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Gem 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. 

The WJA Gem DIVA™ Award recognizes the best designs by women in Bridal Wear, Business/Day Wear, Classical, Men's Wear, and Evening Wear from the  AGTA Spectrum & Cutting EdgAwards™ entries. Women who enter the AGTA Spectrum & Cutting Edge Awards™ are eligible. When filling out the  AGTA Spectrum & Cutting EdgAwards application, applicants simply enter one of those four Spectrum categories, then must check the Gem DIVA™ box to be separately and additionally judged by a panel of WJA design experts.

Gem DIVA™ celebrates its eleventh year of association with the competition. The AGTA Spectrum & Cutting EdgAwards are considered the most respected and prestigious creative award for the jewelry industry. Winners set the standards of excellence for our entire industry.

Enter the competition today to showcase your finished jewelry and inspire design for all! Visit the AGTA website to enter finished jewelry piece and receive Gem DIVA™ recognition!



Bridal Wear 

Erica Courtney, Erica Courtney LLC - Triple-drop earrings in 18K yellow gold featuring white Zircon (15.0 ctw.) accented with Tourmalines (2.66 ctw.) and Diamonds (1.54 ctw.)

Business/Day Wear

Svetlana Lazar, Svetlana Lazar – “Wells of Wisdom” ring in 18K yellow gold featuring a subtle kinetic effect that creates the illusion of water moving beneath the gems featuring cabochon Moonstones (6.22 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (0.32 ctw.)


Fannie Thomas, Fannie Thomas Jewelry - “Birds Eye View” hand-carved ring in 22K yellow gold featuring a South Sea baroque Pearl bird

Evening Wear 

Anita Agrawal, Jewels 4 Ever/ Vartanian Jewellers – “I Dream in Pink” 3-in-1 pendant and ring(s) set in 14K rose gold featuring a 3.52 ct. unheated, untreated Sri Lankan heart-shaped pink Sapphire accented with pear-shape pink Sapphires (6.52 ctw.)

Men's Wear

Robin Callahan, Robin Callahan Designs, LLC - “Hageshi” cufflinks in 14K white gold featuring Tahitian South Seas Pearls accented with white Diamonds (1.48 ctw.) and black Diamonds (1.02)


*Professional photos of winners are courtesy of AGTA (*