CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER !!! 2011 Award winners
John Dyer and Clay Zava.
familiar name to readers of the SomeTimes, has "done it
In the Gemmys
this stunning 93.5 ct. Blue Topaz placed first in the Specially
Cut Gems Division and
Tied forBest in Show. John
has appropriately named it "Blue Extravagance".
figured prominently in other awards. In the AGTA
Cutting Edge Awards, John won faceting awards
on these stones...
John Dyer's AGTA Prize Winning Stones
Clay Zava, an
AGTA faceting award winner with individual faceted
stones in earlier years, in 2011 has scored a first
the category of Pairs
and Suites with
of pastel Cuprian tourmalines, 127.40
carats total weight.
Clay was a sometimes visitor to the Ultra Tec factory
before he left California some years ago, to live in
North Carolina - to continue his career in faceting. He
brings a special sort of sensitivity to his gem cutting,
nicely expressed in his words on his website, and of
course, beautifully illustrated with his work (one of
them, an earlier award winning green tourmaline, shown
here). Clay's website is www.zavagems.com.
You'd enjoy the visit.
The first place suite of tourmalines is shown below...
Now, it's hard to show a very impressive picture of an
entire suite of 14 stones - but there they are - 14! A
tour de force - a display of consistent quality in gem