Gem-A has announced the owner of Tivon Fine Jewellery and International Jewellery London (IJL) exhibitor, Ariel Tivon, as the winner of the 2018 Gem Empathy Award.

In a change to previous years, the long-standing Gem Empathy Competition, which is organised by the Gemmological Association of Great Britain and hosted by IJL, welcomed entries from the entire breadth of IJL 2018 exhibitors, not just those in the Design Gallery.

To be in with a chance of winning, exhibitors were tasked with creating a hand-drawn design or CAD render design based around a fancy-cut gemstone sourced from award-winning gem-cutter, John Dyer.


This year’s chosen stone was a 18.28 carat ametrine gemstone from Bolivia, featuring Dyer’s signature dreamscape cut with the his ‘JD’ mark engraved onto its surface.

The Gem Empathy judging panel, made up of Gem-A chief executive officer, Alan Hart, IJL, and event director, Sam Willoughby, was tasked with selecting a design that uses the amertrine stone in the most innovative and captivating way.

Despite stiff competition from a number of emerging designer-makers and established brands, Ariel Tivon of Tivon Fine Jewellery was unanimously selected as the winner of the competition for his striking ring.

Tivon Fine Jewellery shared on social media: “We’re privileged and humbled to be the winners of this years Gem-A Empathy Award.

“It’s great to be recognised by our peers and by people who are truly passionate and invested in our industry.”

Leya Levi Jewellery and Yvonne Knights made the shortlist, both with striking cuff designs.

Ariel Tivon now gets to keep the unique ametrine stone.