HONORS & AWARDS
2016 First Place Custom Design Distinction, Vision Awards from the Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America
This versatile, dual-purpose jewel centered on the combined concept of a family crest, a mandala, and the traditional Maltese cross design and features a rare 20.52 carat yellow danburite, 14 carats of tanzanite, 1.04 carats of Tsavorite garnet and 2.78 carats of red spinel. This jeweled medallion can be worn in the black or white hand-formed Lucite cuff bracelets or as a pendant.
2013 Best Use of Palladium and Color, Spectrum Award from American Gem Trade Association
Won this honor for the “Owl Queen,” a brooch/pendant consisting of a great horned owl carved of petrified palm on a green tourmaline crystal with a palladium and diamond crown.
2013 Best Use of Palladium, Classical, Spectrum Awards from American Gem Trade Association
Awarded for the “Irish Bouquet” ring consisting of a trio of extra vivid Tsavorite garnets weighing 9.50 carats total in palladium with 14 kt rose gold accent..
2012 Second Place Custom Design Distinction, Vision Awards from Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America
Fireball ring featuring a vivid 22.44 carat Nigerian spessartite garnet crafted from 18 kt yellow gold, 14 kt rose gold and platinum. The garnet is accented by five flames of gemstones in graduated colors representing the color progression in a flame: fancy intense yellow diamond, yellow sapphire, red spinel, spessartite garnet, white diamond and blue sapphire.
Red Carpet Appearance at the 2011 Oscars
Cheryl Cecchetto, Producer of the Academy Award’s Govenors’ Ball, wearing Cynthia Renee’s Spectrum award-winning Green Tourmaline and Palladium necklace in this clip from ABC’s 2011 Oscars Red Carpet coverage.
2011 Spectrum Award ~ First Place Winner
Our First Place win in the American Gem Trade Association’s prestigious Spectrum Awards, Evening Wear Division. 75.89 carats of Minty-Green, Afghani Tourmaline set in hand-fabricated palladium. Technically difficult; visually simple. Read about the winners here.
2011 MJSA Custom Design Winner
Another First Place, this time for Custom Design Distinction the MJSA’s Vision Awards. MJSA is a national association for jewelry makers and designers, announced the winners of its annual Vision Awards, which honor excellence in jewelry design as well as technical skill.
Read about the awards and winners here.
Click here for one family’s story, told in the language of jewels.
Our “Torres del Paine” ring won 1st place in the MJSA Vision Awards.
American Gem Trade Association Board of Directors
Cynthia Renée is now serving on the American Gem Trade Association’s Board of Directors. There is a profile on Cynthia Renée in the Summer 2009 “Prism” newsletter by the AGTA (pg 16).
First Place in AGTA’s 2011 Cutting Edge Awards
A special congratulations to Clay Zava for a First Place win in AGTA’s Cutting Edge Awards Pairs and Suites Division. This “rough” for this suite of natural cuprian tourmaline from Mozambique was sourced, and layout designed, by Cynthia Renée, and faceted by Zava.
2011 Exhibition at the San Diego Natural History Museum
Jeweled Spinel and platinum cufflinks included in the seminal “All that Glitters: The Splendor and Science of Gems and Minerals” exhibit at the San Diego Natural History Museum.
Honored by the Women’s Jewelry Association of America
July 2001 ~ The Women’s Jewelry Association of America honored Cynthia with “Honors in Manufacturing.”