AGTA makes changes to Cutting Edge Awards

The AGTA Spectrum Awards competition, which includes the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards, is celebrating 20 years of excellence. To mark the anniversary, AGTA added new categories and made some other changes to the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards.

New categories include:

(A) Open Category
* Classic gemstones – 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.
* Phenomenal gemstones – Open to outstanding examples of any phenomenal 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.

The 2004 AGTA Cutting Edge Awards competition is open to all individuals living in North America. Entries must be received by September 22. You do not have to be a member of the AGTA to enter. Any piece produced after October 2002, and not previously entered into an AGTA competition may be entered. Entries must be finished pieces; no drawings will be accepted. Discounted entry fees are available for multiple entries.

Judges for the 2004 competition include: Alan Friedman, Alan Friedman Co., Beverly Hills, Calif.; John Hatleberg, Big Gems, New York; Michael Ridding, Silverhorn, Santa Barbara, Calif.; Mark Schneider, Schneider Design Studio, Long Beach, CA; and Carrie Soucy, JCK magazine, King of Prussia, Pa.

The competition will be held in New York City during the month of October.

Spectrum Awards will be presented during the 2004 AGTA GemFair Tucson Feb. 4-9, 2004, at the Tucson Convention Center in Tucson, Ariz. Winning entries will be displayed during the show and Spectrum Awards recipients will be recognized at the AGTA Dinner Dance and Awards Gala, February 7, 2004.

For detailed instructions and entry information, please refer to the AGTA Web site: Entry forms are available by calling AGTA at 800-972-1162 or emailing AGTA at

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