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WJA Opens Application Period for 2015 DIVA Design Competition

Sep 8, 2014 2:17 PM   By WJA
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Press Release: The Women's Jewelry Association (WJA) announces applications are open for the 2015 DIVA Design Competition, an annual contest founded in the late 1990s 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 winner in each of the seven categories will receive $250 plus a trip to New York City to attend the WJA's annual member's gala, which is scheduled for March 2015.

The DIVA Design Competition is offered in two divisions, explained below, and application forms are available on WJA's website

Division I: GemDIVA
Applicants enter finished jewelry. This is the third year WJA has partnered with the AGTA Spectrum Awards. Women who enter the Spectrum Awards are automatically eligible for an additional GEM DIVA award in four of AGTA's categories: bridal, business/daywear, classical and eveningwear. When filling out the AGTA Spectrum Award application, applicants simply enter one of those four Spectrum categories, then check the GemDIVA box to be separately and additionally judged by a panel of WJA design experts.   Application Deadline: September 19, 2014.
Division II: DazzleDIVA
Applicants enter two-dimensional entries (renderings of designs that have not been realized or photographs of jewels that have already been made). This allows for the widest possible entry pool and judges the design solely on uniqueness, how well it fits the theme and how well executed the idea. The theme for Division II is "Transformation," to mirror WJA's 2014 theme "Connect and Transform." Entrants can interpret the theme literally, figuratively or any way they wish but they must list on the application how their entry fits the theme.  Application deadline: October 3, 2014.

About the Women's Jewelry Association
WJA's mission is to help women in the jewelry and watch industries advance and develop professionally through networking, education, leadership development, and the provision of member services. For more information, visit


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