Below are the winners in all categories of the 2020 competition. The September 2020 issue of MJSA Journal will profile all of the first-place honorees.
Hu created this piece by interweaving thin (24-26 gauge) 18k and Argentium wires, deftly using a laser to weld them together and achieve a sophisticated "blooming" pattern. She added diamonds and rubies for accent and depth. This piece won First Place in the Professional Excellence, 4 Years in Business and the Laser Distinction categories.
Featuring the designer’s signature "origami" style of folded metalwork, these earrings feature recycled metals (gold and oxidized sterling), Harmony recycled GI–SI diamonds (0.10 ctw), and 9 mm Tahitian black pearl drops. It won Second Place in the Professional Excellence, 4 Years in Business category.
Inspired by the Dutch artist’s "Vase with Gladioli and Chinese Asters," this necklace uses light citrine, ruby, and morganite gems to mimic the flowers in the painting. Moraes chose an articulated collar to aid in movement and fit. The necklace won First Place in the Professional Excellence, 1-3 Years in Business category.
Another Van Gogh homage, this time featuring citrines (in various shades) and yellow diamonds to represent the sunflowers. These earrings earned Second Place in the Professional Excellence, 1-3 Years in Business category as well as an Honorable Mention for Colored Stone Distinction.
This custom piece features a massive ametrine, to which renowned carver John Dyer applied his trademarked "Starbrite" cut. Lauer’s client instructed that the "stone . . . really needs to just ’float.’" Through a combination of CAD/CAM, laser work, and ingenuity (the setting capitalizes on a unique pattern of grooves in the ametrine’s pavilion), the designer achieved that effect. This ring won First Place in both the Custom Design Distinction and the Colored Stone Distinction categories.
These earrings were made entirely of responsibly sourced materials: recycled 18k gold, 22k gold, and oxidized sterling, recycled GI-SI diamonds (0.15 ctw) and rough Montana-sourced sapphire (10.09 ctw) that haven’t been cut. Jacobson’s responsible practices extend throughout her operation: She uses food-grade citric acid for pickle, recycles packaging for both jewelry boxes and shipping containers, and ensures her caster uses recycled casting shot. Her efforts won First Place for Responsible Practices Distinction.
graduating student at George Brown College, Toronto. Martin designed this ring as part of her thesis collection, the pieces in which aim to accentuate the natural lines and curves of the body—in this case, those of the hand and fingers. Made of 18k gold wire, it features a red zircon and a Padparadscha sapphire as accents. The ring won First Place in the Future of the Industry category for student work.
Pollack cut each link of this hinged bracelet from a sheet of sterling, then added decoration through keum-boo, the ancient Korean technique that fuses 24k foil to another surface (usually silver). After scoring, bending, and soldering the links, she attached them with Argentium posts. This flexible bracelet won Second Place in the Future of the Industry category.
This brooch/pendant, made of interwoven 18k and Argentium wires, won Honorable Mention for Laser Distinction.
Featuring a 29.5 ctw suite of rainbow moonstones, this design won Honorable Mention for Laser Distinction
This repurposed ring features a 2 ct. radiant-cut diamond center stone and two pear-shaped sapphires. It won Honorable Mention forCustom Design Distinction.
An 18k green gold necklace featuring a 41.28 ct. apatite center stone accented by green tsavorites (1.66 ctw) and natural diamonds (1.14 ctw), this piece won Honorable Mention for Custom Design Distinction
• Nanz Aalund, a designer and author who is now certificate programs coordinator at the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network (BARN) on Bainbridge Island, Washington.
• Michael Coan, assistant professor of jewelry design and former department chair at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.
• Susan Crow, principal of East Fourth Street in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a past Vision Award winner who specializes in crafting responsible jewelry (and is licensed by the Alliance for Responsible Mining).
• Andrea Hill, principal of the Hill Management Group, managing director of the Legor Group, and MJSA’s designer advocate.
• Michael David Sturlin, a jewelry artist, educator and industry consultant with a studio in Scottsdale, Arizona.