Design Awards are a welcome result when a jewelry designer is given an unusual challenge and allowed to play.
DeBeers Diamonds Today Award 1975
The challenge was to design a wedding band with 1 carat of small diamonds around the band. DeBeers expected small diamonds evenly spaced but we chose to use 7 diamonds of the biggest size that can comfortably fit in a band. We had borrowed the diamonds and had to sell the original ring to pay for them! We arranged them at random and the design became a HALLETT Classic.
The American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Award is a national honor recognizing outstanding design showcasing colored gemstones. We won 4 Spectrum Awards in 5 years and became famous for entering spectacular jewelry in the lowest price category of the competition. It was a blast, but we stopped entering when the rules changed to favor more expensive and mainstream designs. These winning designs are all on display in our studio.
Spectrum Award 1994
Hand carved onyx by Dieter Lorenz, rubellite tourmaline, platinum and 18K brooch. Dieter asked how we were inspired and we said, “We just completed your design.”
Spectrum Award 1996
Amethyst, rainbow hematite and platinum brooch. This form of hematite has tiny particles that refract light into rainbow colors. This piece is predominately purple to match the amethyst.
Spectrum Award 1997
Ceylon sapphire and platinum ring. The original of this piece was a custom diamond engagement ring. This design has been retired. We have a new version.
Spectrum Award 1998
Natural cubic pyrite, ruby, and platinum earrings. The mirror-like cubes are from Spain near Madrid and come out of the rock just like this.