Winning Brings Prestige

Whether a designer is a veteran of the trade or a rising star whose talent is yet unrecognized, winning an AGTA Spectrum Award™ is an unparalleled honor. Winners earn peer respect, receive international press, are published in the annual AGTA Look Book, and are celebrated at AGTA GemFair™ Tucson.


The three highest-scoring entries in each category are honored with a first, second, or third place trophy, respectively.

Up to two Honorable Mentions may be awarded in each category and honored with a certificate.

Best of Show

Special Awards

The Best of Show is the jewelry piece or loose colored gemstone that possesses the superior characteristics of quality, innovation, design, beauty and promotional appeal.

Best Use of Color

Special Awards

The Best Use of Color award is given to the design that employs a bold, innovative, and inspiring use of colored gemstones in an extraordinary way. All entries accepted into the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ automatically qualify for Best Use of Color consideration.

Best Use of Pearls

Special Awards

Sophistication, luxury, and timeless beauty converge in the Best Use of Pearls award winner. All the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ entries incorporating Pearls are automatically entered for Best Use of Pearls consideration.


Special Awards

Sponsored by the Women’s Jewelry Association, The Gem DIVA™ awards honor women designers in the Bridal Wear, Classic, Evening Wear, and Business/Day Wear categories. The Gem DIVA™ awards are open to all women entering these categories who indicate interest on their Entry Form.

Platinum Honors™

Special Awards

Sponsored by Platinum Guild International, Platinum Honors™ recognizes the outstanding use of platinum in colored gemstone and/or pearl jewelry in the five AGTA Spectrum Awards™ categories, three Platinum Innovation categories and for the Best Use of Color and Platinum.

Editors' Choice Award

Special Awards

The collective consensus of fashion industry professional including editors, writers, bloggers and stylists, this award is chosen by the press who attend the Editors’ Day event at the conclusion of the AGTA Spectrum Awards™.

Fashion Forward Honors

Special Awards

Entries that demonstrate an outstanding use of colored gemstones or cultured pearls in provocative, trend-setting jewelry designs are distinguished by the Fashion Forward Honors award. All entries accepted into the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ automatically qualify for Fashion Forward Honors consideration.

Manufacturing Honors

Special Awards

Jewelry appropriate to be manufactured in production quantities that feature an outstanding use of colored gemstones and cultured pearls are awarded the distinction of Manufacturing Honors. All AGTA Spectrum Award™ entries automatically qualify for Manufacturing Honors consideration. Up to one Manufacturing Honors may be awarded per AGTA Spectrum Awards™ category.

Buyer's Choice Awards

Special Awards

The final award of the competition, this award is voted on by the buyers at AGTA GemFair™ Tucson, and the winner is revealed at the AGTA Spectrum Awards™ Gala.