MJSA Vision Awards honor design prowess and technical skill, and recognize outstanding talent in the field of jewelry design. The awards this year included a new “Visionary Use of Materials” category that rewarded outstanding technical achievement, as well as a “Future of the Industry” award honoring the designs of students in jewelry programs.
MJSA Thinking Ahead Awards recognize products that, through “the introduction of new technology or the improvement of existing technologies,” are advancing the way in which jewelry is made and sold.
The winners of the MJSA Vision Awards are:
First Place: Jennifer Jordan Park of Wear Ever Custom Jewelry in
Visionary Technical Solution:
First Place: Christopher Duquet of Christopher Duquet Fine Jewelry Design Ltd. in Evanston, Illinois, for a yellow sapphire and diamond ring made in 14k white and yellow gold. The ring’s intricate framework was developed using a combination of computer-assisted design and high-tech rapid prototyping. It features a 3.24 ct. fine yellow sapphire and 12 diamonds (23 ct. t.w.).
Second Place: James W. Currens of J.W. Currens in New York City for “Star Dreamer Pendant,” which features platinum and 96 ct. t.w. of rock crystal, 2.5 ct. t.w. of rose-cut diamonds, 4.70 ct. t.w. of baguette diamonds, and 2.26 ct. t.w. white diamond melee. The manufacturing process involved both photonics (the science of cutting optically perfect lenses) and advanced ultraviolet curing.
First Place: Pamela Froman of Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry in
First Place: Jimi Gwinn of J.S. Gwinn Fine Jewelry in
Second Place: Julia Behrends of Julia Behrends Design of
Future of the Industry:
First Place: Davina Rae Romansky, a student at the Gemological Institute of America, for her “Cascading Necklace” in sterling silver is 5” wide and 15” long. The sterling silver pieces are cut, scored, bent, soldered and riveted to each other.
Second Place-Tie: Young-Eun Han, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in
Second Place-Tie: Hyangmi Kim, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology in
The winners of the MJSA Thinking Ahead Awards are:
Speedwire, Glenn Manning, Manning Jewelry,
Speedwire is a laser-welding wire dispenser that helps to advance and position the wire with greater control, increasing efficiency, improving quality, and largely eliminating burned fingertips. In addition, its color-coding system ensures easy identification of the wire’s metal type, removing guesswork and potential waste. As one judge, Teresa Frye, remarked, “It’s apparent that Speedwire will fill a longstanding need for more efficient laser wire use.”
SpeckFINDER HD, Dazor Manufacturing Corp.,
SpeckFINDER HD was originally launched in 2004 to examine the quality of components on printed circuit boards. It was then adapted for forensic uses (such as fingerprint identification) and for the jewelry industry. An optical workstation that significantly advances gem inspection and analysis, the SpeckFINDER can create a detailed pictorial record of a diamond, can track stones and control quality in diamond polishing operations, and can serve as a mobile training tool. As judge Michael Coan said, it has been the jewelry industry’s “great fortune to have products such as the SpeckFinder HD adapted to our own varied and special needs.”
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