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John Ford Wins Big at the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards

The Spectrum Awards are considered the Oscar's of the jewelry industry, the most prestigious jewelry competition in the world.

John Ford Wins Big at the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards

© Photo courtesy of John Ford

Source: John Ford | 7/25/16 | Galveston

John Ford has won an astounding two Spectrum Awards in the American Gem Trade Association’s 2016 Spectrum Awards. Ford won Platinum Honors in both the evening wear division, and the day wear division. The announcement was just made by the AGTA in New York. The Spectrum Awards are considered the Oscar’s of the jewelry industry, the most prestigious jewelry and gem stone competition in the world.


Ford has gained both national and international attention after winning his first Spectrum award in 2014. Since then his Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford has received critical acclaim from jewelry editors and fashion stylists throughout the world. Ford’s designs are seen on the red carpet at the Academy Awards, and the Emmy’s. The Lightning Ridge Collection is now available throughout the United States in fine jewelry stores.



“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, Lightning Ridge Opal, with thousands of people. There is no higher honor for a jewelry designer than winning multiple Spectrum awards. Getting that special call again today from the AGTA was just as exhilarating as the first time. There is something word’s can’t fully express about competing against hundreds of the world’s top designer’s and having such a distinguished panel of judges recognize your piece as the best,” said Ford.


Ford’s 2016 Spectrum Award winning designs are: a magnificent ‘electric blue’ black opal and diamond necklace, with 197 carats of Lightning Ridge black opals 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 .69 carats of fine white diamonds set in platinum.


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Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford

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