Dallas–The American Gem Trade Association and the Women’s Jewelry Association are joining forces for the fifth year to collaborate on the Gem Diva Awards as part of the 2016 summer AGTA Spectrum Awards.
This platinum “Champagne Bubble” wedding ring set from Erica Courtney featuring a blue sapphire cabochon accented with round blue sapphires and diamonds won the Gem Diva Award for Bridal Wear last year.
As part of the partnership, the AGTA has announced that a portion of each Gem Diva Award entry fee will be donated to the WJA’s Cindy Edelstein Memorial Fund, which was created to fund educational opportunities within the jewelry design and education communities.
“Cindy was such an important influence in the jewelry design industry and especially for the Gem Diva and AGTA Spectrum Awards,” AGTA CEO Doug Hucker said. “Cindy was part of the AGTA family, and we are honored to be able to recognize her accomplishments within our industry.”
Women who enter the Spectrum Awards are automatically eligible for an additional Gem Diva award in four of the categories–bridal, business/daywear, classical and evening wear–and are separately and additionally judged by a panel of WJA design experts.
This is the first time that the awards have been moved to the summer time. The AGTA announced the switch earlier this year, noting that they thought it would make it easier for participants to submit their pieces.
Winners will be announced in July.