AGTA Spectrum Gem Diva Award
Since 1984, The Spectrum Awards presented by AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) have been the most respected industry competition for jewelry design and artistry in colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Jewelry artists recognized among the thousands of submissions for Spectrum Awards represent the best designers and artisans in their profession.
At the 2022 Spectrum Awards Gala in Tucson, AZ, llyn strong, founder of llyn strong fine art jewelry won the Gem Diva Award in Evening Wear for the opal ring pictured below.
Gem Diva Awards are given out by AGTA (American Gem Trade Association) — the world’s eminent authority on colored gemstones, industry-leading educational resources, and ethical practices in gemstones and cultured pearls.
The Gem Diva Awards were first presented in 2012 when the WJA (Women’s Jewelry Association) partnered with AGTA to recognize and award the best jewelry designs in five distinct categories:
- Bridal Wear
- Business/Day Wear
- Men’s Wear
- Evening Wear
llyn strong’s exquisite Australian Black Opal ring took home the Gem Diva Prize for “Best in Evening Wear,” a testament to her unparalleled creativity and talent in artistic jewelry design with colored gemstones.
Featuring a 13.34ct black opal surrounded by yellow and blue diamonds, llyn strong’s iconic rose gold ring made quite an impression on the competition. Industry experts were understandably impressed by this piece. As the Shannon Saxman, President of WJA, commented: llyn’s opal ring had a “distinctive combination of stones and colors that offer the wearer a one-of-kind experience.”
Vice president of WJA, Marcia Hucker, opined that “opal of this quality is art in itself, allowing a designer of llyn’s experience and talent to bring gemstones of other colors” into play. Elizabeth Brewer of WJA was even more effusive in her praise: “This incredible ring,” she said, “was one of my favorites in the show — this is truly what the Spectrum Awards are all about.”
llyn strong’s Black Opal ring not only took home the Gem Diva award but also Spectrum’s coveted “Buyer’s Choice” Award, nominated by buyers at the show.
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