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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 and Evening Wear from the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ entries. Women who enter the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ are eligible. When filling out the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ 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 eighth year of association with the competition. The AGTA Spectrum Awards™ are considered the most respected and prestigious creative award for the jewelry industry. Winners set the standards of excellence for our entire industry.


Beatrix Laura Jessner, B & W Jewels, LLC – Platinum ring featuring a 20.49 ct. emerald-cut Aquamarine accented with Diamonds (8.31 ctw.).

Caroline Chartouni, Caroline C – 18K white gold bracelet featuring nine oval Paraiba Tourmalines (29.56 ctw.) accented with Diamonds (17.23 ctw.) and Paraiba Tourmalines.

Sherry Bender, The Goldsmith Ltd., of Chicago – 18K yellow gold earrings featuring Moonstones (19.17 ctw.), Opals (2.96 ctw.), orange Sapphires (2.91 ctw) accented with Peridots (.87ctw.), cultured Pearls and spessartite Garnets. The earrings are detachable.

Rosa Van Parys, Rosa Van Parys Jewelry – "Snow White" necklace featuring an 18K yellow, rose, white and black gold pendant with a 15.3mm white cultured Pearl accented with Rubies, tsavorite Garnets, pink Sapphires and multicolored Diamonds on a strand of 9.5mm-10mm white Akoya cultured Pearls.


*Professional photos of winners are courtesy of AGTA (*