Monthly Archives: January 2013
by Niveet Nagpal, G.G.
Vice President, Omi Gems
AGTA Tucson is right around the corner, and it is a great opportunity for you to view the colorful 2013 AGTA Spectrum award-winning designs and loose gems in person! I encourage all designers who love color to enter in 2014.
The AGTA GemFair Tucson is a convenient place to acquire gemstones and suppliers for your 2014 Spectrum Awards design entries. Suppliers from all over the country are at your disposal during the show, providing an ideal opportunity to form relationships and partnerships.
Each year the Spectrum Awards challenges designers to get creative with colored gemstones and cultured pearls. Since its launch in 1984, the Spectrum Awards have set trends, increased visibility for designers, and inspired great innovation in the use of color and materials.
This year marked the largest number of entries (nearly 500) to date for the competition, which is always an amazing opportunity for recognition within the industry, as well as amongst consumers. The Spectrum Awards are always packed with media looking to cover the latest in fashion and color trends. AGTA also partners with celebrities, such as actress Morena Baccarin. Recently named “The Most Beautiful Woman in the World” by Esquire magazine, she will promote the world of color and the Spectrum Awards.
AGTA BOOTH 401
AGTA BOOTH 401
The current weeks have brought all of us at Omi Gems great excitement, as we are busy packing our inventory of loose gems for AGTA Tucson! We are thrilled to announce an amazing offer at this show.
AGTA will be launching the Daily Drawing, where buyers can “win big” each day at the 2013 AGTA GemFair. The Daily Drawing provides all registered buyers who attend the show a chance to win up to $2,000 in credit to spend at the GemFair! To enter, stop by the AGTA booth, and drop off your business card for a chance to win. We are ecstatic to offer the best part….Omi Gems will give you $500 to spend with us if you use your AGTA prize credit at our booth, #401. We look forward to seeing you, and revealing our inventory of fine gems!
AGTA BOOTH 401
Imagine that you have been asked to use an amazing 3.18 carat cushion alexandrite as the focus of an engagement ring and wedding band set for a young Russian couple living the “American Dream.” What would you design? This is the unique and exciting task assigned to nine designers around the country in the 4th annual 2013 MJSA Online Design Challenge. Omi Gems is proud to be a sponsor, and to provide the “phenomenal” color change alexandrite as inspiration for the designers!
Designers begin with this beautiful image of the strong color-change alexandrite, and are given these size details: 3.18 carats, 10.38×8.31mm, 4.2mm depth. Every month from January through September, MJSA.org will feature the designs of one of the participating designers. In October, it will be up to you, the MJSA readers, to vote for your favorite!
Designers must consider several elements from the Russian Doll story in order to create their unique and personal design for the couple. Read the historic and romantic story of “Galina” and “Michael,” and contemplate how you would handle the challenge.
View past MJSA Online Design Challenges here: