By Michelle Graff
Colored gemstones were out in full force at StyleLab's 2010 Academy Awards Jewelry Preview, which included a selection of designs entered into the Spectrum Awards, the American Gem Trade Association's (AGTA) annual competition honoring the best in colored gemstone jewelry design.

Scroll down to check out some of the designs that nominees from films such as Avatar and Precious perused before Oscars night. To get a closer look at any of the images, click right on them. You'll also find a design that got big exposure on the red carpet, plus a colored gemstone compact that this year's Best Actress winner got to take home.


Above: StyleLab’s Academy Awards Jewelry Preview featured a selection of AGTA Spectrum Award-winning pieces, including these designs from Ashleigh Branstetter, Ariane Zurcher, Omi Gems, Samuel Getz Designs, Yael Designs, Suna Brothers, Evelyn Clothier, Paula Crevoshay, and Basser and Bigio.

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Above left: Jewelry expert Michael O’Connor shows off a Spectrum Collection butterfly brooch designed by Evelyn Clothier. Crafted in platinum and 18-karat gold, the brooch features 20.17 carats of diamond slices, and 15.93 carats of pink, yellow and colorless diamonds.
Above right: This “Tassel” necklace in platinum with a brown diamond, colorless diamonds, pearls and diamond beads was also designed by Evelyn Clothier for the AGTA Spectrum Collection.

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Above: The StyleLab offerings included these designs featuring a rainbow of colored gemstones. The 18-karat gold Ariane Zurcher bracelet at left shimmers with tourmaline, mandarin garnet, aquamarine, pink sapphire, pink topaz and African Paraiba tourmaline. The Paula Crevoshay orchid pin at right contains kunzite, tsavorite, rubellite, ruby, purple sapphire, pink sapphire, diamond and amethyst.

Above: In addition to taking home the Oscar for Best Actress, Sandra Bullock received this Carelle compact featuring light amethyst Rose de France stones set in 18-karat gold-plated silver.


Above: Invictus actor Morgan Freeman and producer Lori McCready wore these custom-designed "46664" bangles on Oscars night. Crafted from platinum and 18-karat gold, the designs feature deep green Zambian emeralds and conflict-free diamonds. For a National Jeweler story on the bracelets and the cause they are helping to support, click here.

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