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Part I of II: 21 Jewels I Fell For at the 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards Media Preview

Aria earrings in purple titanium, 14k white and green VeraGold with 41.45 cts. t.w. indicolite tourmalines, 3.34 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets, and 2.42 cts. t.w. diamonds by Adam Neeley

New York City. Aug. 21, 2019. So many of the jewels at this year’s American Gem Trade Association’s (AGTA) Spectrum & Cutting Edge Awards were off-the-charts stunning! While the official winners were certainly worthy, I often find many of the non-winning pieces to be equally compelling. Here are 21 (clearly I had a hard time narrowing it down) jewels that may or may not be official winners, but they are style champions in my mind. Some of them are made by retailers’ own custom departments. Check back tomorrow for Part II.

Ring in 18k white gold with black rhodium and a 17.8 ct. tanzanite and 0.91 ct. t.w. diamonds by Marcia Budet
Ring in 18k white gold with black rhodium and a 17.8 ct. tanzanite and 0.91 ct. t.w. diamonds by Marcia Budet

Ring in 18k white gold with black rhodium and a 17.8 ct. tanzanite and 0.91 ct. t.w. diamonds by Marcia Budet, entered into Evening Wear

Purple is my favorite color, so it’s not surprising that I love this beauty! The cut is so bold and fun.

Necklace in 18k white gold with untreated jadeite cabochons and a removable yellow sapphire and 2.32 cts. t.w. rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds by T. Foster & Co.

Necklace in 18k white gold with untreated jadeite cabochons and a removable yellow sapphire and 2.32 cts. t.w. rose-cut and brilliant-cut diamonds by T. Foster & Co. , entered into Business/Day Wear

I love this little cutie for the color combo and how it celebrates jadeite, a stone not so commonly seen here in the States.

Brides Rock earrings in 18k yellow gold with 33.20 cts. t.w. aquamarines, 20.74 cts. t.w. morganites, 1.57 cts. t.w. tanzanites, and 0.08 ct. t.w. diamonds by Heath London Jewelry

Brides Rock earrings in 18k yellow gold with 33.20 cts. t.w. aquamarines, 20.74 cts. t.w. morganites, 1.57 cts. t.w. tanzanites, and 0.08 ct. t.w. diamonds by Heath London Jewelry, entered into Bridal Wear

I adore the random faceting on these!! The understated sparkle on such large gems creates a bold look that I would wear often.

Acrylic glasses with platinum and spinel, tourmalines, aquamarines, opal, garnets, sapphires, tanzanite, and diamonds by Deirdre Featherstone
Acrylic glasses with platinum and spinel, tourmalines, aquamarines, opal, garnets, sapphires, tanzanite, and diamonds by Deirdre Featherstone

Acrylic glasses with platinum and spinel, tourmalines, aquamarines, opal, garnets, sapphires, tanzanite, and diamonds by Deirdre Featherstone, entered into Business/Day Wear

The glasses—how could this four-eyed editor not love them? Since I wear glasses all the time, it’s not surprising how much I love this pair.

Necklace in 18k white gold with 123.64 cts. t.w. pear-shape pink opal cabochons with 21.62 cts. t.w. round and baguette-cut diamonds by Steven Weintraub

Necklace in 18k white gold with 123.64 cts. t.w. pear-shape pink opal cabochons with 21.62 cts. t.w. round and baguette-cut diamonds by Steven Weintraub of Gold & Diamond Source, entered in Evening Wear

This statement necklace is a stunner that I would dress down in a tennis skirt (my uniform when I’m working from home) or up in a gown. Plus, the pink opals remind me of conch pearls, which are also bubblegum pink but rarer.

Oversize drop earrings in 18k white gold with 38.25 cts. t.w. emerald cabochons and 6.11 cts. t.w. diamonds by Muzo Emeralds

Oversize drop earrings in 18k white gold with 38.25 cts. t.w. emerald cabochons and 6.11 cts. t.w. diamonds by Muzo Emeralds, entered in Evening Wear

I love all of the fun Muzo’s collaborations with designers that I see in the market, so I’m for sure in love with this bold pair of earrings from the mining house whose rocks originate in Colombia. Big earrings are still trending in the market, so this pair fits right in.

Brooch in platinum with a 56.18 ct. hexagonal-cut aquamarine cabochon with 27.87 cts. t.w. kunzite and 0.84 ct. t.w. diamonds by Myles Mindham

Brooch in platinum with a 56.18 ct. hexagonal-cut aquamarine cabochon with 27.87 cts. t.w. kunzite and 0.84 ct. t.w. diamonds by Myles Mindham, entered into Business/Day Wear

OMG—I could not adore this piece more! I love the color combo, the unusual cuts, and I love brooches for their versatility. I would wear this every day! This piece took an Entry Platinum Innovation Award in the Business/Day Wear category.

Temple ring in platinum with a 0.95 ct. brown diamond by Michael Endlich of Pave Fine Jewelry

Temple ring in platinum with a 0.95 ct. brown diamond by Michael Endlich of Pavé Fine Jewelry, entered into Bridal Wear

This piece took an Entry Platinum Innovation award from the Platinum Guild International for its petite status, which makes it affordable. I love the checkerboard cuts on the brown diamond, too, which makes it look super cool and contemporary. And who doesn’t want platinum, the rarest metal on the planet? #bebest #beplatinum

Dreamcatcher pendant necklace in 20k yellow gold with a 42.52 ct. cinnamon-color, cushion-cut zircon with white and gray enamel and diamonds by Buddha Mama

Dreamcatcher pendant necklace in 20k yellow gold with a 42.52 ct. cinnamon-color, cushion-cut zircon with white and gray enamel and diamonds by Buddha Mama, entered in Evening Wear and took a Gem Diva Award in Evening Wear courtesy of the Women’s Jewelry Association (WJA)

Buddha Mama has outdone itself with this masterpiece! I saw this at the Couture show in Las Vegas this year and was blown away. Still am! It’s massive and requires a big personality to wear it. Could it be you?

Aria earrings in purple titanium, 14k white and green VeraGold with 41.45 cts. t.w. indicolite tourmalines, 3.34 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets, and 2.42 cts. t.w. diamonds by Adam Neeley
Aria earrings in purple titanium, 14k white and green VeraGold with 41.45 cts. t.w. indicolite tourmalines, 3.34 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets, and 2.42 cts. t.w. diamonds by Adam Neeley

Aria earrings in purple titanium, 14k white and green VeraGold with 41.45 cts. t.w. indicolite tourmalines, 3.34 cts. t.w. tsavorite garnets, and 2.42 cts. t.w. diamonds by Adam Neeley, entered into Evening Wear and took the Fashion Forward award

Adam Neeley doesn’t need to enter more than one piece in any awards competition because each piece he enters is a winner. He is virtually guaranteed to win any contest he enters. Why? He’s just that good. Adam doesn’t mess around. I bet even his earliest jewelry efforts are award-winning in some capacity. I had to try on this pair, which are perfect for long necks.

Magnetic earrings in 14k yellow and white gold with marquise-shape aquamarines and morganites, cultured golden South Sea and akoya pearls, pink sapphires, and blue and colorless diamond briolettes by Mark Loren

Magnetic earrings in 14k yellow and white gold with marquise-shape aquamarines and morganites, cultured golden South Sea and akoya pearls, pink sapphires, and blue and colorless diamond briolettes by Mark Loren, entered into Bridal Wear

I adore these earrings! With all the different harmonious colors, if this pair of earrings were a dress they would be a fun print!


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