In the 1971 film Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, the title character invites Charlie (and us viewers) to “come with me, and you’ll be, in a world of pure imagination.” While you won’t find any golden tickets or chocolate bars on the following pages, you will find plenty of examples of jewelers living in their own worlds of pure imagination.
I’d like to introduce you to the winners of the 2017 MJSA Vision Awards competition.
For more than 25 years, the MJSA Vision Awards have recognized outstanding achievement in jewelry and design, by professionals and students alike. And on the following pages, you’ll discover how this year’s winners were able to bring the pieces dreamed up in their imagination into life. With designs inspired by everything from a simple green garden to explosions occurring at the far reaches of the universe, there is no limit to the creativity of these designers. (The competition also features a Custom Design Distinction category. To read about this year’s winning design, please go to MJSA Custom Jeweler on page 51.)
Before we get started, we’d like to thank the MJSA Vision Award sponsors, without whose support these awards would not be possible. Our sponsors are featured on pages 36-37, where you can learn more about their products and services.
We’d also like to thank the judges of this year’s competition: Michael Bondanza of Michael Bondanza Inc. in New York City; Ann Cahoon of North Bennet Street School in Boston; Michael Coan of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City; Victoria Gomelsky of JCK magazine in New York City; Barbara Heinrich of Barbara Heinrich Studio in Pittsford, New York; and Marlene Richey, a consultant in Melrose, Massachusetts.
And now, allow me to invite you to enter into these award-winning jewelers’ imaginations. And perhaps, as Willy Wonka advises, through them “you’ll see, into your imagination.”
A Labor of Love First Place, Professional Excellence (4 or More Years in Business). By Shawna Kulpa
The Sky Is the Limit First Place, Professional Design Excellence (1-3 Years in Business). By Shawna Kulpa
Alluring Curves First Place, Laser Distinction. By John Shanahan
Top Flight First Place, CAD/CAM Distinction. By John Shanahan
A Siege of Herons Responsible Practices Distinction. By Irina Missiuro
Purposely Imperfect First Place, Future of the Industry. By Irina Missiuro
An Uncustomary Request First Place, Custom Design Distinction. By John Shanahan