Local jewelry designer places second in national competition
–Lindsay Jane Briggs of K-Jon’s Fine Jewelers in Atascadero was awarded second place in the Classical division of the American Gem Trade Association’s Spectrum Awards.
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.
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.
Awards for jewelry design are presented in five categories: Bridal, Classical, Business/Day Wear, Evening Wear and Men’s. With nearly 500 entries this year, it was one of the largest competitions to date with entries received from across the U.S. and Canada.
The Spectrum Awards is considered the finest jewelry and gemstone competition in the world, and therefore a huge honor for Briggs as she went up against both industry veterans and new comers.
Briggs said, “I give credit to those around me who mentor and push me. It can hurt to hear ‘That’s really good, but I think you could do better…’ after putting time and effort into a design, but without people that care enough to challenge me, I would not be at the level I am today. I still have a lot to learn, but I could not have done this without a handful of people in life that believe in me, encourage me, and give invaluable tools and encouragement.”
“Always having had a thirst for art and design (which began as sketching house plans) the jewelry world found me five years ago. While I love my work, it’s the talented, passionate and genuinely awesome people in this industry that have added to my fervor and given me so much, personally and professionally. I desire to give back any way I can. I am currently finishing a ring design that will be manufactured and donated to RISE (the local woman’s shelter and sexual assault/violence prevention center) for their annual auction. RISE is a cause close to my heart,” said Briggs.
This ring along with the other 2016 award winning pieces will be on display at the annual AGTA Gem Fair in Tucson, AZ in February. You can view photos of the winning pieces at www.AGTA.org.