The 2009 MJSA Vision Award jewelry design competition winners were honored during MJSA Expo New York on March 10 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
In addition to the Professional and Student category winners, several Professional entries were honored in special distinction categories, as well as the competition’s new featured design challenge for the use of reactive metals.
First Place Professional Category: James W. Currens of J.W. Currens Inc., New York, for his “Treatise” mokumé-gane brooch/pendant in sterling silver, 18k and 22k gold with white and natural color diamonds, and an 18 mm Tahitian baroque black pearl. This piece also won first place in Mokumé-gane Distinction.
Second Place Professional Category: Pamela Froman of Pamela Froman Fine Jewelry, Los Angeles, for her “Sentimental Crush” locket in 18k yellow gold with 18k white gold inlay, a stylized “F” on the back, and a bit of scrollwork on the top.
First Place Laser Distinction: Jackie Goetz of the Jewelers Workshop, Madison, Wisc., for her titanium hinged bracelet with an opal set in 14k yellow gold. Goetz also won the Reactive Metals Challenge for this piece.
Second Place Laser Distinction: Adam Neeley of Adam Neeley Fine Art Jewelry Inc., Laguna Beach, Calif., for his “Labyrinth” pendant in 18k yellow and white gold with an 18.07 carat green tourmaline and diamonds.
First Place Enamel Distinction: Arto Vandian, New York, for his plique-à-jour enamel earrings in 18k gold with diamonds.
Second Place Enamel Distinction: Michael Ayzman of J.W. Currens Inc. for his “Deep Blue” pendant with guilloche enamel in 18k gold and fine silver, set with diamonds, moonstones, and a sapphire.
First Place Platinum Distinction: Phillip Dismuke of Jewelsmith, Durham, N.C., for his platinum ring with micro channel-set diamonds and a 12.6 mm South Sea pearl.
Second Place Platinum Distinction: Stuart Coffee of Stu-Art Jewelry Designs Ltd., New York, for his “Curved V” platinum ring with diamonds.
First Place Palladium Distinction: Noam Hakak of Noam Carver Fine Jewelry, Montreal, Canada, for his palladium, gold, and bronze ring with a lodolite quartz and brilliant-cut diamonds.
Second Place Palladium Distinction: Noam Hakak of Noam Carver Fine Jewelry for his palladium ring with a lodolite quartz and brilliant-cut diamonds.
First Place Mokumé-gane Distinction: James W. Currens of J.W. Currens Inc. for his “Treatise” mokumé-gane brooch/pendant in sterling silver, 18k and 22k gold with white and natural color diamonds, and an 18 mm Tahitian baroque black pearl.
Second Place Mokumé-gane Distinction: Ezra Satok-Wolman of E. Satok-Wolman Fine Contemporary Jewelry, Caledon, Canada, for his forged mokumé-gane “Orbit” ring in 950 palladium and 22k gold with a Paraiba tourmaline and a natural red diamond.
Reactive Metals Challenge: Jackie Goetz of the Jewelers Workshop for her titanium hinged bracelet with an opal set in 14k yellow gold.
First Place Student Category: Ah Leum Chun of the Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, for her “Interchangeable Rings” with interchangeable tops that can be switched to personalize a look.
Second Place Student Category: Hyangmi Kim of the Fashion Institute of Technology for her “Raindrops” neckpiece in aluminum, wire, steel, nickel brass, and nickel.