An elegant award is meant to stand out over any other normal award, and usually signifies a major success or victory. They can either have a unique design different from any other award, or they can belong to a group of awards that is used for a single significant event. These types of awards come in a variety of styles and materials. They can be made of glass, marble, metal, or even something as simple as plastic.

The key factor is that they are going to be memorable and worthy of putting up on a shelf to brag about.

Some Unique Styles

There are plenty of unique awards that are memorable elegant awards. Here are some popular awards that you may have heard of that can give you a bit of inspiration.

It doesn't matter how many times you win an award, it is always very special. Zinedine Zidane

It doesn’t matter how many times you win an award, it is always very special.
Zinedine Zidane

The Emmy Award is one of the most prestigious awards in the United States. It’s a television award to give recognition to actors and actresses that have done well recently in the industry. The award itself is a picture of a winged women that is holding an atom, being made to look similar to television engineer Louis McManus’s wife. This design was settled on after forty-seven rejections. It’s unique style makes it an elegant award because it’s memorable an has meaning behind it. It stands out as a symbol of success in the movie industry and it’s gold glistening shine makes it distinct.

The Super Bowl Award, given to winning teams of the Super Bowl, has different from year to year but has kept a similar style. This elegant award features a football stand with a football mounted at an angle at the top. This makes it represent the sport by displaying the most important feature of the game, and makes it unique from other awards. Often, the award will be engraved with the number of the Super Bowl and the NFL’s logo to shove it’s authenticity and victory year. Often, the awards are made of a combination of glass, plastic, and metal.

Of course, for an award to be elegant it doesn’t have to be large or even in the format of a trophy. A prime example is the Nobel Peace Prize. This award was created by Swedish inventor Alfred Nobel. It’s primary focus is to award those that have “done the most or the best work for the fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses.” In short, it’s design is to honor those that have done a great service to international peace. Although small, it is one of the most elegant awards out there. It’s a small coin that is typically presented in a small box case on an annual basis to a person who has done the most in that given year, as appointed by the Norwegian Nobel Committee. The coin features a picture of the founder, Alfred Nobel along with his name to the left side. It’s a small yet elegant symbol of peace.

How Can I Make My Award Elegant?

If your organization is planning on giving out an award and elegance is your goal, then here are a few pointers when deciding on a design for your award.

For starters, your award needs to be unique to your organization so that it speaks about where it came from years down the road. In all of the examples provided, the award displayed something about the organization using a big component from it. It can be something such as your organization’s logo, a piece of equipment that is commonly associated with what your organization does and uses, or something as simple as using the face of a founder of your group.


Elegance is usually confused with superficiality, fashion, lack of depth. This is a serious mistake: human beings need to have elegance in their actions and in their posture because this word is synonymous with good taste, amiability, equilibrium and harmony.
Paulo Coelho

Your award also needs to have a cool design, something that makes it stand out. An award manufacturer can often help with this piece, but it’s basically reliant on the material the award is made from as well as the shape of the award and colors. Many elegant awards are made of glass with unique shapes, but feel free to go away from the crowd and come up with a design that

fits your group’s style.