Each year as part of its annual Spectrum Awards, the American Gem Trade Association celebrates the skills and achievements of gem cutters.
Each year, distinguished judges evaluate the entries to select the best examples of the cutter's art. Categories range from the perfect execution of timeless classic cuts, to the individual artistry of carvings, to innovative combinations of faceting and carving. The winners represent the dazzling and colorful variety of the world of gems, brought to life by the skills of masters of the craft of cutting.
The Best of Show in this year's competition was awarded to a spectacular carving by Dalan Hargrave called Genesis 1:16, seen at left. The carving in sunstone and moldavite, accented with diamonds, weighs a total of 91 carats. It's precious sculpture in some of nature's most valuable materials.
The next eight pages feature all 28 2004 Spectrum Award Cutting Edge winners.
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