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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology

Call for Nominations for the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology

The Accredited Gemologists Association is calling for nominations for The Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology. Named in honor of its founding father for his many contributions to the gemological field and his work to establish and maintain high professional standards, past recipients of this prestigious award include: this Dr. Henry Hanni of Switzerland; Alan Hodgkinson and Alan Jobbins of the United Kingdom; CR Beesley, Robert Crowningshield, John Koivula, Antoinette Matlins, Shane McClure, Jim Shigley, and Chris Smith of the United States. The award consists of a specially commissioned bronze plaque, along with a specially commissioned medallion and check for $2,000.

Winners are announced each year in Tucson, Arizona, at a Gala Awards Ceremony and Dinner-Dance held at the conclusion of the AGA Gemological Conference. This year’s conference and award ceremony will be held on February 3, 2010, during the Tucson International Gem Fair.

The sole requirement for this award, which is international in scope, is that the candidate must have made a significant contribution to the field of gemology, or defended and upheld gemological standards in a way that has significantly benefited the gem and jewelry community. Accomplishments can be in the field of education, research, instrumentation, or the discovery of innovative techniques or practices that can be applied to gemological procedures or standards.

To nominate someone for the Antonio C. Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology, please write a brief background statement (200 words or less) about the candidate and why you think this award is merited.

AGA submission form and details on their site.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ZAPP Conference

ZAPP Conference
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 12:00 pm -
Friday, August 21, 2009 2:00 pm (Mountain Time)

Curtis Hotel Denver
1405 Curtis Street
Denver, Colorado 80202

Map and Directions™ will present a conference for system user artists and event administrators in August, 2009. The three-day conference is sponsored by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the manager of the ZAPP™ system, and will take place in downtown Denver at the Curtis Hotel from Wednesday, August 19, through Friday, August 21, 2009.

The 2009 ZAPP™ User Conference will bring together event administrators, artists, consultants, and event staff—all of whom use the ZAPP™ system or will soon join the more than 330 events and 40,000 artists currently using the system.

Main subject areas for various panel sessions and training workshops include: ZAPP™ system training and technical assistance, organizing the art fair community, the state of the art fair field, marketing and advertising for artists and events, adopting new technologies, the impact of the current economy on artists and events, tools for reducing financial burdens associated with art businesses, jury protocol and process, image formatting, and understanding image technology.

The cost for all conference attendees is $265 per person.

The ZAPP™ system, a non-profit partnership of eight major arts festivals and WESTAF, has been greeted with great enthusiasm by both art festival administrators and artists since its launch in 2004. ZAPP™ allows artists to apply to events online and art festivals to easily manage their application, administration, and jury processes online. The cost-effective system saves administrators and artists valuable time and money by eliminating the need for excessive data entry and application packet preparation, expensive repeat trips to the post office, and the use of slides or CDs of images altogether. With ZAPP™, event administrators have more time available to focus on the actual event without being bogged down in tedious administrative tasks. In addition, the ZAPP™ system's digital jury process ensures jurors see artists' work as they intended via high-quality digital images.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Second Annual Centurion Emerging Designer Awards


Fine Jewelry Designers, this is your chance to get your jewelry line
in front of
the most desired retail stores in the U.S. Market!

Winners of the second annual Centurion Emerging Designer Awards will be given a shared exhibit space to introduce themselves to their ideal retail audience at Centurion Tucson 2010, the premiere high-end jewelry buying show.

This competition is open to all designers, regardless of experience, formal training or background in jewelry design, as long as:

You have never exhibited as a solo artist
You have the ability to exhibit at a trade fair
You have the ability to supply high-end retailers should they want to purchase your line

Centurion 2009 will be held in Tucson, Arizona from January 30 (set-up and social day) – February 2, 2010. Winners will have the opportunity to exhibit their line for the duration of the show, as well as participate in the show events and experiences.

Entry Deadline: August 21 , 2009

For full rules, and to participate, visit the PDF link below, complete the form and email it along with up to 3 high-resolution images of your jewelry (you may need to break this into several emails if images are more than 1 meg each) to

RULES AND ENTRY FORM LINK or copy and paste into your browser address window to access the entry form.

Centurion, 1745 Merrick Ave., Ste. 5, Merrick, NY 11566 USA, 516-377-5909, F. 516-377-5871, Email.


Winners are chosen based on a design balance of creativity, originality, production quality, craftsmanship, and the ability to sell in high-end stores. For a story on the artists that won the 2009 Award see this link to JCK Online.


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