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By  , Saturday, May 05, 2007


From GIA, Carlsbad, Calif. - The 27th Annual American Association of Museums (AAM) Publications Design Competition acknowledges excellence in the graphic design of museum publications. It is the only national, juried event involving publications produced by museums of all kinds and sizes.

Two awards were given under the “Calendars” category for museum budgets under $750,000 – “First Place” and “Honorable Mention.” The GIA Museum won the “Honorable Mention” award for the “Happy Holidays” calendar that GIA sent out as their holiday greeting last year.

This year’s contest drew 1,040 entries from museums across the nation and, out of that, 104 entries were selected as winners.

GIA’s winning calendar was created using 12 photos of jewelry and gemstones chosen from the “Celebrating Excellence in Gems and Jewelry” exhibit, the special collection of one-of-a-kind pieces the GIA Museum brought together last year in conjunction with the 4th International Gemological Symposium. The exhibit debuted on August 26, 2006 at GIA’s 75th Anniversary celebration, and was kept on display at the Institute’s Carlsbad headquarters and Robert Mouawad Campus through November 30, 2006.

Exhibits at the GIA Museum are free and available to the public through scheduled tours. To sign up for a tour, contact GIA’s Guest Services or call 800-421-7250, ext. 4116. Outside the U.S., call 760-603-4116.

About GIA:


An independent nonprofit organization, the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) is recognized as the world's foremost authority in gemology. Established in 1931, GIA has translated its expert knowledge into the most respected gemological education available. In 1953, the Institute created the International Diamond Grading System™ which, today, is recognized by virtually every professional jeweler in the world. Through research, education, gemological laboratory services, and instrument development, the Institute is dedicated to ensuring the public trust in gems and jewelry by upholding the highest standards of integrity, academics, science, and professionalism. GIA can be found on the web at Media queries contact: Laura Simanton 760-603-4112.

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