the world’s foremost authority in gemology. GIA invented the famous 4Cs of Color, Clarity, Cut and Carat Weight in the early 1950s and in 1953, created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world.

Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. Visit www.GIA.edu
     


#JWLV COUTURE Design Awards is Highlight of 2017 Jewelry Week Las Vegas #CoutureShow2017 #ThisIsCouture

COUTURE Design Awards is Highlight of 2017 Event
New Venue Elevates the Award’s Gravitas  


Excitement and anticipation permeated the crowd within the Encore Theater as nearly 1,000 designers, editors and retailers from the COUTURE community gathered to celebrate the nominees and winner’s of this year’s COUTURE Design Awards. The change in venue left everyone in awe with the Art Deco decor of the lobby and the magnificent sparkle from the stage.
“Tonight is when we celebrate the incredible artists who labor an entire year to create these works of art, and showcase their hearts and souls within their salons,” COUTURE’s Director, Gannon Brousseau explained from the stage. He then went on to thank this year’s panel of judges, Melissa Geiser from Stanley Korshak, Julie Thom from Von Bargen’s, Daisy Shaw from Vanity Fair, Katerina Perez of Katerina Perez, and designer Yossi Harari, for their time, insight and expertise in selecting the winning designs and finalists.


Furrer Jacot, who won the inaugural Best in Men’s Jewelry Award thanked the designer who has been with him for 30 years saying that he “didn’t want to do another men’s piece - he wanted to do something great.” The winner of the Best in Diamonds Above $20,000, Fernando Jorge, enthused from the stage, "This was my first adventure with diamonds and therefore I feel very very honored to receive this award."



A touching highlight of the evening was the presentation of the Cindy Edelstein Award by Cindy’s daughter, Remy, to designer Stephen Webster. A video tribute showcased the designer’s passionate support of the industry, commitment to ethical sourcing and design practices and philanthropic endeavors. 

Best in Bridal:
Winner: Jade Trau
1st Runner Up: Mark Patterson
2nd Runner Up: Eva Fehren
Best in Colored Gemstones Above $20,000:
Winner: John Hardy
1st Runner Up: Bayco
2nd Runner Up: Sutra


Best in Colored Gemstones Below $20,000:
Winner: Amali

1st Runner Up: Andrea Fohrman
2nd Runner Up: Carol Kauffman
Best in Diamonds Above $20,000:

Winner: Fernando Jorge
1st Runner Up: Anita Ko

2nd Runner Up: Mariani
Best in Diamonds Below $20,000:
Winner: Garavelli
1st Runner Up: Roule & Co.
2nd Runner Up: Qayten
Best in Gold:
Winner: Cadar
1st Runner Up: Luisa Rosas

2nd Runner Up: Elena Votsi 
Best in Haute Couture:
Winner: Pasquale Bruni

1st Runner Up: Kavant & Sharart





2nd Runner Up: Picchiotti
Best in Innovative:
Winner: Nadine Ghosn
1st Runner Up: Marie Mas
2nd Runner Up: Serafino Consoli 
Best in Men’s Jewelry:
Winner: Furrer Jacot
1st Runner Up: Jan Leslie

2nd Runner Up: Pat Flynn

Best in Pearls:

Winner: Yvel

1st Runner Up: Mizuki

2nd Runner Up: Todd Reed
Best in Platinum:
Winner: Heinrich & Denzel
1st Runner Up: Misui
2nd Runner Up: Alishan
Best in Silver:

Winner: Atelier Zobel

1st Runner Up: Emanuela Duca
2nd Runner Up: Aida Bergsen


Best of Debuting at Couture:

Winner: Leyla Abdollahi London

1st Runner Up: Nadine Ghosn
2nd Runner Up: Julien Riad Sharon

People’s Choice
Winner: Mariani


1st Runner Up: Jorg Heinz

2nd Runner Up: King Baby


     


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