Prime Cuts

The American Gem Society's Cutting Edge competition honors the best of North American and international lapidary artists The American Gem Trade Association's annual Cutting Edge Competition is America's premier showplace for exquisitely cut gemstones. This year's judging - held in Dallas, Tex., on April 22, involved more than 200 entries. Responsible for selecting the winners were three judges: David Brackna, gem cutter and winner of 11 previous Cutting Edge awards; Karen Davidson, owner of Cabochon Gems & Designs, a retail jewelry store in Milwaukee, Wis.;and Robert Weldon, senior editor of Jewelers' Circular Keystone and a gem and jewelry photographer. While they come from varying backgrounds, the three are bound by a common love of gemstones. That made their task all the harder. Entering a room bedecked with gemstones of every size, color and variety - most well qualified to

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