2005 Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards call for entries

The American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) is now accepting submissions for the 2005 Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards competition. The deadline for entries is Sept. 20.

The Spectrum Awards, one of the most respected and prestigious creative award for the design industry, has been honoring artistic excellence for twenty-one years. Entries in the Spectrum Awards will be evaluated by a panel of industry judges on the basis of overall beauty, 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. Spectrum Award categories include Bridal, Business/Day, Casual, Men’s and Evening Wear.

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 Honors recognizes innovative jewelry designs incorporating 75 percent or more of the designs metal(s) in platinum. All designs that qualify for judging in the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition and meet the above qualifications will automatically be qualified for “Platinum Honors” judging.

Cutting Edge Awards honor excellence and creativity of the lapidary arts, including natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, carvings, other gem materials and objects of art in North America. A panel of judges will evaluate entries in the Cutting Edge Awards. Categories include:

(A) Open Category
Classic gemstone – Limited to outstanding examples of ruby, emerald and sapphire with traditional gemstone cutting techniques.
All other faceted gemstones – open to outstanding examples of any gemstone that is faceted with traditional gemstone cutting techniques.
Phenomenon gemstones – open to outstanding examples of any phenomenon gemstone with traditional gemstone cutting techniques.

(B) Pairs & Suites – Two or more gemstones to be judged as a set.

Category A & B entries in the Cutting Edge portion of the competition may have been created anywhere in the world, but must be submitted by North American companies.

(C) Faceting – Innovative flat faceting.

(D) Carving – Carving of any natural gem material in any style.

(E) Combination – A gemstone design incorporating two or more lapidary techniques, including concave faceting.

(F) Objects of Art – Carvings, bowls, sculpture, intarsia, etc. of gem materials not intended to be worn. These may or may not incorporate metal, wood or other non-gem materials as base, frame, or decorative component.

Category C, D, E & F entries in the Cutting Edge portion of the competition must have been created and submitted by North American lapidaries.

Eligibility
The Spectrum Awards competition is open to all individuals living in North America. You do not have to be a member of the AGTA to enter. Any jewelry produced after October 2003, and not previously entered into an AGTA competition may be entered. Entries must be finished pieces; no drawings will be accepted.

Deadlines
Deadline for entry is September 20. Judging will occur in New York City during the month of October. Entry forms are available on the AGTA Web site (www.agta.com”>) or by calling 800-972-1162.

New York City Drop Off Program
Many designers have expressed interest in entering the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition, but feel their jewelry or gemstone will be tied up for too long. Now any entrant can hand-deliver their AGTA Spectrum Awards entry in New York only days before the competition. The time and location for the New York City drop off program will be announced shortly.

2005 AGTA Spectrum Awards Event
An event will be held in New York in conjunction with the competition, giving fashion editors, stylists, costume designers and others the opportunity to preview the AGTA Spectrum Awards collection.

For complete Spectrum and Cutting Edge information, contact the AGTA today. Call AGTA at (800) 972-1162 or e-mail spectrum@agta.org.