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AGTA: John Ford Spectrum Award

FORD WINS SPECTRUM AWARDS FOR 3RD CONSECUTIVE YEAR

Date: August 7, 2018

The American Gem Trade Association has just announced today in New York it’s 2018 Spectrum Award winners, John Ford for the third consecutive year has won multiple Spectrum Awards. This is a major achievement as the AGTA Spectrum Awards are the most prestigious jewelry and gemstone competition in the world...  


Jewelery News

'Southern Jewelry News' features John Ford's Lightning Ridge Collection

Date: March 2018

2018 Southern Jewelry and Mid America Jewelry News, “2018 Unleased Designers’ Fashion Forecast. John Ford 3.01 ct heart shaped black opal with .41 ctw diamonds, white gold necklace. ....   


Jeweller Magazine

'The Retail Jeweler' features the Lightning Ridge Collection Again

Date: March/April 2018

Earrings: John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum earringd featuring oval black Opals (11.70 ctw.) accented with Diamonds. Bracelet: John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum Bracelet featuring black Opals (24.02 ctw) accented with Diamonds ....   


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American Gem Society

Date: August 2017

John Ford Continues Award-Winning Streak at 2017 AGTA Spectrum Awards
John Ford triumphed again victoriously in two categories in the American Gem Trade Association’s 2017 Spectrum Awards. Ford won Platinum Honors in both the Evening Wear Division and the Business/Day Wear Division.....   


Jeweller Magazine

Jeweller Magazine

Date: October 2017

US JEWELLERY DESIGNER TRIUMPHS WITH AUSSIE OPAL. A Texan-based jewellery designer who exclusively works with Australian black opal from Lightning Ridge in NSW took to the world stage after being recognised at a renowned US competition....   


April Jeweler Magazine Cover

The Retail Jeweler Features The Lightning Ridge Collection

Date: March/April 2017

Necklace: John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum “Electric Blue” necklace featuring black Opal (197 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (6.27 ctw.) Ring #1: John Ford, Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford - Platinum “Mirror” ring featuring a 3.65 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (.69 ctw.)     



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Southern Jewelry News

Date: April 2017

John Ford’s (Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford) Spectrum Award winning 197 carat “Electric Blue” black opal and diamond necklace set in platinum was awarded the prestigious Buyers Choice Top Honor Spectrum Award by the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) at their annual black tie gala on Saturday February 4th in Tucson, Arizona...   


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Jeweller Magazine

Date: April 2017

Jeweller Magazine Features The Lightning Ridge Collection..  Read The Article                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             


Hollywood Today Features John Ford’s Spectrum Award Winning Necklace

 

 

Jewelry Book Magazine

John Ford wins at the 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards garners worldwide attention

Date: July 28, 2016

John Ford Winning 2016 AGTA Spectrum Awards featured in 3 articles;      

   



Jewelry Book Magazine

Michael O’Connor Features John Ford’s Cufflinks In The Jewelry Book Magazine

Date: May 4, 2016

John Ford's men's opal jewelry featured article in The Jewelry Book Magazine spring issue...       


67th Emmy Awards Jewelry

Hollywood Today: John Ford’s Men’s Cufflinks In The Spotlight

Date: February 25, 2016

Celebrity stylist and jewelry expert, Michael O’Connor, brought over $1 Million worth of jewelry with him to show Kristen Brockman and Garcelle Beauvais what people will be seeing on the stars at the red carpet of the Oscars...       


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The Ridge News: Red Carpet Appearance For Design

Date: October 1, 2015

Designs from the Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford were once again on the red carpet; this time at the to the 67th Emmy Awards...        


AGTA: John Ford Member Profile

Lightning Ridge Collection Dazzles at the 67th Emmy Awards

Date: September 24, 2015

Designs from the Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford were once again on the red carpet; this time at the to the 67th Emmy Awards. Stars such as, Selenis Leyva (Actress “Orange is the New Black”) and Maitland Ward (Actress “Boy Meets World”) previewed Ford’s original black opal and diamond designs..


AGTA: John Ford Member Profile

AGTA: John Ford Member Profile

Date: August 13, 2015

“My favorite materials begin, of course, with Lightning Ridge Opals, mixed with Diamonds set in either 18K gold or platinum.”           


National Jeweler 2015

DUBBO Weekender: A global reputation to be proud of

Date: August 8, 2015

Australia’s opal industry has a global reputation of which we should all be proud, but we should be doing more to promote it, according to Texas-based jewellery designer and opal importer, John W. Ford.           


National Jeweler 2015

Rock & Gem Magazine: John Ford’s Lightning Ridge Collection at the Oscars

Date: April 16, 2015

Designs from the Lightning Ridge Collection of black opal and diamond jewelry created by John Ford added to the opulence of the February 2015 Academy Awards ceremony..           


National Jeweler 2015

National Jeweler: John Ford to Keynote at Opal Design Awards

Date: April 16, 2015

John Ford has been named the keynote speaker at the International Opal Jewelry Design Awards, to be held in Australia on July 31.                      


Boston.com

Boston.com: John Ford to Deliver Australian Opal Keynote Address

Date: April 13, 2015

The international spotlight soon will be on jewelry designer John Ford, who will be the keynote speaker for the International Opal Jewelry Design Awards presentation dinner, July 31, 2015, in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales, Australia.Read More


Oscars Academy Awards

Houston Press:  Galveston Island Jeweler Making Waves in Hollywood and Beyond

Date: March 12, 2015

Ford has risen to become arguably the finest black opal manufacturer in the world, so it should come as no surprise that Hollywood came knocking..Read More


Oscars Academy Awards

The Ridge News: We Welcome John as Guest Speaker

Date: March 5, 2015

John W Ford will be part of the impressive team that we are unfolding for the International Opal Jewelry Design Awards Competition, Opal Trade Show and Awards Presentation Dinner.Read More


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The Ridge News: Lightning Ridge Opals Worn to Oscars

Date: February 28, 2015

John Ford’s pieces are truly works of art that will create focus and glamour for the celebrities walking the red carpet... .Read More


Oscars Academy Awards

Galveston.com: Lightning Ridge Collection Takes Oscars by Storm

Date: February 23, 2015

John Ford's recent ascent to being one of the top jewelry designers in the country has received much attention as a “David and Golliath” story... .Read More


Oscars Academy Awards

Houston Culture Map:  Galveston has a shiny moment

Date: February 23, 2015

Nikki Ndukwe notes that Ford’s Oscars takeover comes after the designer’s recognition by The American Gem Trade Association and the Platinum Guild International... .Read More


Oscars Academy Awards

Oscars: Suite Rewards Where Hollywood Gets Styled, Gifted and Glammed

Date: February 20, 2015

Variety Events Editor, Jasmin Rosemberg, covers the event where presenters get bejeweled with one-of-a-kind bling, like extravagant earrings and rare-colored gemstones, from coveted brands like John Ford . .. .Read More


Tag Hollywood

STYLELAB'S EXCLUSIVE JEWELRY SUITE WITH MICHAEL O'CONNER

Date: February 20, 2015

Tag Hollywood covers Michael O’Connor presenting several pieces from the Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford.. . .. .Read More


Oscars Academy Awards

The New Music Buzz: “Work of Art”

Date: February 20, 2015

Michael O’Connor Talks About This “Work of Art” with The New Music Buzz. “It would be perfect on someone like Hellen Mirren.” .. .Read More


Gems and Jewelry Magazine Features John Ford and “The Maxine”.

Date: March 1, 2014

Gems and Jewelry Magazine published by the ‘Original International Jewelry Show Inc". features John Ford in its spring 2014 edition. . .. .Read More


Local Gems Wow Internationally – The Ridge News

Date: February 27, 2014

New South Wales, AU – John Ford is featured internationally in the Australian newspaper "The Ridge", Lightning Ridge, Australia is the home of Australia’s National Gemstone .. .Read More


Joia Gems: 2014 AGTA Spectrum Awards - the Highlights

Date: February 18, 2014

Classical/Platinum Honors - John Ford, platinum ring featuring black opal with diamonds is featured in Joia Gems .. .Read More


Oscar Jewelry Preview: Be the First To See how the Stars Will Shine

Date: February 28, 2014

Come rain or shine, Sunday will be Oscar time! And as the last hurrah of awards season, the theme of the night will be: Go big, or go home. I stopped by StyleLab’s annual Oscar’s Jewelry Suite today to scope out all of the sensational sparklers we’ll spot on the red carpet – Read More


Marg Helgenberger

John Ford's Opal Jewelry Featured in AGTA Spectrum Photoshoot Video

Date: January 8, 2014

The Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford is featured in the 2014 AGTA Spectrum Photoshoot Video. – Read More


AGTA Prism Magazine Features John Ford Jewelers

Date: January 1, 2014

The Lightning Ridge Collection by John Ford is featured in the 2014 AGTA Prism Magazine. – Read More


Ridge Opal Impresses on World Stage

Date: October 31, 2013

Ridge News, Lightning Ridge Australia, John Ford Ridge Opal Impresses on World Stage, 2014 Spectrum Awards .. .Read More


Cheryl Kremkow, Jewelry Trends, N.Y., votes for John Ford design for Editors Choice Spectrum Award

Date: October 23, 2013

"An editor’s favorite, this yellow gold link necklace by John W. Ford of John Ford Jewelers features 76 carats of Lightning Ridge opals and 8 carats of diamonds. I voted for this one!" ~ Cheryl Kremkow ..Read More


Tucson Gem Show Live, AGTA 2014 Spectrum Award Winners Announced

Date: October 22, 2013

Classical - Platinum Honors: John Ford, John Ford Jewelers - Platinum ring featuring a 5.76 ct. black Opal accented with Diamonds (2.44 ctw.).. – Read More


Vanessa Voight, Q + A Co. UK, votes for John Ford design for Editors Choice Spectrum Award, 2013

Date: October 22, 2012

Q+A UK ranks our favorite 2013 AGTA Spectrum Award winning gem for the prestigious 'Editor’s Choice Award'..... – Read More