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DIVA Design Competition



The Women’s Jewelry Association is delighted to announce the winners of the first division of its prestigious DIVA Design Competition. There are two divisions – and this first one called GemDiva is a category of the renowned AGTA Spectrum Award™. The judges met on October 25th to review all the colored gemstone designs women entered into the Spectrum awards. The judges, who spent hours reviewing hundreds of jewels, were: Myriam Gumuchian of Gumuchian Fils Ltd., Jennifer Heebner of JCK Magazine, Stephanie Albertson of Stephanie Albertson Jewelry and Cindy Edelstein of Jeweler’s Resource Bureau.

Winners of the 2016 GemDiva division of the WJA DIVA Design competition are:
Bridal Wear

Bridal Wear - 1st Place

Erica Courtney – Platinum “Champagne Bubble” wedding ring set featuring 5.54 ct. blue sapphire cabochon accented with round blue sapphires and diamonds.

Bridal Wear – Honorable Mention

Hisano Shepherd, little h – 14k gold “Finestrino” earrings featuring freshwater cultured pearls accented with freshwater seed pearls inside.

Bridal Wear – Honorable Mention

Caroline Chartouni, Caroline C – 18k white gold earrings featuring Paraiba tourmalines accented with diamonds.

Classic Wear

Classic Wear - 1st Place

Naomi Sarna, Naomi Sarna Designs - 18K white gold petal brooch featuring white, yellow, pink, brown and green Diamonds accented with Amethysts and multicolored Sapphires.

Classic Wear - Honorable Mention

Heena Chheda-Shah, VALANI - Platinum “Denali” ring featuring a 10.57 ct. sugarloaf cabochon Emerald accented with diamonds.

Classic Wear - Honorable Mention

Pamela Huizenga, Pamela Huizenga Jewelry – 18k gold brooch featuring a 14.56 ct. Mexican fire opal accented with diamonds and blue sapphire eyes.

Evening Wear

Evening Wear - 1st Place
Lisa Linhardt, Linhardt Design - Oxidized sterling silver "Tempest" sculptural duster ring featuring yellow sapphires.

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention

Erica Courtney – 18k gold “Byzantine” ring featuring a 25.42 ct. Csarite accented with mint tourmalines and diamonds.

Evening Wear - Honorable Mention

Claudia Kretchmer, Steven Kretchmer Design, Inc. – Platinum and 24k crystallized gold "RockStar2" pendant featuring a 37.31 ct. color-shift blue zircon accented with diamonds.

Business/Day Wear

Business/Day Wear - 1st Place

Gurmit Kaur Campbell, SRW - 18K yellow gold "Betwixt and Between" ring featuring a South Sea cultured pearl accented with diamonds.

Business/Day Wear - Honorable Mention

Elizabeth Garvin, Elizabeth Garvin Fine – Oxidized sterling silver and 18k gold “Cyclone” cuff featuring aquamarine and heliodore in assymetrical mirror cuts.

Business/Day Wear - Honorable Mention

Jennifer Morin, Gregore Joailliers - Sterling silver ring featuring a 30.70 ct. fire agate cabochon set in a mother-of-pearl accented with green garnets.


Winners of the 2016 DazzleDiva division of the WJA DIVA Design Competition are:


DazzleDiva Bridal Wear

Bridal Wear -­ 1st Place

Laurence Bruyninckx, LX Collection – Three rings that join as one. They are all set with diamonds using a castle setting.

Bridal Wear – Honorable Mention

Lisa Linhardt, Linhardt Design – Custom-­made ring featuring a custom-­cut aquamarine by Tom Munsteiner  (2.53ct ) fabricated in platinum, adorned with 1.80cts of tapering diamond melee, throughout perimeter and band.

Bridal Wear – Honorable Mention

Halle (Richardson) Millien, Halle Richardson – A diamond ring set in palladium that transitions into a diamond pendant using a hidden hinge clasp at the base of the shield shaped diamond setting.

DazzleDiva Business/Day Wear

Business/Day Wear -­ 1st Place

Malak Atut, Zaiken Jewelry  -­  From her "Throwing Stones" collection an 18k yellow gold framed rainbow moonstone (118 carats) with diamonds, sapphires, opals, and Paraiba tourmaline.

Business/Day Wear – Honorable Mention

Jocelyn Prestia, Unhada -­The Cixi earrings with lavender agate, pink sapphire drops, Pamir bubblegum-­?pink spinel framed by diamondsand faceted moonstones.

Business/Day Wear – Honorable Mention

Halle (Richardson) Millien, Halle Richardson – This 18K gold pin was inspired by 2014 Nobel Peace Prize winner, education advocate and hero, Malala Yousafzai. 62 Rubies are prong set in the "head scarf" pin to represent the 62 million women and girls that donot have safe access to primary and secondary education in the world.

DazzleDiva Evening Wear

Evening Wear -­ 1st Place

Laurence Bruyninckx, LX Collection – This earring is composed of three parts that let you wear the post earring alone or click one of the two extensions onto the earring top in platinum, mint tourmaline and London blue topaz with diamond accents.

Evening Wear – Honorable Mention

Alison Nagasue, AKN Designs Ltd. – Concept cuff earring in White Gold and Diamonds.

Evening Wear – Honorable Mention

Jessica Neiwert, Jessica Nei  – "Golden Poppy" -­ An 18kt yellow gold brooch, featuring a central yellow oval sapphire, colorless diamonds,orange sapphires, cultured golden South Sea pearl, and fine enameling.

About the WJA DIVA Design Competition

The DIVA Design Competition is an annual contest founded in the late 1990s by the Women’s Jewelry Association as a way to encourage women from all walks of life to express their creative voices through the medium of precious metals and gemstones. The competition is open to all women, whether or not they are employed in the jewelry industry and whether or not they possess any formal training. The competition is judged by experts in jewelry design and craftsmanship. Beyond the national recognition from participating in the contest, winners receive a cash award and a trophy.

About WJA

The Women’s Jewelry Association exists to help women in the jewelry and watch industries advance and develop professionally through networking, education, leadership development and the provision of member services. It is the premier business networking organization dedicated to enriching and advancing the professional lives of the women in the jewelry and watch industries.