Jewellery designer John Ford has received honours in two categories in the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) 2016 Spectrum Awards. Ford won platinum honours in both the evening- and day-wear divisions.
Ford’s winning designs include a magnificent electric blue, opal and diamond necklace with 197 carats of black opals sourced from Lightning Ridge, Australia, accented by 6.27 carats of fine white diamonds set in platinum; and a ladies black opal and diamond ‘mirror design ring’, featuring a 3.65-carat Lightning Ridge black opal accented by 0.69 carats of fine white diamonds set in platinum.
Ford gained international attention after winning his first Spectrum award in 2014. Since then his Lightning Ridge collection has received critical acclaim throughout the world. Ford’s designs have been seen on the red carpet at the Oscars and the Emmys.
“Winning my first Spectrum in 2014 was a thrill and total surprise. It has allowed me to share the most beautiful gemstone in the world, the Lightning Ridge opal, with thousands of people. There is no higher honour for a jewellery designer than winning multiple Spectrum awards. Getting that special call again today from New York was just as exhilarating as the first time. There is something words can’t fully express about competing against hundreds of the world’s top designers, and having such a distinguished panel of judges recognise your piece as the best,” said Ford.