Jewelry Designer Louisiana Artist Award

Louisiana Artist Award

Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne with jewelry artist Anne Dale

New Orleans jewelry designer Anne Dale receives Louisiana Artist Award from Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne Office of Cultural Development.

The event was at the Louisiana State Museum in Baton Rouge also in attendance was Gaye Hamilton of the Louisiana Cultural Economy Initiative Program Manager and Aimee Smallwood CEO Louisiana Cultural Economy Foundation.

New Orleans based jeweler Anne Dale discovered a new gemstone called LaPearlite® which is derived from Louisiana oysters.

Louisiana State Representative Scott Simon authored a bill that would make the material the new Official Louisiana State Gemstone in 2011.



Spectrum Awards 2012 LaPearlite

American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards

The yellow and white gold metals feature two of Dale’s new LaPearlite® gemstones entered into the Spectrum Awards. Both are 100% natural and untreated derived from the Crassostrea virginica (American Oyster) a species predominantly found along the Louisiana coast.

The Official Louisiana State Gemstone as of August 2011.

The top oval gemstone measures 10×8 millimeters set on a white gold plate surrounded by Dale’ imperial yellow gold design, the lower LaPearlite is a sleek dangling pear shape measuring 22×7 millimeters.

A new gem, LaPearlite is a symbol of inner beauty, promotes healing, and is believed to arouse deep passion. “My goal is that my designs tell a story showing the beauty of Louisiana in a special way using a new unique gemstone – LaPearlite” said Anne Dale.

The AGTA Spectrum Awards competition is the most prestigious jewelry design and gemstone cutting competition in the world and is the benchmark by which jewelry designers measure themselves.

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) has announced that Hollywood actresses are to model AGTA Spectrum Awards winners Actresses Julie Benz, best known for her roles on Showtime’s Dexter and ABC’s Desperate Housewives, and Regina King, currently starring on TNT’s police drama Southland, will model a selection of winning pieces from this year’s Spectrum Awards competition.  The photo shoot will be coordinated and styled by renowned celebrity stylist Tod Hallman and shot by the highly-regarded fashion photographer Ben Cope.

Entries were judged on the basis of overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-base consumer appeal, and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones. Spectrum Award categories included Bridal, Business/Day Wear, Classical, Evening and Men’s Wear.

Louisiana is proudly represented by the beauty of LaPearlite® – Oysters Are For Lovers