MJSA solicits entries for American Vision Awards

Innovative jewelry designs are being sought for the 2004 American Vision Awards (AVA) Design Competition, an annual event sponsored by the Manufacturers Jewelers & Suppliers of America. Entries must be received by Jan. 16. The winners will be displayed at MJSA’s Expo New York Feb. 29-March 2 at the Jacob Javits Center.

In its 13th year, the AVA competition recognizes designers whose work is influencing the future of design trends in the jewelry industry. It offers first and second place cash awards in both professional and student categories. In addition, the 2004 competition will feature three “Distinction” categories to honor the creations of professional designers working in platinum, gold, or crystal.

Eligible contestants must be independent jewelry designers, company-employed jewelry designers, or students enrolled in an art or design program at a college. Pieces will be judged on originality, creativity, presentation quality, effective use of materials, wearability, and the design’s perceived manufacturing and marketing potential. A panel of judges of industry professionals chosen by MJSA selects the award winners.

For an entry form and a set of contest guidelines and rules, or to learn more about the AVA, call 800-444-6572 ext. 3050; or go to the MJSA Web site, www.mjsainc.com.