AGTA Spectrum Awards

Clay Zava judges in the 28th Annual AGTA Spectrum Awards

American Gem Trade Association – Since it’s inception in 1981, AGTA’s Membership has grown to over 1,100 Members representing the leading colored gemstone and cultured pearl wholesalers, industry professionals, colored diamond dealers, estate jewelers, manufacturers and retailers in the United States and Canada. AGTA Members agree to the disclosure of gemstone enhancements on all commercial documents and to abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics and Principles of Fair Business Practice. Annual affirmation of the Code of Ethics, and enforcement by the AGTA, holds an AGTA Member to a stricter disclosure policy than required by the Federal Trade Commission. AGTA is recognized as the authoritative source on natural colored gemstones – The Authority in Color.

2012 AGTA Spectrum Awards – The AGTA Spectrum Awards competition, created in 1984, honors, recognizes and promotes designers and lapidaries in the United States and Canada whose work utilized natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls. It is the true contest of workmanship, creativity and innovation, where winners set the standards of excellence for our entire industry.

Through the Spectrum Awards, the American Gem Trade Association has been honoring excellence in jewelry design and lapidary arts for almost three decades. The AGTA Spectrum Awards competition is viewed by the industry as a mark of outstanding quality and achievement. Earning a Spectrum Award is regarded as one of the industry’s most esteemed honor, and winners of this illustrious award truly define greatness.

AGTA Spectrum Award Categories 

Bridal Wear – Whether gracing the bridesmaids or donning the bride, herself, this category captures all looks coming down the aisle. Engagement rings, wedding bands, necklaces, earrings, bracelets and tiaras should be considered.

Business/Day Wear – Stylish, yet practical jewelry, for work, shopping or play. Entries should have simple elegance for a woman on the move.

Classical – Traditional looks and timeless designs prove superior here. References to consider might be your grandmother’s pearls, a three-stone ring or an elegant pendant – all with a fresh twist for modern-day beauty.

Evening Wear – Jewelry in this category should gall nothing less of spectacular. Whether brazenly bold or softly subtle, each submission should strive for red carpet fabulous, stunningly chic or delicately delicious all with exceptional color.

Men’s Wear – Men’s fashion is heightened by the savvy style of the modern man who sports jewelry. Rings, bracelets, pendants, cufflinks, tie and lapel pins, stud sets and belt buckles are just a few of the ways a strong man can express himself.

Fashion Forward Honors – recognizes the outstanding use of colored gemstone and/or cultured pears in artful, trend-setting jewelry.

Manufacturing Honors – recognized outstanding use of colored gemstones and cultured pears in jewelry appropriate to be manufactured in production quantities.

Platinum Honors – sponsored by Platinum Guild International, recognized outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone and /or pearl jewelry in the five Spectrum Award categories and for the Best Use of Color and Platinum. Platinum Honors has added: Entry Platinum Honors – Bridal Wear under $2,500 (semi-mount only), Platinum honors Innovation – Classical under $3,500 and Platinum Honors Innovation – Day Wear under $2,00. All prices retail.