Colored Stones: Trends and Winners From the AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards



Shades of AGTAOpals were the biggest trend to come out of the 2015 ­American Gem Trade ­Association’s Spectrum and Cutting Edge awards. ­According to CEO Doug Hucker, there were more opals than anything else in the contest’s 31st year.“And not just Ethiopian opal. There was a lot of black opal,” he says. “I think it’s because designers are getting into combining colors—interesting uses of color. Opal gives you a great opportunity to surround it with stones like paraiba tourmaline and tsavorite garnet that bring out the colors you see in opal.”In total, there were 471 entries
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