Unique Engagement Rings and Fine Color Gemstone Jewelry

Awards & Recognitions

Awards & Recognitions - Mark Schneider Design

American Gem Trade Association Spectrum Awards

The Spectrum Awards is considered the finest jewelry and gemstone competition in the world, often called the "Oscars" of the jewelry industry.  The judging panel changes each year and consists of experts from different disciplines within the jewelry industry.  Each piece is examined by hand with an eye for craftsmanship and quality of the materials used. 

2016 | 1st Place Men's Wear & 3rd Place Men's Wear

2015 | 2nd Place Men's Wear

2014 | 1st Place Men's Wear

2013 | Multiple Awards

  • 3rd Place Men’s Wear
  • 2nd Place Objects of Art
  • Palladium Prestige 

2012 | Multiple Awards

  • 1st Place Men’s Wear
  • 1st Place Bridal Manufacturing Honors 

2006 | Multiple Awards

  • 1st Place Men's Wear
  • 3rd Place Business Daywear

20051st Place Men's Wear

2004Judge

2003 | Multiple Awards

  • 1st Place Casual Wear
  • 2nd Place Evening Wear
  • Honorable Mention Men's Wear

2002 | Multiple Awards

  • 2nd Place Men's Division
  • 2nd Place Bridal Division

20011st Place Division 1

1998 | 1st Place Division 1 - Over $10,000

1997 | Cutting Edge Award

1994 | Multiple Awards

  • 1st Place Division 3, $2,000-$5,000
  • 2nd Place Division 3, $2,000-$5,000

Platinum Honors Award Winner

Each year, as part of the prestigious AGTA Spectrum Awards, Platinum Guild International-USA selects the best and most innovative use of platinum jewelry within the competition. It has become an integral part of their continued effort to support up and coming, as well as established designers and manufacturers and inspire them to work in platinum.

2013 | Entry Platinum Innovation Business Day Wear

2012 | Entry Platinum Innovation Bridal Wear, Men’s Wear 

2010 | Men's Wear

2009 | Men's Wear

2005 | Men's Wear & Business Day Wear

2003 | Casual Wear, Evening Wear, Bridal Wear, & Men's Wear

2002 | Men's Wear & Bridal Wear

2001 | Evening Wear

2000 | Evening Wear

1999 | Bridal Wear

MJSA - American Vision Award

Since its incorporation in 1903, MJSA has provided the resources needed for jewelry makers, designers, and related suppliers to achieve professional excellence. Every year, the MJSA Vision Awards celebrate outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design. The winning designers represent the future of the jewelry manufacturing industry, and the Vision Awards competition showcases their creativity and boosts their careers.

2013  Multiple Awards

  • 1st Place Platinum Distinction
  • 2nd Place Design Excellence

2012  | Multiple Awards

  • 1st Place Custom Design
  • 2nd Place Platinum Distinction

2008 | 2nd Place Natural Color Diamond Distinction

2004 | 1st Place Platinum Distinction

2002 | 1st Place Professional Category

JCK Jewelers Choice Awards

The JCK Jewelers’ Choice Awards is the industry’s biggest retailer-determined design competition. Jewelers’ Choice challenges designers and manufacturers to create innovative and salable pieces and to offer retailers the opportunity to vote on their favorites.

2014 2nd Place, Pearl Jewelry Over $10,000

2013 Multiple Awards

  • 1st Place, Best Earring Design over $10,000
  • 1st Place, Silver Jewelry over $1,000

2012 | 2nd Place, Pearl Jewelry Over $10,000

2011 | Multiple Awards

  • 1st Place, Tanzanite Jewelry over $10,000
  • 1st Place, Pearl Jewelry over $10,000

2010 | Multiple Awards

  • 1st Place, Contemporary Jewelry over $1,000
  • 1st Place, Best Bridal Design under $2,500
  • 1st Place, Best Bridal Design over $10,000
  • 1st Place, Men's Jewelry over $1,000

2008 | Multiple Awards

  • Men's Jewelry Category over $3,000
  • Earring Design over $10,000

CPAA - International Pearl Design Contest

The Cultured Pearl Association of America is a non profit group founded in 1957, comprised of the finest manufacturers, wholesalers, retaileres, dealers and supplies of cultured pearls in the united states. Their intention is to cultivate awareness, interest, and demand for cultured pearls in the United States through promotion, education, and public relations.

2014-2015 | Luster Award - This design will have the most overall appeal for the retail marketplace.

2013-2014 | Multiple Awards

  • Presidents Award - The highest honor awarded to a design that unaminously captivated judges as the best of the best.
  • Fashion Award - Fun. Fresh. Modern. A design which looks as if it came straight from the Paris runway.

2012-2013  Orient Award - Given to the entry that would inspire a new found affinity in someone for cultured pearls.

Engagement 101 Magazine, Ring of the Year Awards

2013 | Winner Modern Twist Category

The Forbes Galleries, New York

The Forbes Galleries, located in the heart of Greenwich Village, are tucked within the lobby of Forbes Magazine's headquarters in New York City.

2013 Spring-Summer | 2 Pieces on Display for the Out of this World! Jewelry of the Space Age Exhibit

2013 Fall-Winter | 5 Pieces on Display for the Variations on a Theme: 25 Years from the AJDC Exhibit  

San Diego Natural History Museum

The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amatuer naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874. The mission of the SDNHM is to interpret the natural world through research, education and exhibits; to promote understanding of the evolution and diverstiy of southern California and the peninsula of Baja California; and to inspire in all a respect for natrue and the environment.

2011 | 2 Pieces on Display for the All That Glitters Exhibit 

Gemological Institute Of America, Carlsbad

Established in 1931, the Gemological Institute of America is the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. GIA exists to protect all purchasers of gemstones, by providing the education, laboratory services, research, and instruments needed to accurately and objectively determine gemstone quality.

2009-2010 | 1 Piece on Display for the Best in Platinum Exhibit 

2002-2003  | 11 Pieces on Display for the Best of the Best Exhibit 

Rio Grande - Saul Bell Awards

The Saul Bell Design Award competition has both inspired and challenged jewelry designers around the globe. It continues to recognize artists whose work challenges traditional perceptions of jewelry design. Named for the founder of Rio Grande, the competition celebrates Saul's spirit and legacy by inviting artists and students to enter their most innovative creations.

2009 | Finalist Gold/Platinum Category

JQ Int’l Magazine  - Designer Of The Year 2008

JQ consistently brings what’s hot and happening in the world to fine jewelry retailers. Each issue is a work of art, created for those who have made the art of jewelry their business.

Contemporary Jewelry Design Group (CDG) - Designer Of The Year 2007

The Contemporary Design Groups is a national organization dedicated to the promotion of creative jewelry design and committed to the highest standards of integrity and ethics in business and in design.

Smithsonian Institution

Founded in 1846, the Smithsonian is the world's largest museum and research complex, consisting of 19 museums and galleries, the National Zoological Park and nine research facilities.

2001 | On Permanent Display at the Gem & Mineral Gallery, Washington D.C.

Platinum Guild International - Featured Designer Of The Year 2001

Platinum Guild International (PGI) is an organization dedicated to inspiring a passion for platinum that ensures it is the precious jewelry of choice. They supply information, practical advice and expertise to help jewelry buyers make informed and inspired decisions. They also offer the jewelry trade specialist knowledge and resources, with the aim of providing customers a high level of help and advice in store.

Perles de Tahiti - Tahitian Pearl Trophy Contest

One of the most renown design competitions for pearl jewelry is Perles de Tahiti's Tahitian Pearl Trophy. This prestigious international affair takes place every two years and is an unequalled international artistic competition. The Tahitian Pearl Trophy competition is the initiative of GIE Perles De Tahiti, the official promotion body for Cultured Pearls in French Polynesia.

2001 | Honorable Mention

American Gem Society (AGS)

American Gem Society is a not-profit trade association of fine jewelers, jewelry, and suppliers in the United States, Canada, and some select international members.  These members are dedicated to consumer protection, ethical business practices, and the development of superior gemological skills and knowledge.

2001 | Excellence in Color Gemstone Design

2000 | Excellence in Color Gemstone Design

Signity Design Contest, By Swarovski

Swarovski is renowned worldwide for manufacturing crystal "products of precision" in many different forms, sizes, and shapes, paying close attention to detail, in an effort to present the best in the cutting, clarity, and brilliance of their crystal products.

2000 | Colored Gemstone Design Award

Cleveland Museum Of Natural History

The Cleveland Museum Of Natural History is considered one of the finest institutions of its kind in North America. Its mission emphasizes scientific research, conservation and education.

1999-2001 | 2 Pieces on Display at the Gem Exhibit

De Beers

As the world's leading diamond company for more than a century, the De Beers name is synonymous with diamonds. Since 1888, they've been connecting people around the world with one of the earth's natural treasures, helping to create countless memorable moments.

1998 | International Awards 

  • One of 30 designers honored out of 2280

Diamonds Of Distinction Design Competition

1991 | Multiple Awards

  • Honors in Earring Design
  • Honors in Ring Design

Jewelers Of America (JA) - New Designer Of The Year 1996

Jewelers of America is the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry retail marketplace. Our primary purpose is to promote consumer confidence in the jewelry industry. Since 1906, we have been advancing the fine jewelry industry through advocacy in public, government and industry affairs; and have been the leader in the development of high ethical, social and environmental standards among the retail jewelry trade.