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AGA Bonanno Award Nomination Process

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  1. Submit a Nomination

    Whose contributions to gemology would you like to honor? Complete and submit the nomination form. Be sure to include specifics that highlight your nominee’s impact on the gemological community. The deadline for nominations is July 15th. Nominations received after July 15th will be applied to the following year. 

  2. Voting Process

    All nominations are read and vetted by the Bonanno Award Committee before presentation to the AGA Board of Governors for a vote to narrow the slate of nominations if necessary. AGA Members then cast their vote for the AGA Bonanno Award for Excellence in Gemology.

  3. Award Presentation

    AGA Bonanno Award recipients are honored during the Gala Awards Ceremony and Dinner-Dance following the annual AGA Gemological Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

Bonanno Award Nomination

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Frequently asked Questions

Everything you need to know about the AGA Antonio C. Bonanno Award. If you have further questions, please contact us.

The AGA Antonio C. Bonanno award was created to recognize those who have made significant contributions to the field of gemology. Inaugurated in 2000, the award pays homage to Antonio Bonanno, a gemologist and teacher who was instrumental in the creation of AGA. In addition to global recognition, recipients of the award receive an honorarium funded by AGA members.

AGA accepts nominations for the Bonanno award throughout the year, but the deadline for each year’s nominations is July 15th. All nominations received after July 15th will be counted toward the following year’s nominations.

AGA membership is not required to submit a nomination for the Bonanno Award.

Yes, the AGA Bonanno Award recipient is selected by a majority vote of AGA Members.

No, the AGA Bonanno Award recipient is not required to be an AGA member.

A nominee’s body of work must demonstrate significant contributions to the field of gemology, and their career should represent a legacy dedicated to impacting the global gemological community.

The AGA Bonanno Award recipient is selected by a majority vote of AGA Members.

The AGA Bonanno Award public announcement is made late in the year, usually in November or December. The award is formally presented at the Gala Dinner-Dance following the AGA Tucson Conference at the beginning of the following year.

Past recipients of the AGA Bonanno Award include leading research gemologists from world-renowned laboratories, educators, market analysts, and developers of innovative equipment and software solutions for the gemological field.

AGA member dues fund the AGA Bonanno Award honorarium.