Professional Jeweler Archive: MJSA American Vision Awards Debut

June 2002

Precious Metals/News


MJSA American Vision Awards Debut

Five jewelry designers, including two students, take the honors


The American Vision Awards recognize the talent and innovation of designers whose work influences the future of the jewelry manufacturing industry. Sponsored by Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America, Providence, RI, the awards are given in two divisions: professional and student.

First- and second-place winners in both divisions this year received a Swarovski crystal trophy. Winners in the professional division also won $1,500 for first place and $750 for second place. Student winners received a subscription to MJSA’s AJM magazine, plus a $500 scholarship for first place and a $250 scholarship for second place.

Mark Schneider, first-place winner in the professional division, donated his prize money to the MJSA Education Foundation scholarship fund, which each year awards scholarship ranging from $500 to $2,000 to students enrolled in jewelry-related studies. Schneider said he appreciated the foundation’s work and credits the awards he’s received for developing his confidence.

Professional Division

First Place
Mark Schneider
Schneider Design Studio
Long Beach, CA

Ring features a 12.3mm black cultured pearl and pavé-set diamond accents in platinum. The ring hinges to open and close.

Second Place
Cornelia Goldsmith
Sausalito, CA

Granulated 18k gold crown ring has diamonds, tsavorite, rubies and sapphires.

Honorable Mention
Francesco Teresi
Philadelphia, PA

“Mediterranean” olive wood ring has an inside ring of 24k gold and an 18k gold rotating arm that holds a lapis lazuli set with a small diamond.

Student Division

First Place
Jan Houston
Fashion Institute of Technology
New York City

18k pendant necklace features turquoise and diamonds.

Second Place
Dilek Sezen
Gemological Institute of America
Carlsbad, CA

Platinum patriotic collar features invisibly set ruby, sapphire and diamond baguettes. The stars comprise diamonds bead-set in sapphires.

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