Although it’s not a requirement for the job, resolve may be the thing that separates the best jewelry de-signers from all of the rest. After all, lots of designers can have great ideas, but those ideas aren’t always easily translated to metal. But it’s rarer to find designers who are so committed to bringing their ideas to life that they’ll do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to see the project through to the end.
That type of commitment is on full display among the winners of the 2020 MJSA Vision Awards competition. On the following pages, you’ll discover just how committed this year’s winning de-signers were to bringing their visions to life. Whether it meant guiding a custom client to the best option, trying to do the impossible, or holding firm when even the goldsmith making the piece said it couldn’t or shouldn’t be done, these designers stood fast in their resolve…and captured awards for their efforts.
But before we introduce you to this year’s winning designs, we’d like to thank the MJSA Vision Award sponsors, without whose support these awards would not be possible. Our sponsors are featured below.
We’d also like to thank the judges of this year’s competition: Michael Coan, assistant professor of jewelry design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City; Nanz Aalund, designer, author, and certificate programs coordinator at the Bainbridge Artisan Resource Network in Washington State; 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 in Scottsdale, Arizona; and Susan Crow, principal of East Fourth Street in New York City, who specializes in responsible jewelry.
And now, let’s discover the designs whose makers remained steadfast in their desire to bring them to life...