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MJSA Announces Winners of 2017 Vision Awards

Adam Neeley Rouge Moderne EarringsMJSA member Adam Neeley’s  Rouge Moderne earrings (right) were among the 10 designs honored this year with an MJSA Vision Award, which annually recognizes excellence in design creativity, craftsmanship, and technological prowess. The earrings, which took Laser Distinction honors, feature red zircons set in rose, white and yellow gold, capped by kite-shaped diamonds.

Click here to see all of the winners.

Our thanks to this year’s Vision Award sponsors: Rio Grande (General), Stuller/Gemvision (CAD/CAM Distincton), LaserStar Technologies Corp. (Laser Distinction), Century Casting Co. (Custom Design Distinction), The Richline Group (Responsible Practices Distinction), MJSA Education Foundation (Future of the Industry Award), and Instore, Metalsmith, and Retail Jeweler magazines (Media Sponsors).

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May 2017In the May MJSA Journal: The Right Tool...

This month’s MJSA Journal is all about tools. Learn all about tool modifications and suppliers’ best sellers!

Tooling Around
Shawna Kulpa finds out which tools jewelers have modified and why. See how they increased their efficiency and comfort with some quick alterations.

Best Sellers
Want to know what the hottest tools on the market are? Find out what all the jewelers are buying for their benches. Shawna Kulpa speaks to suppliers about their best sellers.

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MJSA Expo Delivers a Hands-On Experience

MJSA ExpoAlthough the 2017 MJSA Expo was cut short by a day, thanks to a looming blizzard and a declared a state of emergency, buyers made the most of their shortened time: They talked at length with leading trade suppliers and contractors, packed the expert seminar sessions, and inspected and tested everything from 3-D printers and diamond testers (suitable even for synthetics) to trending gems and sustainable materials. The result?

"The Expo was truly inspiring," sums up one buyer, Meg Carter, a jewelry designer from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. She attended the show with her husband, Jon, in the hope of finding "ways to improve our business." The Expo, she says, "gave us the opportunity to see the latest technology and tools to be able to plan for the future." Thanks to what they learned at the show, they’ve begun rearranging their studio to accommodate more tools and equipment that will lead to efficiencies.

"It also inspired us to evaluate our entire jewelry line... There’s no doubt that attending has changed our business and future for the better," she adds.

Click here to read more about the 2017 MJSA Expo.

Click here to see the 2017 MJSA Expo Look Book.

The 2018 Expo will run March 11-13 at the Javits Center. For updates, go to MJSAExpo.org.

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Do You Have Your Copy of the MJSA Buyer’s Guide?

2017 MJSA Buyer’s GuideThe 2017 print edition of the MJSA Buyer’s Guide—the "go-to" resource for jewelry-making supplies and services—features hundreds of listings for everything from 3-D printers and service bureaus to bench tools and on-trend findings and gems. It also includes a range of articles to help make buying decisions easier: updates on design and business software, fashion forecasts, and tips on how to select a bench, source metals and gemstones responsibly, and have the best refining experience. Click here to learn more.

You can also search for products and services online in our digital MJSA Buyer’s Guide and the MJSA Guide to Subcontractors. All supplies and services in the guides are offered by MJSA members, who agreed to abide by our rigorously enforced Code of Ethics.

Where to Find MJSA View Industry Events Calendar

2017 SNAG Nexus— May. 24 - 27, 2017
NC, | Sponsor
JCK Las Vegas— Jun. 5 - 8, 2017
NV, | B68050
JA New York Summer— Jul. 23 - 25, 2017
NY, | 3800
Atlanta Jewelry Show— Aug. 12 - 14, 2017
GA, | 9 Lobby
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2017 SNAG Nexus

May. 24 - 27, 2017

Educational conference.


JCK Las Vegas

Jun. 5 - 8, 2017

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and retail displays.


JA New York Summer

Jul. 23 - 25, 2017

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, beads, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and retail displays. Includes educational program.


Atlanta Jewelry Show

Aug. 12 - 14, 2017

Finished fine jewelry, finished fashion jewelry, gemstones, beads, contract services, business services, manufacturing equipment and supplies, and displays.