Professional Jeweler Archive: AGTA Announces Spectrum Plans

August 2003

Professional Insider/Contest

AGTA Announces Spectrum Plans

2004 will mark the colored-gemstone competition's 20th anniversary

The American Gem Trade Association will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Spectrum Awards in 2004 and has planned events to get the competition on the radar screens of fashion insiders.

The competition will be held in New York City during October. A kickoff gala will include the nation’s top fashion and accessory editors, stylists and society columnists. Every piece entered in the Spectrum Awards competition, which includes the Cutting Edge Awards, Manufacturing Honors and Platinum Honors, will be on display. “They will have the opportunity of a lifetime – previewing every piece entered into the competition before the judging occurs,” says Douglas K. Hucker, executive director of the AGTA.

The Spectrum Awards honor and promote North American designers and lapidaries whose work uses natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls. A panel of judges will evaluate entries on the basis of:

  • Spectrum Awards: Overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-base consumer appeal, and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones.
  • Manufacturing Honors: All designs that qualify for the Spectrum Awards will be considered for Manufacturing Honors. This award celebrates outstanding use of colored gemstones and cultured pearls in jewelry appropriate to be manufactured in production quantities.
  • Platinum Honors: Sponsored by the Platinum Guild International USA, these awards honor innovative jewelry designs with 90% or 95% platinum accounting for at least 75% of the metal content.
  • Cutting Edge Awards: This category has been revamped for 2004. Cutting Edge Award categories are:

(A) Open Category with three subcategories: Classic Gems, limited to outstanding examples of ruby, emerald and sapphire with traditional gemstone cutting techniques; All Other Faceted Gems, open to outstanding examples of any gemstone faceted with traditional cutting techniques; and Phenomenal Gems, open to outstanding examples of any phenomenal gemstone (stars, cat’s eyes, opals, etc.) with traditional gem-cutting techniques.

(B) Pairs & Suites, where two or more gemstones are judged as a set.

(C) Faceting, for innovative flat faceting.

(D) Carving, for carving of any natural gem in any style.

(E) Combination, for a gemstone design incorporating two or more lapidary techniques.

(F) Objects of Art, for carvings, bowls, sculpture, intarsia, etc. of gem material not intended to be worn.

Contact AGTA for more details and entry forms, which are due by this Sept. 22. The winners will receive their awards at the AGTA Dinner Dance and Awards Gala on Feb. 7 at the AGTA Tucson GemFair in Tucson, AZ.

  • AGTA, Dallas, TX; (800) 972-1162,

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