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AGTA 2007 Spectrum Awards

Every year, the Amercan Gem Trade Association (AGTA) runs the Spectrum Awards which honours excellence and creativity in the lapidary arts.  Traditionally, entries have consisted of natural coloured gemstones and cultured pearls, carvings, other gem materials and objects of art.  This year, the awards have introduced categories for finished pieces of jewellery.

Entries in the AGTA Spectrum Awards are evaluated on the basis of overall beauty and wearability, innovative design, effective use of materials, quality of gemstones, quality of workmanship, broad-base consumer appeal and potential to generate positive publicity for natural colored gemstones.  Each year, the entries are spectacular and so we invite you to take a look at the winners:

2007 Spectrum Award Winners

The classic category contains entries for sapphire, ruby or emerald cut with traditional techniques and the winners are definitely excellent examples of this genre:

However, where this competition gets really interesting is the carvings and works of art categories.  These are really amazing creations that are a tribute to craftsmanship and creativity.

This one on the left came in second but I really like it – a 43 carat amethyst carving of a ladies face by Chu Alice Chan.  The photo on the right is from the Combination category – a 57 carat hand-carved free-form Aquamarine – 2nd place in this category by Michael Dyber.

Enjoy browsing these beautiful images. 

Cheers for now from Aussie Sapphire