2016 MJSA Vision Award Winners Announced



The awards celebrate excellence in jewelry-making and design

MJSA, the trade association dedicated to professional excellence in jewelry making and design, has named the winners of its annual Vision Awards.

Winners receive cash awards, gift certificates for tools and supplies and, for the students, scholarship funds. The winners will also be profiled in the August issue of the MJSA Journal.

The designs by the winners will be on display at the 2017 MJSA Expo at the Javits Center in New York City. They can be viewed online at mjsa.org.

The winners are:

Professional Excellence (4+ Years in Business)

First Place: Klaus Kutter of A Jour Jewelry Inc. in Bristol, R.I.

Second Place: Ian Douglas of Inspired Jewellery in Wellington, New Zealand

Professional Excellence (1–3 Years in Business)

First Place: Baiyang Qiu of BQ Jewelry in Milpitas, Calif. (Qui’s Emerging brooch is pictured above.)

Second Place: Gina Ferranti of GiGi Ferranti Jewelry in Brooklyn, N.Y.

CAD/CAM Distinction

Gregoré Morin of Gregoré Joailliers in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Laser Distinction

Baiyang Qiu of BQ Jewelry in Milpitas, Calif.

Custom Design Distinction

Cynthia Renée of Cynthia Renée Inc. in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Responsible Practices Distinction

Sandy Leong of Sandy Leong Fine Jewelry in New York City

Future of the Industry Award (For Students)

First Place: Seung Jeon Paik of Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga.

Second Place: Jizhi Li of Academy of Art University in San Francisco

(Photo courtesy of MJSA)