1998 Spectrum Awards Colorful Winners

The 1998 Spectrum Award Competition, sponsored by the American Gem Trade Association, drew more than 300 entries. A panel of three judges narrowed the field to 18 winners and seven honorable mentions. The contest was open to jewelry designs featuring natural colored gemstones and created in calendar year 1997. Entries were judged on overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones and workmanship, potential to generate positive natural colored gemstone publicity and broad consumer appeal. Awards were given in five price divisions. This year, an international division was added for designers located outside North America. Best of Show and Best of Color awards also were given. And the Platinum Guild International USA repeated its Platinum Honors portion of the competition. Awarded were 11 prizes to the best designs meeting the Spectrum

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