This 96.30-carat round spiral brilliant-cut blue topaz, cut by Mark Gronlund, won first place in AGTA Spectrum Awards’ Cutting Edge competition last year, in the “Innovative Faceting” category.
Dallas—The American Gem Trade Association has announced the judges for its 2019 AGTA Spectrum Awards.

They are:
--John L. Carter, retailer, Jack Lewis Jewelers
--Paula Crevoshay, designer, Mellika Company, Inc./Crevoshay
--Myriam Galli, manufacturer, Gemveto
--Brett Kosnar, lapidary, Kosnar Gem Co.
--Naomi Sarna, designer/lapidary, Naomi Sarna Designs

The jewelry design component of the awards is comprised of five categories: Bridal Wear, Business Day Wear, Classical, Evening Wear and Men’s Wear.

It also includes Platinum Honors, sponsored by Platinum Guild International, and the Gem Diva Awards, sponsored by the Women’s Jewelry Association.

Meanwhile, the AGTA Cutting Edge Awards honor loose colored gemstones in categories such as Classic Gemstones, Pairs and Suites and Objects of Art.

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The competition is open to U.S. and Canadian designers and cutters.

The deadline for mail-in entries is June 28. The New York drop-off for entries is July 9 at the Intercolor USA offices on West 48th Street.

“We are again very excited about the caliber of individuals that will be judging this year’s competition. Each of them brings years of experience and outstanding expertise to their role; several of them are themselves past participants and winners of AGTA Spectrum Awards.” AGTA CEO Doug Hucker said.

“We know from past experience that the chemistry between the judges is vitally important and when you are working with consummate professionals, the results reflect that.”

For more information about the AGTA Spectrum Awards, contact Lauren Hewlett at 800-972-1162 or go to


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