American Gem Trade Association

AGTA is an association of United States and Canadian natural colored gemstone and Cultured Pearl industry professionals dedicated to promoting the natural colored gemstone trade. The association pursues its aims through the combined use of educational programs, industry events, industry relations and publicity to the trade and consumer; while maintaining the highest ethical standards among its members and within the industry.

A member of AGTA abides by AGTA's Code of Ethics that is of a higher standard than required by the Federal Trade Commission's Guides for the Jewelry Industry on disclosing colored gemstone enhancements. Working with an AGTA Member is like having a gemstone consultant at your fingertips.

The AGTA Gemological Testing Center (AGTA GTC) is the natural colored gemstone industry's premier independent laboratory. The AGTA GTC serves the industry and the public with a complete range of services, including gemstone identification, origin determination and pearl identification. The laboratory is equipped with the latest, technologically advanced, investigative equipment.

The AGTA sponsors some of the most important annual events in the gem and jewelry industry:

The annual AGTA GemFair in Tucson, Arizona is arguably the most important gemstone tradeshow in the world. Fostering the promotion and sale of natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, AGTA GemFair features an unrivaled array of gem materials as well as an extensive lineup of educational seminars and events. AGTA GemFair attracts gemstone buyers from all corners of the world.

The AGTA Spectrum Awards competition is an annual natural colored gemstone jewelry design competition recognizing the creative use of natural colored gemstones in jewelry designs done by North American and international designers. The Cutting Edge Awards is a competition that both acknowledges and celebrates lapidary artistry. Annually, the competition does a great deal to promote the beauty and diversity of natural colored gemstones and to honor the skill of the lapidary artist. Entries in the AGTA Spectrum Awards will be evaluated by a panel of distinguished industry judges 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. Spectrum Award categories include Classical, Bridal, Day, Men and Evening Wear.

There are also two special divisions within the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition.

Fashion Forward Honors

Fashion Forward Honors recognizes the outstanding use of colored gemstone and/or cultured pearl beads in artful, trend-setting jewelry. All necklaces, earrings, bracelets or other jewelry that qualifies for judging in the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition will automatically be qualified for Fashion Forward Honors judging.

Manufacturing Honors

Manufacturing Honors recognizes outstanding use of colored gemstones and cultured pearls in jewelry appropriate to be manufactured in production quantities. All designs that qualify for judging in the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition will also automatically be qualified for Manufacturing Honors judging.

The AGTA Cutting Edge Awards honor excellence and creativity of the lapidary arts, including natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls, carvings, other gem materials and objects of art in North America. A panel of judges will evaluate entries in the Cutting Edge Awards.

Visit: www.agta.org

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