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MJSA Awards Honor Up-and-Coming Designers

May 24, 2017 2:51 AM   By Rapaport News
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Ten jewelry designers from three different countries have received the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America (MJSA) Vision Award, which honors outstanding creativity, craftsmanship and technological prowess in the field.

“The winning designers represent the future of the jewelry manufacturing industry, and the Vision Awards competition showcases their creativity and boosts their careers,” said MJSA, which announced the winners on Tuesday.

Prizes include cash and gift certificates for tools and supplies, as well as book packages and scholarships for students, the trade body said. MJSA also provides the award recipients with publicity, helps them create promotions for targeted customers, and displays their work at the annual MJSA Expo show in New York.

This year’s judges were Michael Coan, chair emeritus of the jewelry design department at the Fashion Institute of Technology; Ann Cahoon, head of the jewelry-making and repair department at North Bennet Street School; Victoria Gomelsky, editor of JCK magazine; consultant and author Marlene Richey; and jewelry designers Michael Bondanza and Barbara Heinrich.

Former winners include leading designers such as Todd Reed, Mark Schneider, Steve Midgett and Lisa Krikawa, MJSA added.

The 2017 winners of the Vision Awards are:

First Place, Professional Excellence, 4+ Years in Business:
Orsolya Ráski Nagy and Daniel Nagy of Splendor Jewellery in Budakeszi, Hungary, for their nature-inspired 18-karat yellow gold “Garden” ring featuring a cushion-cut green prasiolite (pictured).

Second Place, Professional Excellence, 4+ Years in Business:
Patrick Nelson and Mary Kay Mohs of Patrick Mohs Jewelry in Wayzata, Minnesota, for their “Night Sky” necklace.

First Place, Professional Excellence, 1-3 Years in Business:
Zoe Zong of ZoeZong LLC in McKinney, Texas, for her “Supernova” earrings.

Second Place, Professional Excellence, 1-3 Years in Business:
Zoe Zong of ZoeZong LLC in McKinney, Texas, for her futuristic silver “Contrast” brooch with inlaid zircon and topaz.

Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing Distinction:
Ricardo Basta of Ricardo Basta Fine Jewelry in Los Angeles for his 18-karat yellow gold “Bat” ring. It features gray 18-karat palladium bats, diamond appliques, and a pink tourmaline center stone.

Laser Distinction:
Adam Neeley of Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry in Laguna Beach, California, for his “Rouge Moderne” earrings, which showcase red zircons set in rose, white and yellow gold accented with kite-shaped diamonds.

Custom Design Distinction:
Brenda Smith of Brenda Smith Jewelry LLC in Woodstock, Georgia, for her “In the Garden” pearl necklace, which was hand-fabricated in 18-karat gold wire to sit on the shoulder, collar-like.

Responsible Practices Distinction:
Leo Fried of Blue Heron Jewelry Co. in Poulsbo, Washington, for his tanzanite-and-diamond white-gold ring.

First Place, Future of the Industry Award (for students):
Kwan Cheuk Ying of Hong Kong Design Institute in Hong Kong, China, for “Sun and Moon” earrings, featuring 14-karat yellow gold, orange moonstone, and blue moonstone.

Second Place, Future of the Industry Award:
Maneli Sarmadi of Savannah College of Art & Design for the “Sweet Spell” necklace.
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