Professional Jeweler Archive: 2003 American Vision Awards

April 2003

Precious Metals/Metalsmithing


2003 American Vision Awards

Professional, platinum and student categories field winners for MJSA contest


Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America announced six winners of its 12th Annual American Vision Awards design competition. Sponsors were the Platinum Guild International, Swarovski Crystal Components Ltd., the MJSA Education Foundation and AJM magazine.

First- and second-place winners received AVA trophies made of Swarovski crystal at a luncheon during “Behind the Design: Designer Day 2003,” March 1 at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, New York City. Professional division winners also received cash prizes; $1,500 for first place, $750 for second place.

Student winners received a $500 scholarship for first place, a $250 scholarship for second place and a subscription to AJM magazine. The winning student entries, for which photos are not available, are:

u First place: Denise Ruiz of the Gemological Institute of America, who won for a 18k and 22k yellow, white and rose gold ring with interchangeable posts holding bezel-set tanzanite and rubies.

u Second place: Rayoung Kim of GIA, who won for “Winter Wonderland,” a brooch and earring set featuring enamel, an 18k white gold frame and branches with cabochon white opals in bezel settings.

All winning designs were displayed for buyers and exhibitors at MJSA’s Expo New York, held March 2-4 at the Javits Center.

Professional Division

First Place

Todd Reed
Todd Reed Metal Artist
Boulder, CO

18k, 22k, sterling silver and natural diamond cubes form this necklace. The cubes were hand-fabricated and -forged with a patina and brushed finish.

Second Place

Avi Raz
A&Z Pearls Inc.
Los Angeles, CA

This brooch, dubbed “Nicolette – Queen of the Can-Can,” was hand-crafted in 18k yellow gold. The dancer’s wardrobe consists of freshwater pearls with 0.65 carat of diamonds and 2.70 carats of rubies. The costume also features black enameled dancing shoes.

Professional Platinum Division

First Place

Ricardo Basta Eichberg
E. Eichberg Jewelers
Beverly Hills, CA

Handmade platinum and 18k gold Star of David features a Ceylon blue sapphire border, yellow sapphires near the center, white diamonds and a star sapphire.

Second Place

Gloria Stewart
London Gold
Scottsdale, AZ

Platinum ring features a 0.53-ct. marquise diamond, a hot pink trillion tourmaline, 15 round peridots and 35 round blue sapphires.

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