Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Congratulations Susan Drake: 2012 AGTA Spectrum Award Winner

The winners of the 2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards contest were just announced this week! Spectrum Art & Jewelry designer Susan Drake won in the category of business/day wear for platinum innovation!

About the AGTA Spectrum Awards:

"The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is considered the most respected and prestigious creative award for the design industry. Launched in 1984, the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ honors, recognizes and promotes designers whose work utilizes natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls in finished fine jewelry design. It has become the benchmark for jewelry designers striving to gain recognition for their work. It is a true contest of workmanship, creativity and innovation. Winners set the standards of excellence for our entire industry. The Spectrum Awards competition has launched trends, increased visibility for designer jewelry, and inspired great innovation in use of color and materials. The Spectrum Awards is considered the finest jewelry and gemstone competition in the world. The judging panel changes each year and consists of experts from different disciplines within the jewelry industry. Each piece is examined by hand with an eye for craftsmanship and quality of the materials used."

Susan Drake's winning design in the category of
business/day wear for platinum innovation:

To learn more about the American Trade Gem Association and The Spectrum Awards visit the AGTA website


Recycled Art

Tripp Gregson, a Spectrum gallery artist and resident of
Greensboro, NC has found an interesting way
to recycle old road signs and license plates.

Recently we had a customer that had several old license plates from different states they had lived in. They really wanted to do something special with them. Having seen Tripp's work here at Spectrum they asked if something could be done with their personal plates. They weren't exactly sure what they wanted at first so we worked with Tripp to decide what the best options for their particular license plates would be.

Here is the finished product:

They are so fun and personal!

If you have any old license plates laying around that you have been wondering what to do with this is a creative option that makes for a great gift!