MJSA Online Design Challenge: Jim Grahl’s "Fireworks"
Jim Grahl of J. Grahl Design in Balboa Island, California, is the latest designer to take our challenge: To create a custom piece based on a fictitious scenario involving a police officer killed in the line of duty and his grieving widow. As Grahl says, "This story hit home for me because I have experience in the world of law enforcement. There’s always a risk there so it’s hard to be involved in that line of work. To be a wife and mother in this environment requires courage, and it takes a tough and bold woman to be the support mechanism for someone in law enforcement when each day could be the last. I like the idea of celebrating Jenny for the support and strength she’s given to her family, and I chose to create a bold piece that would truly be worthy of adorning this strong woman who has been through so much."
Click here to read more about JIm’s entry, as well as to the review the work of the other designers who participated.
In the August MJSA Journal: Pure Imagination
This month’s MJSA Journal reveals the winners of the annual MJSA Vision Awards competition and help you to learn which 3-D printer materaisl are currently available to the jewelry industry.
Pure Imagination by Shawna Kulpa, Irina Missiuro, and John Shanahan
Read about the winners of the 2017 MJSA Vision Awards and see the winning designs.
Material Evidence by Shawna Kulpa
A chart comparing 3-D printer materials will help you make sense of your options.
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MJSA Announces Winners of 2017 Vision Awards
MJSA 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).
View the 2017 MJSA Expo Look Book
Continue the MJSA Expo experience year-round through the Expo Look Book,which features supplies and services from the industry’s leading providers. Click here to see the 2017 MJSA Expo Look Book. And make a note: The 2018 Expo will run March 11-13 at the Javits Center. For updates, go to MJSAExpo.org.
Read the Latest Edition of the MJSA Retail Link
Find the latest finished lines and designs from MJSA members, as well as display and packaging, watch accessories, and premier services and supplies to help meet your custom and repair needs. This issue also features a "Custom Design Insights" article by Gary Dawson on how to connect with customers.
Click here to read the latest edition.
More Online Sourcing
Click here to view the online edition of the 2017 MSA Buyer’s Guide.
Click here to view theMJSA Guide to Subcontractors.
Click here to view the MJSA Product Showcase.