Ray Zajicek, Equatorian Imports
Mr. Ray Zajicek graduated from college in 1970 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from the University of North Texas. He founded Equatorian Imports, Inc. while in college in 1968. The company began the importing and sales of gemstones to the American domestic market and has since expanded its clientele to international markets. He is married to his wife Sheila Zajicek and has two sons, Ryan and Monte.
Ray was a founding organizing member of the American Gem Trade Association in 1980. He was instrumental in creating the first-ever AGTA Spectrum Awards™ in 1983. He also created, researched, and produced the first Confidential Source Directory for AGTA in 1984.
Ray served as the third President of the association. As newly elected President, AGTA successfully brought in-house, produced, and managed the Tucson Gem Show in 1985. This show is still successfully produced and managed by AGTA to this day. He was the co-author of the Jewelers’ Information Manual, which catalogs gemstone enhancement of the various gemstones and is currently used by the jewelry industry regarding gemstone enhancement disclosure, to meet Federal Trade Commission guidelines.
Ray has been a member of the Diamond Dealers Club NY since 1982; he was a founding organizing member of ICA in 1985. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by ICA in 2005 and the Leon Ritzler Honorary Member Award by AGTA in 2014.
Ray is the winner of more than a dozen AGTA Spectrum and Cutting Edge Awards™.
The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ is the world’s premier colored gemstone and cultured pearl jewelry design competition with categories in Bridal Wear, Business Day Wear, Classical, Evening Wear, and Men’s Wear. The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ also features the Platinum Honors™ sponsored by Platinum Guild International and the WJA Gem DIVA™ Awards sponsored by the Womens Jewelry Association (WJA). The AGTA Cutting Edge Awards™ honors loose colored gemstones in everything from Classic Gemstones to one-of-a-kind Carvings, Pairs, and Suites to Objects of Art, and the newest category, North American Mined Gemstones. The competition is open to U.S. and Canadian designers and cutters.
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 is headquartered in Dallas, Texas.
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