Below are the winners in all categories of the 2019 competition. The August 2019 issue of MJSA Journal will profile all of the first-place honorees.
Open to all independent or company-employed designers, the Professional Design Excellence Category celebrates work that exemplifies the best of contemporary jewelry design. The winners show a thorough grounding in the tradition of fine design, along with an eagerness for experimentation and innovation. By meeting the highest standards of craftsmanship and creativity, these designs truly deserve their award-winning status.
Mark Schneider, Mark Schneider Design, Long Beach, California
Men’s Platinum Band. This platinum and 18k yellow gold men’s band features a 0.70ct tsavorite garnet, 1.01ctw black diamonds, and 0.69cts canary yellow diamonds. Markschneiderdesign.com
Rosario Garcia, Rosario Garcia Designs, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Yellow and Green Gold Ring. This piece features a natural sphene at the center of a unique ring that the 18k yellow and green gold was hand-forged and engraved, and then soldered to add the granulation. Dewdrops of diamonds added the finishing touch. Rosariogarciadesigns.com
Anna Berezina, Svet Kamney, Moscow, Russia
Sabina Wong, Sabina Wong, Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
The Lotus. Created as a 90th birthday gift for legendary Cantonese opera singer Dr. Pak Suet Sin, this Lotus design has a blooming mechanism which adds to its beauty. This piece was handcrafted and set in 18k white gold with topaz, sapphire, and green garnet gemstones. Sabinawong.com
Oksana Lerman, Rock Lily Collection, Brooklyn, New York
Baroque Pearl and Gold Star Necklace. Designed to look like distant stars in the sky, this handmade necklace of white baroque cultured pearls are encrusted with 14k balls and 14k pink, white, and yellow gold diamond-set stars. All of the elements were set with silver pins to enhance the "stars in the sky" effect. The necklace was completed with two golden arcs and small round laser-engraved pendant sharing the company logo on a golden chain. Rocklilycollection.com
Andrew Costen, Costen Catbalue Goldsmiths & Designs, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Gold Nugget Photo Pendant. This framed pendant was hand-crafted with gold nuggets and tube and bezel set diamonds as a tribute to a client’s late father utilizing new and old goldsmithing techniques. The 19k yellow, and 19k white gold piece includes a laser-engraved 1940s photo on the back. Costencatbalue.com
Our thanks to the Laser Distinction 2019 sponsor:
Tom Heyman, Oscar Heyman & Brothers Inc., New York, New York
Seven Heirs Suite. Oscar Heyman & Brothers Inc. was commissioned to craft a collection for a client that could eventually be split up among seven heirs. They worked on the design for over a year, continuously consulting with the client as new parts were added. Every single component of this necklace was made in their Madison Avenue workshop, including the custom screw drivers required for assembly. It is composed of platinum and 18kt yellow gold.
The client owned an 8 carat round diamond, which served as the starting point. The complete collection was built around six additional round gemstones, all within .4mm diameter of one another; the complete suite contains four white diamonds, a fancy intense yellow diamond, a sapphire, and a pink sapphire.
The collection of stones can become a necklace with two front pieces, two rings, a pendant, and a brooch. Each front half of the necklace has three open sockets and a detachable pendant. One opening is for the gemstones on their own, the other is for the gemstones to be worn with different jackets, of which there are seven. Each center stone could fit into any of the jackets. There are also 4 ornaments made up of a scatter of marquise and pear shape diamonds which could be worn in lieu of individual stones, or with the jackets.
Each center stone and jacket came with an attachment to be used when worn as a pendant off a chain or turn down ring from this (or any) necklace.
The suite also has 2 ring shanks which could be worn with any of the 7 center stones, and a floral brooch which could be worn with any 2 center stones, with or without any jacket. OscarHeyman.com
Our thanks to the Custom Design Distinction 2019 sponsor:
Llyn Strong, Llyn Strong Fine Art Jewelry, Greenville, South Carolina
Susan Crow, East Fourth Street Jewelry, Northfield, Minnesota
Amphitrite Necklace. Named after the unwilling Ocean Goddess Amphitrite who in Greek legends was forced into marriage to Poseidon, the materials of this piece are 100% responsibly sourced. The clasp is made of 18k Fairmined yellow gold (fairmined.org), and set with round, white certified CanadaMark diamonds. The clasp is attached to a fully knotted responsibly sourced, mined, and cut Brazilian free-form faceted Aquamarine, purchased from Robert Bentley Gemstones. Susan has been licensed by the Alliance for Responsible Mining out of Columbia to buy and sell Fairmined gold since 2013. This license gives her the right to market her work as Fairmined. Eastfourthstreet.com
Our thanks to the Responsible Practices 2019 sponsor:
Merry-Lee Rae, Merry-Lee Rae, Freedom, California
Cougar Brooch. Cloisonne enameling has been Merry-Lee’s focus since 1976, and she has honed her craft with the enthusiasm of an artist and the intensity of a mathematician creating works of intricate detail fusing glass on metal. She is guilty of thoroughly enjoying her work. Merryleerae.com
Our thanks to the Responsible Practices 2019 sponsor:
Open to any student enrolled in an art, design, or jewelry-related program at a college, university, or a proprietary technical school, the Future of the Industry Awards celebrate the talent that will lead the jewelry industry into the future. Showing both promise and passion, these designs mark the emergence of a new generation that continues the industry’s commitment to craftsmanship.
Timo Krapf, Rochester Insitute of Technology, Pittsford, New York
Silver and Leather Cord Ring. This ring was created as a bold statement piece for Timo’s senior thesis show. The ring starts as a straight strip of silver sheet and then he form it into the organic looping flowing ribbon. This piece is meant to be big and bold and the stark contrast between the silver and the rich black of the leather cord adds to that. He sewed the cord together at the bottom of the ring to insure its security and then closed the metal around it. He left the seam just barely open on the bottom so that a sliver of the cord shows through.
Wonhee Kim, GIA, Carlsbad, California
Egg Pendant. The pendant is inspired by the imperial eggs created by Farbegé. Wonhee designed it in CAD and it was made with sterling silver, cubic zirconia, blue topaz, and then bronze plated with 18k gold, and magnets added. The pendant has moving parts on the inside and outside, and when closed, it has a silhouette of an egg. The outside shell has hinges on the bottom and closes with the attached magnets on the side. A pierced pattern, shows the solid golden egg inside shell which has three hinges at the base of the prong settings and also closes with the magnets at the top of the dome. When the domes are opened, the three round blue topazs, which are prong set, appear. The pendant may be worn either open or closed.
Jiyeon Kang, Fashion Institute of Technology, Long Island City, NY
"Hidden" Three Finger Hinge Ring. This ring has a very deep personal meaning for Jiyeon. As a self-proclaimed shy, quiet and introverted person, she enjoys the unexpected benefits being able to listen to others, focus on her art and her inner self. This ring represents her ability to hid within the shell, and when she wants, open herself up to show amazing, colorful things. Jiyeon will eventually use sterling silver and colored cubic zirconia to complete this 3D rendering.
Our thanks to the Future of the Industry sponsor:
Marina Kim, George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Click here to view the 2018 Vision Award Winners.