Designer Bella Campbell Wins Her 4th AGTA Spectrum Award

This Year for Best Use of Color

Designer Bella Campbell of Campbellian Collection, Morristown, NJ, is the winner of the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Award for Best Use of Color, a pinnacle award in the prestigious competition. This is the fourth year she has placed as a Spectrum prize winner. 

Her win in 2016 is for a pair of 18k pink gold earrings featuring 17.05 carats of blue-green tourmalines, accented by 4.14 carats of emeralds. Campbell's earrings will be on exhibit as part of the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards Collection in the 1600 aisle of the AGTA GemFair's Preview Promenade. 

Nearby in Booth #1622, Campbell will be showing her wholesale collection to jewelers for the duration of the fair from Feb. 2-7. The designer will also accept her honor at the AGTA Spectrum Awards Gala on Saturday, Feb. 6. 

Known for the vivid patterns of color in her designs, Campbell credits some of her inspiration to a background as a trained physicist. "As a scientist, I have been fascinated by fractals, which bring repeating patterns and order to various forms in nature," says the artist. "Just as the patterns in a peacock's feathers embody natural harmony, so the color patterns and combinations I bring to my jewels are meant to celebrate the inner beauty of the women who wear them."

Campbell believes that her roots in the country of Georgia, at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, have influenced her jewelry and her unique combinations of colored gemstones as well. Georgia is situated on one of the branches of the ancient Silk Road that carried trade from China and India to Europe. It boasts a tradition of design influenced by cross-cultural references and a heritage of distinctive architecture and dress.

 "There is a centuries-old reverence for artisanship and quality in jewelry from my native land, and all of us are beneficiaries of that ancient tradition," says Campbell. "Georgians also see the world in vivid colors, and that has strongly influenced the color combinations I use in my jewelry."

The designer is also riding a wave of high-fashion interest in Georgian designers, such as the brightly colored creations of Georgian expatriate Demna Gvasalia, leader of the uber-chic Paris label Vetements and the new creative director of Balenciaga. In fact, Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week recently held its first-ever edition in Tbilisi, Georgia's capital city, where publications such as Vogue, The New York Times, Elle, and Vanity Fair beat a path to take in Georgian runway shows and street fashion.

Descriptions of Campbell's four AGTA Spectrum Awards for her unique jewels are below. To see more of her jewelry, visit her at Booth 1622 at the AGTA GemFair in Tucson, or go to http://www.campbellian.nyc/