Professional Insider:In The Industry
Contests: MJSA Honors Contest Winners
Designers define American Vision
Six designers won recognition in the 1999 American Vision Jewelry Design
competition sponsored by the Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America,
First-place winners received a Royal Diamond Crystal Award; renderings
of all winning designs were displayed at Expo New York in March. The student
winner also received a $500 scholarship.
Entries were judged on originality, creativity, presentation quality,
effective use of materials, wearability and the design's perceived manufacturing
and marketing potential. Judges were Geri Bondanza of Michael Bondanza Inc.,
Peter Brams of Jacmel Jewelry Inc. and Carrie Soucy of National Jeweler
Here are the winning designs and the thoughts of the designers.
First Place: Mitch Moschetti for an 18k gold or platinum pendant and
"This rendering is of a pendant and matching earrings relief-sculpted
in a fantasy leaf form. They were created last fall as a first anniversary
gift for my wife, Andrea."
Second Place: Glen Denzer for a platinum ring with oval amethyst cabochon.
"This ring was inspired by a recent trip to California's Sonoma
Valley and its wine culture."
Honorable Mention: Susan Schultz Tobias for a 14k gold and blue topaz
"The links in this bracelet are shaped like X's and O's. The
bracelet contains 45 14k gold ring links, 64 square blue topazes and 192
baguette blue topazes. It closes with a foldover clasp."
Two First Places: Sophie M. Gardner for a platinum or white gold ring
accented with a blue-green tourmaline.
"The initial focus for this ring is its form: the shape of the
metal, the curves in the lines, the surfaces in between. The stone is not
meant to take away from the metal, rather to create interest of its own.
Because of the size and the unobtrusive location, it is meant to be a surprise
discovery to someone who is looking at the rest of the ring. An unexpected
area of color and sparkle adds depth to the relatively simple design."
Sophie M. Gardner for a white metal and diamond bracelet.
"The basic design of this bracelet was inspired by the seed pod
of a plant that grows outside my apartment in Southern California. I wanted
to give it a more constructed appearance while retaining the feeling it
was derived from nature. A single organic form, arranged, inverted and repeated
in a way that gives the piece, as a whole, a somewhat mechanical appearance."
Second place: Jeesuk Oh for a 14k yellow gold and diamond necklace titled
"Through the Windows."
"This piece is inspired by a traditional Oriental window. A window-shaped
element is repeated continuously and creates an asymmetrical balance. A
diamond baguette at the end of the piece breaks the simplicity of the pattern
while maintaining the balance."
Honorable Mention: Holly K. Croft for an 18k gold bracelet titled "Regard"
and featuring ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst and diamond.
"In the mid-1830s, rings, bracelets, brooches, etc., were often
set with gems whose first letters spelled out a sentiment. In this piece,
regard is spelled with a ruby, emerald, garnet, amethyst, ruby and diamond."
John Strobel, a designer in Madison, WI, won first place in the jewelry
design competition at the Wisconsin/Illinois Jewelry
Expo '99. Strobel's entry featured an 11.5mm Tahitian pearl, a rainbow
of colored sapphires and diamond accents. "Tahitian Dream" was
his third win in this annual event.
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