The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., has made Sir Zoltan David’s 2016 American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Award-winning necklace, ‘Iris,’ the centrepiece of the new moonstone collection in the Feldspar Exhibit.
For the second year in a row, the top spot at American Gem Trade Association’s (AGTA’s) went to cut gemstones. Ruben Bindra of B & B Fine Gems took home Best of Show with a suite of round, brilliant Russian demantoid garnets (24.67 ctw).
Nobody likes tension, but when it comes to jewellery, it is sometimes a necessary requirement. When Vancouver designer Andrew Costen decided he would make a claspless bracelet set with gemstones along a platinum wire, he knew creating the right amount of tension would be the biggest challenge. Too much of it and the wire would not be flexible enough to allow the bracelet to be put on. Too little tension and it would not spring back properly and fit tight on the wrist.