AGTA Calls for Spectrum and Cutting Edge Entries

August 6, 2002

AGTA Calls for Spectrum and Cutting Edge Entries

The American Gem Trade Association is accepting submissions for the 2003 Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards competitions. The competition will be held Oct. 25-27, 2002. Entry forms are available at and 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 in the Spectrum Awards will be evaluated by a panel of judges on overall 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.

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. Categories include: Classic Gemstone, Faceting, Carving, Combination, Pairs & Suites and Objects of Art.

All designs that qualify for the Spectrum Awards competition 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 Guild International USA sponsors the Platinum Honors portion of the competition. Awards are presented for innovative jewelry designs incorporating a minimum of 75% of the designs metal(s) in either 90% or 95% platinum. The design may also incorporate gold accents. Spectrum Awards entries meeting these requirements will automatically be qualified for "Platinum Honors" judging.

For more information, call (800) 972-1162 or email

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