A Design Rainbow

Mixed metals and colorful gem combinations marked many of the winners in the 1996 AGTA Spectrum Award CompetitionThe annual Spectrum Award Competition, sponsored by the American Gem Trade Association, is the only contest in the U.S. to recognize excellence in the creative use of natural colored gemstones in jewelry design. This year, it drew 408 entries. Some trends:Pieces used various combinations of yellow, white, rose and green gold. Nearly 16% of the designs featured platinum, qualifying for Platinum Guild International USA's Platinum Honors portion of the competition.Gemstone mixes produced multi-colored rainbows, with combinations of blues and greens or pinks and greens dominating. Another trend involved transparent gemstones with cultured pearls.Tourmalines were the most popular primary stone, appearing in some 13% of entries. Tanzanite was second, used in 9% of entries. Other fav

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