AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Criteria & Judging Procedures

Since its inception in 1984, the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ has been the pinnacle of international acclaim for decorated designers and rising stars alike. Winning entries receive worldwide exposure through trade journals, consumer press, and a special showcase at the AGTA GemFair Tucson™ in Arizona.

To maintain this standard of excellence, each year a new panel of five experts from different industry segments evaluates every entry by hand, with an eye towards quality, craftsmanship, and potential to elevate the profile of colored gemstone and cultured pearls internationally.

The following guidelines outline the criteria and procedures that AGTA Spectrum Awards™ judges use to evaluate entries.

To maintain this standard of excellence, each year a new panel of five experts from different industry segments evaluates every entry by hand, with an eye towards quality, craftsmanship, and potential to elevate the profile of colored gemstone and cultured pearls internationally.

The following guidelines outline the criteria and procedures that AGTA Spectrum Awards™ judges use to evaluate entries.

To maintain this standard of excellence, each year a new panel of five industry experts from around the world evaluates every entry by hand, with an eye towards quality, craftsmanship, and potential to elevate the profile of colored gemstone and cultured pearls internationally.

The following guidelines outline the criteria and procedures that AGTA Spectrum Awards™ judges use to evaluate entries.

Criteria

Judging occurs in three stages: Elimination, Scoring, and Placing. During the judging process, all judges, the CEO and the Spectrum Committee Chairman will be in the room. The CEO and Committee Chairman will be present solely to answer judges’ questions. The AGTA Staff will be present solely to assist judges in removing and/or arranging the entries as needed.

o Promotional
Ability to Generate Publicity

o Technical

1. Quality of Gemstones
2. Quality of Workmanship
3. Effective Use of Materials
4. Design Aesthetic & or Innovation
5. Overall Beauty & Wearability

Judging Procedures

Judging occurs in three stages: Elimination, Scoring, and Placing.

During the judging process, all judges, the CEO and the Spectrum Committee Chairman will be in the room. The CEO and Committee Chairman will be present solely to answer judges’ questions. The AGTA Staff will be present solely to assist judges in removing and/or arranging the entries as needed.

During the judging process, all judges, the CEO and the Spectrum Committee Chairman will be in the room. The CEO and Committee Chairman will be present solely to answer judges’ questions. The AGTA Staff will be present solely to assist judges in removing and/or arranging the entries as needed.

Judging Stage 1

All pieces will be reviewed independently by each judge. Pieces that do not meet the evaluation criteria and/or do not merit further consideration will be marked with a “NO” on the judges’ evaluation form.

Entries that receive a “NO” vote from all five judges will be removed from further consideration.

Round 2
Depending on the number of entries remaining, the Competition Chairman will elect to either conduct a second Elimination Round, where three “NO” votes from judges will result in entry being removed, or proceed to scoring.

Judging Stage 2

Each judge will review the remaining pieces and evaluate it in accordance with the above criteria.

Each criterion is worth 1 to 5 points, with a total maximum score of 30 points.

Entries will be scored within their entry category. Final scores will be tallied, and the top 10 pieces in each category will be placed on the tables in order of their scores from highest to lowest.

Each criterion is worth 1 to 5 points, with a total maximum score of 30 points.

Entries will be scored within their entry category. Final scores will be tallied, and the top 10 pieces in each category will be placed on the tables in order of their scores from highest to lowest.

Judging Stage 3

All judges will review and score entries once more to determine the winners. Entries will be placed on tables from highest to lowest scores. The judges may exercise the right to review and re-score the finalists if at least 4 judges so agree. The three highest-scoring entries will be awarded first, second, and third place in each of the five categories and will be awarded trophies.