The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA), a major professional
organization in the jewelry industry focusing on color gemstones, sponsors a design competition every year. These competitions encompass
a variety of categories: bridal wear, evening wear, men's wear, stone cutting, classic gems, etc. This is
a worldwide competition, with entries from extraordinarily talented jewelry designers, and how AGTA picks "the"
winners in each category is mind-boggling. These items are always cutting edge pieces! Each year we get to
view the winners' pieces at the AGTA show in Tucson. For more information go to: http://www.agta.org/ .
We are pleased to be able to offer jewelry from three very active fine jewelry designers,
who are AGTA award winners themselves. Most of their work consists of one-of-a-kind pieces. Two of the designers, Gordon
Aatlo and Mark Schneider, are third generation jewelers, both designing original contemporary jewelry. Gordon likes
to design around one-of-a-kind gemstones, with contemporary and classic designs, and Mark creates simplicity and clean,
fluid lines, utilizing unusual gemstones and diamonds. Jeffrey Bilgore specializes in finding exceptional gemstones
from around the world and incorporating them in to very classic, traditional styles.
Here are two pieces we have by Gordon. The first is a lapis and gold pendant and the second
is a citrine ring.
Award-winning Lapis Pendant. A gorgeous rich blue lapis & diamond pendant. Design of matte 18K yellow gold with
platinum, with one 0.28 carat radiant cut diamond and 0.54 carats of round brilliant cut diamond accents. Total diamond
weight: 0.82 carats. Dim: 2 3/8” by 3/4”. Comes with a 14K white gold 1mm round omega
18K Gold Citrine & Diamond Ring.
This ring features a fantasy “blossom” cut 11.03 carat citrine by AL Anderson. There
are 0.94 carats of diamonds along the shoulders. Mounted in 18K yellow gold.
Pictured here are two pieces by Jeff. The first is a lovely pink sapphire
ring and the second a pair of diamond earrings.
|Price available upon request.
Fancy Pink Sapphire & Diamond Ring.
Centering an oval cut 4.02 carat fancy pink sapphire (AGTA certified), framed by 0.22 colorless diamonds, mounted in platinum.
Fancy Yellow and White
Diamond Earrings. Prong set are four lozenge-shaped natural fancy yellow diamonds, with two on ear posts and
two dangling from center round colorless diamonds. Top diamonds weigh 0.30 carats, middle diamonds total
0.11 carats, and the bottom yellows are 0.50, for a total carat weight of 0.91 carats. Similar design
is available in a higher total weight of 1.60 carats.
Two stunning pieces by Mark. A beautiful gold gemstone bracelet
and an amazing amethyst ring.
AGTA Award Winning 18KYG Gemstone Bracelet.
This lovely bracelet is simply fluid ... combining geometrics with various cuts of peridot, amethyst, citrine, topaz,
and garnet. Such fluidity is typical of Mark Schneider's talents. Length: 7". Toggle clasp.
18KYG Amethyst & Diamond
Ring. This ring centers a 1.62 carat trillion cut deep, pinkish-purple amethyst. The stone is mounted in an
asymmetric design, with 0.06 carats of pave diamonds channel set along one side.
|Price available upon request.
The Fairy Vine Necklace. This interesting
necklace is made out of several different materials. The vines are sterling silver that has been color enhanced.
The "pods" are also made of sterling silver and contain pearls. The pods are outlined in diamonds and in tsavorite
garnet (green). The fairies are made of 18K yellow gold. Quite the piece!