MJSA Presents its Vision Awards

The Manufacturing Jewelers and Suppliers of America presented its Vision Awards Sunday during the opening day of the MJSA Expo at the Jacob K. Javits Center, New York City. The annual competition recognizes the talent and innovation of designers whose work is influencing the future design trends of the jewelry industry.

First- and second-place entries in all categories received cash awards of up to $1,000. In addition, their works are placed on display for thousands of buyers and exhibitors during MJSA’s Expo New York. The overall and category winners are as follows:


Overall Professional Category

First place: Evelyn Huang of Evelyn H. Jewelry Inc. in Los Angeles, for her “Struck by Lightning” ring that is composed of two halves: the first in palladium with colorless round diamonds; the second in 18k yellow gold with natural colored vivid to fancy deep yellow diamonds. 


Evelyn Huang (right) receiving her award as the overall winner.

Second place: Adam Neeley of Adam Neeley Designs in Laguna Beach, Calif., for his “Revealing Beauty” pendant in 14k palladium white gold and 14k white gold, with blue sapphire. 

 
Student category

First place: Yumiko Kakiuchi of at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, for her “Labyrinth” bracelet made of 18k gold, silver, nickel, brass, bronze, plastics, cubic zirconium, and pearls.

Second place: Won Ja Yeon of Kyonggi University in Korea, for the Silver “Rolling Paper” brooch.

 
Mokumé-gane Distinction

First Place: Lisa Krikawa of Krikawa Jewelry Designs in Tucson, Ariz., for her “Juicy Liqueur Ring” in 22k rose gold, 22k yellow gold, and 18k white gold Mokumé with an 18k rose gold liner, a 4ct orange sapphire, graduated yellow to red pave-set sapphires, and accent blue sapphires.

Second place: Ezra Satok-Wolman of E. Satok-Wolman in Toronto, Canada, for his Shakudo and 18k white gold necklace with a Tahitian pearl.


CAD/CAM Distinction

First and second place: Olga Baranova of Ol.b Design in Brookline Mass. Olga won first place for her silver cross ring with a blue sapphire, and second place for her white gold ring with diamonds.


Palladium Distinction

First place: Evelyn Huang of Evelyn H. Jewelry Inc. in Los Angeles, Calif., for her “Struck by Lightning” ring.

Second place: Lisa Krikawa of Krikawa Jewelry Designs in Tucson, Ariz., for her “High Tea Ring” in palladium with a designer-cut 19k tourmaline and accent diamonds.


Laser Distinction

First place: James Currens of J.W. Currens in New York, for his “Bee-Wear” brooch in 18k yellow gold and 14k pink gold with an amber, round white and yellow diamonds, rubies, tsavorite garnets, and blue sapphires.

Second place: Adam Neeley of Adam Neeley Designs in Laguna Beach, Calif., for his “Revealing Beauty” pendant.

 
Platinum Distinction

First place: James Currens of J.W. Currens in New York, for his “Black Hole” platinum ring with a rock crystal, round white diamonds, tsavorite garnets, blue sapphires, and a solid black crystal opal.

Second place: Heidi Fudeus of Zultanite Gems in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for her platinum necklace and pendant with zultanite and diamonds.

 
Reactive Metals Distinction

First place: Martha Keith of Charlottesville, Virg., for her “And So It Begins” necklace made of niobium with gold accents in 22k yellow gold, 18k white and yellow gold, and 14k yellow gold.

Second place: Holly Hosterman of Holly Yashi Inc. in Arcata, Calif., for her reversible niobium metal pendant with a blue topaz, hessonite garnet, a Swarovski pearl, and a 12k gold filled chain.

Natural Color Diamond Distinction

First place: Evelyn Huang  of Evelyn H. Jewelry Inc. in Los Angeles, Calif., for her “Struck by Lightning” ring.

Second place: Mark Schneider of Mark Schneider Design in Long Beach, Calif., for his platinum ring with accents of 18k pink and yellow gold with hammer-set orange-yellow natural colored diamonds.

Enamel Distinction

First and second place: Tricia Lachowiec of Fall River, Mass. She won first place for her “Decorum” brooch in copper, torch-fired enamel, sterling and fine silver, and 14k gold with a pearl. Tricia won second place for “Punctus” brooch, made with copper, torch-fired enamel, oxidized sterling silver, and 14k gold with a sapphire.