AGTA Announces Spectrum Awards Competition Dates

April 18, 2002

AGTA Announces Spectrum Awards Competition Dates

The American Gem Trade Association set dates for the 2003 AGTA Spectrum Awards and Cutting Edge competitions. The competition will be held Oct. 25-27, 2002. Deadline for entry is Sept. 27, 2002. Winning entries will be displayed at the AGTA GemFair Tucson Feb. 5-10, 2003 and the 2003 JCK Show in Las Vegas.

Entries will be evaluated by a panel of industry judges for beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-based consumer appeal and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones. Spectrum Award categories include Evening, Business/Day, Casual, Bridal and Men's Wear.

All designs that qualify for competition will be considered for Manufacturing Honors. This award celebrates outstanding use of colored gemstones and cultured pearls in jewelry appropriate for production-quantity manufacturing.

Platinum Guild International USA's Platinum Honors are awarded for innovative jewelry designs using a minimum of 75% of the design's metal in 90% or 95% platinum. The design may also have gold accents. Entries meeting these requirements will automatically be qualified for "Platinum Honors" judging.

Cutting Edge Awards honor excellence and creativity of the lapidary arts in North America, including natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, carvings, other gem materials and objects of art. A panel of judges will evaluate entries in the Cutting Edge Awards. Categories include: Classic Gemstone, Faceting, Carving, Combination, Pairs & Suites and Objects of Art.

For complete Spectrum and Cutting Edge information and entry form, contact AGTA at (800) 972-1162, e-mail Entry forms will be available at AGTA's Web site April 25.

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