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Contact:  Joyann Cooke September 4, 2007
  800-972-1162  


2008 AGTA SPECTRUM AWARDS
Announces New York Drop Off Program

Dallas, TX – September 4, 2007 – The American Gem Trade Association will offer New York City area residents the option to hand-deliver Spectrum and Cutting Edge entries in New York. Submissions may be dropped off in person at the AGTA Gemological Testing Center (GTC) on Tuesday, October 9, 2007, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Deliveries must be made in person at the AGTA GTC located at 18 East 48th Street, Suite 502, New York, NY 10017. Entry forms and payments are due to the AGTA in Dallas by September 25, 2007, in order to be eligible to drop off entries on October 9.

If you would like to participate in this program, you must also pick up your entry(s) on Tuesday, October 16 between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. No exceptions will be made.

New this year - all entries submitted into the AGTA Spectrum Awards competition will be photographed and featured on the Association's website: www.agta.org. Entrants will also be given the opportunity to add a link to their website from the posted image. This is the first time the AGTA has featured the entire collection on their website. All entrants who do not want to be featured on the website can decline the opportunity.

All entries submitted will be displayed for a media event where magazine editors, fashion stylists, producers and costume designers will be in attendance. This is a great opportunity for all designers – aspiring and acclaimed – to take advantage of what entering the AGTA Spectrum Awards can offer.

All jewelry designers and lapidary artists throughout the United States and Canada are urged to participate. Entrants do not have to be a member of the AGTA to enter. Any jewelry produced after October 2006, and not previously entered into an AGTA competition, may be entered. Entries must be finished pieces; no drawings will be accepted. Entry forms can be found online at www.agta.org.

The awards competition spotlights natural colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Winning pieces are displayed at major trade shows and potentially showcased on covers of national trade magazines. Winning an award in this competition is considered one of the industry's most esteemed honors due to the rigorous judging process and caliber of entries.

For additional information regarding rules and conditions, dates, judging and eligibility, please contact Joyann Cooke at 800-972-1162 or visit www.agta.org. AGTA Spectrum Awards is a trademark of the American Gem Trade Association.

The American Gem Trade Association is a not-for-profit Association serving the natural colored gemstone and cultured pearl industry since 1981. The AGTA serves the industry as "The Authority In Color" and has its headquarter office in Dallas, Texas and the world-renowned Gemological Testing Center in New York, New York.

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