Best of Show

Only the most brilliant, breathtaking pieces are worthy of the Best of Show trophy. Winning designs must possess beauty, mastery, and imagination beyond compare. Consideration for the Best of Show award is limited to first place winners in each category.

Bridal Wear

Whether gracing the bridesmaids or donning the bride herself, this category captures every look for walking down the aisle. This category is sponsored by The Knot, the #1 wedding network in the U.S., reaching over 80% of brides.

Business & Day Wear

Stylish, practical jewelry perfectly suited for work and for play. Entries should possess simple elegance for a woman on the move.


This category represents timeless style. Whether a string of Pearls or an elegant pendant, Classical entries strike the balance of traditional feel with a modern twist.

Evening Wear

Pieces in this category fall nothing short of spectacular. Entries can range from red carpet fabulous to stunningly chic– and all must have exceptional color.

Men's Wear

Fine jewelry is the quintessence of the modern man. Entries in this category, ranging from rings to bracelets, cufflinks to belt buckles, express the myriad ways a gentleman can express himself.

All Other Faceted

Open to any extraordinary faceted gemstone featuring traditional gemstone cutting techniques.


Open to any natural gem material carved in any style.

Classic Gemstones

Open to outstanding examples of Rubies, Emeralds, and Sapphires featuring traditional gemstone cutting techniques.


Innovative Faceting

Open to any gemstone featuring innovative faceting and lapidary techniques.

Objects of Art

Open to carvings, bowls, sculptures, intarsia, etc., of gem materials not intended to be worn. Objects may incorporate metal, wood or other non-gem materials as base, frame or decorative components.

Pairs and Suites

Open to any two or more gemstones to be judged as a set.


Open to any phenomenal gemstone (link to phenomenal gemstone description/page) featuring traditional gemstone cutting techniques.