Cutting-Edge Design at AGTA

This past October, in Dallas, Texas, marked the 21st annual installment of the American Gem Trade Association (AGTA) Spectrum Awards. The competition recognizes original jewelry and lapidary arts that possess stellar innovation and design set in various metals and using natural colored gemstones, pearls, and cultured pearls. The two arms of the 2005 AGTA Spectrum Awards are Spectrum, honoring aesthetics, design, innovation, wearability, quality of stones and manufacturing, and overall publicity potential; and Cutting Edge, honoring creative achievement in the lapidary arts. Anonymous judging takes place in five fashion categories for Spectrum: Evening Wear (the largest entry category, at 35 percent), Business/Day Wear (20 percent), Casual Wear (15 percent), Bridal Wear (6 percent), and Men's Wear (5 percent); and in eight Cutting Edge categories: Open Category Classic Gemstone (2 perce

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